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Environmental Influences on Children
Mrs. Fisher
Room 231 - Period W2

Grades: 9-12    .5 credit    Prerequisite: None

Course Description: Curious about how different personalities, backgrounds, and contemporary pressures affect development? Together we will explore the current understandings about which and how environmental factors affect everyone’s growth and development, in particular the impact of emotional/behavioral development upon learning.

Whether you are interested in professional work that includes children or curious about human development and the learning process, this course will be useful. Environmental Influences on Children will focus on early development since this time period affects later experiences. Topics of study include: looking at the various “factors” in forming and maintaining relationships while living in families; the conditions for developing confidence, gaining self-control, making/keeping friends, mastering fears, adjusting to others, learning concepts, coping with bullying, rivalry and gender differences.

This child development class will have weekly opportunities to work with 3 to 5 year old children in our unique preschool lab setting. This popular hands- on approach to our class study deepens understandings and builds important life skills. Video taped feedback is a tool we use to promote understanding. Participants will be responsible for planning, delivering appropriate preschool activities, and reflecting on these class experiences. 

Class Syllabus


Child Development II – Living with Children

      Focus: The Environmental Influences on Growth and Development

This course focuses on environmental factors that affect the growth and development of a young child. The study offers insight into the role of contemporary pressures and stresses, as well as the universal spurts of development and the trying periods of regression that provide a meaningful window into a child’s intellectual and emotional development. 

The class will operate a preschool enrichment program, “The Child’s World”, once a week under the direction of a qualified FCS educator with many year of working with teens, young children and their families.  Participants will be responsible for planning and delivering activities for children in the preschool, ages almost three-five year olds.


Class References includes Brisbane, The Developing Child

Brazelton and Sparrow, Touchpoints… three to six 

Students access many other Classroom Resources, receive recommended Internet Sites, and  learn about Community Resources for Young Families


Units of Study: 

* Studying Children

       Factors that Influence Growth and Development…nature versus nurture debate

       Temperaments and Personality Development

       Guidelines in Looking at Growth and Development

       Four Aspects of Child Development and their Interrelationships

       Brain Development: Its Role in Young Children’s Early Learning/Processing

       Play’s Role in Creating, Imagining, Collecting, Sorting, Counting, Building,

                             Drawing, Pre-Reading and Writing


* Preschool Laboratory

       Caring for Children Well and Creating a Rich Environment

       Lab Expectations: Organization and Management

       Responsibilities in Care Giving Rolesas Individuals and Team Players

       Creating a Sense of Justice and Influencing Choices

       Observing Children: A Tool for Assessment

        Recognizing Needs behind Behaviors and Practicing Responses

        Activities and Services Assisting Children’s Growth


* Developmental Focus

       Gender Differences in Early Development Tasks and First Friends

       Environmental Obstacles

       Role of Motivation, Trauma and Anxiety

       Perception, Memory, Recall and Attention Span

       Developmental LearningChallenges: Create a Classroom Resource


* Relationships: Living in Families Today

       Evolution of Children’s Rights

       Types of Families and Ecological Theories

       Trends and Circumstances Affecting Family Systems within Cultures

       Readiness for Relationships/Responsibilities of Parents

       Parenting Styles and the Impact of Children Temperament/Birth Order 

       Characteristics of Healthy Families


* Class Project Challenge:

         Selected Topic for Research and Class Sharing

            ... Explore Possible Impact on Children and Caring Responses 






 Treat each other respectfully:

  *Maintain confidentiality(contents of class discussions and preschool labs)

  *Come to class on time and prepared: ready to focus and to participate.

  *Once class begins, turn off cell phones, remove any ear plugs for music, and

                                  close Ipads until directed otherwise.

   *Time your requests and raise your hand.Avoid interrupting presentations, or

                                                              going off topic during class discussions.


Tardy and Absence Process:

*Bring a coded office slip when arriving late or returning after an absence. 

*Check the class file for any handouts or assignments you missed upon return.

Make up” assignments:Ideally any homework assigned on the day of the absence is due one class period after the student returns to class. Missed class work not received in a timely fashion (after a week upon a student’s return to school) may not be accepted.


Sign out/in classroom procedures:

* Place any class assignments/work due in class traybefore leaving class.

Speak with me if you need more time to complete an assignment.

Name, and date goes on your work to insure accurate credit. 


Keep a Child Development Folder on Ipad for electronic forms and notes. 

Save the following in a paper folder or personal binder for future work:

   1. Completed Lab Plans with Reflections; Alternative Work if absent for lab

   2. Class Handouts    

Grading Policy:


Quiz/Evaluation Policy:Any quiz or unit evaluation may be retaken within a week. Original and retake scores are averaged. 

Grading Weight:

Class work: attitude/assignments/quizzes (1 grade) Tests (2 grades)

Lab process (3 parts factored into 1 grade)      

Class assignment or Homework (1 grade)

Project (4 grades)      Semester Exam 10% grade value



Consult Powerschool for graded assignments (completed "in" and "out" of class). 


Mrs. Fisher‘s Contact Info: 236-7800 ext. 231

 I am available for help/questions in my office white days W1 or by appointment.