COURSE TITLE: CHILDHOOD SERVICES
Grades 10-12; 2 credits; 36 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class begins by focusing on early childhood care and education careers and the employ-ability skills, learn how to prevent abuse and neglect, and learn positive ways to guide children’s behavior in order to encourage social competence. In order to ensure health and safety practices and respond appropriately to emergency situations, the students receive training and certification in CPR and Pediatric First Aid. They learn ways to promote health, wellness, and safe food handling through NDSU’s program of Teens Serving Food Safely.
Students demonstrate how to provide a safe and healthy learning environment, how to integrate curriculum and design appropriate activities to meet the developmental needs and interests of children, and develop positive working relationships with children and their families including those with special needs. These skills are exercised during several weeks of hands-on experiences with our licensed preschool program when the students become the “teachers”. Various guest speakers are invited into the classroom throughout the year, and students are able to visit various child care facilities to observe and interact with young children.
Further study of infants including brain development and nurturing cares are learned and practiced through the RealCare Parenting Program with accompanying project materials and baby simulators. Additional opportunities for interpersonal development and leadership skills that focus on children and families in the community are made available through FCCLA events, volunteerism, and working for the Gearing Up for Kindergarten preschool readiness and parent education program.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Explore career opportunities in early childhood and related occupations.
- Become aware of personal qualities and characteristics necessary for careers in working with children.
- Develop of professional attitude in the workplace and prepare for the world of work.
- Become certified in CPR & First Aid.
- Pass NDSU’s Food Safety course.
- Understand the developmental stages of children.
- Learn the value of good nutrition and wellness; plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks.
- Create a healthy and safe environment for learning.
- Develop appropriate activities, and plan a quality curriculum for young children.
- Learn effective communication skills in working with children and families.
- Gain leadership skills by participating in FCCLA activities and events.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Course Title: Child Development
Grades 10-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The study of child development explores the principles of human growth and development across the life span. Students are introduced to the responsibilities of parenting and building strong families and study aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children from 0-12 and adolescents are analyzed. The course examines conditions that influence human growth and development. It studies the effects of life’s events on individuals’ physical and emotional development such as abuse, neglect, marriage, divorce, and childbearing. Communication skills are practiced, and nurturing skills are explored and demonstrated. Choices that support development across the life span are examined, and community resources and services, and career options are investigated.
Students also become certified in CPR and First Aid, Complete a food safety program, participate in food labs, and observe and work with children in local child care facilities. They are actively involved in teaching experiences during the SRCTC preschool program. They have opportunities to observe and interact with older adults and at the local skilled care center. Additional opportunities for personal development and leadership skills in the family and community are available by participating in the FACS student organization, FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America).
Course Title: Parenting
Grades 10-12, 1 Credit; 36 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course identifies the roles and responsibilities of parenting and the impact of parenting across the lifespan. Parenting practices that influence growth and development are evaluated and include parenting styles, nurturing, and guiding practices. Health and safety issues for children and ideas for education and play are examined Costs, concerns, and challenges when raising a child are explored. Physical and emotional factors are analyzed that relate to beginning the parenting process. Through the Real Care Parenting Program and baby simulator students have the opportunity to really explore the emotional, financial, and social consequences of parenting. Effects of drug, alcohol, other stressors, and coping with various childhood illnesses are also studied.
Students become certified in CPR and First Aid, complete a food safety program, participate in food labs, and observe and work with children in local child care facilities. They are actively involved in teaching experiences during the SRCTC preschool program. They have opportunities for personal development and leadership skills in the family and community are available by participating in the FACS student organization, FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America).