Child Development Lessons

Birthday Party Project

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There are times throughout the year that I need some “filler” activities due to testing schedules, the loss of seniors partybecause of graduation, etc. I don’t want to give my students free periods so I came up with a practical, creative project of planning a child’s birthday party. Originally this project was designed for my child development class as a team building activity but it could be used in a family unit as well. While this project is just about planning a party and the concepts that go with it, and fit into my time frame, you could easily adapt this project and make it relate to budgeting by giving students price limits or even make it a competition and incorporate a “cupcake wars” style approach. Either way students enjoy planning parties!

Trust & Bonding Lesson

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Being there for babies and the importance of trust is what this lesson is all about. Bonding is a term that describes a parent’s tie to an infant and typically occurs early in the child’s life. Strong bonds of attachment helps develop…

Literal Interpretations from a Child’s Mind

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One day when my children were young and couldn’t sit still I commented on how they were acting like they had “ants in their pants”. I didn’t think literal.int.picmuch about the phrase until my then preschool aged daughter literally checked her pants for ants! This is when I realized that children don’t always interpret the true meaning behind some of the common phrases that have been around forever; they actually interpret them literally. This lesson has students illustrating common phrases based on how a preschooler might interpret or visualize the phrase literally.

Literacy & Reading to Children Lessons

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I read to my children ALL the time when they were young, and if nothing else, I wanted them to be readers! And, fortunately, they are! There Read.to.Childrenare so many benefits associated with reading to children at an early age from bonding to improved vocabulary (which helps now that the SATs are right around the corner). This lesson explores the amount of time students spend reading to other screen and electronic device activity and encourages them to research and explore why reading to children is so beneficial to their growth and development. I’ve also included a fun component for students to learn the do’s and don’ts of reading to children while encouraging them to enhance their own oral presentation skills by reading aloud a children’s book.

The Power of Purple: Shaken Baby Syndrome & The Period of Purple Crying

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While Shaken Baby Syndrome might be a familiar term associated with child abuse, the Period of Purple Crying may not be. The two terms are closely related as the constant crying associated with purple crying may lead one to violently shake their child. This lesson educates students about both to hopefully decrease the risks of both occurring in the future. This lesson also includes a fairly quick and easy community service project for students of all ages and abilities to complete to help spread information about the important cause.

Navigating the Brain

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The brain is fascinating to teach but simplifying it down to a level that high school students will grasp can be difficult as it can be a little overwhelming.  I have been teaching this topic for years as I am…

Family Birth Order

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Study after study shows that birth order plays a huge role in developing one’s personality.  Each birth order position has a unique set of characteristics.  This lesson engages every student in the class because everyone has a birth order position…

Welcome to the World: Labor & Delivery Common Core Style

At the beginning of this school year, at an in-service program, we were asked by our administrators to do three things within our respective curriculums.  One: Implement more projects.  Two: Use more technology. Three: Become more multi-disciplined.  With that being said I…

Prenatal Nutrition

Eating healthy is always important but especially when you are expecting a child!  As a pregnant mom you are your child’s lifeline to good health and nutrition.  So remember if you eat junk so does your developing baby, but if…

Sensory Play

From birth children begin to learn about their world through their senses.  Research even tells us that sensory play contributes to brain development.  This lesson focuses on why caregivers need to provide sensory rich environments for children and challenges students…