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Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning

5 Clock Hours / 0.5 CEUs

Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning

Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning Course Description: 

This course applies to toddlers and preschoolers. 

Learn to plan curriculum to promote young children's development and make your days with children run more smoothly. Course discusses the elements of lesson plans and presents sample lesson plans. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning you will be able to identify guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning; identify state rules and regulations for program planning in early childhood facilities; indicate goals and strategies to promote young children’s development; describe the relationship of academic programs to developmentally appropriate curriculum; identify steps necessary for lesson plan creation and evaluation; and indicate how the learning environment toys and play equipment relates to lesson planning.

[Please note: Much of the material in this course also appears in Lesson 6 of the 20-clock-hour course Child Development and Guidance. If you are interested in a longer course that includes this topic, you may wish to take this 20-hour course.]

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
GDK-13N9 CourseBook English50.5 $34.00
GDK-23N9 Online Course English50.5 $34.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

Topics Covered in Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning: 

  • What is developmentally appropriate curriculum?
  • Guidelines for curriculum planning
  • State regulations for program planning
  • Goals and strategies for children's development
  • Problems with academic programs for young children
  • Using themes in curriculum development
  • Contents of lesson plans
  • Guidelines for selecting activities
  • Preparing, evaluating, and implementing lesson plans
  • Sample lesson plans
  • Developmentally appropriate learning environments
  • Selecting developmentally appropriate toys and play equipment   

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning:

I received my order very quickly and have submitted my responses. It was an interesting topic and I enjoyed the reading. Thanks! - Bedford, Massachusetts

Very helpful in determining what program to work for and how to design lessons! Thanks! - Bend, Oregon

Excellent course! I found it very informative. It’s refreshing to know that I can meet my training requirements during my regular 50 hour work week and not have to take an entire evening or Saturday to attend outside training. I will absolutely be a repeat customer and will recommend Care Courses to others! - Ashaway, Rhode Island

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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on original Care Courses certificates of completion mailed through the US Post Office. All course formats receive an original mailed certificate. Once you have completed a course and submitted your answers to us you can expect to receive your certificate within 10 business days (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).

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