Course Syllabus

State Curriculum

Child Development Fall 2023

Mrs. Newsome 



Phone: (704) 292-7662

Course Description

This course introduces students to responsible nurturing and basic application of child development theory, beginning with prenatal development up to children age 5. Areas of study include effects of family on individuals and society; prenatal development and care; understanding how children develop; and care of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content covered in the course includes conception, gestation, pre and postnatal care, and birth. This course curriculum was developed and written by the state of North Carolina and will be followed for this class. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Understand the effects of the family as a system for individuals and society
  • Understand conditions that influence prenatal development
  • Understand how children develop
  • Understand physical development from birth to age 5
  • Understand cognitive development from birth to age 5
  • Understand emotional and social development from birth to age 5

Classroom Expectations 

Speak respectfully to students and staff. 

Be on task in class. 

No Cellphones in class. 


Grading scale 

90-100 A

80-89   B

70-79   C

60-69   D

0- 59    F

Assignments will be scored out of a set of points that will then fall into the categories below. 

  • Assessments 50%
  • Classwork 50% (including participation in discussions) 


Office Hours

Tuesday 3:15 - 4:00 pm

Thursday 7:15-8:00 am

Other times by appointment. 


Resources & Online Learning Platform

Assignments will either be paper and pencil (included in a learning binder) or will be submitted on our learning platform,  Canvas.  Assignments can be submitted a variety of ways including, uploading files, typing into text boxes, and sharing Google documents/presentations.  Students will be shown how to submit assignments on Canvas as needed.  Individual assignments will indicate which method of submission on Canvas is expected.  If students need a refresher or have questions, they can access the Canvas Student Guide for specific instructions.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure assignments are submitted on time and to contact the instructor if there is a problem. Please note that student activity is logged while in Canvas so instructors will be able to see if the student opened the assignment, if there was any activity including a log of student activities during on-line tests and quizzes.  Students are not allowed to leave the testing window during assessments.  Doing so is considered cheating and will be handled as set forth in the Porter Ridge HS handbook.

NOTICE: Although many assignments are submitted and graded in our learning platform, Canvas, the "final" grades shown may not be properly weighted and do not contain assignments that were not graded in Canvas.  For the student's official grades, please continue to access the parent portal through Powerschool. Login information should be the same as last year. If you need assistance accessing the parent portal, please contact the school.”


Major Assignments 

This course consists of daily discussion and activity grades. Students will have guided instruction and collaborative work.  There will be a state required final exam for this course.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 spiral notebook or composition book
  • 1 inch. Binder 
  • Pencil and Pen 
  • Chromebook and charger 


Missing Work 

  • Students should notify the instructor as soon as an absence is planned to arrange make-up work. 
  • If a student unexpectedly missed class students should meet with the instructor as soon as returning to school. 
  • Typically students will have 3-5 school days (determined by the teacher) to turn in missed work due to the absence. 

Late Work 

  • All work should be submitted on the determined due date. 
  • If a student is absent on the due date, the assignment should be submitted on the date they return to school or on the arranged date with the teacher. 
  • Work that is just late, with no arrangements or excuses, will be deducted 2 points per day that the work is late. 


Parent Signature:

I have read the above information and understand the content that my student will be learning in class.



Student Signature: 

I have read and agree with the above information.




Course Summary:

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