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Fall 2012

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HUS106 - Early Childhood Education - Methods and Materials
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Covers typical characteristics of young children (infant to eight years). Emphasizes learning materials and teaching methods appropriate for use with various age groups. Studies child guidance techniques, theories of play, quality program characteristics, and lesson plan designs. Requires demonstrations of effective lesson plan and story telling techniques.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
The student will demonstrate in writing:

1. For each of the following age groupings give three typical characteristics and one
way a teacher or parent could promote each:
-Infants (birth-1)
-Toddlers (1-3)
-Preschoolers (3-5)
-Kindergartners (5-6)
-Primary (6-8)

2. Write five common types of child care in the US today and describe two
characteristics and one purpose of each.

3. List four signs of a quality early childhood program.

4. Describe four characteristics that define a child as gifted and explain three teaching
suggestions for working with a gifted child.

5. Define ADHD and give five recommendations for parents and teachers working with
children with ADHD.

6. List four major categories of guidance, resulting in "self discipline".

7. List and describe the three parenting communication styles used with children.

8. Give the four goals of misbehavior.

9. List and explain the four theories of play and for each state one benefit.

10. Give five components for organizing a classroom to promote learning.

*11. List the nine components to a lesson plan.

12. State the three required segments in a learning objective.

*13. Design and demonstrate a lesson plan.

14. Write eight effective story telling techniques and evaluate yourself in each with a
partner. After reading a story using the following categories:
-Needs improvement
List 2 strengths, 2 weaknesses, and 2 steps to improve your skills.

* This course objective has been identified as a student-learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
1. Characteristics of age groupings and ways to promote each

2. Types of childcare

3. Quality child care programs


5. Gifted children

6. Self discipline guidance techniques

7. Parenting communication

8. Misbehavior

9. Play

10. Organizing a classroom

11. Lesson Plan

12. Story telling

Effective Term: Fall 2002