Monday, November 16, 2015

Thematic Learning Pacs

The learning pacs are now complete.  Each contains a lesson plan for the following areas:

  • craft/fine motor
  • gross motor
  • music/circle time
  • story time
  • math/science
Also included are plans for a nutritional snack and a bulletin board.  Of course, all are related to the theme depicted on the container.

Ducks by Emilie Bassett

Thanksgiving by Nicole Drinski

Halloween  by Trevor Wieseman

Owls by Rebecca Sims

Dr. Suess by Haley Ammon

Stars by Alexandra Brizek

On the Farm by Tori DeKock

Dinosaurs by Alyssa Allen

At the Circus by Autumn LaCosse

Candy by Jamie Beck

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

For Today...

Assignments for today are as follows:

1st - IPR - Work together on "Getting the Bugs Out".  When finished, go over in class to share ideas and perspectives.

2nd, 3rd, and 5th - CD - Read aloud 8-2.  Complete questions with your group and turn in for points.

7th and 8th - EP - Placement day

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Just as we have studied interpersonal relationships - our relationships with others, we need to also study our own personal thoughts, habits, and actions.  It is often what WE do that makes or breaks a relationship.  We should be able to recognize this and learn to make adjustments to promote healthier relationships with others.

Today's assignment is to reflect on your own thoughts and beliefs that you have towards Becoming a Pair.  Usually when we understand ourselves, it becomes easier to understand others.

Complete the self reflection that will be handed out in class.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Romantic Love VS Mature Love

Today we'll be reading about the different types of love - romantic and mature.  With your group, read aloud 179-183.  Your assignment is to answer the questions on page 188, 1-9.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Postnatal Period Continued

Today we will complete the reading of 6-3. Your assignment following the reading is to answer the questions on page 202, 1-7 and 1-2.

Quizlet and Study Guide

Today, we will begin preparing for the midterm which is next Thursday.  There are 41 vocab terms on the test.  A Quizlet folder has been created to help you study.

You can find the folder HERE.

You may need to create an account if you don't already have one.  Logging in with Google is the easiest way.

Use today to study the words and take a practice test. If you have time, you can begin working on the study guide.  Study Guide Link   You will need to make a copy before you begin working on it.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Work Day Today

There is no early work today.  Today is a work day.  Your assignment is to complete the chapter review for chapter 7, Relationships.  It is on page 168,  1,2,7,9, 10, 13 and 14. Finish posters as needed as well.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Coping with labor...

E.W. - Without a doubt, we know that labor is painful.  How do women cope with the pain?  Source this information on page 185 of the text.  Copy and complete the following outline format.


I.  How to cope with labor
     A.  Child birth classes
          1.  Mothers learn    ____________
          2.  ______________ is also taught
     B.   Pain Relief
          1.  _______________ is injected into veins and muscles
                a.Side effect =_____________________
          2.  _________________ is injected into the lower back

Finishing the movie today...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

First day of placement...

Just some reminders:

  • You need to be on site and in the classroom by 1:30.
  • You are to stay until 2:30.
  • It is your choice today - observe and take notes or help out.
  • If you take notes - record everything the teacher does.  You need to have at least ten statements.
  • Have fun and enjoy :)

For today...

We need to finish the reading assignment from yesterday (113 - 121).  We'll also be taking notes on verbal communication.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Changes for Mom

Within a few weeks of conception, a women usually experiences one or more signs of pregnancy.  Your early work today is to list all the possible signs and discomforts of pregnancy that you are aware of.  Aim to list 5 things.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Get Involved… Join FCCLA

September- Sign ups and officer election

October- Dog Beds/treats (lab) for  Animal Shelter
Pizza Hut Night

November-  Visit the nursing home ( Alzheimer's Disease) Make a treat for caregiver awareness month  Begin S.M.I.L.E. projects (optional)

December-  Prebake Day ( making goods) Bake sale at Tysens

January-  food drive/Begin preparing projects for state

February- crush fundraiser

March- STATE!!!

April- Visit local preschool and help with Easter activities

May-  Fundraiser - Kiss a Senior Goodbye

Seat belt check & end of year party

Fairy Tale Lesson Plan

Today you will create a lesson plan for a well known fairy tale based on Bloom's Taxonomy.  A sample plan has been given in class. 

