Preschool I








    Instructor Information:




    Teacher:                                 Ruth Ann Kozel          






    Room:                                     Belle Vernon Area High School, Room 202




    Contact:                                 Phone:             724-808-2500; ext. 2202


                                                    Email:              ruth.kozel@bvasd.net




    Website:                                 https://www.bellevernonarea.net/bvahs




    Required Text:                      Working with Young Children




    Additional Resources:         www.uen.org






















    Course Description:




    This course is designed to give students hands on experience with preschool age children. It teaches practical techniques to guide students, both high school and preschool, through a variety of experiences in safe and educational ways. This class will begin with an overview of the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional characterless of young children. High school students will then plan practical teaching experiences as they establish classroom rules and handle daily routines. This course will also teach positive guidance techniques which will be incorporated in the structure of the class. This class will include planning developmentally appropriate curriculum and developing strategies for a positive educational experience for preschool students.






    Course Objectives:




    By the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:


    1.  Provide the opportunity to review and/or clarify your own thoughts, ideas, and values as they relate to children’s issues.
    2. Practice childcare and guidance principles while teaching in the preschool.
    3. Using developmentally appropriate practices


    1. Create age appropriate lessons for three to five year olds.

    2. Describe factors to consider in curriculum planning

    3. Illustrate the use of themes as a basis for planning curriculum

    4. Write successful lesson plans and learning objectives.

    5. Teach those lessons in the preschool environment

    6. Create a  bulletin board based on a given theme

    7. Identify different learning styles through observation of the preschool students

    8. Conduct the daily activities of a preschool


    1. Enter the childcare workforce or life in general with hands on experience.












    Academic Honesty:




    Any work submitted by the student shall be his/her own.  Work taken from others shall be deemed as unacceptable.  Any doubts will initiate the completion of an alternative assignment or a zero on the required effort, depending on the severity of the infraction.


    Class Policies and Expectations:





    1. Class will commence at the sound of the bell. Every student shall be prepared with a writing utensil and a binder. (A binder is a course requirement.)
    2. There will be no cell phone use during instruction time. There will be times that you may use your cell phone and/or IPAD for various apps in this class, but if we are not using an app your cell phone is to be put away. There will be consequences for cell phone use.
      1. FIRST OFFENSE – Verbal warning
      2. SECOND OFFENSE – I will take your phone and you will be given after class
      3. THIRD OFFENSE – I will take your phone and you may pick it up in the office. There will also be a call home, explaining the consequence of the FOURTH OFFENSE.
      4. FOURTH OFFENSE – I will take your phone and your parent will have to pick it up in the office at the end of the day.
    3. The teacher must sign the agenda book if a student is to leave the class. If a student does not have THEIR OWN agenda book, they will not be permitted to leave.
    4. Every student is responsible for any notes, assignments, and assessments that are missed to due absences. Make up work will be available in the make-up section of the classroom. Students will not be reminded of the work they missed.
    5. You will be required to actively participate during preschool class, both with and without the preschool students.
    6. You will be given assignments to be completed before the preschool classes. Your grade will definitely reflect missed class periods. It is not enough to be physically present in class, YOU MUST PARTICIPATE.
    7. TESTS: Tests and lesson plans are equally weighted. Tests must be completed within two weeks to receive credit. After two weeks the test turns into a zero. There will be no open notebook/book tests.
    8. ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments, lesson plans and class participation are just as important as tests. Possibly even more so, since there are more assignments, than tests. They are due within one week of assignments or they will not be accepted. All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period or they will be considered late.
    9. PRESCHOOL STUDENT DAYS: You are expected to attend. You will be deducted points if you are not present. If it is an excused absence you will have the opportunity to make up the points.
    10. CLASS PARTICIPATION: Everyone must participate. If you do not intend on participating in this class please change your schedule.
    11. ABSENCES: Because of the nature of the class and the great responsibility of each student to run the preschool, daily attendance is imperative and tardiness is not acceptable.
    12. TARDINESS: Tardiness shows s rudeness to other students and to the teacher. Lateness will affect future employment and relationships. In an effort to correct bad habits now and to use grades as a reflection of employability and responsibility, tardiness will be reflected in the class participation portion of the student’s grade. If you are tardy on a preschool day, you will be docked 3 points, which cannot be made up.
    13. DRESS CODE FOR MY CLASS: Students must dress modestly because they are teachers dealing with parents and young children. Parents do not want their small children exposed to immodest dress.
    14. Students are expected to adhere to the BVAHS Code of Conduct; including dress code.
    15. Students will not use cell phones during classroom instruction, or during preschool time.




