Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Why Study Human Development?

Today's reading assignment is on "Why We Study Human Development".  To access the article, click the link below.

Name the 5 reasons we study human development and briefly explain each.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Are you ready for this?

The Mess Test...

The Toy Test...
The dressing test...

The feeding Test
The sleep test

Oh Where, Oh Where...

Have you considered where you'll go for college?  There are so many choices out there.  What will be the right choice for you?  It's not often an easy choice either since there are so many factors involved...

  • stay local or go away?
  • live on campus or off?
  • Part time or full-time?
  • Cost?
  • Scholarships?
  • etc..,  etc.., etc...
Your turn:  List colleges that you've been considering.  Next, list and prioritize what factors are most important to you.  Last, list any concerns you have. 

Parenting's Easy!?

It's harder than most realize.  Sure, bazillions (yes, I made that word up.) of people have done it throughout history, but think about it.  There are many challenges ahead for those who want to be parents.  There are sleepless nights, hundreds thousands of diaper changes, feedings throughout all hours of the night, and this only names a few challenges.

Your turn:  What challenges can you think of for those who want to become parents?  Create a list.

Friday, August 18, 2017


Please login to Precision Exams Indiana.  We will take the pretest today.  I will authorize the test when everyone is logged in.  

Sixth Hour Test Code all caps


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Name that Family

Can you name these popular TV Families?


Are they nuclear, blended, extended, or single?  Can they be more than one type?

Discuss in answers in class.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Teaching as a Profession

For your early work today, read about the teaching profession using the infograph found here.  Answer the questions on the worksheet .

***Remember to make a copy before answering.  Move your document to this week's assignment folder to turn it in.

What is Family?

If someone asked you about your family, what would you say?  Who are they?  What do they do?  Are they typical or anything but?

Meet the Jetson's.  They were once said to be a typical American family (futuristic of course).  Why do you think that is?

Your turn.  Write a one paragraph journal about your family.  Who are they?  What are their names?  What are their roles?  Add anything else you'd like us to know about them.

Bulletin Boards

Your turn:  Think about the best bulletin boards you remember from your elementary school days.  What made them special or cool?  Discuss and share ideas with your group.

This past week, we've been learning all we can about "Teaching as a Profession".  Today we will put our new knowledge to use and share the information with others in the form or a bulletin board.  These will be displayed around our school halls.  Consider how you will make yours unique, colorful, creative, and a decorative focus point.  For all of the specifics, click here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Consider this...

It is often easy to overlook the affect that a teacher has on her students, their performance, and the class atmosphere.  Some teachers quickly put everyone at ease and encourage them to thrive.  Others make their students stressed and inadvertently cause them to shut down.  Why is it so?  Why does it seem that there are "good" teachers and "bad" teachers?  What makes the difference?

Your turn:  You've been around enough teachers to identify qualities that help and qualities that hurt.  Think about both.  Create two lists - one that describes positive teacher qualities and one that describes negative teacher qualities.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Welcome to Family and Consumer Science.  You may be here for any of the following classes:

1st - Nutrition and Wellness
2nd - Child Development
3rd - Nutrition and Wellness
5th - Child Development
7th and 8th - Education Professions

This is our class website.  We will use this website for the communication of early work.  Check here daily.


Click on the tab of your class at the top.  You don't want to do the wrong early work.

Why Teach?

So many professions to choose from... why teach? Ask a dozen people and you are likely to get at least a dozen different answers.  The choice is that of a personal one.  The choice is not really something to be taken lightly.  The choice should be very well thought out.

Personally I chose to teach for a couple of reasons.  When I first made the decision, it was about family.  I knew that it was the one career that would allow me maximum time with my family.  Another reason was that I wanted to make a difference and help people.  I liked the idea of sharing my own knowledge and experience.

Your turn:  Why are you thinking of becoming a teacher?  Is there a driving force behind your decision?  What do you see yourself doing everyday as a teacher?  

