There's six of 'em, you know. Ages 6 to 3 1/2 months. That's a lot of learning going on when you get them all together. And I realized that they are teaching me many things that apply to my classroom (even though I teach high school kids).
Here's what I know:
2. Sometimes, if you want to make a new friend, you have to make the first move!
3. If you always take no for an answer, you never get to try or learn anything new. I watched Max today go back to the same cord time after time, even though I kept saying no and taking it away from him. I know he's exploring his world and that's never a bad thing. My kids at school are exploring in their own way, and I need to remember that!
5. Think of new ways inside the box. I know this sounds contradictory, but stay with me for a moment.
Babies, especially, don't need toys. They need to explore. Pots and pans. Spoons. Fuzzy slippers. All of these provide entertainment for a baby. Give older kids a bunch of toys and they play with the boxes. Houses. Castles. Rocket ships. Imagination rules. What this says to me is to give my students the idea and let them run. Just because I envisioned it one way, doesn't have to be the way it turns out.