Based on the principle that children learn through play, this course explores the fundamentals of an arts-based curriculum as a way of fostering the young child’s creativity, natural inquisitiveness and holistic development. Acquiring approaches and strategies to bring the arts (music, art, dance, literature and drama) to young children through hands on projects and activities is a major focus of this course. Building creative confidence in young children, as well as in oneself, as a teacher, are concepts central to the course which are reinforced through ongoing creative projects and reflection.
This course explores development from conception to 2.5 years to understand the systematic changes in social, emotional, physical and cognitive functioning of the child. Theories of development are examined, which highlight progressive changes and integration of functioning. Students are introduced to observation techniques, current research on related child development topics, and the means by which heredity, culture and society influence development. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED
This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed in college and workforce environments. Emphasis is placed on improving foundational communication strategies—reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on developing research and critical thinking skills.
In this course, students will examine the topics of health promotion, personal wellness, illness prevention and management, nutrition and safety. In addition, the student will learn how to identify, document and report child abuse. As well, the student will understand his/her duty to report child abuse according to the law. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED
This course introduces students to the Early Childhood Education program at St Lawrence and prepares them for field placement. This course also introduces students to the roles of early childhood educators in supporting the development and learning of individual and groups of children. Students develop broad areas of knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to work effectively with children, their families and the community. In addition, students apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards.
In this course, students discuss foundational ideas in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis of trends and changes in curriculum and pedagogical approaches. Students examine the roles of play and developmentally appropriate practice, identifying their relationships to a variety of curriculum models including High Scope, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia. Students are also introduced to Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum documents exploring the connection to other curriculum models.