CHD 125 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                      Date: January, 2015


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education – Dual Enrollment

Course Number & Title: Child Development 125, Creative Activities for Children


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk          Lecture: 2-4 Hours/Wk       Lab: 0-2       Lec/Lab Comb: 3-4


I.          Catalog Description: CHD 125 Creative Activities for Children (3 cr.)

Prepares individuals to work with young children in the arts and other creative age-appropriate activities. Investigates affective classroom experiences and open-ended activities. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week 3 credits


II.         Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

This course contributes to the knowledge base in Early Childhood Education and directly relates to Program Outcome 5 - Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum plans and learning environments for children based on developmental appropriateness and a thorough knowledge of child development, particularly relating to facilitating young children’s creative expression in the arts.


III.        Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) ENF 2


IV.        Course Content (list the major topics):

A.    Environmental and situational conditions that promote free and creative self-expression among children.

B.    Ways in which creative activities can contribute to cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development in children.

C.   Educational philosophies that encourage inclusion of creative arts activities within early childhood curricula.

D.   Activities and techniques that engage children in creative efforts, especially in areas of music, art, and movement.

E.    Various cultural perspectives on creativity and art.

F.    Different resources and materials that can be used with children when engaging them in creative activities in music, art, and movement.

G.   Training in lesson plan development for subject areas related to creative arts.


V.    Learner Outcomes


The student will

VI.  Evaluation

A.    Create environments that encourage children to express themselves creatively.

B.    Describe the relationship between creative activities and children’s development of motor, social, emotional, cognitive and language skills.

C.   Use knowledge of creative attributes to plan appropriate curriculum.

D.   Use a variety of methods for enhancing young children’s awareness of the arts.

E.    Use a variety of creative movement activities, musical activities, and creative art activities that are appropriate for young children.

F.    Use culturally diverse materials when designing or selecting music, movement, and art activities for young children.

G.   Use developmentally appropriate materials for art, music and movement activities for young children, keeping health and safety considerations in mind.


Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing or speaking assignment defined by the instructor.


Possible assignments may include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Create an activity file of appropriate art, music or movement experiences for children

·         Plan and carry out art, music and movement activities with small groups of children

·         Explore  the fine art, music and movement works of famous adults and children

·         Attend fine arts performances and plan ways to share these experiences with children


VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

   Cultural and Social Understanding