Early Childhood materials grant helps Lewis University

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Early Childhood materials help Lewis University’s Early Childhood program

Published: May 12, 2013.

Dr. Rebecca Pruitt, director of Lewis
University Early Childhood program, holds
recently purchased materials.

The newly created Early Childhood program at Lewis University recently received a $1,500 grant from the Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies, Inc. The funds were awarded for innovative special projects.

The funds were used to purchase literacy materials for the new Early Childhood Department headed by Dr. Rebecca Pruitt. Materials included storyboards, books, big books, puppets and a puppet theater. The Lewis University Early Childhood majors will use the materials in the classroom and for field experiences with early childhood students.

Linda Whitaker, assistant professor of elementary education, submitted the proposal, “Early Childhood Literacy Essentials.”

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with Special Education and English as a Second Language Endorsements. The program is designed to help future teachers become invaluable to districts and schools through their abilities to adapt curriculum and teaching techniques to successfully meet the needs of preschool through third-grade students. Field experiences are completed in three different age groups—infant and toddler, pre-K, and K-3. After completing extensive coursework and field experiences, Lewis University graduates are able to dynamically integrate theory and teaching practices specific for the early childhood student.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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