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A Unit Study on Babysitting

GENERAL RESOURCES:



Guide to Baby-Sitting by Jahnna Beecham, Ann Matthews Martin (ISBN 0590476866)



The Babysitter's Handbook by K. D. Kuch, K. D. Kuck, J. J. Smith-Moore (Illustrator) This thoughtful, friendly, useful book will help any young sitter get off on the right foot with both parents and kids. It's crammed with great tips, good advice, and a thorough, non-condescending set of rules and expectations. Every sitter should own a copy of this handbook. (The publisher recommends this book for kids age 8-12, but the book will work for anyone, including adults.)



The Ultimate Baby-Sitter's Handbook : (So You Wanna Make Tons of Money) (Plugged in Series)
by Debra Mostow Zakarin, Ruta Daugavietis (Illustrator), Kristin Lock Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about baby-sitting is included in this easy-to-read and info-packed beginners' guide.



50 Best Babysitting Tips by Amanda Haley (Illustrator) Readers discover 50 of the best child care tips from babysitters around the country! Both new and experienced babysitters will find these tips helpful. Full color.



The New Complete Babysitter's Handbook by Carol Barkin, Elizabeth James (Contributor), Martha Weston (Illustrator) This new, expanded edition of The Complete Babysitter's Handbook contains thorough information on every babysitter's concerns, including finding jobs, relating to parents, recognizing children's interests, dealing with suspected child abuse, giving first-aid treatment, and realizing your own limitations. The no-nonsense approach will help any babysitter to be thoughtfully prepared.




WEB RESOURCE:



National Network for Child Care: http://www.nncc.org/
Child Care from Suite 101: http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/child_care_information
Child-proofing the Home: http://arizonachildcare.org/childproof/childproof.htm
Child Care & Nutrition: http://www.frontiernet.net/~manage/ccni/
National Baby-sitters Network: http://members.delphi.com/mrst2562/index.html
Baby-sitting Laws: http://www.courttv.com/teens/law/348.html



ACTIVITIES:



1. Health:  Read several books on first aid. 
2. Health:  Make a booklet of baby-sitter safety tips.  Include first aid tips, what to do in an emergency, and list of emergency phone numbers.
3. Safety and Thinking Skills:  Review your baby-sitting site for safety issues.  Use the website : http://arizonachildcare.org/childproof/childproof.htm to make a list of safety concerns.  How would you alleviate these safety issues?
4. Arts & Crafts:  Make a rainy day activity box for a young child.  Make sure the activities and contents are safe for the age group that the box is designed for.  Share this box with a child.  Which activities were favorites?  Were there any activities that didn’t go over well?  Can you figure out why?
5. Nutrition:  With adult guidance, prepare and serve several healthy meals and/or snacks to an infant, toddler, or young child.
6. Journal activity:  Spend time with a young child on several different occasions.  Keep a diary or journal documenting your interaction with the child, how the child behaved, what games they preferred to play. 
7. Science:  To go along with the journal activity above, spend time with different age groups, keeping a journal.  Then, do a comparison study of how the children differed between age.  Did it make a difference whether they were a boy or a girl?  Did their age play a role in how they reacted to you?
8. Research:  Interview at least five different adults to see what they think are the three most important things to remember when caring for a child.
9. Thinking Skills:  Make a list of supplies that you would need if you were taking a young child on an outing or picnic.  Check with an adult to see if your list is complete.  If not, what were some of the items that you forgot and how would that have affected your hypothetical outing?
10. Thinking Skills:  Go through a toy store or toy catalog and compare toys that would be safe vs. those that would be unsafe.  What were the reasons for your choices?
11. Math:  Compare prices for toys.  If a toy is more expensive, does that necessarily mean that it is more fun to play with?  Should young children be given expensive toys?  Why or why not?
12. Math:  Set up your own baby-sitting business.  Make a list of your expenses.  What would be the minimum amount that you would ask for a salary?  Does it cover your expenses? 
13. Math:  Choose what you would like to spend your baby-sitting money on.  How much does this cost?  If you had your baby-sitting business up and running, how many hours per week would you need to baby-sit to reach your goal?




FICTION/NON-FICTION:



Henry Reed's Baby-Sitting Service by Keith Robertson, Robert McCloskey (Illustrator)



Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts



The Baby-Sitters’ Club Series is another option; however, this series deals mainly with the lives of the baby-sitters and not necessarily with the job of baby-sitting itself.

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