For more reasons why people teach, click here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Work Day Today

You have a work day today to study for finals.  You can work on the extra credit study assignments.

This extra credit is for you to take initiative and study for the final.  You may do one, two, all three or none.  It is optional.  The credit will go on your quarter grade or final grade - your choice.
#1 - Create vocab flashcards set to study from. (5 points) Can be a Quizlet
#2 - Create a bullet outline using the content notes given in class with 3-4 bullets per item. (10 pts). Content is on Schoology for each class
#3 - Have a parent or guardian sign a note saying that you studied for at least 30 minutes. (5 points)

Show them to me no later than the day before your final in class.  Yes, do all three and you get 20 points.

All materials are on Schoology including -final vocab list, and final content list.  
If you have any questions, message me on Schoology or ask a co worker.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Preschool Visit

For your early work today, write up a 2 paragraph summary of your experience at the preschool.  Your summary should include the following -

  • the day you went
  • the age group you worked with
  • the sequence of events/activities that you observed
  • a description of the activities that you help kids with
  • interesting or funny things that happened
  • Identify what skills you felt they were learning
  • closing thoughts/opinions about your visit overall,

Different but not Less

What does Temple mean when she says "different but not less"?  How does this affect the way you view special needs students?  will it affect the way you work or interact with them?  What are your final thoughts on the movie?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Beginning the Job Search

Today, we will start the Resume Project.  Your early work is to make a list of all extracurriculars that you have been involved in - clubs, sports, volunteer work. Next, add any jobs that you have had to that list.

In addition to this early work, here is what we want to accomplish today:

  • review job search steps
  • search jobs at,, or
  • research 3 job openings for your field or any part time job that you are interested in.
  • Begin completing career research worksheet for the three jobs.

For a sample, click here.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Positive Mental Attitude

PMA...  Do you have it?

Sometimes, it is difficult to keep a positive mental attitude.  This is especially true when the things going on around us are negative, stressful, and/or challenging.  However, keeping a PMA is extremely important because it can help us cope or deal with what is going on.  Often, it helps if we have a mantra or motto.  This is just a phrase or quote that we identify with that helps us stay focused in a positive manner.  For example, it can be as simple as "Just keep swimming"  which is Dori's famous quote from Finding Nemo.  "Just Keep Swimming" simply meant not to give up or stop even when something bad is happening like in Dori's case of being chased by sharks.

Your turn: For EW, write a PMA quote that you are familiar with and explain what you think it means or how you apply it to your life.  If you don't know a quote or are looking for a new one, Google "positive mental attitude quote" and search images.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Steps in the job search process

Early work - brainstorm with your group a list of steps that you would take to find and get a job.

Group read pages 463-468.  Discuss and take notes on job search steps.  (hint: there are 9)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Specific Emotions for One to Three Year Olds

Complete the reading of chapter 11-1.  Take notes on the following.  Turn in for points.

 - What does it look like in children?
 - What three reasons cause their anger?
 - What three things can they be taught to help handle their anger?

 - What typical fears to toddlers have?
 - What are four ways to help a child deal with their fears?

 - What is a common reason for jealousy?
 - What are four things a parent can do to cut down on jealousy?

Love and affection
 - Love is a _________________behavior.
 - How can we help children learn to love?

 - What is it?
 - What are three ways we can teach empathy?

Autoimmune Disease

Today, we will take a closer look at autoimmune diseases.

1.  Watch the following video and complete the worksheet with your group.  Hold for discussion.

2.  Read the following article independently. Click here for article. Be prepared to answer exit slip questions.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Work and your lifestyle

Today, we will talk about the kind of life you want to have when you are ready to move out on your own.  Think about it - will you stay single for a while, or get married and start a family?  If so, how many kids will you have?  Where will you live - in the city, by the ocean, in the mountains, or in a rural community like Demotte?  Will you take vacations - Disney World? another country? or just a staycation?

Add in hobbies, cars, night life, cell phones, internet, etc.. and you've got a lifestyle to maintain.  For your early work, complete the worksheet, Work and Your Lifestyle.

