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Lsu Child Development Lab Preschool

Tower Dr & S. Campus Corner
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone:
(225) 578-2408

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The LSU Lab Preschool follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children's guidelines for developmentally appropriate teaching practices and accreditation (www.naeyc.org). Teachers in the LSU Lab Preschool combine their understanding of how children develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically with what is known about each child's interests, abilities, needs, and background. A developmentally appropriate curriculum provides the foundation for the mental and social skills that are essential for children's later academic success. Specific goals include
. increasing independence in meeting and solving problems
. promoting self-esteem and confidence
. promoting co-operation and other pro-social behaviors
. fostering cognitive learning, concept formation, and self-understanding
. fostering creativity and free self-expression in art, music, and dramatic play
. stimulating and supporting curiosity

Research has shown that young children learn best through sensory experiences and rich interactions with the physical and social environment. LSU's laboratory classroom is divided into the following learning centers: dramatic play, art, library, science, manipulatives, computer, writing, and blocks. These learning centers promote independence, foster decision-making, and encourage involvement. Teachers prepare materials in the centers in conjunction with a thematic unit, which is based on the interests of the children. Daily activities include center time, group time, juice, outdoor play, rest time, music, lunch, and story-time.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website