For this assignment, you must:
  • Select a popular fairy tale that you know very well.  There can be no repeats so clear it  with me first.
  • Type up your lesson plan in Google Docs in the same format as the example.
  • Use the acronym SWBAT for your objectives.
  • Provide any worksheets listed with your completed plan - get them printed out.
  • Create samples of any crafts or finished products that your plan includes.
  • Share your plan and any resources with me and your classmates through Google Docs.
  • Present one portion of your lesson to the class as though we are the students and you are the teacher.
You will have time in class to day.  Your completed project will be due Monday.  Be ready to present on Monday as well.

#teenager problems

Problems - Who doesn't have them?  It seems like there is always a decision to be made about something.  It can be what college to go to, what job to take, what classes to take, who to hang out with, etc..  However, no matter what the problem, we can rely on the decision making process(DMP) to help us solve it.  Let's review.  The DMP consists of these steps:

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Brainstorm solutions or alternatives
  3. List the pros and cons of each solution
  4. Make a decision
  5. Evaluate the decision
Your turn:  Work with a group of two or three.  Identify a common teenager problem.  Complete the DMP worksheet to solve the problem.  Be prepared to report your findings to the class.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Links for today

Continuing Bloom's Taxonomy

For today's article, click here.

To review the chart on how to apply Bloom's Taxonomy, click here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


The following are links to various YouTube videos that discuss the theories of the different education theorists.

Assignment - select three videos to view.  Complete a video review sheet for each video that you review.

B.F. Skinner


Erik Erikson



You may search other theorists that interest you.

Goal Setting

For today's early work, you need to finish up your plan of action for the goal that you chose.  Also, select a speaker to share your plan with the class.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Instructional Methods

We will use the following link to access our Quizlet terms for the week.

Today's Presentation can be found HERE.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Taking Care of Business...

Have you gotten into Schoology yet?  Use the following access codes to join our class Schoology group.

1st hour - Interpersonal Relationships - CB975-ZS572

2nd hour - Child Development - X79T3-95NTD

3rd hour - Child Development -ZMRNW-GC29X

5th hour - Child Development -SFRFX-VV447

7th hour - Education Professions - NJ7QV-MSSHK

Work Day Today...

We will be using today to review key concepts about defense mechanisms and stress.  Today will be a work day.  Your assignment is to complete:

  1. "Your Attitudes Towards Living", wkst 33
  2. "Defense Mechanisms", wkst 28
These should be done and turned in before you leave today.

Practicing Abstinence

As we've discussed in class, the consequences of sexual activity are numerous - pregnancy, STDs, health risks, emotional stress, etc...  Often, teenagers don't consider the fact that the consequences are real, nor do they see them as serious.  Many times, they even take a "it won't happen to me" attitude. However, there is only one guaranteed way of avoiding consequences such as getting an STD - abstain from sexual activity.

Your turn:  Today, you will create a colorful and informative pamphlet to promote abstinence.   Your Pamphlet will include the following:

  • Catchy title
  • an opening paragraph that promotes abstinence
  • 7 different consequences of sexual activity
  • 7 different types of STDs
  • the symptoms, treatment, and effects of each STD

Thursday, September 3, 2015

10 - 12 year olds

Early Work - Complete chart for fine/gross motor skills and cognitive development for 10 year olds.   Use this article as a reference.  We will come back to 11 and 12 year olds.  Share your chart with me through Google Docs.

Today's notes:  We will take notes over growth and development for children ages 8-9 and 10-12.  Stack those notes onto previous notes.

You will have the last half hour of class to work on your time filler pin boards and mini lesson plans.  These are due tomorrow.

ALSO, we have a vocab quiz tomorrow over middle childhood. Study.  There will be words on the test from the previous test as well.  Review.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

7, 8 and 9 year olds

For today's early work, we are going to continue building our developmental milestone reference chart. Today, however, we will utilize the website called About Parenting.  About parenting has excellent articles about children of particular ages and their development. Refer to this article for 7 year olds.   For 8 year olds, we will reference this article.  For the nine year olds, we will reference this article.

