Ms. Dian's Child Development students had the opportunity to wear the Empathy Belly recently, before the semester ended. "The Empathy Belly" Pregnancy Simulator allows the students to feel what it's like to be pregnant and has proven to be a highly effective, unique, and powerful teaching tool. Students who wore the belly had to try to maneuver around with the extra 30 pounds attached to them. They practiced going up and down the stairs, tying shoes, picking things up off the floor, and attempting to become comfortable with pillows while laying down. The students then did several activities focusing on the care of an infant by using QR codes to watch videos on their iPads.
Students in Ms. Tiede's Advanced Child & Development classes recently participated in an activity that helped them better understand the importance of protecting the environment and child safety when it comes to dogs. The students were made aware of the danger of leaving behind their dogs waste as it can carry harmful bacteria & microbes that can easily make its way to lakes & streams nearby. They also learned about how children are more susceptible to be exposed to these wastes as they spend more time closer to the ground- playing around it and then touching their mouths, eyes, etc. So, to also incorporate physical activity into this lesson, students relay raced across the WACC commons area to pick up (play dough) dog poop. These students had fun while learning to protect the environment and children both!
Students in Ms. Tiede's Child Development classes are utilizing the RealCare Baby Infant Simulators this week. These simulators offer real-life experiences that address prenatal education, childcare skills, infant safety, and more. Yesterday, the students were practicing responding to the different coo's & cries that the simulators make.