Mrs. Andrea Mccann

Family and Consumer Science Teacher,

Child and Family Development

amccann@prsdnj.org

609-296-3106

Extension 2255

 

A.M. Hours: 7:30-10:30 A.M. Tuesday-Friday

 

P.M. Hours: 11:15 A.M. -1:15 P.M. on A days

 12:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. on B days

 

Information

The Rainbow Express is a learning lab for the high school students who wish to learn more about having a career working with children.    The high school students participating in the Child Care program create hands on activites and centers that incorporate langauge, math and science skills for our preschool students, while learning how children develop from birth to school aged.

Activities 

As part of our preschool program, the children at the Rainbow Express participate in a number of holiday and seasonal activities that the students in the Child Care Program plan.  Some activities include, Halloween Parade/Party, Thanksgiving Feast, December Holiday Celebration, Spring Celebration, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as well as Field Day and Graduation/Moving Up Ceremony. 

Supplies

Upon acceptance into the Rainbow Express Program a letter with a list supplies will be provided.

 

Snacks

Students should bring a lunch box with a healthy snack and drink daily.  The Rainbow Express does not provided snacks and drinks. 

 

Birthday Celebrations 

We welcome any parent that would like to celebrate their child’s birthday with them during our snack time.  Although, check with teacher to ensure that there are no allergies before bringing in special treats. 

 

Dismissal and Pick Up

Photo ID must be presented at dismissal.  Adults other than parents and guardians picking up students need to be on our release form as a person permitted to pick up that particular student.  Students will not be released to anyone without proper ID or who is not listed on the form.

 

Illness

All children must be fever free for 24 hours after their fever has broken before returning to Rainbow Express.  If your child is ill with the stomach flu they must be symptom free for 24 hours after the symptoms have passed

 

Emergency Drills

Each month, the students may participate in an emergency drill such as a fire drill, shelter in place, and/or lockdown drill.  Children will practice the drills in the Rainbow Express in the event there is ever an emergency. 

 

Cancelling class/ snow days/ half days/ etc.

As a Child Care Learning Lab, the Rainbow Express follows the Pinelands High School schedule for school closings and early dismissals.  For emergency closings, such as snow days, please check the Pinelands Website, as well as social media, such as Facebook, and Remind app.

Please note, additional closings may result from a change in the High School daily schedule for assemblies and/or testing days. 

Registration

 

Rainbow Express registration for the 2018-2019 school year

will be delayed until May 1st 2018

Age Groups and Cut off

AM Class: Students enrolled in this class need to be age 4 by October of that year and fully independent in the lavatory. 

PM Class:  Students enrolled in the class need to be age 3 by October of that year and fully independent in the lavatory.

 

AM Rainbow Express

 

Meet The AM Staff

Child Care 2

Intro Period 1

Intro Period 2

 

PM Rainbow Express

 

Meet The PM Staff

Child Care 1

Intro Period 5

 

Introduction to Child Care

The emphasis of this course is to give students a background of information in the following areas, child development, family life, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, child birth, infants and preschoolers. As part of the class the students will work in the Rainbow Express as aides.

Intro to Child Care

 

Mrs. McCann

Email:

amccann@prsdnj.org

Phone:

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Introduction: Early Childhood Education provides a challenging and complex workplace. Teachers of all age groups must continually observe children’s needs and abilities and plan to help them develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.

Course Description

The emphasis of this course is to provide students with a background of knowledge in the following areas of  child development,such as  family life, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, childbirth, infant and preschool development. Students learn how to plan and guide a variety of children’s activities, such as reading, language, music, art, science, math, and games.

As a part of Intro to Child Care, students will work in The Rainbow Express.  Here they will see characteristics of quality preschool programs and professional teachers are explored and develop important work skills for problem solving, goal setting, teamwork, organizing, and creative thinking.

 

Goal

The primary goal of the Child Care program is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to obtain entry level employment in pre-school, day care, recreation or elementary school settings, and to continue their education at the post-secondary level. The course is also designed to help students develop communication, leadership and organizational skills.

 

Instructional Materials:

To Be Announced

 

Topics Covered

Required supplies

Writing utensil

Two-inch binder 3-hole pocket folder

notebook divider sheets & tabs

 

Classroom Expectations

1. Be in class on time. Have all materials ready to use within five minutes.

2. Dress appropriately for all occasions.

3. Be polite, positive, patient, and helpful.

4. Respect the people, the materials, and the equipment in this school.

5. Follow directions the first time they are given.

 

Dress Code

The way you dress creates an image. In this profession, you want to dress in a manner that reflects respect for yourself as well as for young children. You are expected to dress in a "casual professional" manner, which means clean, comfortable, practical clothing.

You will be working with the children, sitting on the floor, monitoring activities on the playground, etc. Your focus needs to be on the children, not on your clothing. Please wear clothing appropriate for working with young children. Also, we have a variety of visitors in our classroom, and we need to present ourselves in a positive manner.

Restrictions include:

  1. Clothing that could be mistaken for pajamas, example baggy sweat pants or flannel/fleece pants.

  2. Mini-dresses and mini-skirts are not appropriate for school.

If you choose to wear shorts, they should be no shorter than mid-thigh. No biker shorts or short shorts.