As you read both articles, select three things for each age for each area on your chart.  For example, you need three fine motor skills for eight year olds, and three fine motor skills for nine year olds.  (Hint: you will need to click on the read more about physical development to get all the answers for motor skills.)

****Assignment****   Today's plans include Early work (above), Notes on 8 and 9 year olds, and an assignment.  After notes are done, you have the rest of the time to work on your assignment.  No other class time will be given for this:

  • using the internet, search third and fourth grade time filler activity or similar key words.  Locate 5 activities.  Write a lesson plan for one of your choice. Remember, this assignment will be due at the end of class on Friday.  Focus on age/skill appropriateness.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back to the books...

There comes a time when one must realize that text books were created for a reason.  Reason being, they serve as a frame of reference and provide concrete basic information.  Today, we are going back to the books.  We will be using The Developing Child as a reference in our early work today.

We've been discussing in class the skills and abilities of kindergartners.  It would be ideal to have a handy reference chart  for future use (such as creating lesson plans) that identifies exactly what children should be able to do.  For today, we will begin building that chart.  Our chart will include ages five through twelve and fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and cognitive development as categories.

Your turn:  On paper, sketch what our chart will look like and label it.  Next, source the following information in The Developing Child and add it to your chart:

  • Fine motor skills ages five and six
  • Gross motor skills ages five and six
  • intellectual development ages five and six

Friday, August 28, 2015


Today we will be exploring the area of Kindergarten.  For your early work, brainstorm a list of things students should know before entering kindergarten. Come up with a list of ten things.

Here are the links we will use in class today:

Classroom Expectations

Online Readiness Test

Kindergarten Standards

Mini Lesson Plan

Work Day Today...

Today is a work day meaning you have an assignment to do on your own.  You will review chapter 2, "Your Growth and Development".  You have a choice between the following to complete the review:

  1. Do the review questions on page 64, #1-15 (skip any three).  This can be done in short answer form or in a bullet list.
  2. Complete the crossword puzzle, "Growth and Development".

It's your choice.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By Popular Request

Today we will be taking a survey that will assess our own personal character traits.  Answer honestly so that you get a true picture.

You will have to register before yo can take the survey.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Since we are continuing our notes, we are kicking early work to the curb.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Have you ever found yourself studying other people?  Do you try to figure out why they act the way they do?  Perhaps you have concluded, "Well, that's just the way they are.".  When we see a pattern of consistent behavior over time, we begin to identify one's personality.

Personality is the sum of all your personal and behavioral traits.  It is what makes you different than anyone else - you are unique.  It's noticeable by you and noticeable by those around you.

Your turn:  How do you think people see you?  How do you see yourself?  Make a list of qualities and traits that describe your personality.  Your list should contain 10 things.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Time for Review

No early work today.  We will be reviewing instead.  So, grab a marker board, eraser, and marker for your group.

Multiple Intelligences

A man named Howard Gardner states that humans have 8 multiple intelligences (abilities in problem solving or creating materials that have value).  The 8 that he identifies are:

  1. Linguistic
  2. Logical-mathematical
  3. Spatial
  4. Musical
  5. Bodily-kinesthetic
  6. Interpersonal
  7. Intrapersonal
  8. Naturalist
For today's early work, you will take a self-assessment quiz that will identify the strengths of your multiple intelligences.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Environmental Factors That Influence Us

Yesterday, you read about environmental factors that influence us.  You were asked to create a list of those factors and give an example for each.  For today's early work, be prepared to discuss the environmental factors and their examples.  You will turn your list in after discussion.

