Guiding Young Children


  2. A. Course Title: Guiding Young Children
    B. Course Number: ED 113A - 10490
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 7:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Wong, Ruth
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2839
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-7:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 3:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet during office hours, please contact me through Canvas mail for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH126

    This course explores various theories of child guidance and the practical applications of each. It provides developmentally appropriate methods for guiding children and effective strategies and suggestions for facilitating positive social interactions. Strategies for preventing challenging behaviors through the use of environment, routines, and schedule will be presented. Emphasis is placed on helping children become self-responsible, competent, independent, and cooperative learning, including families as part of the guidance approach. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course fulfills one of the New Mexico Junior College's education requirements for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Positive Child Guidance, Eighth Edition by Darla Ferris Miller, Cengage Learning, 2016, ISBN 978-1-305-08899-3


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Distribution

    Module Zero - 50 points
    Test 1 (chapters 1 – 3) - 100
    Test 2 (chapters 4 - 6) - 100
    Test 3 (chapters 7 - 9) - 100
    Final Exam (chapters 10 - 12) - 100
    Interview Assignment - 100
    Authoritative Parenting - 100
    Observation - 100
    My Philosophy of Guidance - 100
    Participation or discussion board - 280
    Assignment Total - 1130 points

    Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Sundays of each week.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The Early Childhood Education program at New Mexico Junior College supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning”. Our goal is to help students become successful teachers or professionals in fields related to working with young children (birth through 8-years-old). The following will be emphasized in this course and throughout the program:

    • Children’s developmental progress toward competence, interdependence, and socialization
    • The nature of the relationship of children and their teacher as an active learning community, connected to the larger community around them
    • The importance of relationships and communication as teachers collaborate with families and children toward academic success
    • Early childhood curriculum which focuses on children as engaged, excited, curious, and intensely involved in learning experiences that are meaningful to them
    • Early childhood environments grounded in reciprocal relationships with caring teachers who provide authentic learning experiences

    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    -Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    -Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    -Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    Students taking this course should understand the theory of interpreting children’s social behaviors and the practice of implementing appropriate strategies to enhance children’s social competence. This course fulfills one of the New Mexico Junior College's education requirements for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education.

    This course is part of the articulated Universal Catalogue of Courses for Early Childhood Education in the State of New Mexico. The following objectives are taken from the New Mexico State Department of Education’s Common Core Competencies for early childhood professionals. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies at the established level of proficiency:

    Apply knowledge of cultural and linguistic diversity and the significance of socio-cultural and political contexts for development and learning and recognize that children are best understood in the contexts of family, culture and society. A.6

    Demonstrate knowledge of the many functions that language serves in the cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development in the formative years. A.7

    Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship among emotions, behaviors, and communication skills to assist children in identifying and expressing their feelings in appropriate ways. A.10

    Use appropriate guidance to support the development of self-regulatory capacities in
    young children. A.11

    Recognize and respond to each child's physical health, intellectual and emotional well being, and nutritional and safety needs. B.1

    Demonstrate knowledge and skill in building positive, reciprocal relationships with families. C.1

    Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for variations across cultures, in terms of family strengths, expectations, values, and child-rearing practices. C.4

    Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the families’ desires and goals for their children into classroom or intervention strategies. C.7

    Demonstrate knowledge and skills in developmentally appropriate guidance techniques and strategies that provide opportunities to assist children in development positive thoughts and feelings about themselves and others through cooperative interaction with peers and adults. E.3

    Demonstrate understanding of the influence of the physical setting, schedule, routines, and transitions on children and use these experiences to promote children’s development and learning. E.7

    Demonstrate knowledge of assessment techniques, interpretation of assessment information in the application of this data to curriculum development or intervention planning. F.9


    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 48 hours.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Tentative Schedule
    All assignments and tests will be due on Sunday nights at midnight.

    Week 1
    Introductions and Module Zero due
    Week 2
    Read chapter 1
    *Discussion board questions due
    Week 3
    Read chapter 2
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 4
    Read chapter 3
    My Philosophy of Guidance due
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 5
    Continue reading chapter 3
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 6
    Read chapter 4
    Discussion board questions due
    Test 1 (ch. 1-3) due
    Week 7
    Read chapter 5
    Observation due
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 8
    Read chapter 6
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 9
    Read chapter 7
    Discussion board questions due
    Test (ch 4-6) due
    Week 10
    Review Chapters 3, 5, and 6
    Interview due
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 11
    Spring Break - no assignments
    Week 12
    Read chapter 8
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 13
    Read chapter 9
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 14
    Read chapter 10
    Test (ch. 7-9) due
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 15
    Continue reading chapter 10
    Authoritative Parenting Assignment due
    Discussion board questions due
    Week 16
    Read chapter 11
    Discussion board questions due
    Final Exam (ch. 10-11)
    due on Tuesday, May 9th at midnight

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed
    Revised: 1/11/2017