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Landis Hicks, a teacher at Habersham Central High school, reports that teaching the courses in the Early Childhood Education Career Pathway is her passion. The Better Brains for Babies curriculum and resources play a role in each of these classes and provide a valuable foundation for each of the units taught. ECE I, II, III, and the lab school internship benefits greatly from the Better Brains for Babies materials.
The Early Childhood Education I course is the fundamental course under the Early Childhood Care & Education pathway and prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. The essence of this course is learning the art of teaching – pedagogy. The standards in this course that focus on infant development and positive collaborative relationships work well to incorporate the BBB chapters 3 on Foundations for Learning, 5 about Attachment, and 7 on Consistency.
Early Childhood Education II introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. This course develops skills for employment in early childhood-related occupations, including professional issues and work ethics; developmentally appropriate practices; health, safety and nutrition education; certification in CPR/First Aid/Fire Safety; child abuse and neglect; symptoms and prevention of major childhood illnesses and diseases; and prevention and control of communicable illnesses. The most applicable chapters for this course are: 8 focusing on Stress & Trauma as we study the standard on child abuse and neglect and chapter 4 applying the the science of brain development to the everyday care of children as we examine nutrition, safety and health for the young child.
The ECE III course provides in-depth study of early brain development and its implications for early learning, appropriate technology integration, and developmentally appropriate parenting and child guidance trends. Also addressed are collaborative parent/teacher/child relationships and guidance, child directed play, the changing dynamics of family culture and diversity, the causes and effects of stress on young children, and infant nutrition. Then entire BBB curriculum is befitting to this class and is covered most thoroughly from beginning to end in this ECE III course.
After students have taken ECE I, II, and III, they may apply to intern in our on-site laboratory school, applying and demonstrating the course content into real life early education. At the beginning of the school year, the lead teacher in the lab school uses Brain Anatomy and Brain Development reviews to introduce the Conscious Discipline model by Dr. Becky Bailey. My high school students are then given the opportunity to turn theory into practice and they observe and demonstrate the methods Conscious Discipline teaches to make connections with young children
The following are some photos of Landis's students engaged in brain development activities. (All photos used with permission.)