Friday, August 14, 2015



What is FACS?  FACS is just an acronym that stands for Family and Consumer Science.  Family and Consumer Science is just the name of the department for the following classes:

  • Child Development
  • Interpersonal Relationships (IPR)
  • Human Development
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Education Professions
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Culinary
  • Advanced Culinary
This blog is just one way for you and I to communicate.  Speaking of communication, here is your first assignment:
On the back of the name card provided, write two statements about you that are true and one statement that is false.  Yes, mix 'em up.  As part of the get to know you activity today, we will try to guess which is which about you.  BTW, whatever you decide to share, please be sure and keep it school appropriate.  Thanks.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Education Professions Open Ended

Section four:  Complete the following chart over the history of American education

Time Period
Important Person
Three characterizing facts

Early National

Common School

Interpersonal Relationships Open Ended

Short Response (10 pts) – Your friend has just started a new job.  He has come to you for advice.  He knows about your expertise in the area of Interpersonal Relations.  Specifically, he wants to know what tips or strategies you can offer with regards to (1) how to build rapport with his new co-workers, (2) How he should address conflict between him and his co-workers, (3) ways to show he is a good group member, (4) ways to prevent miscommunication, and (5) how to motivate people if he is ever in a leadership role.

Use complete sentences or a bullet list to give your tips and strategies.  

Human Development Open Ended

Short Response (10 pts) – Complete the table by naming the 5 life cycle stages and two challenges for each stage.

Challenge 1
Challenge 2

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pre Pack


Ready for Kindergarten

This Spring, the Advanced Child Development students worked with preschoolers at the Jasper County Headstart.  As a thank you for allowing us to work with them, the ACD students made drawstring backpacks for them to take to Kindergarten this Fall.  Additionally, each bag was stuffed with school supplies.  The supplies included folders, crayons, glue, a pencil box or pouch, pencils, scissors, an eraser, and a note pad.

Students in ACD wrote letters to local businesses and spoke with community members to seek the donations of school supplies.  We received donations from Walgreens and the following community members:  Diana Boersma, Judy Roberts, Sarah Kritlow, Debbie Turpin, Ron Cates, Carson Pewitt, Tina Stacey, Karen Howard, Bill Shepard, and Dan Ellenwood.  Thank you to everyone who supported our cause.
The Contents of Each Bag

Preschool Day 2015

Advanced Child Development hosted their annual preschool days on May 14th and 15th.  The days were jammed packed with fun, crafts, excitement, stories, and play.

Story Time with Ms.  Chicki

The choir sang to the kids.

Story Time in the Library with Mrs. Walstra

Vegetable Art with Mrs. Preston

A Visit to the Culinary Lab

They LOVED the parachute games.

Hand Print Art

Fun with the Toys

More Hand Print Art

Future Culinary Arts Students?

Sensory Play with Shaving Cream

Painting in the Courtyard

Puzzle Time

Play Time

More Play Time

ACD Open Ended

Short Response (10 pts) –Imagine you are an educational theorist and you have been asked to give a presentation on your theory to a group of child development students at Purdue University.

In one paragraph, discuss the following – who you are, a summary of your theory, your beliefs, what you hold important, and what someone would expect to find in a classroom based on your theory.

You can choose from the following theorists.
  • Maria Montessori
  • Lev Vygotsky
  • JeanPiaget
  • Howard Gardner
  • Robert Sternberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Interpersonal relationships Final Vocab

  1. Accomodation
  2. Acquaintance
  3. Aggressive
  4. Authoritarian
  5. Body Language
  6. Checking out
  7. Collateral
  8. Compromise
  9. Concession
  10. Credit
  11. Democratic
  12. empathy
  13. Environment
  14. Gross Income
  15. Homogamy
  16. Maturation
  17. Moral principles
  18. Net Income
  19. passive
  20. Procrastinate
  21. Rapport
  22. Reflecting
  23. Scapegoating
  24. Stroking
  25. values

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Final Vocab ACD

  1. Accreditation
  2. Adolescence
  3. Communicable Disease
  4. Conformity
  5. Conservation
  6. Dexterity
  7. Finger Plays
  8. Gender Identity
  9. Guidance
  10. Head Start
  11. Learning Disability
  12. Learning Method
  13. Mandated Reporter
  14. Mental Retardation
  15. Moral Development
  16. Multiple Intelligences
  17. Object permanence
  18. Peer Learning
  19. Play Group
  20. Regression
  21. Self-concept
  22. Sense of competence
  23. Sense of Self
  24. Service learning

Human Development Final Vocab


  1. natural consequences
  2. scapegoating
  3. family life cycle
  4. milestones
  5. guidance
  6. zygote
  7. maturation
  8. placenta
  9. fetal alcohol syndrome
  10. rate of development
  11. embryo
  12. modeling
  13. conception
  14. redirecting
  15. battering
  16. stressors
  17. pile-up effect
  18. alienated
  19. coping behaviors
  20. lifestyle diseases
  21. self-concept
  22. self-esteem
  23. values
  24. pair adjustment

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exceptional Children

For today's early work, create bullet lists that describes each of the following disability.  Have 4 bullets for each.