       3 . Tank tops, halters, midriffs, low-cut tops, sheer or see-through blouses are

not appropriate for school. Exposed stomachs and underwear is unacceptable.

       4. Clothing, buttons or signs which display pictures or language of an obscene nature or are related              

            to the use or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances are not acceptable.

 

Cellphones

The use of cellphones is not permitted.  Period.

 

Discipline Plan

First Time: Verbal warning.

Second Time: Call parents and student completes "Action Plan."

Third Time: Referral written, and student sent to office

 

Grading

Student Evaluation

Students will be graded using the following criteria:

A. Classwork / Homework .. . . . . . …………..40%

         ● Current Events (10 %)

         ● Weekly Reflections (10%)

         ● Interactive Notebook/Portfolio/Units (20%)

         

B. Lesson Plans (Group/Individual) . ……….20%

C. Quizzes/Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...20%

D. Class Progress……………………………..20%

 

Course Topics:

Types of American Families                                Pregnancy

Family Life Cycle                                                  Childbirth

How to Parent                                                      Caring for Infants

Hereditary                                                            Careers in Child Care

Birth Defects                                                        Nurturing the Preschooler

Teenage Pregnancy                                             Roles of the  Child Care Worker

Prenatal Development                                                 

 

Syllabus Signature Page



 

By signing this page, you acknowledge and agree to follow the classroom expectations and procedures that have been put in place for the 2016-2017 school year.



 

Student Signature_____________________________________  Date____________________




 

Parent/Guardian Signature______________________________ Date_____________________

 

Child Care 1

Child Care 1

 

Mrs. McCann

Email:

amccann@prsdnj.org

Phone:

 

Prerequisite: Intro to Child Care

 

Introduction: Early Childhood Education provides a challenging and complex workplace. Teachers of all age groups must continually observe children’s needs and abilities and plan to help them develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.

 

Course Description

The emphasis of this course is to give students a background of information in th following areas, principles of development, operating an Early Childhood program, appropriate learning environments, schedules and routines, curriculum planning.  As a part of the class, the students will run the Rainbow Express PM school.  This is the second level of the Child Care Career Program

 

Goal

The primary goal of the Child Care program is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to obtain entry level employment in pre-school, day care, recreation or elementary school settings, and to continue their education at the post-secondary level. The course is also designed to help students develop communication, leadership and organizational skills.

 

Instructional Materials:

To Be Announced

 

Course Topics:

Registration                                                              Preschoolers Development

Communicating with Parents                                Teaching Techniques

Record Keeping                                                       Lesson Plans

Scheduling                                                                Planning Activities

Learning Environment                                            Roles of the Child Care Worker

Rainbow Express Child Development Learning Lab

 

Required supplies

Writing utensil

Two-inch binder 3-hole pocket folder

notebook divider sheets & tabs

 

Classroom Expectations

1. Be in class on time. Have all materials ready to use within five minutes.

2. Dress appropriately for all occasions.

3. Be polite, positive, patient, and helpful.

4. Respect the people, the materials, and the equipment in this school.

5. Follow directions the first time they are given.

 

Dress Code

The way you dress creates an image. In this profession, you want to dress in a manner that reflects respect for yourself as well as for young children. You are expected to dress in a "casual professional" manner, which means clean, comfortable, practical clothing.

You will be working with the children, sitting on the floor, monitoring activities on the playground, etc. Your focus needs to be on the children, not on your clothing. Please wear clothing appropriate for working with young children. Also, we have a variety of visitors in our classroom, and we need to present ourselves in a positive manner.

Restrictions include:

  1. Clothing that could be mistaken for pajamas, example baggy sweat pants or flannel/fleece pants.

  2. Mini-dresses and mini-skirts are not appropriate for school.

If you choose to wear shorts, they should be no shorter than mid-thigh. No biker shorts or short shorts.

       3 . Tank tops, halters, midriffs, low-cut tops, sheer or see-through blouses are

not appropriate for school. Exposed stomachs and underwear is unacceptable.

       4. Clothing, buttons or signs which display pictures or language of an obscene nature or are related              

            to the use or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances are not acceptable.

 

Cellphones

The use of cellphones is not permitted.  Period.

 

Discipline Plan

First Time: Verbal warning.

Second Time: Call parents and student completes "Action Plan."

Third Time: Referral written, and student sent to office

 

Grading

Student Evaluation

Students will be graded using the following criteria:

A. Classwork / Homework .. . . . . . …………..40%

         ● Current Events (10 %)

         ● Weekly Reflections (10%)

         ● Interactive Notebook/Portfolio/Units (20%)

         

B. Lesson Plans (Group/Individual) . ……….20%

C. Quizzes/Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...20%

D. Class Progress……………………………..20%





 

Syllabus Signature Page



 

By signing this page, you acknowledge and agree to follow the classroom expectations and procedures that have been put in place for the 2016-2017 school year.



 

Student Signature_____________________________________  Date____________________




 

Parent/Guardian Signature______________________________ Date_____________________

 

Pinelands Regional School District 

520 Nugentown Rd

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087 

609-296-3106

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