    Course Grading Criteria:




    All quizzes, tests, and projects will be graded according to the Belle Vernon Area School District grading policy.  Total points will be accumulated for all evaluated efforts in this class rather than having letter grades per each effort.  The grading scale is as follows:


    A          -           90-100


    B          -           80-89


    C         -           70-79


    D         -           60-69


    F          -           0-59




    Emphasis will be on formal assessments. Therefore grades will be weighted in this course.




    Formal Assessments will account for 90% of a student’s grade (quizzes, tests, projects, performance-based rubrics, essays, graded homework, etc.)




    Informal Assessments will account for 10% of a student’s grade (homework for completion, class participation, exit tickets, etc.)




    Assignments per Quarter:






    Point Value

    Formal Exams

    Students will be assessed on information throughout the year.

    50 points

    Written Lesson Plans

    A weekly lesson plan will be assigned each week based on the given theme

    10 points per lesson plan. Approximately 5 per quarter

    Preschool Participation (Lab Grade)

    Students will be given a lab grade based on performance during the preschool class as well as adherence to all policies and procedures of the class.

    100 points

    Teaching Experience

    Each student will be assessed on their lesson and how well that lesson was taught

    40 points per lesson (rubric used for assessment)

    Bulletin Board

    Each student will create and successfully implement a bulletin board at some time throughout the year.

    50 points










    TOTAL POINTS = 300           Points (approximate)


    *Assignments or assessments may vary due to pace of class and individualized instruction.




    Academic Standards:




    Students will be reacquainted with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards that have been adopted by the Department of Education, along with the Common Core Standards that are in the process of being implemented nationwide.  Students will be made aware of the importance of the standards and the efforts to meet them.




    eSchool Plus:





    Grades will be updated every Friday on eSchool Plus.  If you lost or cannot remember log in information, please contact our Child Accounting Department at 724-808-2500


    Schoolwires (Website):




    My website will be updated every Friday.  Course Topics, Assignments, and Quizzes and Tests are also posted weekly. 




    The following signatures state that all parties are aware of the preceding syllabus.






    Student Signature____________________Date_______________




    Parent Signature_____________________Date_______________




    Teacher Signature____________________Date_______________






















    Course Outline:




    1st Quarter

    2nd Quarter

    3rd Quarter

    4th Quarter

    I.Understanding Children Preschool age (review)

    ·         Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development






    I. Guiding Art and Sensory Experiences

    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation










    I.Guiding Science Experiences


    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation










    I. Guiding Food and Nutrition Experiences


    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation











    II. Creating a Safe and Healthful Environment

    ·         Preparing the environment

    ·         Promoting Children’s Safety

    ·         Guiding Children’s Health


    II. Guiding Storytelling Experiences


    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation





    II. Guiding Social Studies Experiences


    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation






    II. Guiding Music and Movement Experiences

    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation






    III. Guiding Children

    ·         Developing guidance skills

    ·         Handling daily routines

    ·         Establishing Classroom Routines


    III.Guiding Play and Puppetry



    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation






    III. Guiding Children with Special Needs


    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation





    III. Careers in Early Childhood.












    IV. Learning Experiences for Children

    ·         Developing the Curriculum

    ·         Writing Learning Objectives

    ·         Themes

    ·         Written Lesson Plans


    IV. Guiding Math Experiences

    ·         Continuation of Lesson planning and Implementation