Real Care Baby
January 2016 BLOG
When looking for an authentic learning experience in Family Studies, many teachers turn to the Real Care Baby (produced by Reality Works, available in Canada through Studica). The idea behind the Real Care Baby is to give students an idea of what caring for a real infant would be like. The following has been put together to think about what other learning experiences can happen in conjunction with the infant simulator, or depending on classes, during the infant development course study.
How do you introduce your students to the infant simulator?
Some ideas include having a prenatal class where students weigh, measure, clothe and name their infants. Other teachers run through the basic functions during class and have students practice then.
How long do you have your students take the infant simulator for?
A class period or 2, a night, a weekend, a week. Many possibilities depending on the resources you have at school, the strength and ability of students, and the cooperation of the school and home. Ultimately, what do you as an educator want your students to get out of this experience and where does it fit into your course content.
What do students do while in the simulation?
Compile a written record of all care provided to their infant simulator. To add to the learning experience, have students go out in public at least once with the simulator. Have other requirements that mimic the sense of what care an infant needs.
What kind of follow up can you do after students have completed an infant simulator?
Students can complete reflection questions that come with the infant simulator, they can also create a record of what they did during their simulation, through a journal, photo album, digital album.
For other resources:
Reality Works has a blog, check in for more resources: www.realityworks.com/blog
Reality Works also offers other simulators that can be used to demonstrate various things.
Pregnancy Profile Vest gives students a sense of what it is like to be 9 months pregnant.
Infant simulators include the Drug Affected Demonstration, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome mannequin and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
In case you didn’t know:
Schools can trade in older babies for newer models, they come with temperature sensors, can include a car seat detector, and is all controlled and programmed through your computer.
If this is something that you would like more information on go to www.studica.com
Other resources that have been used by family studies teachers:
Cope 24 Changing Our Parenting Experience- “The Life Sentence” www.cope.com
Joys and Concerns of Parenting DVD - Learning Zone Xpress http://www.learningzonexpress.com/nsearch/?q=joys+and+concerns+of+parenting
When Babies Cry- The Shaken Baby Alliance
Too Young- www.thenationalcampaign.org/tooyoung
Do you use the infant simulators or other resources, do you have feedback to offer or questions to ask?
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Written by Erin Ward
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