Next, you will see how much it will all add up to be at Jumpstart Reality Check.

Finally, you'll research 3 jobs that will help you pay for the lifestyle you want.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Work Day For Chapter 6, Leadership

Finish the reading of chapter six and complete the reading and questions on page 145, questions 1-9.

Turn in for a grade.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Addictive Substances

Today, we are going to learn about addictive substances and what they do to the body.  Watch the video below and take notes to answer the questions.


  1. What types of sugar are mentioned in the video?
  2. What two things does your body do with sugar?

Video #2   Name 5 effects of sugar on your body.

Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol
Questions for notes...
  1. What are the four types of drugs?
  2. Name an example for each.
  3. How would you define drug?
  4. What type of drug is smoking?
  5. What is reduced in your body when you smoke?
  6. What type of drug is alcohol?
  7. What are the two short term effects of alcohol?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


The following video gives us a look at leadership in action.  View the video and be able to answer these questions.  You can write the information in your ew notebook.

  1.  Who is the leader?
  2. What qualities does this leader have?
  3. In what ways does the leader lead?
  4. What makes this character the leader?
  5. Was this leader effective?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PSA Lifestyle Diseases

Today, you will begin researching a disease caused by lifestyle and create a mini poster public service announcement (PSA) visual for hall display. You will also present your findings to the class.

For the PSA visual, include the following

  • Name of the disease (large visually appealing title) (5)
  • a definition or explanation (5)
  • warning signs to look for (5)
  • symptoms that would be experienced (5+)
  • causes of the disease (3-5)
  • lifestyle changes that should be made for prevention (4-6)
  • Color, artwork, creativity (10)

This assignment will be 40 points total with the possibility for 10 extra credit points.  Extra credit will be based on information given that surpasses the basic requirements listed above.

To complete this assignment, you are to use internet resources.  You need to have three sources.  The sources must be listed on the back of your poster.

Diseases to choose from are:
  • Hypertensive heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrheal diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Lower respiratory infections/pneumonia/bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Early Childhood Classroom


Objective: The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you have learned about the early childhood classroom by creating a visual representation of the classroom.

Directions:  You are to create a classroom diagram to scale.  You will use the following criteria.  Each are worth five points each.
  • room will be 22 X 30 (feet)
  • Scale the drawing so that 1 inch  = 1 foot
  • include 8 centers and label these
  • include 2 doors/exits
  • include a sink 
  • boys and girls bathroom
  • distinguish between carpet and laminate flooring
  • include at least ten representations for toys, blocks, books, etc
  • be colorful and creative
Total points = 45

To help you with scaling, you may measure our classroom cabinets, doors, sink, book shelves, etc so that you know how much room these things take up.  Refer to your notes and book page 640 for center information.

Sensory Learning Article Review

Today, we will be digging deeper into sensory learning.  Our our purpose today is to find out the significant role that sensory learning plays.  Specifically, you should be able to discuss the following:

  1. Four effects that sensory learning can provide for children
  2. How babies gain information when they interact with the world
  3. Why parents and care givers should use descriptive language when working with children
Your assignment:

Select one of the following articles to read and review.  Complete the article review summary sheet found HERE.  Turn in for a grade.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sensory Learning Videos

Why is sensory learning important for infants and toddlers?


What are the reasons discussed in this video below?

  1. It improves eye muscle control.
  2. It encourages fine and gross motor skills.
  3. It improves concentration.
  4. It improves listening skills.
  5. It provides a mean for language acquisition.
  6. It is therapeutic.

5 Senses

When is the last time you thought about all of the senses you use?  Can you name all five?  For today's early work, we will be focusing on using all five of our senses and assigning descriptive words to each sense.

Your task:

  • List all five senses.
  • Use all five senses to describe eating a pretzel by listing three descriptive words for each sense.

For more information on sensory learning, we will be reading an online article.  Click HERE for the article.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What will retirement be like?

