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Merced College Child Development Division Offers New Fall 2006 Courses Addressing School-Age Topics

August 11, 2006

For a second year in a row, Merced College is offering courses for those who work with school-age children, ages 5-13. People who may be interested in these classes include parents, Sunday school or religious teachers; home school parents; and those who work with school-age children in after school type programs. Three courses will be offered as follows:

Helping Bullies & Victims

Bullies and the effects of bullying others is a hot topic in the news. The life-long consequences scar both the bully and the bullied. What can parents and educators do to stop this from traumatizing our children? Using the latest research, this course will examine the bully, the bullied, and the bystander from preschool through high school with a special focus on how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence.

This one unit class will be held Tuesdays, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., beginning August 15.

School-Age Curriculum

This course is designed to help child development students and practicing child care professionals create developmentally appropriate curriculum for children in school-age programs, ages 5-13 years old. Students will do hands-on work with materials, learn about service learning, thematic summer programs, and implement school-age clubs.

This two unit class will be held on Mondays, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., beginning Aug. 14.

Nutrition and Cooking Activities for School-Aged Children

This course will explore how interesting and fun nutrition and cooking can be for school-aged children. Basics of nutrition and cooking will first be presented and then students will have the opportunity to plan and prepare healthful, creative snacks and guide classmates in preparation. This class is ideal for those interested in teaching elementary school, after school programs or to those parents who want to make nutrition fun for their children. No cooking experience required.

This one unit class will be held Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., beginning Aug. 16.
For registration and more information call 384.6273.

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