NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
CHD 125 - CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Prepares individuals to work with young children in the arts and other creative age-appropriate activities. Investigates effective group experiences and open-ended activities. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To prepare the student to provide for the development of children's creativity in all curricular areas using materials and activities which promote thinking and exploration of materials and concepts.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the importance of creativity to children's development and growth
  2. demonstrate understanding of the stages of growth and development as related to developing creative capabilities
  3. develop teaching strategies and materials to encourage children's concept development and creative abilities
  4. design creative activities for classroom teaching of young children
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
  1. Play, development and creativity
  2. Creative environments
  3. Scheduling
  4. Developmental levels of art and music
  5. Questioning techniques
  6. Forms of thinking
  7. Dramatic play, creative language arts and social studies
  8. Creative math, science, and food experiences
  9. Creative experiences in health and safety
  10. Communicating with families
OPTIONAL TOPICS
  1. Creative activities for children with special needs
  2. Multi-cultural holidays
Revised 5/99

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