  1. Learning Disability
  2. ADHD
  3. ADD
  4. Speech and Language Impairments
  5. Mental Retardation
  6. Emotional Disturbances
  7. Autism
  8. Hearing and Visual Impairments
  9. Physical Disabilities

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Interpersonal Adjustments

Today's EW - Complete the following outline and turn in.

Interpersonal Adjustments
  • Pair Adjustment
    • showing appreciation - 
  • Open Communication
    • Sandwich approach -
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Meet emotional needs
    •  show respect and acceptance
  • Financial adjustments
    • create and stick to a budget
  • Social adjustments
    • bonding -
    • keeping balance -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

IPR's Open Ended

As promised, here are the open ended questions for tomorrow's Midterm.

1.   Explain how I-Statements help the communication process and how you-statements can hurt the communication process.  Give an example of each.

2.   Your significant other is very friendly with members of the opposite sex.  This makes you extremely uncomfortable.  Write four I-messages that you could use  to address the situation.

The Open Ended

As promised, here are the open ended questions from tomorrow's Midterm.
  1. You and your spouse have decided to become parents.  What six parenting readiness topics have you discussed that now make you feel ready for this life event?

  1. You and your spouse realize that raising a happy, healthy child will depend on many environmental factors.  What four factors do you recognize as being most important and why?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Midterm Objectives

Wednesday's midterm will focus on the following objectives:

Students will be able to:

  1. define family, identify various types of family structures, and characteristics of families
  2. identify environmental and social factors that influence family wellness
  3. evaluate the factors affecting the decision to become parents.
  4. identify personal qualities needed by parents.
  5. identify terms associated with prenatal development and the periods of which they belong to
  6. identify hereditary and environmental factors influencing children’s development

Substitute Care

Today, we will begin talking about substitute care A.K.A having someone else watch your children.
So what is there to know exactly?  First, let's consider the following (discuss with your group for early work):

  1. Why would parents need substitute care?
  2. What types of care are there? To who/where would you take your kids?
  3. How would you know that your child was safe or being well taken care of?

Study Guides

Today, we will be working on review for the Midterm through completing a study guide.  We will go over the answer to the study guide at the beginning of class tomorrow.  You may work with a partner to complete it.  If you finish early, use the remainder of time to quiz each other from the study guide or work through quiz let practice on your own.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Activity Plans

It's time to start planning our center activities for Jasper County Head Start.  They have requested that we focus on Easter/egg/bunny/spring kind of themes.  The class is  the pre-k class.  There are 19 children who will be going to kindergarten in the fall.  They would like us to include number identification and rhyming because those seem to be the most difficult areas for several of the children.

Your group is to select an activity for  one of the following:

  • Art/craft
  • Music/movement
  • Math - number identification
  • Rhyming
  • Story Time
Once your group has selected the activity, then you will complete the following mini lesson-plan.  You will need to put any links in the Notes section for any printables.  I will print them out for you.

Game Day

Today we begin preparing for the midterm.  We are kicking it off with a game day.

First, go to Quizlet and make a copy of my midterm vocab set.  Use your early work time to review and study the set.

Quizlet Links:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Developing Skills for Group Interaction

Today we'll be starting a new chapter...Developing skills for Group Interaction, chapter 6.  Today's early work is to complete the following vocab terms.

  1. leader
  2. task-oriented leader
  3. authoritarian
  4. democratic
  5. relationship-oriented leader
  6. empathy
  7. agenda

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bright Bytes

For today's early work, you will complete the Bright Byte survey.  Use the following link.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Intellectual Development

Complete the following vocab terms for chapter 18.
  • transivity
  • conservation
  • hypothetical
  • learning method
  • peer learning
  • standardized test