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Child Development 

Credit 1.00
Open to grades 9-12

Are you going to be a parent someday or will you be around children in your life? Are you interested in learning more about the way children grow and develop? If so, then this is the class for you. This course will examine the relationship between children, parenting, and you. Students will study the topic of human growth and development and explore the stages children go through from birth through childhood. Students will learn through many hands on and challenging activities about the physical, emotional, mental and social development of children along with care techniques. Topics within the class include parenting skills and styles, pregnancy, labor and delivery, infants, toddlers, and school age children. Students will also be given the opportunity to observe, plan, and work with elementary age students while exploring career opportunities related to children. Students should take this course if you are interested in the following careers: Teacher, Social Worker, Photography, Pediatrician, Child Care Provider/Day Care, Counselor, Psychologist, and Therapist.

Essential Standards
  • Students will apply theories of child development to various classroom situations.
  • Students will choose developmentally appropriate activities (i.e., physical, social, emotional, moral and intellectual) for various ages.  
  • Students will plan and implement lesson plans.
  • Students will analyze interrelationships among physical, emotional, social an intellectual aspects of human growth and development.
  • Students will analyze current and emerging research about human growth and development, including research on brain development.
  • Students will analyze the effects of life events on individuals' physical, intellectual, social, moral and emotional development.