Retirement is many many years down the road.  Often, we wonder what it might be like?  What do you know about retirement already?  What would you like to know?  Many want to know how much money it will take to retire, or if they'll be able to.

Social Security will be one source of income.  However, it is based on your annual income over your years of working.  To get an idea of what your social security check would be, you can use the quick calculator link below.

Try out the following scenarios:

  • You earn minimum wage at $15,080 a year
  • You have a 2 Year degree and make $35,000 a year
  • You have a four year degree and make $55,000 a year

What would your social security be for each of these?  Is this enough to live on?  How do you know?

Preschool Summary

Early work questions - Describe the activity that you led at the preschool this week. Describe the success of the activities.  What was the best part?  How did the kids react?  What would you have done differently? What surprised you? Final thoughts?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Accommodations and Modifications

Today, we will be learning about helping students in the classrooms through making an accommodation or a modification.  These are typically used to help students with special needs.  Watch the video below.  Take notes on the definition of each and their examples.  You will have an assignment over the info in class.  There are more resources below to help you.

Additional Resources:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Adjusting to Marriage

For today's early work, you are to define the following terms:
  1. Continuum
  2. Marital Adjustment
  3. Hostility
  4. Concession
  5. Accommodation
  6. Interpersonal Adjustments
  7. Pair Adjustment
  8. Sandwich Approach
These key terms can be found on page 219.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Preparation for marriage

For today, you will read pages 193-203 and take notes.  Complete worksheet 65.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Temperament is a person's unique nature.  It will determine how a person will react to others and to the world.  Your early work today is to name the temperaments that are described below and whether they are high or low.

  1. easily distracted
  2. wakes at the same time every day
  3. cries softly no matter what is wrong
  4. always squirming or moving
  5. wants the music turned down
  6. accepts no for an answer
  7. positive outlook
  8. does not like surprises
  9. Watches others before joining in

Monday, March 13, 2017

IPR Midterm Vocab

These vocabulary terms will be on the Midterm on Friday.

A.       Abstract ideas
B.       Active listening
C.       Compensation
D.        Compromise
E.        Concrete thinking
F.        Conversion
G.       Decision making process
H.       Defense Mechanisms
I.         Displacement
J.         Distracting
K.       Environment
L.        Extrovert
M.     Fantasy
N.       Gene
O.      Heredity
P.       Human resource
Q.      Idealization
R.       Intellectual development
S.        Introvert
T.        I-statements
U.       Long-term goal
V.       Media
W.     Moral principles
X.       Negotiation
Y.        Nonhuman resource
Z.        Passive listening
AA.    Peers
BB.     Placating
CC.     Projection
DD.    Receiver
EE.      Regression
FF.      Resiliency
GG.    Self-concept
HH.    Self-esteem
II.         Self-identity
JJ.         Self-talk
KK.      Sender
LL.       Short-term goal
MM.                        Stroking
NN.    Sub goal
OO.  Values

2017 State Leadership Conference

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Dinner at Chili's

Family Challenges

Early Work - Create a list of all of the things in life that could pose a challenge to a family in the sense that it will be stressful, hurtful, and even possibly destroy the family unit.  List as many as you  can think of.

Read about it - Topics will include the pile-up effect, stressors, internal stressor, external stressor, and coping behavior.  Pages 393-396

Friday, March 10, 2017


After viewing The Baby Human DVD, you should be able to name many things that baby learns during his or her first year.  These newly learned skills are what we call milestones.  The are important to know because they help determine if baby if growing and developing properly.  They can also help determine if baby needs special care.

Today's assignment is to create a colorfully decorated chart that lists baby's milestones from one month through age one.  Your chart should include 3 milestones for each month for a total of 36 milestones.

Your assignment is point for point meaning 36 points for the listed milestones.  There will also be 9 points for color and creativity.  The total point value is 45.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Baby Human Review

In yesterday's video, there were many things explained about an infants' physical development.  Use your early work time to discuss the following with your group.  Be prepared to discuss your answers with the class.

