Pellissippi State Community College
Spring 2013
Safe, Healthy Learning Environment  
ECED 2010
M 6:15 -- 9:15  Portable F102
Course hours: 3.0; Credit hours: 3.0; Laboratory hours: 0; Date revised: January 2013
Instructor            Catherine Shafer, PhD
 or use the contact me page here on this website

Safety, Nutrition, and Heath in Early Education, 3rd Edition, 2007, Cathie Robertson; Delmar Publishers

Course Description        
A study of the basic principles of good health as they relate to the child in the family, child care center, family childcare home, early childhood education
setting, and the community. Includes child nutrition, growth, disease and accident prevention, and safety. Also included is a study of principles of creating
appropriate learning environments for young children.

NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation:
Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
1a. Know and understand children's characteristics and needs;
1b. Know and understand the multiple influences on development and learning;
Standard 3: Observing, documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
3b. Know about and use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.

IDEA objectives:
Objective 1:
Gain factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)
Objective 2: Learn fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories
Objective 11: Learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view
Course Schedule

January 28
Introduction to the course; syllabus, assignments
Groups for bulletin board.
Chapter: The Interrelationship of Health, Safety, and Nutrition in an
Early Childhood Setting

February 4
Work on (and create) bulletin boards ...
Safety BASICS -- chapter 1
Indoor Safety
Outdoor Safety
Nutrition BASICS

February 11
The Environment: why do I feel this way?
Children = miniature adults?
The lives of children and how they learn.

February 18
Indoor Safety -- chapter 2
Outdoor Safety -- chapter 3
Get information about playground safety project

February 25
Infants and Toddlers in Groups
Room arrangements

March 4
Indoor Safety
(read chapter 2)

March 11

March 18
Outdoor Safety
(read chapter 3)
Get information about playground safety project.
Project is due on October 1 in class.

March 25
Infants and Toddlers in Groups

March 18
(read chapter 4)

March 25
Characteristics of Space

April 1
Educational Experiences for Young Children (safety)

April 8

(read chapter 5)

April 15
Dimensions of Space

April 22
Nutrients that provide energy; that promote growth;
that regulate bodily functions
(read chapter 6)

April 29
Room Arrangement

May 6
FINAL EXAM -- 6:30 -- 8:30
Presentation of playground safety projects.

Friday, October 3
Menu Planning
(read chapter 7)
Get information about menu planning project.
Project is due in class on October 20th.

Monday, October 6
Indoor Learning Environments
(Bring poster board, scrap paper, and cut out pictures
to class today; also bring scissors and glue if you want your
own) ... these posters of an
early childhood floor plan
will be presented in class on October 31.

Wednesday, October 8
Aspects of the early childhood environment
Sign up for environmental prop box and safety project.
Presentations will start on October 17

Friday, October 10
(read chapter 8)

Monday, October 13

Wednesday, October 15
Outdoor Learning Environments

Friday, October 17
BOOKS/ LIBRARY/ WRITING safety and prop
box presentation

Monday, October 20
Menu planning projects are due today! (presented
in class)

Wednesday, October 22
Health conditions that affect a child's life
(read chapter 9)

Friday, October 24
DRAMATIC PLAY safety and prop box presentation

Monday, October 27
Infectious Diseases
(read chapter 10)

Wednesday, October 29
MANIPULATIVES safety and prop box presentation

Friday, October 31
Presentation of Early Childhood floor plans

Monday, November 3
Communicable and Acute Illnesses
(read chapter 11)

Wednesday, November 5
SCIENCE safety and prop box presentation

Friday, November 7
Child Abuse
(read chapter 13)

Monday, November 10
BLOCKS/ CONSTRUCTION safety and prop
box presentation

Wednesday November 12
Children With Special Needs
(read chapter 13)

Friday, November 14
ART safety and prop box presentation

Monday, November 17
Healthy Lifestyles and Play

Wednesday, November 19
SENSORY (WATER, SAND TABLE) safety and prop
box presentation

