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Developmental Stages for Children
Mrs. Fisher
Room 231 - Period W2


Semester elective course: .5 Applied Academics Credit

Open to grades: 9-12 Prerequisite:None  

Developmental Stages of Children focuses on “the early years” when young children are forming a foundation for ongoing development: experiencing first relationships, expanding their “life world” and seeking independence. We take a good look at all aspects of development: physically, social-emotionally, and intellectually. We learn how “play” makes an essential contribution to early learning. The course provides an opportunity for understanding more about human development, while increasing abilities in observing, communicating and critical thinking.

Developmental Stages of Children is an excellent choice for students who want to develop abilities through “real” life experiences. There is a weekly opportunity to work with 3 -5 years old in a preschool lab session. Video taped feedback is a tool we use to promote understanding. Whether you are interested in professional work that includes children or curious about human development and the learning process, this course will be useful.


Developmental Stages of Children Semester Course 

Education and Training for Working with Children

Available Text: Decker, Children: The Early Years                                                               Relevant articles for Reflection and Learning provided 


Learning about Influences on Children's Growth and Development

Understanding Current Brain Research Implications

Appreciating the Stages of a person's Individual Life Cycle & its Opportunities

Considering Principles, Theories, and Differences in Growth and Development

Observing Children: A Tool for Assessment

Providing weekly Child’s World Preschool” sessions for community families

Recognizing Underlying Needs of Behaviors and Responding with Care

Learning about Organization and Management: Lab Expectations

Following Guidelines in Looking at Growth and Development

Accepting Responsibilities as Individuals and as part of a Team


Course Units:

* Teaching through Play

Importance of Play in Early Learning

Stages and Types of Play

Caregiver’s Role in Children’s Play

Enrichment Activities for Developmental Learning


* Guiding Young Children

When and How Capabilities Emerge

Discipline: Structure and Consistency

Self-Regulation Factors

Special Situations Resources

Group Experiences for Children


* Enabling Early Social/Emotional Development

Self-Awareness and Beyond …to others in their expanding world!

Emerging Emotions… Meaning and Management

Formation of Early Relationships

Role Identity and Conscience Formation

Early Social Skills and Cooperative Group Responsibilities


* Meeting Intellectual Development in Children

Stages in Cognitive Development: Piaget’s Theory

Early Communication: Sensory/ Perceptual Learning

Language Formation Factors

“Emerging” Minds and Obstacles to Logical Thoughts

“Concept” Activities for Early Learning


* Helping Physical Development during Childhood

Skeletal Growth: Patterns and Care

Motor Development; Types and Differences

Nutritional Needs for Young Children

Physical Challenges for Different Ages, Interests and Abilities


Semester Class Project:  Profile of a Child 





Expectations for Child Development Class


 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                        

   3. Project Materials: Observations/Your Developmental Summaries


Preschool Lab Expectations:

*Rotate and share lab responsibilities.Look for ways to help other students.

*Students are not permitted to take photos, or record preschoolers on    

     personal devices.

*Alert me if you know you will miss a lab class. An alternative assignment can be given. *Clarify make-up expectations with Mrs. Fisher before leaving the class.

 **If suddenly you will be absent for a lab…please let me know ASAP!                    Call 236-7800, ext. 231, or e-mail me, ideally by 8 A.M.




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.