YMCA Preschool at Lincoln
The Teacher Education Department at Adrian College is partnering with the YMCA and Adrian Public Schools to offer the first ever educational preschool class housed at Lincoln Elementary. The YMCA preschool at Lincoln is a laboratory classroom for the Education students at Adrian College. The program is designed for children in the community and also for the children of faculty at Adrian College. Lincoln Elementary is an International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Program candidate school. Sara Rober, the preschool teacher, is an Adrian College graduate where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. Sara’s experience includes teaching Kindergarten, 4th grade, and 5 years as a preschool teacher. Adrian students working with the children include Taylor Hudson, Jenny Wend and Jessica Raymor. The Adrian College students are pursuing certification in elementary education. Some will add an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.
The preschoolers participate in many activities. For instance, an Adrian College teacher candidate from the Educational Technology class used an iPad with the children. The activity correlated with the Michigan Department of Education Early Childhood Education, Technology Standard #1. Students were asked to draw a spider on the iPad from their previous lesson and to talk about what they remembered.
The program has recently been featured on Lenawee Connect and The Toledo Blade! Click the links to learn information about Lincoln Elementary School. If you would like more information, Check out the brochure for the preschool!
Visit the class’ website at: http://ymcalincoln.shutterfly.com/
Visit the IB website at: https://www.ibo.org/pyp/
In January 2014, Professor Christina Mirtes was awarded a Faculty Research Grant by Adrian College. The research interest Professor Mirtes has is in the area of contemporary play behaviors among today’s preschool children. For this study, she will examine the language of young children while engaged in play situations with traditional materials (i.e., wooden building blocks) as compared to technology-rich play (i.e., using a block-building application in iPads). It has been established that technology tools are being used in the majority of early childhood education environments today. However, with such a rapid influx in the use of technology, there is a very limited data on the short term and long term effects of the use of technology during the formative years.
Since August, Professor Mirtes has been visiting the Mini Maples Preschool at Lincoln and collaborating with the preschool teacher, Sara Rober, on this project. According to Profesor Mirtes, “This is a very exciting study, which has the potential to offer new data and inform practice in early childhood education.”
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