The BOSS Associate Course in Early Childhood Development is the starter course for migrants of nations living in Japan with the aim of teaching English to their own and Japanese children as a step to build BOSS branded schools while in Japan and back to the homeland. It aims at orienting students to the field and fundamental concepts of child development and English mentoring. At the same time, it is a social business initiative for income and employment generation for foreign migrants living in the country.
The course provides information based on each area of development, including the factors that are crucial for each child's stages of development. This course has a special focus and training in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) and in using SEELS designed hybrid English language program consisting of Dr. Maria Montessori education philosophies and the multisensorial Jolly Phonics (UK) system.
It is indeed a preparatory course specifically for SEELS Teachers Academy’s students, but open to all interested in early childhood education, to startup teaching to preschoolers using the system and brand of SEELS-BOSS schools. Free use of SEELS-Jolly English School brand sharing is among the benefits after completing this course.
In respect to other SEELS school brands namely SEELS Montessori English Phonics School and Montessori E-STEAM (English, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Preschool, both require having SEELS diploma and SEELS TESOL certificate. In addition, the use of SEELS curriculum, lesson plans, teaching resources, job hunting, and funding support (based on availability of SEELS Co., Ltd. surplus profit) are among the benefits of SEELS Teachers Academy courses graduates.
Principles of Child Growth and Development
Child development theories
Physical growth, motor development and healthcare
*socialization (formal, informal, agents of socialization)
*nature and types of children's emotion
*factors affecting children's emotional development
*helping children acquire emotional stability
*content/stages of cognitive growth in children
*View of Piaget, Bloom’s taxonomy, Lev Vygotsky’s ZPD
*defining language development
*guiding young children’s language skills focusing on Teaching English to Young Learners
Difference between discipline and guidance
How Children Grow
Principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practices
DAP Teaching Strategies
Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education
Emerging Literacy Games and Activities
Storytelling and Literature-Based Activities
A Day in the Life of a Preschool Class/Managing a Preschool (BOSS) Class
Importance of Transitions
Create a comfortable and secure Montessori classroom environment conducive to learning for young learners.
Design and implement a daily routine of activities for children to develop their understanding on the concept of time and learn sequencing
Define assessment and its importance to Children, families, early childhood programs , and early childhood educators.
Methods of assessment and evaluation
Identify methods of assessment appropriate in placing children to the next level
1. To orient students to the field of Child Development, its nature and scope.
2. To help students to develop the knowledge base and understanding of:
a) Basic concepts in Child Development i.e growth, development, maturation, learning, heredity, environment, and development task.
b) Basic concepts in Child Development i.,e.,growth, development, maturation, learning, heredity, environment, developmental tasks. Principles of growth and development and its determinants.
3. To provide a knowledge base of major areas of development – physical, motor,social, emotional, cognitive and language development.
4. To understand the relationship between physical growth, nutrition and health with emphasis on the Japanese context, socio-emotional development.
a) Components and stages of social development.
b) Productive and receptive language skills.
c) Sequence of language development including its social and cultural aspects.
d) Relationship between language and thought.
e) Guiding young children's language skills with special reference to bilingual and multilingual children.
f) To equip students with teaching tools and materials to startup English teaching.