Long Term Project

As an avenue for you to show me what you’ve learned over the course of the semester, each of you will be creating a magazine on the topic of Child Development.  It will be used in various ways throughout the course: as topic and unit review, as a useful place to do smaller assignments, etc.  Most importantly, by the end of the semester you will have compiled an attractive product that outlines and discusses many of the main concepts important to Child Development.  It will be a great study guide for your exams!

We will be using Microsoft Publisher to create our magazines.  Here are some useful resources:

Publisher Quick Reference 2010

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Getting Started Guide


Opening and Saving

A TEMPLATE can be found in the following location:

I:// Drive > Poirier > Child Development > Magazine Project

Save each spread as a new COPY on your H://Drive.  Email finished updates to the teacher.

IMPORTANT: Name each file as follows (changing relevant information per spread):

LastName_FirstName_Spread#_ Topic


Criteria (per spread)

Content:_____ /10

  • Fulfills Requirements: provided questions are answered and instructions followed.
  • Shows Understanding: all info is correct and in depth – beyond basic connections are made.
  • Clarity: explanations are clear and well written.

Presentation:_____ /5

  • Visually Appealing – good quality and relevant images, attractive colour scheme, text is visible and legible
  • Use of Space: Interesting layout – more than just an “open page” layout; a variety of other elements are used
  • Spelling and grammar: writing is edited and shows minimal errors
  • Organization: Pages flow; titles/subtitles are used to break up the writing and organize the reading for the viewer.



Spread #1 – Introduction to Child Development (2 Pages)

Answer the following questions within your spread:

  1. What is Child Development?
  2. What are the main influences on development?  Explain and provide examples.
  3. What are the different types (areas) of development?  Provide 3 examples of each.
  4. What are the characteristics of development?  Explain in your own words and provide examples of each.
  5. List the major theorists that contributed to the field of child development.  State which area(s) of development they focused their study/contributions on.


Spread #2 – Infants – Physical Development (2 Pages)

Follow the steps to complete your spread:

  1. Chart the Physical Development Milestones in the first year.  Sequence milestones that focus on similar parts of the body.
  2. Add the Length and Weight measurements for infants at Birth, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.
  3. Use the rest of your page to highlight 5 other key concepts important to Physical Development in the first year.  Use your textbook and Study Guide (Chapter 7 Section 1)

Note: Include as much detail as possible to show me that you know your stuff.  Make connections throughout the material if you can.  Give examples wherever possible.  Higher marks will be given to those that go beyond simply restating the information.


 Spread #3 – How-To Guide for Parents (2 Pages)

Using Chapter 7 Sections 2 and 3 (textbook and study guide), as well as your Caring For A Newborn Booklet, create a How-To Guide for Parents.

  1. Cover 4 major categories of choice.  Examples: How To Change a Diaper, How To Handle Your Baby, A Guide to Feeding, etc.
  2. Create a step-by-step guide for each topic.  Paragraphs can be used to include further details but keep the instructions themselves brief and straightforward (easy to follow and remember).
  3. Add tips surrounding each category as extra information for parents. (Make connections with what you are learning).


Spread #4 – Car Seat Safety (2 Pages)

Be sure to include the following information within your summary of the 3 Stages of Car Seat Safety:

  1. Explain how an infant/child is classified into each of the 3 stages.
  2. Describe difference between each stage’s car seat.
  3. Where and how should each car seat stage be installed?
  4. Why is it important that infants use a rear-facing car seat?
  5. What is a Universal Anchoring System? Where can one find it and how is it used?
  6. How can you tell if a car seat complies with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?
  7. When should a car seat be replaced?
  8. When are children legally permitted to ride in a motor vehicle without a car seat?




Spread #5 – Awareness Campaign (2 Pages)

Use what you’ve learned in class to create your next spread:

Part 1. Create a full page visual Advertisement for your magazine about the Period of PURPLE Crying and its connection to Shaken Baby Syndrome.  Keep it brief and to the point, highlighting key information connecting both topics that parents and caregivers need to be aware of.

  1. Consider a bold catchphrase to draw attention.
  2. Use a relevant image as your background to make it visually appealing.
  3. Use brief, to the point, facts to make your point.

Part 2. Use the first half of your second page to write an Article on the Period of PURPLE Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome, explaining to parents and caregivers in more detail.

  1. Summarize PURPLE Crying in a descriptive paragraph, highlighting the key words. (Like the example in the ppt).
  2. What is Shaken Baby Syndrome (specifically) and summarize what key information parents should know to keep their children safe.
  3. Explain how these issues are connected
  4. Prevention: give advice on how to deal with frustration that leads to SBS.

Part 3. Use the second half of the second page to make parents more aware of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.


The 2011 National Joint Statement on Safe Sleep: Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths in Canada

Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths

  1. What is SIDS?  How is it “declared”?
  2. When does SIDS usually occur? Peak? Decrease risk?
  3. What is important to know about the “causes” of SIDS?
  4. Who is most at risk?
  5. What are the two most important “modifiable” risk factors?  Explain what is meant by “modifiable” in this context.  What observation was made in Canada between 1999-2004 that may be attributed to these factors?
  6. Provide instructional advice to new parents on the 5 ways that you can reduce the risk of SIDS and infant sleep accidents?
  7. What is “positional plagiocephaly”? How is it caused? How can it be prevented?
  8. What is “tummy time”? Why is it important?


Spread #6 – Emotional, Social, and Intellectual Development in Infants Overview (2 Pages)

Use a full page image as your background.

Page 1 – Emotional and Social Development

  1. Connect and explain 10 key ideas about Emotional and Social Development in infants.
  2. Discuss Harry Harlow’s experiments and connection to Emotional and Social Development.

Page 2 – Intellectual Development

  1. Connect and explain 10 key ideas about Intellectual Development in Infants.
  2. Discuss Jean Piaget’s theory and connection to Intellectual Development in infants.


Spread #7 – A Year in Review (2 Pages)

Page 1 – First Year Development Crossword Puzzle

  1. Using the vocabulary terms (bold words listed at beginning of each section) create a crossword puzzle as a review for Chapters 7, 8, and 9.   Create unique clues for vocab terms (not textbook definitions).  You will then choose a selection of 25 of your best clues to use in your crossword puzzle. (Make sure to have a relatively even coverage of the three chapters). Follow download instructions for Eclipse Crossword.  You must build and save your puzzle in one class or you will lose all of your work.  School laptops will erase the program on logout.http://www.eclipsecrossword.com/download.aspx
  2. When Finished: Select the “Save as Webpage” Tab, and click the link to save as an empty “Printable” puzzle. This will prompt you to save as an HTML file and should open automatically in the web browser.
  3. File > Print Preview >  Select “CutePDFwriter” and save in your H:// Drive.
  4. Open the new PDF file > File > Save As > Image > JPEG.
  5. Insert Image files into your magazine spread.  You can re-size and crop if needed.
  6. Include your Answer Key either as an image (repeat above steps after checking off the Printable Answer Key checkbox in step 2.) or list your answers on another page or upside-down on the puzzle page.

Page 2 – RealCare Baby Simulation Reflection OR Simulation Substitute Assignment Reflection

  1. See handout that applies to you for instructions.