Wednesday, December 10, 2014

EP Finals Week

Here is what finals week will look like for us:

Monday - Independent Study/ Q and A/Quizlet for final
Tuesday - Marker board review/Game day review
Wednesday - Final Exam
Thursday - Independent study for other finals
Friday - Early Childhood Precision Exam

CD Finals Week

Here is what finals week will look like for us...

Monday - Independent review/ Q and A
Tuesday - Post test through Precision Exams
Wednesday - Marker board review and open-ended question will be given
Thursday  - Final exam
Friday - Independent study for other finals/ Toddler video

Remember - you may use the higher of the two exam grades as your final test grade.

IPR Finals Week

Here s what our finals week will look like..

Monday, December 15 - We will take the online Precision Exam.

Tuesday, December 16 - Marker Board Review

Wednesday, December 17 - Independent Study/Q and A

Thursday, December 18 - Final Exam

Remember, you may use the higher of your exam scores as the final test grade for this class.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Managing Time

Time is a resource that is often overlooked or wasted.  Sometimes, we think that we have all the time in the world to get something done, and then suddenly the time is gone and we have not done what we needed to do.  How can this be?

Often, people procrastinate.  They put off doing something until the last minute.  For your early work today, answer the following:

  1. What things do you procrastinate?
  2. What do you wish you had more time for?
  3. If you could spend your day anyway you wanted to, how would you spend it?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Effective Leadership

A leader is any person who takes charge in a group.  Yesterday, we read about good leadership traits and the responsibilities of group leaders.

For today's EW, answer the following:

  1. What are 7 effective leadership traits and skills?
  2. What are the top three responsibilities of a leader?
Since this is a new chapter, please start a new sheet for early work.  When done, turn this in for points.

Hint:  You can reference page 133 if needed.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Work Day Today

Today we will use our class time to work independently on the resume project.  This will be our last class period to work on it.  Be sure to do the following:

  • Complete the resume
    • enhance your objective
    • list at least two transferable skills
    • include interests and hobbies
    • ***add a section for Awards and Honors
      • list a/b honor roll
      • sports awards
      • student of the month
      • club officer positions
  • Complete the cover letter
    • Use the employer's address info from the job posting
    • Use Dear Sir or Madam or Dear Personnel Manager if no name is given
    • In the first paragraph:
      • Tell where you saw the posting
      • tell exactly which job you are interested in
    • In the second paragraph:
      • Describe yourself, your personal qualities and your skills
      • Match words to the job posting
      • Use words from posting to show that you have what they are looking for
    • In the third paragraph:
      • Thank them for considering you as a candidate
      • Let them know when you are available for an interview
  • Create a list of references
    • There is a template HERE
    • include 3
    • you should have complete addresses and phone numbers
    • It is best to ask someone if you can use them as a reference before you do
Lastly, use your time wisely, and ask questions if you're not sure.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Education Professions Themed Learning Pacs

One of our major projects in Education Professions is the themed learning pac.  Students are to create multiple mini lessons to go along with a theme of their choice.  The mini lessons include topics for math, reading, science, music, gross motor, and crafts.  Below are the pictures of the finished pacs.

Super Heros by Belanah

The Jungle by Kaylee

Dr. Suess by Abby

My Christmas by Moriah

The Circus by Bailey

Butterflies by Monica

Lunar Adventure by Khris

Mermaids and Friends by Shaylin

Merry Christmas by Bailey
The Solar System by Katie


Friday, November 7, 2014

Today 11/7

Child Development classes will be working on the chapter 8 review.

IPR will continue Marley and Me (and work on movie guide).

EP will take a vocab quiz, view the communication PPt, complete discussion questions for PPt, and take a self assessment of their communication style.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Imaginative Play with Puppets

Today, we will begin working on our puppet project.  Chances are that it will be done and ready to be added to your Themed Learning Pac by 11/11.

To help get us started today, the following links have been selected for you to explore.  Our goal for today is to plan and create a pattern for the puppets we chose.

If these links do not meet your needs, feel free to Google felt puppet tutorial or other key word options.

Monday, November 3, 2014


This week we will be looking again at teacher roles.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  The new words are on Quizlet, Chaper 10-What makes an effective Teacher?

