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Instructor Information:
Instructor: Candyce Bollinger
Location: Building 20, Room 100
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thurs. 12:00-1:00 pm
Phone Number: 596-5434
Or the Education Program Office:
Phone #: (360) 596-5293

Course Information:
Parenting Your Infant I: PEP 101F – Fall 2010, 2 credits
Tuesday, 12:30 – 2:20 pm, Room 100
Texts/Lab Materials/Library Sources: (if any):
Course Objectives

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

a. Identify characteristics of safe and stimulating environments for infants

b. Understand infant developmental stages and tasks
c. Interact with infants to promote language, cognitive, physical, social, and
emotional development
d. Demonstrate a variety of mutually enjoyable activities for infants and adults
e. Intervene positively to change children's behavior
f. Interact with other parents to increase knowledge of child care skills and obtain

Course Expectations:
Student Learning Expectations:
-Help keep all children safe
-Guide children positively
-Intervene if a child may get hurt, as relaxed as possible
-Listen well and help each other problem solve
-Avoid judging or giving unsolicited advice
-Be persistent in getting what you need from class
-Expect noise, interruptions…the presence of real children
-Participate in both adult and parent/child activities
Expectations of Children
-Be themselves (that is act like babies/two year olds…)
-Be noisy, active, rowdy
-Be tired, clingy, cranky sometimes
-May be interested in participating or observing. May be most comfortable trying
activities later when alone.
Course Description:
I. Schedule:
2 hours weekly for each class. One hour parent focus, and one hour parent/child
lab. Upon arrival, there will be fine motor stations set up for the child to
participate. Parents are encouraged to help their children adjust to being there
and sitting with them and engaging in the different activities. This period will last
for approximately 15 minutes.

II. Parent Group Time

During this first half of the class, our teaching assistant will remain in the children’s
area. She will need occasional parent assistance. Children may move in and out
of the adult group as they feel necessary

Each class meeting has two components: 1) parent education lecture and
discussion and 2) parent-child activities. Developmental activities are planned and
supervised by the instructor and teacher's aide. Weekly parent education topics
are chosen by parents at the first class section based on interests and needs.
Possible infant I topics include:
a. Physical development
b. Social/emotional development
c. Cognitive development
d. Language development
e. Children's temperaments
f. Sleep patterns and problems
g. Crying
h. Nutrition
i. Father's role
j. Transition to parenthood
k Non-sexist childrearing
l. Stress and anxiety
m. Well child information

Each adult can say what is new and any concerns they have about parenting. You
can ask the group for ideas. There may be a question related to our topic at this

Ground Rules
1. Confidentiality – for each other, and children being discussed.
2. No advice.
3. Respectful of this class time.

III. Parent/Child Lab

For the second half of the class, each parent teams up with their child. Clean up,
snack, activity and music are all purposeful parts of the curriculum. Children are
learning the routine and ability to move with a group, well as exploring the day’s
activities. Parents can enjoy this special time to focus on their child, observe them
with their peers, and interpret their developmental cues. Parents also have the
opportunity to practice new parenting methods with the group support at this time.
Clean Up
Keep this fun and cooperative. Give children one specific idea at a time. “Sam,
you can put this bike in the closet. Here, I’ll help you push.”
Please bring simple nutritious snacks such as fruit, cheese, crackers. Juice can be
diluted to reduce the sugar impact. Please bring cups, napkins, etc.
When an activity is provided, gently encourage participation, while respecting the
choice of those who wish only to observe.

Gently encourage participation. Many children will not participate in a rowdy, over
stimulating group, but will love to do these with you at home.

Possible topics for class lecture/discussion include:

Soc/Emo Development Transition to Family
Intellectual Development Stress/Anxiety
Motor Development Well Child Information
Non-sexist Childrearing First Air/CPR
Sleep Issues Language Development
Nutrition Temperament

Course Policies:
Grade is based on a point system: 50% - participation in classroom activities
50% - homework assignment

100 point maximum: 90 -100 A

80 - 90 B
70 - 80 C
60 - 70 D
Less than 60 F

Class starts at: 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. for Infant I.
Attendance is important. There will be information from lectures exercises which
not in the written materials.
-Students are responsible for finding out about missed sessions from another
students or
from the instructor at a time which does not disrupt class.
-Students who fail to attend the first class session and do not contact the
instructor in
advance will be withdrawn from the class.
If attendance is a problem, make-up projects are available. Projects may be picked
up at the program office. Incomplete grades can be arranged with the instructor,
on an individual, pre-arranged basis.