Child Development & The Family

General

Child Development

This course emphasizes learning experience which help students gain knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of children from conception through three years. The course content centers around the following duty areas: managing and organizing child development by applying decision-making and goal-setting skills; promoting child development by applying physical, social, intellectual and emotional principles; practicing health and safety standards for children: providing experiences which encourage children to maximize resources; encouraging human relation skills in children; and evaluating family and career changes in relation to their impact on children. Information related to careers in child care is incorporated throughout the course.  

Semesters: 1
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 (Articulated Credit)
Prerequisite: None

Preschool Lab

Students will have the opportunity to study and interact with children by conducting a preschool laboratory for three, four, and five year old children. They will apply their learning about children through participation in the preschool lab, observation of the children and the direction of planned activities which meet the needs of preschool children. Emphasis will be placed on learning about various types of child care programs along with the role of the child care provider. This course will be of value to the student desiring present or future employment in the field of child care as well as training in care and guidance of children in the home. 

This period meets 7 periods per week.

Semesters: 1
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 (Articulated Credit) 
Prerequisite: Child Development and instructor approval

Internship in Education

This individual advanced study course in child and day care services is designed to give students an opportunity to participate directly with professionals who work with children in settings such as preschools, day care centers, and elementary schools. Students will observe and experience first-hand the essential knowledge and skills required to be a successful educator. Examples of duties the students may perform include helping students in small groups, creating and teaching mini lessons, designing bulletin boards, and performing clerical work. The content includes: career education opportunities, planning for the future, job-seeking skills, personal development, human relationships, legal protection and responsibilities, economics and the job, and organizations. This course is highly recommended for students interested in careers involving children and education. Students must provide their own transportation.

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Preschool Lab, Child Development and the approval of division leader.

Adult Living

The major goal of Adult Living is to help the student acquire a deeper understanding of his/her functioning role in society. Areas of emphasis will include: issues facing adolescents today; maturity, and character growth; personality development; stress and conflict management; decision-making and problem-solving; and cost comparison, budgeting, checking, and credit. Sexuality will be discussed. These issues will all be discussed within the context of the family, with others, and the realization of the value of effective communication in these relationships. The awareness of the factors involved in lasting male and female relationships and the positive aspects of human sexuality will be discussed.  These issues will all be discussed within the context of the family.

This course meets the Consumer Education requirement for graduation.

Semesters:
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: None

Orientation to Family & Consumer Sciences

This class will survey the areas of home economics related to foods, family, and self. It is designed so that the students will be introduced to concepts such as clothing and textiles, resource management, foods and nutrition, housing, furnishings, human development, interpersonal and family relationships, and the world of work. Students will be provided with information which can improve their quality of life and help them set realistic goals as a citizen, wage earner, individual, family member, and/or parent. This course serves the special needs population as an introduction to any of the classes in the family and consumer science sequence.

Semesters: 1
Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: Instructor approval

Contact Us

Matt Timmerman
Director of Curriculum
Email: mtimmerman@d155.org

Michael Manning
Cary-Grove High School
Division Lead
Email: mmanning@d155.org

Bob Hewett
Crystal Lake Central High School
Division Lead
Email: rhewett@d155.org

Michelle Kidd
Crystal Lake South High School
Division Lead
Email: mkidd@d155.org

Bryan Peckhart
Prairie Ridge High School
Division Lead
Email: bpeckhart@d155.org