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Flour Baby Project

According to a Planned Parenthood Fact Sheet, more than 1 million U.S. teenagers -- one in nine
women aged 15 to 19 -- become pregnant each year. Part of this projects goals deal with the issue of
teen parenthood.
Congratulations, you are a parent!!! You will care for this baby as if were really a baby.
You will feed it, change its diaper, bathe, and take care of your baby (all pretend of course.)
Your options for a baby are to bring in a baby doll that is at least 15 inches or decorate a 5 lb bag
of flour to look like a baby.

You will create a BABY BOOK that will contain: 30 points
Marriage Certificate (Possibly Divorce decree with child custody agreement)
Single parents will include a page explaining the circumstances of their choice
Birth Certificate Parents Names, Date, Birth Info, etc
Baby-Sitting Log Times of feeding, diaper change, bathing, etc. (see template)
Baby Log Who took care of your baby, when and for how long (see template)
Pictures (min of 3 each day) with captions Show off your Baby and share with me on
twitter @wchs_308fillman or email at tfillman@wacohi.net

Cost of Raising a Child: 28 points

Childhood Disease Investigation: Answer these questions 20 points
Name of Disease
Symptoms
Cure/Vaccinations
What happens if left untreated?

Child Abuse Facts: Answer these questions 20 points
Define Child Abuse
Give four types of child abuse and their description
What is the major factor in child abuse?

What Did You Learn Reflection: 17 points

Attendance/Participation: 75 points






What you NEED to Know:
Care of Baby BABY LOG
Feeding every 3-4 hours
Diaper change every 3-4 hours
Daily Bath (pretend only, DO NOT wet your baby)
Keep your baby dressed at all times
This will be recorded in your BABY LOG
You MUST have your BABY LOG with you at all TIMES, and UPDATED

Baby Sitting
You MUST be with your baby at all times
If you need to a babysitter, it CANNOT be for more than 3 hours at a time and NO
MORE than 1 babysitter per day
If you have PE, you can drop your baby to Mrs. Fillmans Daycare for babysitting
Your baby will NAP during other periods, DO NOT PLAY with your baby during
another teachers class, but your baby must be visible at all times of the day. If a teacher
informs me that you are distracted, or disruptive, you WILL lose points

Caring for your child
You should be extremely protective of your child. If a tragic loss or injury occurs, you
will be responsible for your baby. Penalties range from additional research to a report on
child abuse. If someone else attacks your child find a teacher as a witness to spare you
some penalty.
You are not allowed to go anywhere without your baby, leave your baby in the care of
anyone else, or let anyone abuse or neglect your child.
If you are a couple, both parents must contribute to caring for the child. Point loss will
occur if only one parent handles the baby in a joint marriage. It is important to learn that
both parents are equally responsible for the children in a marriage.













Flour Baby Rules and Practices
1. You will be caring for your Flour Baby from Wednesday September 25
th
class until
Friday September 27
th
.
2. Grading: 100 points (see rubric). During the school day, you must carry your child with
you at all times. Points will be lost if you do not have your FB with you. I WILL BE
DOING FLOUR BABY CHECKS!!!
3. During other classes you will need to have your FB on your desk, in the tray below your
desk, in your book bag with it open or in an area the teacher has supplied, where your
baby will take a nap. If another teacher has to come to me and tell about you distracting
their class because of the FB, you will lose a possible 25 points each day.
4. Dress, name, and personalize your FB! Make sure your NAME is on your FB, and have
some sort of swaddling around it.
5. Your baby must be within VIEW at ALL times. Your baby can NOT be left unattended.
6. You must travel with your baby in your backpack turned forward or in a baby sling. You
may use the service of a babysitter if you have a time you cannot attend to your child.
Babysitters may not care for more than one flour baby at a time or for longer than 3
hours.
7. Lockers and trunks are not cribs or day-care centers.
8. At the end of this assignment all pages MUST be complete. One page of the book is a
DAILY JOURNAL which is a place to record feedings, diaper changes, emotions, etc. At
any point during the week, it may be checked. If the babys feeding and diaper changing
has been neglected, points will be taken off.
9. If you are absent on any days and for any reason during the time of the project the day
must be made up the following week. Each day is worth 25 points and you will not
receive credit if you are absent.
10. All teachers have been notified about this assignment. They will report any child abuse,
misconduct, or distractions that occur and the final grade will be affected.
11. Have FUN and be CREATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!








Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to bring my Flour Baby to school?
Yes!
Your parents have already had their kids and now they want to be free!
Your children are YOUR responsibility and you need to take care of him or her ALL of the time.
What if someone assassinates my baby?
You are totally responsible for the welfare of your Flour Baby.
If you baby dies in the care of your babysitter, you are still responsible.
Choose your babysitter carefully!
What do I do with my Flour Baby during class?
Talk to your teacher before the assignment starts and let he/she know that you are becoming a new
parent.
Ask if he or she would keep your Flour Baby in a special place during the period. Thank them every day.
Include this in your Log.
Can I put my Flour Baby in my gym locker at school?
No!
Putting children in lockers is child abuse.
Child Protective Services will come and take your Flour Baby away and you will fail the assignment.
What if I have to go to the bathroom?
You need to take your baby with you.
Leaving your baby alone is child abandonment, and Child Protective Services will come & take your
baby.
By the way, you had better take your baby to the pencil sharpener also.

