Child Development SyllabusInstructor: Mrs. Sarah Minnick
BBIM: sminnick
Office Hours: Fridays @ 2:00 via Cyber Cafe link in course news

Course Overview

1 credit, Grades 11-12– Every individual grows and develops throughout life. Studying children helps an individual understand the importance of personal development, the developmental processes of children, and careers in the childcare/educational field. By understanding how an individual develops early in life, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically, students are empowered to make choices for themselves and others to optimize their quality of life.

Course Materials

Students will have a CD-ROM version of the textbook, The Developing Child, to reference throughout the course.
Students will be creating projects using a variety of tools, some of which logins will necessary and sent out at the time of the project. These tools include, Glogster, Prezi, and/or Voki/Blabberize.

Course Schedule

Live classes will meet TBA. Students will be expected to complete posted course work throughout the week.


Please see our student handbook for detailed information about school policies, procedures, and expectations: . All students are responsible for the information found in this handbook, which can also be accessed from the school website at any time.
Attendance for live classes is not required, but it is strongly recommended that students attend live class on a regular basis to be part of interactive, live instruction.
Student work must be their own original submission, and plagiarism/cheating will not be tolerated. If a student is doing this, parents will be contacted and the matter will be dealt with accordingly.
Each quarter will be broken down into 3 PODs which will be 3-4 weeks in length. All work assigned within a POD is due at the end of that POD and cannot be turned in for grading after the end of the POD. Attached is a list of the POD dates, which are subject to change. If the dates of the PODs would change, students and families will be notified.

Work will be graded in a timely manner (within 3 days of submission, unless otherwise stated). POD grades will be converted from a 100 point scale to a 4.3 point scale at the end of every quarter. NOTE: This will not cause a student’s grade to go down; rather, it can only help the student’s grade.


Students will be assessed through posted lessons during a pod and projects, usually administered at the end of a pod or quarter that covers the big ideas during that time.

Additional Support

There are a number of powerful resources that will not necessarily be a part of every lesson, but can always be used as an available resource. Resources for remediation and enrichment will be listed within the week block in the course and at the end of the posted class presentations, which will also be posted for student access.
I send out weekly agenda items that include, but not limited to, assignment lists, class topics, and notices. These agenda items are also passed along to parents that request weekly contact of expectations.


I have learned through my classroom experience that a very important part of student learning is communication. I will be communicating with your student through various methods, such as phone calls to them, emails, and BBIM (an instant messaging service provided by the school) to ensure that they are completing their work and to provide support. Students can also contact me through any of these forms and I will be sure to respond as soon as I can. I will also contact you to discuss and monitor your child’s progress throughout the year. To have your support at home is as important as the support that I provide to your child.
It is IMPORTANT that you check your email EVERYDAY. I recommend at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before shutting down for the school day.
I highly recommend that students and families establish a positive work environment in the home in which students are comfortable and one in which is conducive for learning. School time should be respected for students to focus on their academics. The use of an organizer and/or calendar to organize classes and assignments has proven successful for students to stay on top of these items.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any point. I am sure that with your support and cooperation this can be a wonderful and productive year.