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Child Development Lab at NEO Educates Preschool Students and Collegians

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  Northeastern Oklahoma A & is the only community college in the state of Oklahoma to have a preschool on campus. In fact, it's been there since the 1970's. The child development lab school is educating both little and big students.
 

Sophomore Misty Briley reads a book about Clifford to little ones in the NEO child development lab school.  She and other NEO students work here twenty-five hours a semester. That makes the ratio of teachers to students one to three, giving the kids plenty of attention.
 Mom, Sara Temples has sent three children to the lab school. She said, 
It just gives them a chance to learn to interact with  other kids  and be in a classroom setting before kindergarten."


But its also a learning experience for the college students. Sophomore Mychaelon Mullins spent two semesters working in the lab and wants to teach first grade. He said, "I really got to see how children learn and how they develop."
Briley added, "These pre-schoolers are amazing cause they listen and they learn. They
ve learned and Im learning from them."

Lab school director Ashlee Jackson said,
After they've worked here a semester, then we have a class where they can actually design lesson plans and they actually get to do some of the teaching."

While it often looks like arts and crafts and play time, there has been a shift over the years to not just  focus on social skills but  academics  as well for the preschool students.



Jackson said, "So, we've really kind of changed our curriculum,  it
s still really hands on, really interactive, but we're focusing on a lot of those   skills they're going to need before they go to kindergarten."
 
NEO students do a semester here, usually freshman year, and a semester in a public grade school. That gives them two different experiences in teaching, early in their own education.

Mullins said,
You can really see if this is what you want to do. Especially coming here, because if you dont like kids, you can figure out real fast  if this is what you want to do or not.

Jackson said it aids in making big decisions. And said they can ask themselves, Hey do I like the older kids?  Do i like the younger kids? Because when they hit their  junior year at a four year university they have to decide right away."
Briley said of her time at the preschool, "It has impacted me tremendously because I wasn't sure where I wanted to go really, and now it
s set."

Briley will work to become a kindergarten teacher.

The child development lab school can serve up to sixteen students.
  Ten are currently enrolled this year while in other years there has been a waiting list. It is still taking applicants. It serves those who work on campus but is also open to the public. There is a monthly fee of one hundred and twenty dollars.

 

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