How do I know if my baby is dead or alive?
If an accident happens, bring me your flour baby and I will decide if your baby merely has a boo boo, or
if he or she is dead.
What if my baby dies?
Dont make excuses.
You will write an 800 word report on how it happened, and what you learned from the Flour Baby
exercise.
If you successfully complete the report, you will receive your 100 points.






Baby Log Day 1
Time Where is Baby? Care Needed by the baby? Who is with the baby?
8 am
9
10
11
12 pm (noon)
1pm
2
3
4
5
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7
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10
11
12 am (midnight)
1am
2
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Baby Log Day 2
Time Where is Baby? Care Needed by the baby? Who is with the baby?
8 am
9
10
11
12 pm (noon)
1pm
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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10
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12 am (midnight)
1am
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Baby Log Day 3
Time Where is Baby? Care Needed by the baby? Who is with the baby?
8 am
9
10
11
12 pm (noon)
1pm
2
3
4
5
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7
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12 am (midnight)
1am
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7

BABY SITTING LOG
Date Time Sitters Name Sitters Signature
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3


The average cost to pay a babysitter is $8 per hour
Your FB cannot attend a sitter for more than 3 hours at a time
Each Student will be given $72 for babysitting
You will need to keep track of how you spend your money

Check Number Date Description Deposit/Credit Balance


$72
1


2


3


4


5


6


7


8


9









COST OF RAISING A CHILD
Grocery 1 day 1 month 1 Year

Formula 8 feedings/day
44 oz of formula __________ __________ __________
2 boxes cereal ____X_____ __________ __________
24 jars food ___ X____ __________ __________
20 jars juice ____X____ __________ __________
4 bibs ____X____ __________ __________
3 baby spoons ____X____ __________ __________
Total cost: $__________ $__________ $__________
Diaper Service -----
8 disposable diapers per day
Disposables (National Brand- Huggies, Pampers) $_________________
Disposables (Generic Brand) $_________________
Baby wipes 13/day $_________________
Total cost for 1 month: $________________
Total cost for 1 year: $________________
Clothing store: 1 month 1 year
6 onesies _______ _________
6 pairs of pj _______ _________
10 onepiece outfits _______ _________
6 tops _______ _________
4 pants _______ _________
4 pairs shoes _______ _________
8 pairs socks _______ _________
1 jacket _______ _________

You will be assuming babies will need all of these items every 3 months the first year of their life
(newborn, 3-6 month, 6-9 month, 9-12 month)
Total cost for 1 month $ _______________
Total cost for 1 year $_________________

Day care provider: 8am - 5pm Monday-Friday for one month
Total cost for one month $_________________
Total cost for one year $ _________________

Supplies Cost
Infant car seat $__________
Stroller $__________
Diaper bag $__________
Pack-n-Play $__________
Baby bathtub $__________
Music mobile $__________
Baby monitor $__________
Pacifiers (12) $__________
Crib $__________
Mattress $__________
Bedding $__________
High Chair $__________
TOTAL COST: $__________

Total Cost of raising a child? $_____________
What is the National Average for raising a child during their 1
st
year of life? $___________
What is the National Average for raising a child? $__________
REFLECTION:
What did you learn? Overall, what did you think of this experience?
______________________________________________________________________________
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What was the best part of this experience?
______________________________________________________________________________
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What was the worst part of this experience?
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
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How was this experience like having you own child?
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________

How was this experience like having you own child?
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________

Are you ready to have a child as a teenager? Why or why not?
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
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Class Schedule
Hour Class and Teachers Name
0 Hour
1
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2
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3
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4
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5
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6
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7
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Outside Obligations (Work, Practice, Church, etc)
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Location Length of
Time
Location Length of
Time
Location Length of
Time


















Good to know!!!!
You will lose 10 points every time you are seen without your baby! There will be no negotiation or
discussion, just a 10 point deduction! You will be giving a schedule to me so I will be stopping by to see
what is happening throughout your day

Extra Credit Options (these points will be added at the end of the semester):
You may wake up at night and make a phone call to Mrs. Fillman, between 2AM and 4AM. You
will be leaving a message with your name that you are calling because your child will not go to
sleep and is keeping you awake. You will then call back again in EXACTLY 15 minutes and leave
another message. 444-3167 ext. 1147
Creativity with your baby book
Dressing your baby and changing clothes
Show off your Baby and share with me on my website at tfillman@wacohi.net or share
with me on twitter @wchs_308fillman

























Name__________________________________________Date_______________Hour_______

Rubric for Flour Baby
Assignment

Description of
Assignment
Explanation of
points missed
Score
Baby Book

Marriage Certificate
Birth Certificate
Baby-Sitting Log
Baby Log
Pictures (min of 3 each day)

_______/30 points
Cost of Raising a
Child
Each blank point _______/28 points
Childhood Diseases

Name of Disease (4 points)
Symptoms (8 points)
Cure/Vaccinations (4 points)
What happens if left untreated?
(4 points)
_______/20 points
Child Abuse

Define Child Abuse (4 points)
Give four types of child abuse
and their description (12 points)
What is the major factor in child
abuse? (4 points)

_______/20 points
Reflection

Questions Answered in
completed sentences
_______/17 points
Baby Book

______/115 Points
Baby/Attendance

Present all 3 days
25 Points each day
_______/75 points
Deductions
Baby Book


_______/140 points
Total _______/190 points