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CIS Child Growth and Development

Welcome to CIS Child Growth and Development!     

Did you know that you can understand yourself better by learning about child development?  Parents and caregivers need the knowledge of child growth and development in order to nurture children and adolescents.  Through this Family and Consumer Sciences course, you’ll learn about conception, prenatal development, pregnancy, birth defects and childbirth.  You’ll come to understand research-based theories of child development as you study physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and moral development.  And, you’ll have an opportunity to learn first hand what total responsibility for another human being is really like when you parent an electronic infant simulator!


What is FACS?  Family and consumer sciences (FACS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.  Today’s FACS professionals practice in multiple settings. They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life.

FACS Skills   Family and Consumer Sciences courses develop important life skills:  Skills for family and career leadership and relationship building; for living on your own; and for building strong, happy families.   

  Course Outline and Essential Questions

          Children, Parenting, and You  
      Ø  What are important considerations for becoming a parent?
      Ø  What are the five areas of human development?
      Ø  How will understanding child development help in making parenting decisions?

        Pregnancy and Birth

Ø  Why is prenatal care important?

Ø  How do the changes of pregnancy affect a woman during each stage of pregnancy?

Ø  Why is giving birth such a powerful physical and emotional experience?

Ø  What are the stages of labor and delivery?

Ø  How can the nutrition of the mother impact the health of the baby?

Ø  What effects do drugs and alcohol have on the developing baby?

Ø  How the brain develops.

Baby’s First Year

Ø  What are three patterns that a baby’s physical development follows?

Ø  What is typical growth in the first year?

Ø  How do I care for a baby?

Ø  How will I know if my baby is developing normally?


Ø  What typical changes in height, weight, proportion, and posture occur from ages one through three?

Ø  How do I care for a toddler?

Ø  What are common emotions and patterns of emotional development for ages one to three?

Ø  How do toddlers develop socially and intellectually?

Ø  What strategies are best approaches to guidance?

The Importance of Play

Ø  Why is play important to the social, emotional, and intellectual development of a child?

Ø  Why is reading to your child so important?

Ø  What are some ways to play with your baby throughout the various stages of development?

Child Abuse and Neglect

Ø  What role do I have in preventing child abuse?

Ø  What will I do if I observe abuse?

Ø  What will I do if I become aware of neglect?

Ø  What can I do if I am being abused or neglected?                        

Values Ranking Assignment

Child Development students collect infant items for Toys for Toys and appear on KARE 11 TV. . .http://www.bhmschools.org/sites/default/files/downloads/bhs.december2012newsletter.pdf
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Promotional announcements for Toys for Tots for infants campaign
Guest Steve Graner, Child Trauma Academy, spoke to Child Development students about the Impact of Trauma on the Brain.  His stimulating presentation to the two classes will soon be available here.

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