I've continued to go to school to visit my class to get to know them better. I've been loving stopping in to read to them, watch them work at their centers, and chat with them. Of course, every time I've been there it has been with the baby.
There are so many ways you can use a baby in a classroom-
"Everyone sit quietly, don't wake the baby!"
"Why aren't you working? The baby wants to hear you read!"
"Show the baby the first letter in your name?"
"Oh! Go sit down, the baby needs to see everyone sitting down!"
Really, it's been kind of shameful. And I am absolutely screwed when I come back to work without the baby. Those kids will have no incentive to do anything I say once it is just me,
I love it!!! Maybe a babydoll when you come back? Or a class pet? Congrats!! And thanks for your blog :) (to borrow from talk radio, I'm a long-time reader, first time commenter)
So funny. If your child has a "baby book," you should definitely write that in there! I'm sure the kids will be okay when you get back.
You'll have to use the frog in lieu of the baby
Have you ever heard of the Roots of Empathy project where a volunteer brings a baby into a classroom once a month for a year to help students develop empathy/social skills, etc.?
I've always wanted to do it, and you really have an awesome opportunity to use your baby shamelessly in so many ways! If you can't bring in your actual baby on a regular basis, I'm sure you'll bring in stories and photos.
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