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Welcome to the Leet Center for Children and Families. Thank you for taking the time to seek us out. In our center we believe children learn by doing, imitating, observing, exploring, and examining. Each day you will find children working and playing in a natural home like environment where they are valued and encouraged to grow and learn. Our desire is to lay a firm foundation for lifelong learners. We make each decision in the center based on what is best for children.
The Leet Center is the newly remodeled early childhood center located at Northwest Missouri State University. Previously, the Early Care Center was in the basement of the Horace Mann Laboratory School, and is now in what was the Horace Mann Library. The Leet Center affords children experiences with teachers who are masters in their field, as well as experiences with college students who are working to improve their teaching skills through the Leet Center and its teachers and coordinator. This relationship between master teacher and college student allows our children to gain the benefits of low student-to-teacher ratio in classrooms that implement new and creative activity centers each day.
We look forward to meeting you and working together with you and your child. Feel free to schedule a tour to see our school family environment,
Discovering and Caring Together!
Article talks about the current emphasis on STEM learning and the Common Core State Standards is drawing attention to the importance of math in early childhood. Research suggests that early math skills are a more accurate indicator of later academic success than early reading skills (Stipek, Schoenfield, and Gamby 2012). It is important therefore that early childhood teachers are better prepared to teach mathematics. The concern however, is that this emphasis on early childhood math education may encourage some to fall back on traditional teaching methods (e.g. rote counting and memorization) that may be easier to use but are quite detrimental to children. Rather than preparing them for math, they may instead drive them away from their intuitive interest in problem-solving (Hachey 2013).
Children at the Leet Center interacted with Captain Phil Rickabaugh and firefighter Nick Muller. Preschool children attended the safety presentation. Link to the article
Michelle Vaught's preschool classroom interacts with Travis Stokes, Northwest Missouri Arboretum landscape and sustainability manager, give instructions on how to use a shovel at the Leet Center Outdoor Classroom's Gathering Space on September 23rd.