Learning Outcomes for Child Development and Guidance
Lesson 1: How Children Develop
After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to
- explain basic principles of children’s development;
- describe the milestones that indicate different stages in each developmental domain;
- explain the importance of nutrition for children’s development;
- explain the importance of opportunity for children’s development and the lack of opportunity as a risk factor for developmental delays;
- identify strategies for recognizing and reporting the characteristics associated with developmental delays and developmental disabilities.
Lesson 2: The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers
After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to
- outline the milestones and typical characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of infants and toddlers in all developmental domains;
- describe the needs of infants and toddlers;
- identify techniques for meeting the needs of infants and toddlers.
Lesson 3: The Developing Child: the Preschool and Transition Years
After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to
- outline the milestones along the path of development in children between 2 ½ and 6 years of age;
- identify typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of children between 2 ½ and 6 years of age in all developmental domains.
Lesson 4: Positive Guidance
After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to
- explain what is meant by positive guidance;
- identify the goals of positive guidance;
- explain techniques of positive guidance;
- identify ways that adult behaviors, attitudes, and interactions can promote children’s positive social emotional development and guide positive behavior;
- describe positive guidance strategies and opportunities for interaction that lead to young children’s healthy concept of self, self-regulation, and appropriate interaction with others.
Lesson 5: Routines, Schedules, and Transitions
After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to
- name the elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood programs;
- explain why routines are important for children’s development;
- identify strategies for developing daily routines in an early childhood program;
- list reasons why transitions are often troublesome;
- identify strategies for pleasant transitions that contribute to children’s development.
Lesson 6: Promoting Child Development Through Activities
After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to
- explain what is meant by curriculum and developmentally appropriate curriculum;
- identify guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning;
- explain how curriculum planning relates to child development and fits within a daily schedule;
- identify goals for young children’s development at your early childhood program;
- list strategies for promoting development and learning by encouraging children’s active interaction with their environment;
- choose materials, toys, and games that will support creative play and exploration and create a learning environment.
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