|"You can touch her hair."|
|Surrounded by soft friends|
Every child at TIH is introduced to even the youngest babies. We watch them cry and think about why they might be crying. We talk about the work of the infant teacher and how they care for the babies. We talk about the basic needs of the babies, often relating them to our own needs. We practice touching babies in a safe way and notice the similarities and differences. They sometimes cannot move on their own. Some can grab a toy and others are happy simply watching. Some babies can put their fingers in their mouth, while some are trying to walk. Just the other day when we were observing cohort 5, L rolled over and as I described what was happening all of the boys cheered for her.
Later that week, L joined us in our classroom for a moment. Our favorite soft friends were arranged around her as the boys came to watch her more closely. We talked about safe touching, sounds she made and how excited she was to look at the big kids! It seems like it was just the other day when the boys were being watched by cohort 3!