Child Care and Development
At some point in our lives we may be responsible for the care of an infant or toddler. Students in the middle school may have younger brothers, sisters, neighbors or other relatives they may babysit for or want to babysit for. It is important to know what to expect and what to do. In this unit students will learn about milestones in the development of infants and toddlers. Basic infant and toddler nutrition will be discussed including foods that are safe and unsafe to eat. The importance of play will also be covered including a chance to examine infant/toddler toys and evaluate them. A project during this unit is an "Egg Baby" project. Students will be responsible for the care of an "egg child" for 2 days. The purpose of this project is to teach students first hand what it is like to care for "someone" other than themselves as well as the difficult decisions that need to be made on a day to day basis. It may also help them better understand the decisions their parents make regarding their safety.