SRJC Course Outlines

5/20/2019 5:41:47 PMCHLD 150 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  CHLD 150Title:  EXPLORE THE NATURAL WRLD  
Full Title:  Exploring the Natural World with Young Children
Last Reviewed:2/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.00 Contact Total17.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course will focus on outdoor education for young children, using local resources to develop teachers' skills at facilitating learning and discovery in natural environments.  Class will include field trips to local nature preserves.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course will focus on outdoor education for young children, using local resources to develop teachers' skills at facilitating learning and discovery in natural environments.  Class will include field trips to local nature preserves.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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Students will:
1. Use local natural environments as a resource for curriculum development.
2. Develop curriculum for young children that supports curiosity, knowledge of, and interest in
    nature.

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Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
1. Implement age-appropriate strategies to use with children in a natural environment.
2. Recognize the learning value of children's interests and responses in the natural environment.
3. Use nature-based activities to enhance development in physical, cognitive, and psychosocial
    domains.
4. Explain the teacher's role in creating opportunities that support children's curiosity and interest
    in nature.
5. Identify local natural environments that are available as a resource for developing curriculum
    for young children.

Topics and Scope
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I. Child Development Overview
    A. Skills associated with outdoor discovery
    B. Domains of development: cognitive, social-emotional, and physical
    C. Naturalistic intelligence (Gardener's theory)
II. Understanding Children's Interactions with Nature
    A. Discovery and learning
    B. Imaginative, sensory, observation and unstructured play
III. Documenting Children's Experiences and Learning in Nature
    A. Photography
    B. Child art
    C. Collections
    D. Dictation
    E. Stories
IV. Using Available Local Resources
    A. Pepperwood Preserve
    B. Bouverie Nature Preserve
    C. Armstrong Woods
    D. Marine Mammal Rescue
    E. Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
    F. Tidepools at county or state beaches, examples: Shell Beach, Pinnacle Gulch
    G. Bodega Marine Lab
    H. Point Reyes Bird Observatory or Petaluma Wetlands
V. Using Docents
    A. Understanding the role of a docent in interacting with young children
    B. Adapting docent information to early childhood curriculum
VI. Planning Activities for Natural Settings
    A. Following children's interests
    B. Emergent curriculum
    C. Using children's books as part of the nature experience
    D. Planned activities that support outdoor experiences
VII. Guidance, Discipline and Safety in the Outdoor Setting
    A. Guidance techniques for field trips and unstructured outdoor time
    B. Sources for identification of outdoor hazards

Assignments:
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Assignments may include but are not limited to:
1. Written report on local nature organizations or resources (2-4 pages)
2. Written classroom lesson plan related to field trip activity (2-4 pages)
3. Philosophy statement about the value of nature in regard to children's learning and
     development (2 pages)
4. Participate in selected field trips and guided experiences in nature

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 70%
Written report, lesson plan, philosophy statement
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Classroom lesson plan
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Attendance and participation (in class activities), guided experiences during field trips


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Sharing NatureĀ®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Cornell, Joseph. Crystal Clarity Publishers. 2015
Sharing Nature with Children. 20th ed. Cornell, Joseph. DAWN Publications. 1998 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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