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We will emphasize positive health routines, hygiene, nutrition, feeding and clothing practices, childhood diseases, and safety. There is an emphasis on the


    Course Syllabus

    Spring 2006-Every other Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. LW0116

    Northern Virginia Community CollegeLoudoun Campus

Instructor: Ann-Marie Lanius

    Phone: (H) 703-723-1283 (C) 703-969-2401


    Office Hours: Saturdays, before or after class, or by appointment Text: Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, 6th ed. L. Maroz, M.

    Cross and J. Rush. Delmar Publishing

Course Description/Purpose:

To prepare the early childhood educator to meet the physical needs of young children through preparation of a safe

    environment, planned routines, and positive experiences in the areas of health, safety and nutrition. We will focus on

    the physical needs of children and explore strategies to meet these needs. We will emphasize positive health

    routines, hygiene, nutrition, feeding and clothing practices, childhood diseases, and safety. There is an emphasis on

    the development of healthy habits, and concerns in food and nutrition. We will discuss symptoms of and reporting

    procedures for child abuse.

Course Objectives:

Upon the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    ? demonstrate understanding of the stages of physical growth of children, and practices which meet their

    changing needs.

    ? demonstrate proficiency in planning positive health routines for children within the framework of an

    early childhood program.

    ? demonstrate understanding of appropriate meal planning practices for young children.

    ? demonstrate the ability to identify common childhood diseases, and plan appropriate responses to their


    ? demonstrate proficiency in planning child centered activities to promote conceptual understanding in

    children of self care in the areas of health, safety and nutrition.

    ? demonstrate understanding of the definition of child abuse, identification of symptoms, and appropriate

    response to it when detected.

    Major topics to be covered:

    ? Physical development of young children

    ? Scheduling health routines into the daily lives of young children

    ? Simple menu planning for children

    ? Health issues related to eating habits in children (including food allergies)

    ? Identification and prevention of common childhood diseases

    ? Planning and creating a safe and healthy learning environment for children

    ? Child abuse identification and reporting responsibilities

    Optional Topics:

    ? Using Community Resources

    ? Working with Parents

    ? Children with Special Needs

    Student rules and responsibilities can be found in the Student Handbook on line at

Student Handbook: All students are expected to abide by the rules in the Student Handbook. It is available on-line.

    Specifically, each student is expected to do his/her own work and not cheat or plagiarize from other sources.

Students with Accommodations: Students must present the instructor with a copy of accommodations upon

    enrollment in the class. Arrangements between the student and instructor must be made in accordance with the

    accommodation request. Please see the instructor if you believe that you are entitled to an accommodation.

Emergency Plan: In case of emergency, please follow the emergency procedures as discussed on the first day of

    class and as posted in the classroom.

Classroom Courtesy: Please be on time and turn cell phones off.

E-mail: Information on grades and other confidential matters will only be sent to your OFFICIAL NOVA e-mail

    account. You may program your account to forward information on to other e-mail addresses but nothing of an

    official or confidential nature will be sent directly to another e-mail address.

    Inclement Weather / Unforeseen Class Cancellations: Students are expected to keep up with the syllabus if class is canceled for any reason. If the college campus is closed, all classes on and off that campus are closed. If an off-

    site location is closed, only that class is canceled.

All written assignments must be written in Standard English, typed double spaced. Other requirements will

    be given with each assignment. The Writing Center on campus is an excellent resource. You can locate

    information about this free resource at the NOVA website under Student Services.

Course Requirements


    ? Attendance/Class Participation (10%) Attendance and class participation are graded components of this class. If you must miss a class, be sure to keep up with the course syllabus and contact a classmate for missed

    assignments. You may also e-mail me. One absence for this course is considered acceptable provided you have

    contacted the instructor. Additional absences may affect your final grade and could result in a failing grade.

    Reading Assignments:

    Students are responsible for reading all required assignments from the text and any extra reading

    assignments given by the instructor. It is important to keep up with your reading assignments so that you

    will be able to participate in class discussions and tests.

    Class Participation:

    Students are expected to participate in all class discussions and activities.

    ? Personal Health Assessment (10%) Students will write a personal health assessment consisting of three parts:

    Part One Description of personal health including nutritional, physical, and emotional health.

