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Website design: Tom Braziunas, Val Donato, Sandra Looper

Course Information

Course Content

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Assignment Schedule

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"Pre-Course" Assignment (Autobiography)

Send via snail mail OR e-mail a photo of you and/or your family for use in the autobiography.


Topic Assignments

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# 2

Dads & Kids


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# 5

Math Readiness

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Course Content

This online class, including a pre-course assignment, is designed to give students flexibility in and accessibility to obtaining parenting/working with children information.  This course will also provide a forum to share questions with other registered parents, nannies, childcare providers, and the instructors teaching this class.

The design of this course allows for two tracks: instructor generated and an open forum for current concerns and support. For the instructor generated track, we have chosen  topics which, from our experience, have proven to be areas about which parents/providers have voiced a need for the latest research and information. These topics range from multiple intelligences to social development. The other track is designed as an open forum where students can network with other classmates and the instructors to ask questions and provide support for each other.

Students will have a chance to practice skills with the children in their care.

The lead facilitator (Val or Sandra) will be noted at the top of each assignment page.
Course Goals

The goals of this course are:

  • to increase parenting/working with children skills,

  • to present opportunities for interaction,

  • to share a virtual library of articles and web links,

  • to provide a mechanism for meeting the unique needs of individual students,

  • and to be a vehicle to receive, share, and discuss parenting/working with children information.

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Course Expectations

Students are required to answer (in the Topic Discussion/Open Forum) at least 7 questions per topic, which averages approximately 3-4 questions per week.  Students are also required to respond (in the Topic Discussion/Open Forum) to at least 4 other students' postings per topic.  At the beginning of each topic assignment, the student is expected to read the assignment, follow the directions, and respond appropriately to other students' postings. Postings are expected which will reflect the results of the assignment and any additional thinking.  

In regard to responding to other students, keep in mind that a reply to others' posts, should not be a simple, "I agree," but rather a response which provides some depth, either in regard to your own personal experiences as it relates to the post, or research that you've either read in the past or during the present topic that would lend further support to the response, or additionally replying with a different view to be considered; these are all effective ways to keep our online discussions moving forward.  These enhance the development of the topic and provide gentle "food for thought."

If Val or I think that more substance is needed in your replies, we will most probably request more information or clarification from you either in the Discussion Forum or through private email.

Group Member Responsibilities       There may be times when students will be required to work in groups or network with other students. 

There are additional readings available for each topic. Students may choose or be asked to broaden the depth of their knowledge using the resources found in the complete Virtual Library.

Students may be asked to post bibliographical references and website locations which deal with the student/instructor generated topic.   We encourage students to add personal favorites to the articles, bibliographies, and web sites for each topic.

Additionally, students are encouraged to post about any issue or concern not covered in the course content.

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Assignment Schedule

The assignments are found in the "Topic Assignments" grid, and can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate topic assignment number found on the home page.  The Virtual Library is listed directly below its corresponding topic heading. The topics for this quarter include:

  • pre course orientation/assignment:  (Sept. 29-Oct.2) Complete Autobiography  and learn about course requirements, schedule and logistics. 

  • topic one:  Temperament  (Oct. 5-16) - led by Sandra

  • topic two:  Dads & Kids (Oct. 20-30) - led by Sandra

  • topic three:  ADD/ADHD  (Nov. 3-13) - led by Sandra

  • topic four:  Assessment (Nov. 17-27 ) - led by Val

  • topic five:   Math Readiness   (Dec. 2-15) led by Sandra

         Wrap up and Evaluation  (Dec. 16-17)                             

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