Child Development & Teaching Laboratory
The Early Bird Learning Center is a Child Development & Teaching Laboratory within Liberty High School.
A laboratory school is a program that facilitates the learning process while allowing for observation and hands-on educational experiences for all learners. Our Early Bird Learning Center reflects these qualities. The Early Bird Learning Center operates as an educational laboratory, supporting the Child Development programs within the Family and Consumer Science curriculum. The high school students gain first-hand experience and spend time in the classroom providing extra one-on-one interaction. Within this lab, formal and informal observations and field experiences are developed to enhance the curriculum for our high school students while enriching your child’s learning processes.
- Activities are planned and implemented by not only highly-qualified early learning facilitators, but also our high school students.
- Program goals, learning activities, and objectives are aligned to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Early Learning Standards.
The Early Bird Child Development & Teaching Laboratory is an educational setting for community children and a teaching laboratory for Liberty High School students, faculty, and staff. It is part of the district’s high school curriculum and is a program intended to serve high school students (as part of their curriculum) rather than a benefit to district community members.
Some of the Courses that Utilize the Child Development & Teaching Laboratory
Child Development I
The emphasis of this semester course will focus on the responsibilities involved in pregnancy, birth, and caring for an infant. This course will help students make appropriate and timely decisions about having children of their own. Understanding the developmental tasks and growth patterns of children enables the students to recognize individual differences in children and peers. Students will also be introduced to a variety of career opportunities available in the area of child care.
Child Development II
This course focuses on the evaluation of physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children from age one to twelve. Through coursework and hands-on application, students will develop a broader understanding of how children respond in everyday situations. Students will also be taught parenting skills and how to relate the development of children to expectations in the home.
Child Development: Care & Guidance
Students will gain knowledge in the field of childcare, guidance, and supervision as applied to the workplace. They will practice how to solve problems based upon the developmental needs of children. This course will also examine the nature, purposes, and processes of observing children. Students will prepare and teach lessons to children in the Child Development & Teaching Laboratory- Early Bird Learning Center. This course is available for two dual-credit hours through the University of Central Missouri.
Child Growth & Development
This is a dual credit course that provides an in-depth look at child development, parenting, and childcare concepts. It focuses on development from prenatal to age eight. Physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development is emphasized. The interrelationship of all development is stressed. Children’s health issues and preventative care will also be emphasized. Students have the opportunity to plan and teach lessons to students in the Child Development & Teaching Laboratory- Early Bird Learning Center. Juniors and seniors who qualify may earn college credit.
Education Internship Program
This college level course is intended for seniors who are seriously considering pursuing teaching as a profession. Students will be assigned a cooperating classroom in the district in order to assist the teacher with classroom preparation, tutoring, small group learning activities and whole group instructional opportunities. Students will also engage in pedagogical studies, online discussions, and instructional projects that throughout the course that explore classroom culture, literacy, and theories of learning. Strategies are aligned to local, state, and national standards for college and career readiness. During the second semester of EIP, interns will assist their Cooperating Teachers with classroom preparation, tutoring, and instructional activities related to multiple intelligences, lesson design, and assessment. Students will also explore the roles of diversity and differentiation in the contemporary classroom. Strategies are aligned to local, state, and national standards for college and career readiness. All students taking EIP are accountable to the policies and procedures of their cooperating schools and classrooms as well as
their high school.