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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Enrollement

Student Enrollement

Open Enrollements through out the year. Enroll now !!

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Breakfast of the Champions

Breakfast of the Champions

You are invited for breakfast with the NW Football team

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Leet Center

Leet Center

Children at play

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Leet Center

Leet Center

Children at play

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Leet Center

Leet Center

Phyllis and Richard Leet Center

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Cindy Scarbrough

Welcome to the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families

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!

Sincerely,
Cindy Scarbrough

Empowering Mathematical Minds Through Play - by Dr. Pradnya Patet                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Dr. Patet

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).

Early childhood educators can testify to the mathematical activity that children engage in naturally through play. Children building a unifix cube trail across the room to calculate and measure the distance or young chefs following a picture recipe to make a classroom snack are obviously engaging in mathematical activity. Children may naturally demonstrate their intuitive knowledge about math in the process of play but mathematical proficiency does not just emerge on its own (Copley 2010). For example, children do not necessarily learn to count out change correctly simply by playing with a cash register. Rather, playing at
the pretend grocery store can provide an opportunity to learn and teach the concept of counting money
in an effective context.

Article: Young firefighters in training

Children at the Leet Center interacted with Captain Phil Rickabaugh and firefighter Nick Muller. Preschool children attended the safety presentation. Link to the article

Article: Planting Ceremony leads to HM learning experience

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.