Whole Child Education
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Learning Session Options
We offer two Monday through Friday learning sessions:
-morning learning session (8:20 - 11:20 am) &
-full day learning session (8:20 am - 3:20 pm).
To enroll & attend Liberty's Child Development Lab School, the Early Bird Learning Center, a child must:
-Reside within the Liberty School District boundaries
-Be between three-five years-old
-Be best suited to be cared for, interacted with, and taught by high school students.
Laboratory & Facilities
A fun, innovative, and loving learning environment where creative expression is encouraged.
The small class size-Individual class size that never exceeds one facilitator for every ten students.
Teachers & Facilitators
The coordinator, teacher & paraprofessional(s) are dedicated to providing a safe, caring, fun, and stimulating, educational environment that promotes learning and achievement.
-Certified and experienced facilitators
-Encourage creativity, communication, problem-solving, collaboration, innovation, & critical thinking skills
-Work to instill a feeling of self-worth and self-confidence in each student.
Qualified & Experienced
-The coordinator, teacher, and paraprofessional are qualified and experienced. They have completed the following requirements:
-Missouri State Highway Patrol background check
-Federal Bureau of Investigation background check
-The Family Care Safety Registry Background screening
-Missouri Department of Health Services Child Care Regulation- Medical Examination & Report
-Missouri Department of Health Services Bureau of Communicable Disease Control & Prevention- Tuberculosis Risk Assessment & Clearance
Lab School Coordinator & Certified Teacher
The Child Development & Teaching Laboratory coordinator and certified teacher have at least a BSEd, certifications in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the Missouri Department of Education, and Facility Director Certification from the Missouri Department of Health Services- Child Care Regulation Division.
The Child Development & Teaching Laboratory School- Early Bird Learning Center is an institution that welcomes and encourages diversity in its population and program. We feel that providing a multicultural and diverse environment is best met by enrolling children from different ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, and a variety of ages. The Child Development & Teaching Lab School- Early Bird Learning Center welcomes families regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital status.
Wide Range of Cultures
Our appreciation of diversity is immersed in an anti-bias curriculum, daily planning, issues addressed, tolerance, class meetings, and involving families to share and celebrate their cultures. Children learn about a variety of cultural subjects (ex. other countries (geography), animals (zoology), time, history, music, movement, science, and art). We incorporate multicultural materials when appropriate, within the curriculum, so it fits in naturally with what we are doing rather than standing out as "different." The natural and timely inclusion of multicultural materials (dolls, books, posters, clothes, food) and activities (daily discussions, experiences, Spanish culture and language lessons) provide children with a multicultural, anti-bias perspective and many meaningful and realistic experiences.
Early Advantage Spanish Language Lessons
The Child Development & Teaching Laboratory School- Early Bird Learning Center believes that learning languages sets the foundation for a whole world of exciting opportunities for a child. In today's increasingly global world, learning a second language gives a child advantages in their school years and beyond. Early language learning has been tied to higher test scores, better and more advanced reading skills, greater confidence and more. A second language builds a bridge to another culture and opens the door to new friendships. With the Little Pim Spanish program and MUZZY Early Advantage Spanish program, the Child Development & Teaching Laboratory School- Early Bird Learning Center provides language and culture lessons.
-Daily language arts activities (writing, listening, phonemic awareness, and oral language)
-Scientific (science experiments) and artistic exploration (learning projects)
-Physical activity and outdoor play
Curriculum, Enrichment, & Collaboration
Many other departments continue to collaborate with our program to enrich the learning, teaching, and curriculum. Our learning has expanded to include culture and language lessons, online learning games coded, created, and developed by the high school programming students, instructional lessons taught by our future teachers enrolled in the Educational Internship Program, activities planned and implemented by the psychology students, development labs with the child development students, weekly “field trips” to the Library Media Center, and mini-lessons orchestrated by our A+ student tutors.
We believe in experiential community-based learning through field experiences and trips. Students visit the broader community (field trips)
-Ex. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Orange Easel Art Studio, Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch, The Kansas City Zoo, Fun Run, Above All-TrampolinePark, Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Liberty Gymnastics Academy, Liberty Fire Department, B&B Theatre Liberty Cinema, etc.
The Child Development & Teaching Laboratory School- Early Bird Learning Center provides an academically challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of individual students.
Children are encouraged to explore and think for themselves.
The curriculum helps children thrive and grow by leveraging their natural desire to learn about their surrounding environment.
The program is geared to the mastery of language arts and mathematical skills and encourages individual creative expression.
The utilized curriculum is aligned with the Missouri Early Learning Standards and is designed to offer students rich, varied experiences with language and math. Facilitators use a thematic approach to learning which gives students an understanding of the relationship between disciplines.
Scientific and artistic exploration, as well as physical activity, are essential parts of the program.
Through outdoor play, science experiments/projects, and field trips, the children discover the wonders of the world around them.
-Students visit the broader community on field trips and for learning projects.
-A thematic approach to learning (scope & sequence)
-Individualized and academically challenging curriculum
-Technology, character, health, music, art, and physical education
-Offers students rich and varied experiences
-Geared to the mastery of language arts and mathematical skills
All disciplines are tied together in complementary ways.
Children learn about numbers and geometry through a variety of techniques (ex. hands-on techniques using concrete materials).
-NLVM (Pre-K Virtual Manipulatives)
-Starfall: Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
Language Arts & Reading
Language arts occur within the daily activities of the classroom as children build writing skills, listening skills, phonemic awareness, and oral language.
Children are encouraged to express themselves verbally.
They are taught to trace and recognize letters as a precursor to learning reading, spelling, grammar, and handwriting skills.
-Starfall: Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
-Literacy Fair & Exhibition
Exercises make sure children use all five senses to learn (ex. a child studying about fall gathers leaves and feels how brittle they are).
Children learn how to put on, take care of their belongings and clean up after themselves.
The program emphasizes the importance and connection of all living things.
-Scholastic Science Spin
-Science Fair & Exhibition
Community & The World
The program emphasizes the need for each person to find meaningful work and his or her place in the world.
Children learn about other cultures, languages, and countries and visit the broader community.
Technology & Integrated Technology
The SMART interactive whiteboard, computers (MacBook Air notebooks) and tablets (iPads) are regularly used to enhance the teaching and learning of many multiple subjects.