An Outstanding Middle School Education for Young Adolescents
Hands-on real-life learning with a structured curriculum!
A dynamic middle school program, CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford provides small classes that combine exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and developmental needs of the 5th – 8th grade student.
The intention of the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is to challenge students and nurture their highest potential. By providing a learning community based in the guiding principles of respect, integrity, responsibility and individual learning, the innate desire of all children to learn, grow, communicate, and create is honored.
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“There is never a good time to write a book and if you are waiting around for the right time, don’t! Just start.” – Evan DeCarlo
Even as a three-year old at Wightwood School, Evan DeCarlo’s curiosity and creativity was vibrantly evident. As he came into the middle school, he was already a writer, in a big way.
Evan recently published his first novel, Children of the Noah, The Barren Earth. CELCers just finished reading Children of the Noah as part of Literature Circle class. Today, Evan visited CELC and spoke with students about his life experience and writing. He shared how much writing means to him. Stories. Writer’s love stories, and Evan brought that love with him as he inspired students to consider the importance of the stories in their lives.
Students listened and asked a lot of questions. Laughter and sharing; learning is like that, when students find joy in such real-life authentic experiences. Evan described his process in writing this novel, from the idea stage to the day-to-day tasks. Once he had reached his first hundred pages, he felt he had a solid piece of work. From that point forward, Evan committed to write two thousand words per day. He collaborated with fellow student Raisha Friedman, of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, who illustrated the book.
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Attend our January Open House and Informational Meeting
Saturday, 11 January
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658.
Outstanding education for 5th – 8th grade students, blending rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities.
Students from New England Montessori of Milford, CT join Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) students in preparation for the 2014 National Geography Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Students gather for weekly practice sessions.
The CELC Bee will take place Thursday, 16 January at 10:00 a.m. at the James Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford. The public is welcome to attend!