This morning, our meeting centered on a pretty important discussion about babies. We had already brainstormed what the children knew about babies (
They sleep in cribs
They need milk bottles
The can’t stand up
Their heads are big compared to their bodies
They spit up
They cause trouble like eating dog food
Today, we read a terrific book called How You Were Born. The book, written for young children, has very interesting photographs of a baby in utero. I always change the language of the book, slightly, by saying that babies grow inside of a woman’s body, rather than inside of their mother’s body. We noticed the umbilical cord, and talked about its purpose. Everyone noticed that they have a belly button!
Some deep questions came up. Some children wondered, aloud, how the babies get inside the woman’s uterus, and some talked about babies being born. We talked about C-Sections when one child mentioned that her mother had one.
As I said, it was a deep conversation. And it will very likely continue at home!
Our study of babies will continue over the next few days, and then we’ll focus on children growing up and becoming four- and five-year olds. It’s very exciting!