The main objective of this course is to learn about specific early childhood programs and implement student learning by creating components of an actual classroom. Each student will create their own early childhood classroom in their portfolio.
Essential Learning Goals
Communication - Students will demonstrate professional written, visual, and oral communication in the classroom and in creating portfolios.
Classroom Management: Students will demonstrate their ability to guide young children to positive behaviors through guidance techniques, activity selection and age appropriate activities.
Creativity - Students will produce solutions to creating age appropriate activities for the playschool and to create individualized portfolios.
Well Being - Students will demonstrate a positive and healthy sense of self as well as the ability to interact with children, families, teachers and other students.
Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate the ability to develop, examine, identify expectations and explore different strategies in creating a successful playschool, portfolio and environment.
Major Assessments and Success Criteria
Assistant childcare class gives the students an opportunity to work hands on with early childhood children. They will be assessed on components of their portfolios as well as activities they provide to play school children and their interactions with the children and families.
In class, students will also be assessed on early childhood skills and concepts we learn throughout the semester regarding child safety, state regulations, assistant teacher job requirements, age appropriate lessons and activities.
Key Course Learning Experiences
*Students will be introduced to what different child care services provide and what Assistant Teachers are required to be responsible for in the center.
*Students will maintain professionalism when dealing with parents, families, staff and children.
*Students will learn about milestones in early childhood children and create age appropriate activities based on these milestones. They will create activities, read alouds, lesson plans, snack schedules, room arrangement and other aspects of building a classroom.
*Students will create their own professional portfolio that will also have to follow the Wisconsin Licensing Rules when creating each component.