It’s around 9 in the morning at Red Lion High school, and students are busy getting crayons out, finding the perfect picture book to read, or even refreshing their teaching skills. This is the preparation required for Lion’s Den Preschool held in the FCS room C303 hallway during the school year.
One is held in the fall and one is held during the spring. About 10-11 children get signed up for the lions den preschool by their parents. Ages of children range from 2-6 years old. At the preschool, children learn basic skills, such as learning colors, numbers and letters.
A normal day for preschool students includes a lesson, snack, song, crafts, and storytime. “I am excited to work with little kids because I plan on being an elementary school teacher and hope to gain new insight for the future in that career,” says senior Chloe Fleming.
Every high school student that successfully completes child care can then move on to daycare. “My goal is that the student staff not only learns how to organize and run a preschool, but also learns valuable lessons in organization, time management, child developmental stages behavior and parenting skills. They should also form relationships with the preschoolers and experience their changes and growth through the preschool class,” Mrs Dellinger said.
Every single high school student in that class will be responsible to teach a class one day. They are also expected to plan a day schedule like an actual teachers does. This class is very hands on and gives the students a taste of what a teacher does everyday at school.