Story by Bailee Council – Social Media Editor/Co-Assistant Editor
Since the building has been open, Lee Summit North has offered Child Development and Preschool Experience classes. Through the last few years, it’s been taught by Jessica Benus. This course is designed to develop high school students into competent child caregivers by increasing self-understanding, knowledge, skills, and practices required for careers in early childhood education and services. This course will enable students to meet children’s needs and nurture their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social growth.
“We teach lessons, dance, sing, read books, play, and generally have a great time,” Benus said.
The class prepares students for the future by allowing them to have hands-on experiences working with and teaching children, in order to decide if a career in childcare/education would be a good fit.
“I’ve always wanted to have a career in education so this was just right up my alley; even if you don’t want a career in education or with children it is still really fun and a great experience,” Kaylee Sapp, junior, said.
Some students, like Sapp, who have already decided on this field have expressed how the class has helped them practice specific skills when it comes to handling kids.
Photo courtesy of Mrs. Benus