LSU Child Development Laboratory Preschool featured on NAEYC's blog as part of Maker's Week


Staff from the LSU Child Development Laboratory (CDL) Preschool incorporated the maker movement into the classroom. Cate Heroman, Kerry Sheldon, and Sarah West wrote this guest blog for National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Cate Heroman is an author, early childhood consultant, and volunteer education chair at Knock Knock Children’s Museum, a museum designed for young children (ages 0 - 8 years old). Heroman is a two-time alumna from the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education's School of Education and was honored as the School's Alumna of Distinction in April 2016.

Kerry Sheldon has been an early childhood educator since 1997, working in a variety of programs. She recently joined the faculty of LSU as the Lead Instructor at the Laboratory Preschool and an instructor in the PK-3 Teacher Education Program in the College of Human Sciences and Education.

Sarah West is in her first year of teaching as a teaching associate at the LSU Child Development Laboratory Preschool. She is a recent graduate from the LSU's PK-3 Teacher Education program.

Making, Tinkering and the Toy Store Project

What happens when you give a young child a cardboard box? They turn it into a car, a robot, a doghouse, or a spaceship. Children are natural makers.

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About CDL

The Louisiana State University Child Development Laboratory (LSU CDL) Preschool is a Reggio – Emilia Inspired research facility within the School of Education and is aligned with undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood Education specifically. Embedded within the College of Human Sciences and Education, the LSU CDL Preschool serves as a laboratory for the generation of cutting edge research in the areas of child development and education. It also serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students and the community as a model demonstration site of effective strategies. Through its support of research and teaching, the LSU CDL Preschool will generate and disseminate knowledge about best practices in early childhood education to support children’s development and learning. 

About SOE
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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