    Part Two Identification of a health goal that can be implemented during the length of this course.

    Part Three Self-reflection about implementation of the goal and overall health changes due to

    information learned during the course.

? Case Study (10%) Students will analyze and reflect on data obtained during an assessment of a child. The

    assessment will include health, development, safety, and nutrition. Guidelines from the text, the student’s work

    environment, and the instructor will be used to complete the assignment.

    ? Playground Safety Assessment (10%) Students will observe an actual playground and analyze its safety against accepted guidelines.

    ? Exercise and Meal/Snack Plan (10%) Students will share with the class an exercise and healthy meal or snack plan for young children. The plans will reflect guidelines provided by the instructor about age level of the children

    and any special dietary needs, including food allergies.

? Article Response (10%) Student groups will read a provided article and write a summary and response to the

    article. The group will summarize and discuss the article with the class. The group will be responsible for leading

    the discussion about the article and how it relates to what they have learned in class or in their outside


    ? Midterm (20%) The Midterm Exam will cover the text, and may also cover class lectures, discussions, and activities. It may include true/false, matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the blanks, short answer and essay. All of

    the material in the text may not be discussed in class. Students will be held responsible for all of the

    assigned readings.

? Final Health Education Plans and Presentation (20%) Students will plan three lesson plans with child-

    centered activities that promote conceptual understanding in children of health, safety, and nutrition. Details will

    be provided later in the course.


    Grades: A=100-90 B=89-80 C=79-70 D=69-60 F=below 60


    Date Topic Reading Due Assignment Due

    •Introductions Review Chapter 1 January 21, 2006

    •Overview/Syllabus Review Chapter 13

    •Student Survey Group Work Time: Article

    •Interrelationship of Health, Response

    Safety and Nutrition

    •Nutrition Guidelines

    •Choose Articles/Groups

    January 28, 2006 NO CLASS

    •Promoting Good Health Read Chapter 2 DUE- Personal Health February 4, 2006

    •Health Appraisals Read Chapter 3 Assessment Parts One

    •Health Assessment Tools Read Chapter 4 and Two

    •Conditions Affecting Read Chapter 5 DUE- Exercise &

    Children’s Health Review Chapters 14, 15, 16 Meal/Snack Plan A

    February 11, 2006 NO CLASS

    •Infectious Process and Read Chapter 6 DUE- Article February 18, 2006

    Effective Control Read Chapter 7 Presentation #1

    •Communicable and Acute DUE- Case Study

    Illnesses DUE- Exercise &

    •Article Presentation #1 Meal/Snack Plan B

    •Computer Lab Time


    February 25, 2006 NO CLASS

    •Creating Quality Read Chapter 8 DUE- Article March 4, 2006

    Environments Read Chapter 9 Presentation #2

    •Safety Management Read Chapter 10 DUE- Exercise &

    •Management of Injuries and Meal/Snack Plan C

    Acute Illnesses

    •Article Presentation #2

    March 11, 2006 NO CLASS

    Midterm Exam Read Chapter 12 DUE- Exercise & March 18, 2006

    •Planning for Children’s Health Read Chapter 21 Meal/Snack Plan D

    and Safety Education

    •Nutrition Education Concepts

    and Activities

    March 25, 2006 NO CLASS

    •Feeding Infants, Toddlers, and Read Chapters 17 & 18 DUE- Article April 1, 2006

    Preschool Children Review Chapters 14, 15, & 16 Presentation #3

    •Planning and Serving Meals Read Chapter 19 DUE- Playground

    •Food Safety Read Chapter 20 Safety Assessment

    •Article Presentation #3 DUE- Exercise &

    Meal/Snack Plan E

    April 8, 2006 NO CLASS

    April 15, 2006 NO CLASS

    •Child Abuse and Neglect Read Chapter 11 DUE- Article April 22, 2006

    •Article Presentation #4 Presentation #4

    DUE- Exercise &

    Meal/Snack Plan F

     DUE- Health Education April 29, 2006 Final Exam

     Plan and Presentation

    Health Education Plans and DUE- Personal Health

    Presentations Assessment Part Three

    DUE- Exercise &

    Meal/Snack Plan G

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