Tuesday, December 6, 2016


EW - How does poverty affect the classroom?  If you are working with students who live in poverty, what impact will that have on your class?  Make a list of what a teacher may expect of a class who's students live in poverty.


What is SES?  What do I need to know about it?  What impact does it have on education? How will it affect my teaching career?

These are the questions to be answered by today'S article review assignment.  As you read the article linked below, refer back to these questions.  Use these questions to guide your responses to the review questions.

Anger, Anxiety, Depression

Read text pages 77-82
Complete the following questions

  • List five steps for handling anger in a positive way.
  • Explain the difference between normal anxiety and high anxiety
  • Identify three possible causes of depression

Friday, December 2, 2016

Helping Infants learn

Today is an independent work day.  Complete the following in your notebook.

  1. Early work - make a list of ten things that an infant will learn to do in his or her first year.  Title your list Infant Milestones.
  2. Read chapter 9 section three with a partner.
  3. Record ten important things to know for 9-3 in your notebook.  Title your list 9-3 Helping Infants Learn.  You should include how to encourage learning, Safe learning, the importance of toys and play, and how to choose toys.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Top ten causes of death

EW - Discuss what you believe to be the top ten causes for death and  how we believe these things occur.

  • view you-tube video, “Top ten Leading Causes of Death"
  • Pay attention to the causes, characteristics, factors leading to these conditions.
  • Identify the one common thread between all of these.

Group read  635 - 638. define the following terms - arteriosclerosis, hypertension, cancer, carcinogens, obesity, emphysema, ectomorph, and endomorphs

Getting ready to sew...

Today's assignment is to identify the following parts of the sewing machine and tell what each does. Then watch the video below and answer the video questions.

Time for the video...

Video questions (They are in order of the video)
  1. Where do you put the spool of thread?
  2. After you wrap the thread around the bobbin tension knob, you thread the bobbin.  Which picture shows the bobbin correctly threaded?  Picture 1 or 2?

3.   Before winding the thread onto the bobbin, you must disengage the needle.  This is not shown in the video, but how do you disengage the needle?  (hint:  the needle does not move when it is disengaged.)
4.   The arrows on the machine that show where the thread goes are known as what?
5.   When you first load the bobbin, the thread should come ________________ you and then be pulled off to the  right/left (which way)?
6.   True or false?  Turn the hand dial backwards when you want to hook the bobbin thread so that it can be pulled up through the needle plate.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Leadership Notes

View the following PowerPoint, take notes, and discuss.

PowerPoint Link

Complete worksheet 48.  Turn in for points.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Families grow older...

Today, we begin looking at the second half of the life span.  To start us out, define the following terms as early work.

  1. middlescense
  2. midlife crisis
  3. retirement
  4. social security
  5. supplemental social security
  6. medicare
  7. pensions
  8. elder abuse
  9. material abuse
  10.  adult day care
  11. hospice care

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Becoming a pair

Review yesterday's reading in chapter ten.  Complete the Becoming a Pair worksheet.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Question of the day:  What do P.I.E.S have to do with Child Development and all of the other classes Mrs. Holcomb teaches?  Turn to your neighbor and explain it to them.

Now for the early work...

On a sheet of paper or Google Doc, name two of the three patterns of physical development .  Give an explanation of the two patterns that you named.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Family Interactions

Can a family change?  If yes, list ways in which a family can change.  If no, explain why families cannot change.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Word Bank

  • more fearful due to imagination
  • develops sense of autonomy
  • play imitates life roles
  • refines fine motor skills
  • builds block towers
  • parallel play
  • learns symbols
  • plays peek a boo
  • stranger anxiety
  • babbles one syllable words
  • devlops motor skills
  • Throws tantrums

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Work Day Today

We have come to the end of chapter 8.  Your assignment today is to complete the review on page 188, #1-10.

Answer in complete sentences.  This is due at the end of the hour.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Labor and birth

Today, we will discuss the labor and birth process.  For early work, take turns with your partner and talk about the following terms.  How many do you know?  What have you never heard before?

