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Would you describe yourself as both creative and nurturing?

Students will use creative and critical thinking skills to complete tasks that are comparable to tasks of a child care professional.

Students get to participate in the growth and development of children in our on-site preschool classroom. Students will spend an hour a week minimum working with the children and helping them with their daily tasks.

Consider a career if you are nurturing, patient, and have the ability to problem-solve. You must be a quick thinker and a multi-tasker. Talking to parents must not intimidate you. Being a child care professional is challenging, exciting, fun and entertaining. It is a new experience every day, some days may be a struggle so you definitely need to have a passion for it.

Major Units of Study

Universal precautions
Ethics
Physical development
Social-emotional development
Language development
Learning through play
Developmental theory

What you will do in this class

Students develop activities for children, problem-solve situations that may come up between caregiver and parent, caregiver and child, or caregiver and coworkers. We also complete projects to raise awareness of developmental concerns related to child development.

Create bulletin boards and work on portfolios that showcase your best work.

Work with the children for a minimum of an hour a week. Dance, paint, and play games outside!

Students have a say in how our learning experiences happen, and brainstorm ideas on how to make education better for others. The group-work students do in class is very important, which follows the concept – “it takes a village to raise a child”.

Tools you will use

glue, tape, paint, household materials like vinegar and baking soda for volcanos or cornstarch and water for goop, shaving cream, food coloring, kool-aid, and lesson plan resources like Mailbox Yearbooks and everythingpreschool.com.glue, tape, paint, household materials like vinegar and baking soda for volcanos or cornstarch and water for goop, shaving cream, food coloring, kool-aid, and lesson plan resources like Mailbox Yearbooks and everythingpreschool.com.

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I am glad that I have been able to experience and understand that children learn in different ways and need a variety of supportive techniques for them to learn best. I am also pleased that I have learned developmentally appropriate ways to handle less than ideal behaviors that will better guide children to make appropriate choices. Through my experience in this class I have built a tool-box of ideas and techniques to use in my future when I work with children. ReAnne Catlett

class of 2015

Example Job Titles

Child Care Worker
Licensing Specialist
Teacher
Aide
Students in this class may also go on to careers in social work, child advocacy, early intervention, speech and language pathology, special needs, curriculum development, children’s entertainment, etc.

Related College Programs

Occupational Development
Blue Ridge CTC, Martinsburg, WV

Elementary Education
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
WVU, Morgantown, WV
Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
Concord University, Athens, WV
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
George Mason, Fairfax, VA

Contact the instructor, Amy Files

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