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Your early work today is to answer the following:

  1. What is the difference between emotional and social development in children?
  2. What is the first emotion expressed by baby?
  3. At what age do babies begin to express delight or happiness?
pssst: crying is not an emotion :(

Friday, October 24, 2014


We will continue to learn about dating today.  For today's activity, we will be doing a jigsaw of the remaining information.  The following will be the topics of discussion:

  1. Stages of the dating process
  2. The advantages and disadvantages of going steady
  3. What to do when beginning a dating relationship
  4. What to so when ending a dating relationship
  5. The difference between romantic and mature love

We will partner in groups of three or four.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Baby Math

Today's early work consists of a couple of math word problems.  Please complete these on a blank sheet of paper (not DOCS).

  1. Jenny is taking her 3 month old to the hospital tomorrow to see the doctor.  The reason baby needs to go is because Jenny is not sure if baby is eating enough.  It is hard for Jenny to tell because the baby never finishes a bottle.  She wants to be able to tell the doctor how much the baby has eaten today.  Help Jenny figure this out by adding the following (fractional) bottle amounts.
              Bottle #1             3/4
                         #2             1/2
                         #3             2/6
                         #4             5/6
                         #5             1/2
                         #6             5/6

                                    How much did Jenny's baby eat?    ____________Bottles

      2.  While Jenny is at the hospital, she sees that many nurses are frantically running about.  It seems that there has been a baby mix up.  Apparently, this hospital does not use wrist bands to ID the babies.  Instead, they record baby's length to tell them apart.  The head nurse knows for a fact that the longest baby belongs to the mom in room A.  The other nurse knows that the shortest baby belongs in room D.  The doctor said that the baby who is just longer than the shortest goes in room C.  It was the receptionist who realized that if you put the babies in order according to their length from greatest to least that you would figure out who belongs to who.  Help the hospital staff figure out which baby is which by putting the following lengths in order from greatest to least

    17  and 3/4"

    17 and 2/8"

     17 and 1/2"

     17 and 3/4"

                                       How do these numbers order from greatest to least? ___________

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Open ended questions...

The following will be on tomorrow's midterm:

  1. Explain how I-statements help communication and how you-statements hurt communication.  Give an example of each.
  2. Sibling position is an environmental influence on our development.  I what ways does it affect the oldest child?  In what ways does it affect the youngest child?

Review for the Quiz

The following will be on tomorrow's quiz:

  • know 2 signs of early labor
  • know 2 signs of false labor
  • what happens during each stage of labor
  • review chapter 6 vocab
  • describe the head, skin, and face of a newborn
  • Define the Apgar scale
  • Name the five tested areas related to the Apgar
  • Name 2 ways to promote bonding
  • Define C-section

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review Day

Today, you will be working with a partner in preparation for the midterm on Thursday.  The study guide has been shared with you in Google Docs.  You will need to make a copy of it before you can begin entering responses.  If you finish the questions early, use the remaining class time to quiz your partner or work on Quizlet.

Review Day

We have a quiz coming up on Thursday, October 16.  Today, you will finish reading chapter six and work on the review questions.  The reading begins on 195.  The questions are on 204.  You will be answering 1-11 only.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Arrival...

What can we expect when a newborn baby arrives?

Today's early work is to answer the following:

  1. What are three common physical characteristics of a newborn? (hint: looks)
  2. How often will my bottle fed baby eat?
  3. How often will a breast fed baby eat?
  4. How long do feedings take?
  5. How often can I expect to change baby's diaper?
  6. When should I burp baby?

Not sure?  You may source the information from our text page 231 and 242.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Winner, winner...

Kankakee Valley High School has been awarded the 2014 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant.  This means the school has received $10,000.00 to implement a new educational program.  The name of the program is Reap What You Sew.

“Reap What You SEW”  is a program that combines STEM learning with creativity and real world application.  The program teaches students about applied math through the art of sewing.  Reap What You Sew focuses on a variety of math skills, problem solving, and analytical thinking.  Essentially, it takes applied math to a whole new level for students by rewarding them with tangible results for their efforts and learning.

Involved in this program are Mrs. Holcomb's FACS classes, Mrs. Preston's art classes, and Mrs. Blanco's business classes. Each class will use sewing projects as a way to study applied math. Specifically, each class will be involved as follows:
  • Child Development students will create and donate hats and mittens to local toddlers.
  • Education Profession students will create puppets to use with elementary school classes.
  • Advanced Child Development students will create and donate drawstring bags for local elementary students.
  • Fiber Arts students will create and sell hand painted and dyed tote bags.
  • Marketing students will work with the art classes to sell finished products.
Interesting, huh? If you are interested, but not in one of the above mentioned classes you could consider joining the Reap What You SEW club. For more info, see Mrs. Holcomb


Next Tuesday, we will begin taking the Accuplacer.  Students must pass this test in order to receive dual credit for Education Professions.

