This is a good course for students who are interested in working with children. This is the first course in a sequence preparing students who are interested in pursuing a career working with children. This course will help prepare students for future parenting roles. Emphasis will be placed on prenatal development and the effects on the developing infant, pregnancy, and caring for the infant. This class is a prerequisite for Child Development, Advanced.
Students are given the opportunity to work with kindergarten students each week. The students in child development help the kindergarten students with whatever lesson on which they are working. Students in child development learn to write the alphabet using D'Nealian style writing with both their left and right hands so that they will be able to assist a kindergarten student with his/her writing.
Students in child development also must read 4 first-third grade Award Winning Reading Counts Books and 1 fourth-sixth grade Award Winning Reading Counts Book and pass the respective computerized test for eat. As students think about becoming parents someday, they need to be conscious of what "good literature" for children is. This assignment should help them recognize "good literature".
The students in child development have begun working with the kindergarten students one day a week. The class goes to the kindergarten room and assist with whatever lesson is being completed. The students have helped with cutting, sequencing, recognizing sight words, preparing art work for Grandparents' Day, and helping with activities related to learning about the senses of sight and sound.
The class is also preparing for the LifeSmarts competition by taking a LifeSmarts practice test daily. As a class, each student and the teacher are learning more about the five topic areas: Health/Safety, Environment, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Personal Finance and Technology. The first part of November the class will take the competition quizzes to determine who qualifies for state competition.