Category: Child Development Lessons

The Power of Purple: Shaken Baby Syndrome & The Period of Purple Crying

While Shaken Baby Syndrome might be a familiar term associated with child abuse, the Period of Purple Crying may not be. The two terms are closely related as the constant crying associated with purple crying may lead one to violently shake their child. This lesson educates students about both to hopefully decrease the risks of both occurring in the future. This lesson also includes a fairly quick and easy community service project for students of all ages and abilities to complete to help spread information about the important cause.

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Navigating the Brain

The brain is fascinating to teach but simplifying it down to a level that high school students will grasp can be difficult as it can be a little overwhelming. I have been teaching this topic for years as I am the only teacher and department in my building to teach about the brain…Woo Hoo! The lessons and activities included are tried and true and have been tweaked and revised as I find new ways to teach this material. So if you’ve always wanted to teach about the brain in your child development class, challenge your dendrites to learn something new and give it a try!

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Family Birth Order

Study after study shows that birth order plays a huge role in developing one’s personality. Each birth order position has a unique set of characteristics. This lesson engages every student in the class because everyone has a birth order position…

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Welcome to the World: Labor & Delivery Common Core Style

At the beginning of this school year, at an in-service program, we were asked by our administrators to do three things within our respective curriculums. One: Implement more projects. Two: Use more technology. Three: Become more multi-disciplined. With that being said I…

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Prenatal Nutrition

Eating healthy is always important but especially when you are expecting a child! As a pregnant mom you are your child’s lifeline to good health and nutrition. So remember if you eat junk so does your developing baby, but if…

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Sensory Play

From birth children begin to learn about their world through their senses. Research even tells us that sensory play contributes to brain development. This lesson focuses on why caregivers need to provide sensory rich environments for children and challenges students…

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Snacks for Kids Cookbook Project

Have you ever noticed that kids love foods that look like things they recognize like animals, bugs, toys, people, etc.? It is fun to create cute snacks that kids like and that are safe and healthy for them too! For…

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Creativity & Play The Dr. Seuss Way

As soon as my students see the cans of Play-doh sitting out they get excited! Common questions are “Is that for us?” or “Do we get to play with that today?” And why not? As a child I enjoyed creating things out of Play-doh and still do today. Play-doh is fun and creative! I also enjoy Dr. Seuss books for the same reason. So why not combine the two? When we teach our students about children and the importance of literacy and play, I think it’s only fair to include the importance of creativity and imagination. This interactive lesson strives to connect the areas of development with creative play in a way that, I hope, would honor Dr. Seuss!

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Time to Feed the Baby: Homemade or Store Bought?

  New parents are faced with a lot of new experiences and decisions that need to be made. Upon birth a new parent must decide whether or not to breast feed or bottle feed. Then when the infant reaches approximately…

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Technology & Toddlers Activity

It’s hard to escape the children’s toy lesson without addressing the prevalence of Apps for Smart phones and tablets as the new toys for toddlers. Give it just a couple of years and this lesson will be obsolete as the students you’ll be teaching grew up playing more with Apps than physical toys and they will have no idea why that may be a problem. Regardless of your bias, we need to teach tomorrow’s child care workers & parents how to evaluate Apps that are good for children from the ones that are fluff.

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