  1. Aside from physical development, what other areas of development are there?  (hint:PIES)
  2. What  are the five major milestones for an infant in the first year?
  3. About what age does an infant roll over?
  4. Why should you not leave an infant on their stomach for more than a few minutes?
  5. What reflex is baby born with but seems to loose as a result of gravity?
  6. When a baby walks "along the furniture", it is called ____________.
  7. When the infant crawls over the virtual cliff, it shows that infants are not born with what?
  8. At what age does a baby learn to sit up?
  9. Everything that babies pick up go where?
  10. What was the most interesting part of the video?

Mix and Mingle

For early work, get up and meet and greet your classmates to tell them about your dating violence statistics.

Who has the saddest most depressing statistic?  Who has the most shocking or disturbing statistic?

Discuss these and then prepare for notes.

How did it go?

For early work today, take ten minutes and write out 2 paragraphs on how your first day back for placement has gone.  Include activities done, what you observed, what you did (taught), concerns, things that went well, etc..

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


 Google search and write down on paper two statistics about dating violence.

Assessments in My Classroom

Assessments in my Classroom

Objective - This assignment will allow you to  demonstrate your understanding of the types of assessment, give appropriate examples of each, and tell how you will use them in the classroom.

Directions - Your finished project will have four components: (1) a three paragraph essay on "Assessments in My Classroom", (2) a Pinterest board titled Formative Assessment, (3) a lesson plan of your choice that includes three separate formative assessments, and (4) a visual piece that you will create for your classroom that is  based on formative assessment.

  1. Essay - In an opening paragraph, discuss assessment as a whole - why it is needed, who benefits from it and how, and  a lead that tells the two types of assessment.  In paragraph two, discuss the difference between formative and summative assessments, explain the benefit of each, and gives examples of each.  In paragraph three, summarize how you will use formative and summative assessments in your classroom, how they will help you improve teaching, and improve student learning. (20 pts -15 for content/5 for spelling and grammar)
  2. Pinterest Board - submit a print out of your Pinterest board titled Formative Assessment.  Include 10 pin ideas on your board.  (10 points)
  3. Lesson Plan - Write a one page lesson plan on a topic of your choice ( or the choice of your Cooperating teacher).  In the assessment portion, name and describe three formative assessments that you could do during the lesson.  Tell when each one would be done (I do, you do, we do).  You could asterisk this information as well. (30 pts)
  4. Visual Piece - Create a board that curates one formative assessment from your Pinterest board.(25 pts - peer review)
85 points total.  This will be due at the end of the day on Tuesday.  

Dating Violence

Early work - journal - make a list of characteristics to describe a healthy relationship and an unhealthy relationship.  This can be done as a Tchart.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


For today's early work, we will continue our discussion of assessment focusing on formative and summative.  We will view the following video , practice taking notes, and discuss.

For today's assignment, you will read and review the following articles.
  1. Formative Assessments
  2. The Difference between Formative and Summative

For the Article Review sheet, click HERE.  Don't forget to make two copies and share them back with me.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Infant Growth and Development

As we begin to look at the growth and development of an infant, there will be many new and unfamiliar terms.  For today's early work, please define the following:

  1. developmental milestones
  2. stimulating environment
  3. growth chart
  4. proportion
  5. depth perception
  6. reflexes
  7. gross motor skills
  8. fine motor skills
  9. hand-eye coordination
Be sure to share if you are doing this on Google Docs.

Beginning and Ending a Dating Realtionship

For today's early work, create a T-chart.  Title it Dating Relationship: Beginning and Ending.  List all the things you would like your date to do in the beginning of your relationship.  Then list all the ways that would be acceptable or unacceptable for the relationship to be ended.  Be ready to share.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Going on Dates

Complete the reading of pages 174-175.  Create a list of the 7 functions of dating in your early work notebook.  Next to each one, name two dates that you would go on to help meet the function.  For example, where would you take a date to achieve companionship?