Co or Prerequisite: EDUC 200
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore, reflect, and build upon the theoretical grounding gained in Child Development Birth – 5 years. The course will focus on presenting a unique system for observing and recording development of children ages 3 to 5 in early childhood classroom settings. The system is based on a progression of children’s skill development in six major areas: emotional development, social development, physical development, cognitive development, language development, and creative development. Students will not only explore how to observe, record, and interpret development of children 3 through 5 years of age, but also have opportunities to discuss what these children are like and how to support them in their development with exciting hands-on activities. Students will identify ways to connect their observations to making individual learning plans, assessment of individual children for program development, and developing classroom activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Students will have numerous opportunities to link theory to practice, with a focus on hands-on learning. Students are encouraged to question, reflect, and integrate their experiences and readings while they learn from each other through small group brainstorming, problem solving, and discussions.