Bensalem High School
Family and Consumer Science
Foods and Nutrition (22202)
This course will afford students the opportunity to acquire an in depth knowledge of nutrition and utilize this knowledge in the planning of basic foods. Students will gain knowledge through teacher led demonstration of basic food preparation. Special emphasis on theory will be placed on nutritional needs of the teenager and planning meals that meet both nutritional and lifestyle needs.
Child Development (19255)
Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade status, written application
This course is designed to help students explore curriculum that will prepare them for life as parents and for careers in fields such as education, child psychology, pediatric medicine/dentistry, or family therapy. Students will work with children in a preschool setting supported by the study of child development that emphasizes the preschool child. Content in the areas of social, intellectual, physical, moral, and emotional development will be applied through lesson planning, teaching in the preschool, observing, and studying 4-5 year-olds in a part time preschool laboratory setting and classroom setting. Students will develop competence in developmentally appropriate practices, positive guidance techniques, health and nutrition, and creative teaching techniques. Higher-level skills in oral and written communication will be addressed. This course will give students instruction in Adult, Child, and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED modeling the American Red Cross guidelines (or equivalent). In order to receive industry certification, students must pass all skill and written tests as well as the hours of instruction requirement. There is a fee that goes to the Red Cross for its administrative duty (currently $38).
Principles of Teaching (19052)
Prerequisite: 12th grade status, written application
This course is designed to help students apply the knowledge gained in Child Development I (note: CD1 not required) and to enhance their guidance and instructional skills through direct interaction in the laboratory preschool. The students will develop practical techniques for guiding and teaching young children and their families. Students will prepare lesson plans complete with learning activities and instructional materials that are aligned with the PA standards. They will also participate in discussing observations and evaluations. The course is recommended for students considering a career in education, day care, or related fields dealing with children.