Today, we will look at sample questions to help prepare for the test.  These questions can be found by clicking this link.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Work Day Today

We'll be working on the review questions for labor and delivery.  Text page 189, 1-11.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vocab Today

For today's early work, define the following terms:

  1. Obstetricians
  2. Gestational Diabetes
  3. Preeclampsia
  4. Prepared childbirth
  5. Labor
  6. Delivery
  7. Cervix
  8. Contractions
  9. Fetal Monitoring
  10. Dilate

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 steps or less

Often, when we are asked to explain a process or how to do something, we get overwhelmed or lost in the world of "How did I do that?".  It's one thing to understand for ourselves how to do something.  It's quite another thing to explain that to someone else.  Take yesterday's math problem for example.

    Place the following fractions in order from least to greatest - 1/2, 1/4, 5/6, 1  1/6, 1  11/12

Someone might immediately say -"1 11/12 is the biggest because 11 of 12 pieces is nearly a whole so that might as well be two and two would be the largest.

This type of thinking works for those who know fractions well and/or can visualize them.  For others, it may sound good and they have the answer, but since they can't actually visualize it, they won't be able to apply it in the future.  What these students need are a plan of action.  They need what is called an algorithm.

An algorithm is a step by step procedure (normally for calculations).  The algorithm should be 5 steps or less.

For yesterday's problem, the algorithm may look like this:

  1. Ask, "Are the denominators the same?".  No.
  2. Ask, "Is the largest denominator divisible by the other denominators?".  Yes.
  3. Use the largest denominator as the common denominator.
  4. Convert each fraction using an equivalent with the common denominator.
  5. Order the fractions from least to greatest using the numerator.
Your turn:  exchange your homework with the partner you had yesterday.  Read your partner's explanation.  Does it make sense?  Could you work with this explanation?  Could it be improved?  How so?  Is it TMI?  Turn, talk with your partner, and answer these questions.

Taking it to the boards...

There is no early work today because we are finishing up the jigsaw activity.  So instead, grab your notes and a marker.  Let's take it to the boards.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Results Are In!

The RWYS pretest results are in and have been analyzed.  Here is what you need to know:

  • The pretest does NOT impact your class grade.
  • The pretest will be used to determine future classroom instruction.
  • There will be six lessons given over the next six weeks.
  • These lessons will reteach, reinforce, and extend current student knowledge.
  • These lessons will be known as Math Monday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


There is no EW today.  We will be working on the chapter review.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Work Day Today

We will be working on the chapter review questions today.  Also, we have two or three people who need to present their DMP scenario so we'll spend a few minutes on that.

Presenting Today...

No EW.  Please be ready to present your information about your birth defect to our class.

Be sure to:
  • speak loud and clearly.
  • make good eye contact.
  • face the class.
  • answer any questions we may have

Monday, September 22, 2014


What is a portfolio?  Well, as you know, it is an organized collection of materials and information that show how personal knowledge, skills, and attitudes have developed over time.  For our purposes, it will:

  • record and highlight your experiences and abilities that will make you a good candidate for teaching.
  • reflect your uniqueness
  • reflect your professionalism

For this course, you are required to create and maintain a portfolio.  We will be using an e-portfolio.  What is an e-portfolio you ask?  Click here to learn more.

For your EW - turn and talk after viewing the youtube clip.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Education Professions has a vocab quiz today.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FCCLA Year in Review

Every year, there is a theme for FCCLA.  Last year's theme was "Passport to Leadership".

This year's theme is “Uncover the Secrets of Leadership with FCCLA"

Every year, we do fundraising to help pay for our trip to state.

Smoothie Sale

Every year, we work on projects to show at state.
Early Childhood Project

This year, we want to expand our horizons in the project realm.

Every year, we put together a culinary team.

Every year we compete in the  ProStart Culinary competition.

Last year, our culinary team won Silver.

Last year, our childhood education representative won silver.

Every year, we look forward to crossing the stage as winners.

This year, we are looking for more winners and lots of GOLD.