Friday, November 21
Parent Education

Monday, November 24
MUSIC safety and prop box presentation

Wednesday, November 26

Friday, November 28

Monday, December 1
COOKING safety and prop box presentation

Wednesday, December 3
CLASSROOM PETS safety and prop
box presentation

Friday, December 5
MATH/ COMPUTERS safety and prop box

Wednesday, December 10
12:30 -- 2:20 FINAL EXAM (check with college website
for time changes just in case)
Assignments. Most assignments may be completed individually or in groups (no
more than 3 people, except for the classroom dimension safety presentation. That
may require more people in your group depending on how many people are in our
class to divide between 10 dimensions. If there are only 10 of you, then if will be an
individual presentation. If there are 40 of you, then 4 will be in each group. OK?)

EXCEPT: The prop box development and personal menu must be done alone.  

1. Internet links ... this isn't really an assignment, but just a good place for you to
find links that may be helpful. I could have you visit and report, but it is much more
useful as a resource. I hope some of these will be helpful to you in this course. If you
find others, let me know and I will add them here.
American Academy of Pediatrics
~Children's Defense Fund
~Committee for Children
~Educational Resources Information Center on Early Childhood       
~National Association for the Education of Young Children
~The World Health Organization
~American Association of Poison Control Centers
~Second Harvest -- childhood hunger
~Centers for Disease Control about Immunizations
~National Institutes of Health
~Department of Health and Human Services (Families & Children)
~American Psychological Association (violence)
~Growth and BMI charts ...
~National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (We Can! program)
~American Heart Association
~Safe Kids USA
~American Dental Association (Mouth Healthy programs)
~National Highway Traffic Safety
~National Council of Youth Sports
~Brain Injury Association of America
~American Diabetes Association
~National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
~American Dietetic Association
~Poison Prevention Week Council
~American Optometric Association
~School Nutrition Association
~Autism Society of America
~Children's Bureau Administration for Children and Families
~Safe Kids Worldwide
~American Academy of Ophthalmology
~National Youth Sports Safety Foundation
~Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
~American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
~Better Sleep Council
~League of American Bicyclists
~Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
~Safe Kids USA
~National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
~American Lung Association
~Lyme Disease Foundation
~National Mental Health Association
~American Academy of Dermatology
~President's Council on Physical and Sports Fitness
~Prevent Blindness America
~Home Safety Council
~Sun Safety Alliance
~America on the Move Foundation
~US Consumer Product Safety Commission
~Shape Up America
~Fruit and Vegetable Program Office
~Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
~Produce for Better Health Foundation
~National Safety Council
~Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.
~American Dental Hygienists' Association
~National Fire Protection Association
~National Center for Health Education
~Society for Public Health Education
~National Institutes of Health
~First Candle/SIDS Alliance
~Epilepsy Foundation
~Henry the Hand Foundation
~Consumer Product Safety Commission
~Kids Health

2. Playground safety project. Due October 1 (presented in class). I will give
you information in class and you can also access this website (listed below) to get
information on playground safety. Basically what you are going to do is to find a
playground. If you find one that is STUPENDOUS that is fine. If you find one that is
HORRIBLE that is also fine. But you get to rate it, nonetheless. Use the graphs I give
you or make your own from the ones I give you or from this link or whatever. Make
some pictures of the playground, particularly pictures that speak to the
stupendousness or horror of the playground. Arrange the pictures and information
attractively on a poster and bring it to class.
This is worth 100 points.
~Public Playground Safety Handbook
~National Childcare Information Center
~Accessible Play Areas (for children with disabilities)
~Child Care Center Design Guide (this is a book for download)
~Playing It Safe (Survey of Public Playgrounds)
National Program for Playground Safety

