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It is my highest pleasure to introduce you to the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. At the Leet Center, family relationships and children are our passion! At the heart of our learning together you will find educators who see children as capable learners. Children learn through investigation, exploration and communication. Our pre-school environment is a natural home-like atmosphere that is filled with inquiry and joy each day.
The Leet Center is also home to our developing outdoor classroom and we believe that all the learning that happens indoors can also be present in the outdoor spaces. Open-ended materials and carefully cultivated spaces provide a place for collaboration, thinking and representation of ideas. Our learning community includes educators and university students who are working together to listen and learn with children. Children, educators and families each play an important role in honoring the intellectual and emotional integrity of children.
We look forward to becoming a part of your child’s life journey.
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.
|May 16||1st day of Leet Center Summer Program|
|August 12||Last day of Leet Center Summer Program|
Leet Center and Horace Mann Back to School Picnic:
|August 29||First Day of School|
|September 5||Labor Day-
|October 19||Breakfast of Champions:
Homecoming Walk-Out Day-
|December 16||Last Day of the First Trimester|
|January 9||First Day of Second Semester|
|January 16||Martian L. King Jr. Day-
|March 20-24||Spring Break-
|May 18||Last Day of Second Semester|
|June 5||Horace Mann Summer School Begins|
|June 29||Last Day of Horace Mann Summer School|