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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 “B” 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.