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LP-A students learn about child care as part of Living Skills class

LP-A Living Skills 7 student Trent Bjerke made an “activity center” board out of different latches mounted on a finished wood board. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
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Seventh grade students in the Living Skills 7 class at Lake Park-Audubon High School are learning about child care and how they might use those skills in caring for younger siblings, neighbor children, or children at other events.

Often called "babysitting," students discuss how children learn through their play time. The learning elements of "physical, fine motor, intellectual, social, and emotion skills development," are reviewed. Students are required to make a "homemade" toy from common household items, bring the toy to class, and discuss the learning elements, any safety hazards, and what age the toy might be most appropriate for.

At the conclusion of the Child Care unit, students that achieve a high score on the final exam and complete all the assignments, receive a "certificate" for being a licensed babysitter.