Participate in a Makerspace at Lighthouse Christian Academy’s second-annual Family Showcase Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Little school in the woods invests in kids as individuals

Hands-on play-based learning inspires students from kindergarten to grade twelve

At Lighthouse Christian Academy, they do learning differently.

The boutique school offers dynamic education for students from kindergarten to grade twelve where student’s passions direct course work.

“We don’t want kids to lose their love of learning,” explains Principal Karen Daniels.

Almost all children enter the school system curious about the world and eager to learn. Too often, the tight desks, dry lectures and watered-down material of traditional schooling suck the life out of learning. But not at Lighthouse Christian Academy.

“We keep expanding our student’s worlds so they love learning all the way up to grade twelve.”

Student-led learning

This approach doesn’t mean the school has abandoned the curriculum, it just means teachers adapt to their student’s interests.

In younger grades that might mean building a rocket ship or a pet store, and incorporating writing, math and science assignments into the fun. In older grades that could mean building a Minecraft Server from scratch or designing robots, and learning complicated coding along the way.

“It makes for so much more creativity and engagement,” says Daniels, and that means students retain more knowledge and teachers spend less time on classroom management.

Teaching today, equipping for tomorrow

Through these cutting-edge techniques, Lighthouse Christian Academy aims to strike a balance between hands-on learning and sound academics. The results are significant:

  • Real-world experience —students learn to work collaboratively, apply for jobs and manage teams
  • Improved Self-Worth — by struggling and then overcoming adversity, students learn to problem-solve and perservere
  • Learning how you learn — understanding your personal learning style improves efficiency and retention for the rest of your life

Community Welcome

The school is hosting its second annual Family Showcase on Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Everyone in the community is welcome!” says Daniels. The school is providing refreshments and visitors will have a chance to explore robotics, participate in a Makerspace, create visual arts and build a birdhouse in woodworking class.

LCA teacher Stella Fleming, an industry-leader in play-based learning, will host visitors in the Makerspace.

You can also explore the self-sustaining environmental enclosure high school students are building from scratch.

“They’re raising chickens from eggs and building a garden with moisture, humidity and temperature sensors controlled by their own computer code.”

For anyone unable to attend the showcase, there are other opportunities to meet students. The Garden of Eatin’ student-run coffee shop is open to the public from 8:45-9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, there will be two Open Houses, one Jan. 14 for primary students and another Jan. 23 for the whole school.

Stop by 1289 Parkdale Drive, right beside Glenwood Meats, or call (250) 474 5311.

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Learn to design a robot at Lighthouse Christian Academy’s second annual Family Showcase on Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participate in a Makerspace at Lighthouse Christian Academy’s second-annual Family Showcase Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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