• Early Childhood Education III Syllabus

    Westside High School / Education Pathway

    Family & Consumer Sciences Department

    I.      Administrative:  

                            Teacher: Mrs. Merritt Hawkinberry

                                      B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences – University of Georgia


                        Contact:    hawkime@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us        


    II.    Course Description: Early Childhood Education III is the third course in the Early Childhood Care and Education pathway and one option for program completers who may not have the opportunity of participating in the Early Childhood Education Internship. The 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.


    III.    Course Objectives:  See Standards handout.


    IV.    Materials Needed: Students need a 1” 3 ring binder, notebook paper, pen, and project supplies as needed. 


    V.      Student Activities:

              Text book reading          Observation/ Research                     writing / speaking                             

              Independent work          Peer assessing /observations            skill demonstrations                computer applications


    It is essential that students go through the steps necessary to personally view their grades online and check them regularly.  Please allow up to one week for a new grade to be posted.

    VI.    Grading Criteria:

    A.      Tests  (2-3 per 9 weeks)                                          25%  

    B.      Projects / Labs  (2-3 per 9 weeks)                        25%   

    C.      Daily  (15-25 per 9 weeks)                                    25%

    D.      Quizzes  (9 per 9 weeks )                                    25%


    VII.  Lab: The state allows for 5-30 hours per semester of lab time.  Labs TBD


    VIII. Attendance:  All excuses should be turned in to the front office. Make-up work can only be done for an excused absence and must be completed within 5 days of that absence.  All makeup work is to be done outside of class time.


    IX. Behavioral Expectations: Respect is the rule!  My job is to teach, students’ job is to learn.  Anything that distracts from this process is in violation of my only rule and will have a consequence.

                  Positive Consequences: smile, verbal praise, personal note or email to student, phone call to parent, award

                  Negative Consequences:  verbal reminder, private talk, phone call home, write up






    X.  FCCLA: Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America is the career tech organization for Family and Consumer Science. Students are strongly encouraged to join this national association.  The content is in line with the curriculum for all of the Education and Foods & Nutrition pathway classes.  All ECE students will benefit from FCCLA inside the classroom, but only members will be allowed to participate in outside of the classroom activities.  Dues are $20.00.  Visit www.gafccla.com to learn more about this student organization. 


    XI. Technology: Students will be expected to integrate technology throughout the pathway.  It would be helpful but is not required to bring your own internet capable devices.  Do not bring these devices out unless permission was given by me for a specified class related assignment.  Student’s devices will be turned in to the school if they are intentionally being used in a way that is not related to the intended assignment or out without prior permission. Once turned in to the school, devices will be held for 30 days. Students must be on the BYOT approved list to use their personal devices.  All internet access must be through the RCSbyot wifi.  All students will be expected to learn Google Drive, Prezi, and  email (create/save documents, and send attachments).


    XII. Substitute Teachers:  All work must be complete and turned in by the end of the period if a substitute is present.  Students not turning in assigned work will receive a “0” and cannot make up that assignment.  All student absences will be verified.


    XIII. Turning in WorkAll work should be turned in to your class box at the front of the room in the black organizer at the end of the period.  Assignments must be headed correctly (see poster), on lined paper, and free of tattered edges.  If extended time is needed, prior permission will be granted on a case by case basis.  A 10-25 point penalty will be assessed for late work without prior approval.


    XIV. Missed Work Due to Absence:  Students have 5 school days upon their return to make up any missed assignments for an excused absence. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET AND SUBMIT MISSED WORK WITHIN THE 5 DAY PERIOD.  Any missed tests or quizzes must be made up outside of class time.  Students with unexcused absences should speak with me in private to discuss makeup work options.


    XV. Notebooks:  Notebooks will be checked the last week of each 9 week term and counted as a project grade.  I prefer notebooks to be arranged in chronological dates.  Dividers may be utilized to separate each unit or standard.  The first page in the unit should be the preview / review and the last should be the unit test.  All work (graded or not), handouts, notes, etc. should be bound and kept in the notebook.  Points will be deducted for lack of organization, not keeping up with the data page and missing work.  Notebooks should be kept until you have completed your 3rd ECE course if this is your pathway.  The first few pages of your notebook should always be this syllabus, followed by the course standards and the pacing guide.


    XVII. Restroom Policy:  Use the restroom before or after class. If you need to use the restroom during class, you must get a hall pass.


    XVIII. Textbooks & SuppliesTextbooks should never be taken outside of the classroom unless signed for.  Students returning textbooks must make sure they are signed back in.  Supplies should NEVER be wasted and ALWAYS returned to their proper location.