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LHS Child Development & Early Education Campus Lab School

  • 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.

Child Development & Early Education Courses That Utilize the LHS Campus Lab School

  • Introduction to Child Development

    Department(s): Family & Consumer Sciences
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Practical Arts
    Credit Hours:  0.5
    Grades Eligible:  9, 10, 11, 12
    Description:  The emphasis of this course focuses on the responsibilities involved in pregnancy, birth, & caring for children. The evaluation of the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children is also covered. Understanding the developmental tasks and growth patterns of children enables the students to recognize individual differences in children. Through coursework and hands-on application, students will develop a broader understanding of how and why children respond in everyday situations.

     

    Child Growth & Development

    Department(s):  Family & Consumer Sciences, College
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Practical Arts
    Credit Hours:  1.0
    Grades Eligible:  10, 11, 12
    Dual Credit:  Yes
    Description:  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 will plan and teach lessons to the early learners (3-5-year-olds) at the LHS Child Development & Early Education Lab School. Juniors and seniors who qualify may earn college credit.
    Prerequisite:  Introduction to Child Development
    Recommendation:  Teacher approval is required for this course.

     

    Child Care & Guidance I

    Department(s):  Family & Consumer Sciences, College
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Practical Arts
    Credit Hours:  0.5
    Grades Eligible:  11, 12
    Dual Credit:  Yes, if taking both Child Care & Guidance I and Child Care & Guidance II
    Description:  This dual credit course is intended for students interested in further knowledge in the field of childcare, guidance, and supervision as applied to the Early Childhood workplace. This course will examine the nature, purposes, ethics, and processes of observing individuals. It will include information from various sources in combination with out-of-class observation assignments. Lesson planning, teaching, and working in a childcare environment will be course requirements. This course is a great option for students interested in Early Childhood Education. Students who qualify may earn college credit.
    Prerequisite:  Introduction to Child Development and Child Growth & Development
    Recommendation:  Teacher approval is required for this course.

     

    Child Care & Guidance II

    Department(s):  Family & Consumer Sciences, College
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Practical Arts
    Credit Hours:  0.5
    Grades Eligible:  11, 12
    Dual Credit:  Yes, if taking both Child Care & Guidance I and Child Care & Guidance II
    Description:  This is the lab course that accompanies Child Care and Guidance I. During the second semester; students will be placed in an Early Childhood Education setting where they will work with a cooperating teacher applying classroom preparation, tutoring, and teaching prepared lessons. Students will practice how to solve problems based on the developmental needs of children. Students who qualify may earn college credit.
    Prerequisite:  Introduction to Child Development, Child Growth & Development, and Child Care & Guidance I
    Recommendation:  Teacher approval is required for this course.

     

    AP Psychology

    Department(s):  College, Social Studies
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Elective
    Credit Hours:  1.0
    Grades Eligible:  11, 12
    Course Description:  AP Psychology is a year-long college-based curriculum course designed for college-bound students. College-level work and performance are required from students in achieving an understanding of the material. The course provides an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. An emphasis will be placed on research, learning, motivation, the biology of behavior, personality, and psychopathology. Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principles, and each of the major subfields within psychology.
    Prerequisite:  GPA of 3.0 or above and previous demonstration of college-level school performance.

      

    Educational Internship Program I

    Department(s):  Family & Consumer Sciences, College
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Practical Arts
    Credit Hours:  0.5
    Grades Eligible:  12
    Dual Credit:  Yes, if taking both Educational Internship Program I and Educational Internship Program II
    Secondary Credit Type:  English/Language Arts Elective
    Course Description:  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 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 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. All students taking Educational Internship Program are accountable for the policies and procedures of their cooperating schools and classrooms as well as their high school.
    Prerequisite:  Interested students will complete an online application. Teacher recommendations, GPA, attendance, and discipline records will be reviewed before placement.

     

    Educational Internship Program II

    Department(s):  Family & Consumer Sciences, College
    Location:  Liberty High School
    Credit Type:  Practical Arts
    Credit Hours:  0.5
    Grades Eligible:  12
    Dual Credit:  Yes, if taking both Educational Internship Program I and Educational Internship Program II
    Secondary Credit Type:  English/Language Arts Elective
    Course Description:  During the second semester of the Educational Internship Program, 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 Educational Internship Program II are accountable for the policies and procedures of their cooperating schools and classrooms as well as their high school.
    Prerequisite:  Educational Internship Program I. Teacher recommendations, GPA, attendance, and discipline records will be reviewed.

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