A Mutual Learning Experience

Babylon School District’s preschool program for district residents, offered as part of the high school’s college child psychology course, also earns students  college credit through Long Island University’s Secondary Collegiate Articulated Learning Experience (SCALE) program. The program, which is located at the high school, offers a unique and active learning environment for both preschoolers and high school students.

Students enrolled in child psychology apply the knowledge they acquire during the course as they take on the role of student teachers in a preschool class of 24 children. The students work together to develop creative lesson plans, age-appropriate activities, and construct learning materials. Every Tuesday and Thursday, they serve as positive role models to the three- and four-year-old children in the program. The students enrolled in child psychology practice critical thinking strategies, demonstrate leadership skills, and communicate effectively all while gaining practical, hands-on experience working with children.

“Having the preschool located at the high school provides valuable resources including our own library, access to recreation areas, community connections, and services provided by various student organizations,” said teacher Lisa Brush. “I work with a responsible, compassionate, and dedicated group of high school students. Every day it is evident how much they care about the children in our program. We collaborate to make every preschool day a success, with the hope that we are instilling in the children a love for school and learning.”

In addition to the educational benefits, the program provides high school students with the opportunity to get a head start on their college education by enabling qualified juniors and seniors to earn college credits, which can be transferred to eligible universities.

Anyone interested in enrolling their child at Babylon Preschool can pick up an application in the high school attendance office and return it to the attention of Ms. Brush, Family & Consumer Sciences.