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Lakeland Community College transitions to online teaching for preschool

Posted at 10:17 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 09:14:04-04

KIRTLAND, Ohio — Teachers across the area, including at Lakeland Community College, are adjusting in the midst of Ohio's stay-at-home order.

"We were a little surprised we'd be teaching online, but we're excited to try it," teacher Samantha McKinley said.

Since the state closed most day cares, more than 100 three-to-five-year-olds who attended are now at home, and the place they learned to grow and socialized has closed.

But the staff at Lakeland Community College's Teaching and Learning Center decided to keep teaching.

"We do a morning meeting. We do small groups everyday. We do reading time, nap time," McKinley said.

Through the app Class Dojo teachers can connect with students and create a sense of normalcy.

Mother Jill Dorsey said it's helping her 4-year-old daughter, who is used to being around a room full of children, stay occupied and engaged.

"It's great to have something for her to look forward to. There are comments the kids are making, and parents posting or kids doing their activities back and forth, and it's just to great to have that little interaction with the outside world that's been great for my daughter as well," Dorsey said.