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Their Work is Child's Play

Hesperia Unified School District

Hesperia Unified School District’s Magic Carpet Preschool, a school based enterprise licensed under Title 22, strives to enhance the learning and prekindergarten skills of the children in its care. It is also the practicum site for Sultana High School’s ROP Child Development Careers class taught by Libby Thomas. Thomas is also the director of the preschool.

The preschool is open 3 days a week. According to Thomas, there are normally between 15 and 20 children between the ages of 2 ½ - 5 years old in attendance each day and about 90 high school students from Thomas’ ROP classes. The preschoolers’ daily activities are guided by a lesson plan, which is developed and written by the ROP students. In addition to lesson planning, the ROP students’ role includes coaching, modeling and reinforcing; skills which help to provide the children with ideas in play situations. The ROP students are gaining practical experiences for their future careers while helping to provide the preschool children with a safe, caring and educational environment.

In the photo children practice music and movement to "Going on a Bear Hunt" after listening to Mrs. Thomas read the book aloud to them. Sultana student Dezirae Thomas is practicing her coaching and modeling skills with the children.

Sultana’s ROP Child Development Careers course provides the opportunity for students to earn college credit through articulation with Victor Valley College and may help them meet requirements for the CTC Child Development Assistant Permit.