3. Menu planning project. Due October 20 (presented in class.)
Make a menu for 2 weeks for a child the age you are interested in teaching. The web
sites listed here (below) are fabulous and very helpful -- go there immediately. Your
menu should cover the choosemyplate guidelines and be a healthy, nutritional menu
to support the child's growth and health. At the same time, keep a log of your own
menu for a two week period. At the end of the assignment, compare your own menu
to the menu you generated for a child. Granted, you are not a child, but it can still be
comparable! You may work with a partner on the menu for a child, but you must keep
your VERY OWN 2-week menu report, sorry, but that is the law. Report in class on
said date, and we will all laugh at you. I mean with you.
This is worth 100 points.
~Food Pyramid lesson plans
United States Department of Agriculture
If you go HERE, and scroll down a tad, to find the Healthy Choices for Kids Activity Kit.
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
~School Breakfast Program (SBP)
~Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Family Nutrition Programs
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
~The Food Stamp Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

4. Early childhood floor plan. Due October 31 (Halloween), in class. We will
actually start making these in class on October 6. You should bring a piece of poster
board or one of those styrofoam boards to class, along with various and sundry
pictures and scrap paper and glue or push pins or tape and other things that you
want to have to start your floor plan. You can work with a partner, I really don't mind at
all. These will be presented on Halloween for all sorts of classroom fun.
This is worth 100 points. (Hey, it's the only number I know!)
Child Care Center Design Guide (see link under playground safety)
~Head Start Design Guide (a book available for download)

5. Classroom learning center (dimension) safety presentation. Due on
different days, depending on your own learning center.
For this assignment, I
really want you to look closely at one of the early childhood learning centers (and
take it apart as far as safety, health, and nutrition go. And then, decide how this area
can be more healthy, safe, and nutritious. Look at this two ways: how to make it more
healthful (etc.) for the child playing there AND how to make the child more aware of
health, safety, and nutrition by playing there. In other words, develop a lesson plan
and indicate how this particular area of the classroom could support that particular
topic. While the child learns more about this topic by playing in your area, how also is
the topic being put to use? Make copies of your lesson plan for the other students.
On the same day as your dimension presentation, you will present your prop boxes.
The learning center presentation will be in groups. The prop box will not (see below).  
This is worth ... 200 points!! wahoo!

6. Prop box development. Due on the day you present your learning center
safety dealie.
You know, this is just for fun. I love stuff like this so you get to do it,
too, and then you have a great prop box for future fun and frolic! So go to this
website (below) and look at the stuff I give you. I will make one, too!! I will bring it to
class and after you OOH and AAH you will be inspired to go forth and make your
own!! We will talk about it in class, but here are a few tips: make your props fit a book
to be read or told aloud OR make them fit a story or song. Alternately, you might
make a prop box that you feel would be fun to include in one of the centers in the
classroom -- how fun would it be if it were to match your own dimension
presentation!?!?OK. Now here is the tricky part. Let some children play with your prop
box. Watch carefully and make note of the things that seem to be working and those
things that do not. This (along with showing your prop box to us) will be what you
present to us: how you were successful or how you were not. Don’t worry. If it didn’t
work, you won’t get an F. But I still want to know. But it won’t affect your grade in the
This is worth 100 points!!!  
~Fun site for Prop Box ideas

7. Bulletin Board to promote safety, health, and nutrition. This is a bulletin
board intended for parents. You can use poster board if you want, or you can make a
fake bulletin board on available space on the wall of our classroom (don't make it too
big, since there will be many). Choose one of our three topics: nutrition, safety, or
health. THEN choose some aspect of that broad category (for example, "bullying"
from safety or "head lice" from health [see website above]). Make the bulletin board
attractive and eye-catching so that parents notice it upon arrival at preschool. It
should be informative, and maybe even have a small something, such as a fact sheet,
to send home with parents.
100 POINTS!!!!

There are 700 possible points:

PLAYGROUND SAFETY      100 points
MENU PLANNING      100 points
FLOOR PLAN      100 points
BULLETIN BOARD      100 points
PROP BOX      100 points

630 -- 700 points = A
560 -- 629 points = B
490 -- 559 points = C
420 -- 489 points = D
Below 420 = F

If you decide that you cannot complete the course, or want to stop coming,
PLEASE withdraw or drop the course, so that I do not have to give you an F.  Even if
you stop too late to drop, let me know and I can give you an Incomplete (if you are
interested in finishing). If you do not tell me why you have stopped coming, I will
assume that you are uninterested in a good grade and will assign an F.