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Course Syllabus

Course: HFST 2620

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Creative Experiences for Children

Semester Approved: Spring 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2022
End Semester: Spring 2023

Catalog Description: This course offers experiences in planning and implementing activities that will encourage intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of young children. Students are required to complete a minumum of 24 lab hours in the Snow College Child Development Lab. The skills developed are directed specifically to the philosophy and resources of Snow College's Child Development Lab, but will be adaptable for use in other day cares, preschools, early elementary grade classrooms, and in parenting.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: N/A

Corequisites: N/A

Justification: Early Childhood teachers facilitate appropriate learning by planning developmentally appropriate curricula that appeal to the child's needs for exploration and creativity. Child Care Management Program graduates consistently find work in centers where they are required to plan and implement curriculum daily, as well as offer routine care for children. This course gives support to current theory as the students learn to plan and implement creative curricula as part of this approach. HFST 2620 is a core class for the Child Care Management Applied Associate Degree Program.HFST 2620 is a core course for majors of Child Development/Early Childhood Education, and is a recommended course for Family and Consumer Science Education. Courses similar in content and purpose are taught at colleges and universities throughout the state. This course transfers to other institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education.

General Education Outcomes:
5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. A student can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about his/her field of study.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 

define and discuss the essential elements of "development appropriate practice," its history in child development and major proponents in the field. Students knowledge will be assessed by class discussion, written assignments, and exam.  

demonstrate that they can write and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages infant through eight years of age. The outcome will be measured by written assignment and a short-answer exam. 

develop a resource file to be used in curriculum planning and implementation for preschool age children that will be evaluated by instructor.  

demonstrate self confidence and skill in directing young children in learning activities. The outcome will be assessed through instructor observation of individual micro-lessons, group presentations, and class assignment.  

This course will include:

• Foster Creativity and Aesthetics in Young Children
• Planning and implementing Creative Activities
• Art and the Development of the Young Child
• The early Childhood Art Program
• Play, Development, and Creativity
• Creative Activities in Other Curricular Area
• Gross and Fine Motor Skills
• Language Development Objectives and Activities for Infants and Toddlers
• Basic Program Equipment and Materials for an Early Childhood Center
• Room and Yard Organization

Key Performance Indicators:
Three Exams - 20% of final greade

Three Exams - 20% of final grade 

Class discussion/assignments - 15% of final grade 

Resource file - 27% of final grade 

Child lab observations - 18% of final grade 

Micro lessons - 12% of final grade 

Oral presentations - 8% of final grade 





Representative Text and/or Supplies:
(Recommended text) Mayesky, M. (current edition), Creative activities for young children.

Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning current edition

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 24
Optimum Class Size: 20