Children at the Lake Land College Child Care Lab recently explored a John Deer tractor which is housed on the Lake Land College campus for the John Deere agriculture technology program.
Allen Drake, John Deere agriculture technology instructor, gave a lesson to the children which included information on the John Deere tractor like what a tractor does and why farmers and the work they do is important. The children also got an opportunity to climb into the cab of the tractor and explore.
“I’ve ridden in a green tractor with my dad before,” said four-year-old Bodi. “One thing is they don’t have horns.”
The lesson was given in coordination with a unit where students explore farm life. According to Sheila Hughes, director of the Child Care Lab, students are learning about all that is involved with farm life including the animals, the type of work farming is and the equipment used on a farm.
“We’re incorporating this unit for the children because a lot of them either live on farms or have family members who are farmers,” said Hughes. “So we create lessons about farm life by introducing, puzzles, games and hands-on experiences that help the children understand how important farming is to everyone, especially in this region.”
The Lake Land College Child Care Lab has been serving the child care needs of campus parents and families for over 20 years. The program has grown and changed over the years to earn its reputation for excellence with the high quality early childhood education services they offer. The Lake Land College Child Care Lab differs from other facilities because it provides a hand-on learning environment for adult students in the early childhood education and family services program.