Exploration and Creation

Babysitting is probably my favorite way to work with kids. It’s the most personal and the most fun! My charges and I explore New York, make everything from stuffed animals to cars, write stories, play games, build forts, and learn new things.

As an expert of arts and crafts, I am well equipped to bring any child’s imaginings to fruition. With my charges I have made board games, items of furniture, toys, costumes, gifts, and much more. I encourage every child to fulfill their creative capacity while teaching skills like how to respond to mistakes constructively and think divergently.

While babysitting, I use Empathic Discipline and OSM language, which is what I teach in my parent coaching service. I maintain strict rules as outlined by the parents, but always with kindness and patience. I am careful to praise specific desirable behaviors and effort whenever appropriate.

Rates:

Weekdays until Friday at 5pm – $20/hr (one child)

Friday at 5pm through Sunday – $25/hr (one child)

All times: for each additional child add $5/hr

NEW: $15 flat fee for art supplies and art instruction to make one project. (Add $15 for each additional child).

Some projects require time to go shopping for particular supplies. Projects and materials can be adjusted for different developmental levels.

Projects include:

  • Necklace or other jewelry

    The beading pattern contains the Fibonacci Sequence.
  • Handmade clothing
  • Handmade “Pussy Hat” for Women’s Marches
  • Altered clothing

    Rainbows and love for the Pride Parade
  • Dollhouse

    A cardboard box plus odds and ends form the 99¢ store.
  • Costumes
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  • Gifts
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  • Handmade Stuffed Animals
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  • Paintings
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Experience & Education:

  • 17 years babysitting.
  • 14 years teaching.
  • 10 years working at summer camps and after school programs.
  • Two years assistant teaching at Hunter Elementary.
  • Eight years attending Hunter Elementary (foundation for divergent thinking skills).
  • Six years attending Hunter High School (foundation for writing skills).
  • Studied Education at Barnard College (Columbia University), and SUNY New Paltz.
  • Volunteered at Hogar de Vida, an orphanage in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
We baked a Minecraft cake!
We made a phoenix costume for Halloween
The NYC Women’s March 2018
We made the silliest hat we could.
This car fits a kid inside!
I am also an expert in fort building
I like to take kids to the “face paint” store to make ourselves look unique and amazing!
Baking cupcakes!

Rest assured:

All photos of children appear with express permission from their parents and the children themselves. Some of those clients have shared testimonials of their experiences working with me on my references page.

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