Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education

Here are tips for a fun & useful elective: combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education for homeschool high schoolers.

Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education

Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education

One of the best things about homeschooling high school is that we can create tailor-made electives for our teens. They are not limited in their choices, but can have courses that truly:

  • Build a powerful transcript
  • Truly prepare them for life
  • Explore interests
  • Begin building a career

A number of homeschooling families that I’ve advised have enjoyed combining 7Sisters’ Human Development (check out this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode which explains why and how to teach Human Development) and Early Childhood Education courses for a powerful, fun and useful elective credit.

Why is this such a great elective? Here’s why:

Human Development

Human Development is the study of the ways people grow and change from womb to old age: physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. It is important for teens to get a grasp on these concepts because:

  • It helps them understand themselves
  • It helps them understand their family members (and extended family members)
  • It helps them understand people in the community that they need to interact with
  • It helps prepare them for parenthood
  • It helps prepare them for helping their parents as they eventually become senior citizens
  • 7Sisters’ Human Development course is especially helpful because:
    • It is presented (without preachiness) from a Christian worldview
    • It is level-able to different abilities and interests
    • It is a NO-busywork curriculum, so it does not waste teens’ precious time
    • There are tests and a separate answer key for parents
    • There is an inexpensive Lesson Plan Guide for enriching the material for meaningful individual or co-op activities

human development lesson plans

Early Childhood Education is a course that builds on the learning in Human Development. 7Sisters’ Early Childhood Education e-text:

Early Childhood education

  • Prepares teens for meaningful babysitting or nursery-volunteering experiences
  • Prepares teens to become intentional, interactive parents someday
  • Prepares teens who want to study Early Childhood Education in college for their future studies
  • Explores the ways that children learn from ages 2 years through 5 years
  • Explores various pre-school teaching philosophies in a fun, hands-on, project-based manner
  • 7Sisters’ ECE curriculum is helpful because
    • It is presented from a (non-preachy) Christian worldview
    • It is a NO-busywork curriculum
    • Includes an answer key
    • It’s fun!

Here is one way to combine Human Development for a fun and useful credit.

You can create a 2-semester course:

  • Semester 1: Human Development
    • Using 7Sisters’ Human Development from a Christian Worldview AND our affordable Human Development Lesson Plans, outline the first semester’s activities. The lesson plans are broken into 18 weeks based on each of the 9 chapters in the Human Development text. This is a long-ish semester, so feel free to omit any lessons that don’t fit the schedule.
      • This will include videos, hands-on activities and a project
      • There are additional activities in the text for students who wish to explore the topic in greater depth
  • Semester 2: Early Childhood Education
  • Using 7Sisters Early Childhood Education text, develop a schedule with one chapter per week based on the 15 chapters in the text.
    • This will include fun hands-on activities and lesson-plan development and a final project

Recording combined Human Development and Early Childhood Education on the homeschool transcript:

Choose a name for your course. Here are some suggestions:

  • Human Development (leaving out the ECE title because the topic integrates nicely with Human Development)
  • Human Development and Early Childhood Education (a long title but good detail)
  • Explorations in Human Development
  • Human Development and Practical Life Skills

You may also record the LEVEL at which the curriculum was completed.

  • This is not necessary for electives, but for college-bound students it does add power to the credit
  • For college-bound students: the 2 courses combined are ONE Level 3 College-Prep credit
    • This credit may be leveled-up to Advanced (Level 4) or Honors (Level 5) by including the additional activities in the Human Development text
  • For NON-college bound students: the 2 course combined are 1.5 credits at Level 2 (Average High School)

Assign a grade.

  • Base the grade on your goals for the course. Include:
    • Tests
    • Projects
    • Homework
    • Lesson Plans in ECE
  • You may also include:
    • Class participation (attitude, if done in individual study)
    • Timeliness of assignments (deductions for late work)
    • Organization of materials (everything kept neatly and in order in a binder)

There’s not ONE right way to combine Human Development and ECE. Let us know how YOU develop your teens’ course.

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Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education

Vicki Tillman

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