“The Babies have become so much more than just a project for these students. They have really become a great discussion piece for choosing to parent or building their resumes for jobs.”
Amanda Klenke, FACS Teacher, Battle High School, Colombia, MO
“Our goals are to help students get into careers and to help the ones that do make the mistake of becoming pregnant before graduating high school.”
Chrissy Storms, FACS Teacher, Warren Central High School, Bowling Green, KY
“We’ve had teachers tell us that students are so interested they sign up for their classes just to get a baby.”
Karen Coresentino, Spokesperson,Travis County Medical Alliance, Austin, TX
“The Babies are a boost to anyone’s program. Having a product like this makes teaching much easier. It’s the little hook that gets students and parents excited and teaches them so much.”
Kelly Lang, FACS Teacher, Fairport High School, Fairport, NY
It’s a wonderful way to teach them the value of human life. They become more empathetic in their dealings with small children after taking this course.
Marsha Chizek, FACS Teacher, Fridley High School, Fridley, MN
I wanted to be able to teach my students to be more understanding and empathetic with the aging process once we made it into our clinical rotation at the local nursing home. I wanted them to understand why the residents moved so slowly and I wanted them to learn to be patient and kind while working with them.
It is so important to get these kids to understand the pains and aches that our elderly generation feel every day, so that they can provide better care for our aging population.
Miranda Kessler, RN-BSN, Health Occupations Instructor, Nicholas County Career a
I found the Pregnancy Vest Simulator to be a great teaching tool. After using the vest throughout the class period, my middle school students were able to feel what it was like to be pregnant. The physical and emotional impact on both the male and female students really seemed to affect them. They were able to feel how hard it is to carry the weight of a baby physically and also get a glimpse of how others would see them, which could be difficult emotionally.
From a teacher’s standpoint, I found the vest to be very easy to use. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. The vest took only a couple minutes to assemble and was easy to position on the students. I feel that this vest really made the students aware of how challenging it is to be pregnant. They made several comments about how heavy the vest was, how others would see them, and how they would not want to go through this in real life.
The vest made it easy for me to discuss the issue of consequences of sexual activity, because we were able to simulate what it is like to be pregnant and discuss some of the issues that come with teen pregnancy. I would use the vest again because it actually allows the students to experience the not-so-glamorous side of being pregnant.
Samantha Konsela, FACS Teacher, Chippewa Falls Middle School, Chippewa Falls, WI
“I have seen a very important aspect that RealCare Baby adds to a middle school curriculum. I think it’s vital in the decision-making process, to get that hands-on experience.”
Sylvia Tricarico, FACS Curriculum Specialist, Palm Beach County School District, FL
“The Babies are a wonderful addition to any program dealing with teenage parents who are unaware of the day-to-day demands of an infant.”
Teresa Kelly, Program and Clinical Director, Children’s Home + Aid, Bloomington, IL
“I have given the students a few things to do, such as buttoning a shirt, tying their shoes and fastening a belt, while wearing the Geriatric Arthritis Simulators… the students are rising to the challenge and are definitely feeling the effects of wearing the simulator while attempting the tasks. There have been numerous comments from students referring to the elderly person they know who has arthritis, and also complaints about the pain and awkwardness of wearing and using the simulator, which I feel is a good thing… I plan to keep using these simulators in the future.”
Wendy Conrad, Family & Consumer Science Teacher and Career & Technical Education