Course Syllabus

Child Study Lab Course Syllabus

Grades 10-12.  3 Credits 5x cycle

The Child Development Laboratory program offers students who have completed an introductory child development course an opportunity to combine classroom instruction in child development along with a practical experience in the Child Study Laboratory School. This course will examine the development of the physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language growth of preschool children. In this laboratory each student will participate in planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating the laboratory school activities. For the student who elects this course more than once, many opportunities are available for more in-depth work with the preschoolers. Students may be assigned as team leaders or head teacher. Team leaders are responsible for organizing a teaching team. This includes planning, implementing, and evaluating lessons that are taught by the team. Head teachers act as the Family and Consumer Science teacher’s assistant. They are responsible for classroom management and overall guidance of the preschoolers. The head teacher also aids the teaching team with their daily lessons and helps to critique lessons being taught. Further opportunities afforded seniors is the intensive component. Intensive students plan the classroom environment, develop newsletters, create web pages, and organize other major components of the class.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify characteristics and or/needs of the whole child during the preschool years
  2. Identify multiple influences of development and learning
  3. Create lessons plans that promote learning through action, inquiry and exploration
  4. Teach creative lessons which promote learning through action, inquiry and exploration
  5. Assist each child to gain better control and understanding of his/her body thought interaction with environment, materials and equipment
  6. Provide opportunities for fostering an appreciation for the ethnic and cultural diversity of its families and its community; discrimination, in any form will not be tolerated
  7. Provide a healthy, safe and secure environment of children
  8. Promote cooperative, informative, and respectful relationships with preschoolers and families
  9. Provide opportunities to assist each child develop language skills which will enable expression of thoughts and feelings as well as an opportunity to increase knowledge


Course Content:


  1. Understand the Preschool Child
  2. Principles of Development
  3. Concepts of Development
  4. Influences on Development
  5. Parenting and the Preschool Child
  6. Considering the Needs of the Preschool Child
  7. Insuring Health and Safety
  8. Nutrition for the Children
  9. Value of Play and Activities
  10. Goals and Objectives
  11. Planning a Program
  12. Lesson Plans
  13. Behavioral Objectives
  14. Planning Activities
  15. Instructional Materials
  16. Evaluation
  17. Organizing a Child Lab Notebook
  18. Actively Participating with Children
  19. Observing Children
  20. Guidance and Discipline
  21. Planning a Preschool Environment
  22. Designing Play Space
  23. Organizing Functional Groups
  24. Interpersonal Relationships and Communications Skills
  25. Roles and Responsibilities of Groups
  26. Program Schedule
  27. Parent and Child Orientation
  28. Getting Involved with Children
  29. Working in Specific Areas
  30. Manipulative Skills
  31. Creative Arts
  32. Dramatics
  33. Music
  34. Language Arts
  35. Blocks
  36. Creative movement
  37. Math and Logic
  38. Science
  39. Outdoor Play
  40. Field Trips
  41. Observing, Documenting and Assessing Development of the Whole Child



Course Summary:

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