Enrichment Experience Mandala (Grades 9-12)
Building on the previous prerequisite course, discover the joys of providing exceptional childcare and helping to develop future generations. Learn the importance of play and use it to build engaging educational activities that build literacy and math skills through each stage of childhood and special need. Use this knowledge to develop your professional skills well suited to a career in childcare!
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The student will demonstrate an understanding of communication in the childcare setting by formulating appropriate communication with children and parents, comparing and contrasting the different ways to observe children, and by describing how to use observations to improve care.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of crafting effective curriculum by describing components of pedagogy, differentiating popular curriculum models, and creating curriculum.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of discipline and guidance in the childcare setting by describing the types of child discipline, explaining how to effectively communicate with children, and how to differentiate discipline at different ages.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of early literacy skills by analyzing how to encourage language development, describing how to create a literacy-rich environment, and explaining how to support children in learning pre-literacy skills.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of early math skills by differentiating how math skills develop from birth to childhood, analyzing math skills learned during early years and describing how to create a math-rich learning environment.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal goals and development in a childcare setting by creating an educational plan and explaining how to succeed in a childcare setting.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of technology in childcare environments by explaining best practices when using technology and evaluating concerns and issues in educational technology.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of play by describing cognitive growth in childhood and explaining how to integrate play in a childcare setting.
Unit 1: Play: A Child’s Work
Unit 2: Guidance and Discipline
Unit 3: Communication, Observation and Recording
Unit 4: Literacy and Language
Unit 5: Early Math Skills
Unit 6: Planning Appropriate Curriculum and Activities
Unit 7: Using Technology in Early Childhood Education
Unit 8: Personal Goals and Development
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