There are a multiple child care courses at Wellsboro High School. Below, you will find a listing of the courses that I offer with a summary of the course and a link to the class website and class expectations. The class website has information about the day-to-day operation of the class. The class expectations pages has the course syllabus, behavioral expectations, and grading rubrics.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of these classes.
During the first semester, topics in this course will include the family unit, parenting readiness and responsibilities, the challenges of teen pregnancy and single parenthood, and prenatal development. Medical and dietary needs of the pregnant woman will be examined along with environmental hazards to avoid during pregnancy, such as the effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco on the unborn baby. Students will study the decisions and preparations of expectant parents, the process of birth, and care of the newborn. The second semester covers the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of infants and toddlers and will include the use of the “Baby Think it Over” dolls, which students will care for over a 24-hour period to experience simulated life as a new parent. Students will learn how to form positive relationships with children and develop effective parenting and caregiver skills. Other topics will include preventing accidents and illness, handling emergencies, care of exceptional children, and preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as an overview of possible careers relating to children.
Link to Child Development Class Website
This course will prepare students for a career in a variety of childcare settings. Building on the information covered in Child Development, students will explore the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of preschool and early elementary children. They will learn about different types of childcare facilities. They will discover what is needed to establish a child-friendly classroom environment and they will develop skills in story-telling and in presenting art, music, movement, math, and science activities for groups of children. This course continues by giving students the chance to put what they’ve learned into practice. They will create activity plans, design bulletin boards, and create other teaching tools needed to work with infants and toddler, preschool children, and early elementary children. They will develop communication and management skills and demonstrate good attendance, healthy living habits and a commitment to families and early childhood education. Students will be placed in child care settings outside the school to gain practical experience in child care.
Link to Child Care Class Website