For me and my son, there are many benefits. Once a week, I have the valuable opportunity to:
- help the teacher by running learning centers and by being another helping hand in the classroom
- get to know the other children in my son's class
- understand the way the school functions
- see what my son is learning and how he is learning it, so that I can reinforce the methods at home
During freeplay, children seek me out to show off their Lego creations, amazing wooden block structures, detailed pictures, and other creations. "Come play with us!" they say as they tug me by the hand. "See this picture!" another pipes up. "Will you read this book with me?" Their beautiful souls are shining brightly.
It's like having 22 children for a couple of hours. They are seeking approval and empathy, acknowledgement of their hard work and efforts, and help with their shoelaces.
What a gift I am being given! I am blessed to be surrounded by the love, trust, and generosity of these incredible children. I am rewarded by spontaneous hugs and smiles.
I am happy to be a room mother.