Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HEC 9421
Course Title:
Living and Learning with Your Toddler
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Course Description

Designed for parents and their children between the walking stage and two and one-half years of age. Parents observe and participate with their children in developmentally designed activities. In addition, they participate in a parent seminar focusing on parenting topics and needs. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Prerequisite knowledge and skills: Students enrolled must be currently involved in the occupation of parenting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Instructional Goals and Objectives:

1.0 Growth and Development

Instructional Goal:

Students will gain understanding of the growth and developmental stages of toddlers and rate this information to their own children.


1.1 Observation

       1.1.1 Utilize objective observation skills in order to clearly see children's responses.

1.2 Understanding growth and development

       1.2.2 Apply understanding of social and emotional development.

       A. Understand child's needs and how that relates to behavior

       B. Become more comfortable in accepting predictable stages

       C. Support children and other parents as the toddlers struggle with autonomy.

1.2.2 Apply understanding of language and cognitive development

        A. Be aware of appropriate toddler learning activities and participate in them

       B. Participate in activities that encourage language development and communication skill building

1.2.3 Apply understanding of motor development

       A. Help plan age appropriate activities

1.2.4 Apply understanding to toilet training

2.0 Guidance, Discipline and Behavior

Instructional Goal:

Students will understand toddler behavior as it relates to the child's overall development, and will become aware of positive guidance options and discipline.


2.1 Observing behavior

      2.1.1 Be able to see behavior objectively

      2.1.2 Relate class discussion information to behavior that is observed

2.2 Understanding behavior

     2.2.1 See that there are many causes of behaviors

     2.2.2 See behavior as a response to needs, the environment, physical condition and development, and related to temperament and emotional attachments

    2.2.3 Realize that other children respond similarly to one's own, and yet each is unique

2.3 Positve guidance

    2.3.1 Explore positive guidance options

    2.3.2 Practice positive guidance in the class

    2.3.3 Relate guidance to overall development of the child and the needs of others

    2.3.4 Incorporate effective communication with guidance

    2.3.5 Realize the need for positive guidance framework in parent/child relationships




Course Activities and Design

Parents and toddlers spend one two-hour class per week participating in appropriate parent/toddler activities which parents help plan. Parents also observe the toddlers and participate in discussions on topics including growth and development; guidance, discipline and behavior; health, safety and nutrition; communication and family relationships; and age-appropriate activities.

The discussion time may include any of the following methods: lecture, guest speakers, audio-visual aids, books and handouts and hands-on activities. Students are encouraged to share their own knowledge and to seek information from other class participants. Discussions are also used to relate information to home and class observations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students are evaluated on the basis of attendance and participation in discussions and  class activities. Grading: Pass/No Pass