Day Care Course Description
Weight: 1.0 Credit: 0.5 – semester
This course is open to juniors and seniors who have successfully passed the Child Care course with a “C” or better or with teacher approval. If you like working with children, then this course is for you! The course provides valuable experience for those students furthering their education in early childhood or elementary education, and also provides skills for the future role of parenting.
The course of study includes child care options, health and safety concerns, infant and child CPR certification (fee involved), and skills such as learning games, craft activities, storytelling, children’s songs, and planning nutritious snacks. Students “work” in a 10 week preschool setting with 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children.
The Lion’s Den Preschool Experience
The Lion’s Den Preschool is a lab-type experience for students who are motivated, have demonstrated effective work habits in the Child Care course, and have an interest in a possible career related to working with children.
This experience involves students in the Day Care course planning lessons for the preschool children that include mini lessons, snacks, games, songs, stories and crafts based on weekly themes that are age appropriate.
Students are divided into groups of two or three to develop lesson plans, observe the children and create eye-catching bulletin boards in the preschool room.
The goal for each teacher is to help the children in the preschool program develop into learners who will be ready for kindergarten by the age of 5. The teachers help the children develop acceptable social skills and behaviors that will enable them to succeed in a school setting and have a positive sense of self.
Grading for Preschool
The Day Care course was developed to give juniors and seniors a “hands-on” experience of working with and observing 3, 4, and 5-year-old children.
There are a number of different assignments during the preschool program. Most of the work involves working as a member of a group of two – three students. Your active participation in the planning and implementing of the children’s activities is essential to the success of the preschool program.
Preschool students are graded on the following assignments:
- Completion of weekly lesson plans
- Completion of weekly observations
- Completion of assigned bulletin boards
- Completion of preschool evaluations
- Completion of children’s progress reports
- Active participation as a “teacher” each week
Preschool Due Dates
It is expected that all preschool students turn in class work on the dates assigned:
- Lesson plans are due each Friday. Plans turned in 1 day late receive half credit.
- If necessary, a second lesson plan will be due Monday of the week to be taught. Plans turned in 1 day late receive only half credit.
- Supply sheets are to be turned in each Friday. Supplies are the responsibility of the student if not turned in on Friday.
- Children’s observations are due each Friday. Observations turned in 1 day late receive half credit.
- Bulletin boards are to be started on Fridays and completed no later than Monday during the homeroom period. Bulletin boards not completed on time receive half credit.