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Delmarva Christian High School psychology students observed Pre-K students, ages eight months to two years, at Delmarva Christian Schools—Eagle’s Nest Campus Early Learning Center on Friday, October 30, as part of a Human Development unit.

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Delmarva Christian High School students Kirah Harmon, Taylor Walker, Rimmon Mall, and Mia Brown observe how Early Learning Center students, Ryan and Kinsley, respond to external stimuli as part of the psychology project.

“The Human Development unit is the largest section in the psychology course,” said Heather Mills, psychology teacher at Delmarva Christian High School. “From infancy to old age, we work through the whole process, including language, physical, cognitive, and social development, and study how we, as people, learn.”

To supplement classroom instruction, Mrs. Mills and her psychology students worked with the youngest students at the Early Learning Center to evaluate what developmental stage the child was in and discussed the temperament and personality of each child.

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Delmarva Christian High School psychology students, Mariah Wilson, Hunter Tyler, Hunter Lied, Zach Hudson, and Parker Thoroughgood, take notes of an eight-month-old student’s developmental skills at the Early Learning Center during their visit on Friday, October 30.

“My favorite part was interacting with the babies,” said Jillian Yi, a junior at Delmarva Christian High School. “I’m interested in a career in either child development or child care, so it was really helpful to see what that looks like.”

Mrs. Mills’ intention was not to just give her students an out-of-classroom learning experience, but to teach them other important lessons, too.

“A lot of students do not have a lot of experience with infants and toddlers,” said Mrs. Mills, “so having them interact with children at the Early Learning Center goes beyond teaching psychology—it’s teaching them about adulthood and being parents. Getting the students out of the classroom also shifts the focus from psychology to seeing what it means to be the hands and feet of God. Having them care for others helps shape servants’ hearts.”

It seems that Mrs. Mills’ students received the message.

“Being in their environment, I saw just how involved caregivers are,” said DCHS junior Mia Brown. “I realized how much work is involved in a child growing up.”

This visit was a first for the psychology class, but one that Mrs. Mills is grateful for and will continue for subsequent classes.

“I’m thankful the partnership that we have with the Early Learning Center,” said Mrs. Mills. “In the past, I’ve had to ask a parent to bring their infant child into class. But, now that Eagle’s Nest and the Early Learning Center is a part of Delmarva Christian Schools, my students can study these development stages in the child’s familiar environment. It’s allowed for a real growth to this unit and for the school.”

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Early Learning Center students Otto and Nole show off their reading skills to Taylor Hutson, during the DCHS psychology class’ visit on Friday, October 30.