Labor          Episiotomy          Forceps          Vacuum Extractor             Dilation             Cervix  

             Uterus                    Crowning               Cesarean Section                 Breech                 Placenta

               Transition           Efface            APGAR Test                    Vagina                 Contractions          

 Lamaze Afterbirth                    Fetal Monitoring               Midwife               Umbilical Cord  

              Preterm Viability                     Induced Labor

Be ready to discuss as a class what these terms mean.

The Baby Human Early Work

We will be watching The Baby Human today.  It is a clinical documentary of an infants milestones from birth through age one.

Before we begin, review and discuss the following terms and their meanings with your group.

Cephalocaudal Pattern

Proximodistal Pattern


How would you define these in layman's terms?

Quiz Today

You may use any notes, early work, or completed worksheets on today's quiz.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Whole Group Review

We will be kahooting today over communication.  There will be a quiz on Monday.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Work day today...

Today, you will will work in your small groups to finish the reading of chapter five (pages 117-124) and complete the communication crossword puzzle.

Tomorrow, we will Kahoot review.  There will be a quiz on Monday over chapter five.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today's EW

We will finish up the movie today and discuss it as needed.  Then we need to take care of some communication terms.

Define the following terms:

  1. placating
  2. stroking
  3. blaming
  4. prejudice
  5. mixed message
  6. closed mind
  7. distracting
With the exception of stroking, what do all of these terms have in common?

The Development of Children

We'll be starting chapter 13 today.  Your early work is to define the following terms:

  1. maturation
  2. rate of development
  3. shaken-baby syndrome
  4. milestones
  5. cephalocaudal pattern
  6. proximodistal pattern
  7. motor development
  8. neurons
  9. synapses
  10. symbols

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Effective Teachers

For early work today,

What are the six key instructional strategies that help make a teacher effective?  (hint: use your notes)

Communication review

Answer the following for early work...

  1. Define  nonverbal communication
  2. What are three different facial expressions?
  3. What are three different body motions?
  4. From number three, what meanings do they convey?
  5. T or F?  Nonverbal communication should match the verbal message.
Hold for discussion.  Prepare to take notes today.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Life is full of decisions from the time we get up to the time we go to bed.  All throughout the day, we make decisions.  Some will be small and insignificant.  Others will be huge, make an impact, and have long terms effects.  Some decisions will be good. Some will be not so good.  Some will be down right horrible.

So, what is there to know about decisions for IPR?  Here's the short list for starters:

  • There are two types - routine and planned
  • Decisions are influenced by the following factors - mental maturity, values, goals, standards, and resources
  • Decision making has a process.
That's it for the short list. We'll be reading more about decision making in class today.  With your group, read pages 94-102.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


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

  • sexuality
  • hormones
  • sexually transmitted disease
  • abstinence
  • paternity
  • confidential adoption
  • open adoption

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Making a Bunny

Time to begin making the bunny.

See the link below for the tutorial.

Bunny Tutorial

Stress, Anger, Depression, and Anxiety...

Today we will be using a Jigsaw activity to learn about stress, anger, depression, and anxiety.  Click the link below for more details.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Basic Needs of Children

For your early work today, list the categories for meeting a child's basic needs.  Give an example for each for an infant.

No Early Work Today

Today is a work day.  You will have an assignment to demonstrate your understanding of what we discussed and learned about this week.  The assignment is due at the end of the hour.

A Good Read...

The following are links to articles selected by students and thought of as a good way to review and extend class topics.

Interpersonal Relationships
  1. What Are the Benefits of Relationships in the Lives of Teens?
  2. Effective Communication  
  3. Introverts as Leaders in the Workplace     
Child Development
Advanced Child Development

Students are required to complete four article reviews per semester.  To find the article review instruction sheet, click here.

Have you come across a good article related to FACS classes?  Paste a link in the comments below and tell us why we should add it to the list.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Under Construction

Check back on the first day of school.  The class website will be up and running then.  For now, enjoy the rest of your Summer break.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Anchor Poster

For today's Math Monday, we will be creating Anchor Charts and discussing how to use them in the classroom.

Our Anchor Charts should have the following:

  • A title that reflects a purpose
  • A single focus
  • Precise math language (vocab)
  • Steps to complete (no more than 5)
  • An example
The Anchor Charts should also be colorful and visually appealing.  For some examples, click here.

Stayed tuned  for more information.