Thursday, May 22, 2008
My latest project
Actually, I've been working on this for a while now. Months. I teach all seniors so my kids are 17-19 years old. (At least) one is married. Three others have given birth since New Year's. And four more are pregnant. So... seven. SEVEN. Yowza. And those are the ones I know about.
I wanted to do something but I didn't want to make a huge fuss in the don't-encourage-teen-pregnancy way. At the same time, this is these girl's lives and their babies are no less deserving of a little fuss than any other babies. So I came up with the idea of getting them each a book for the baby. I found board books in English and Spanish (I've been asking the girls over the past few months what language they speak at home). They're pretty classic Eric Carle books and my newest favorite from the Gossie series--Peedie.
I wrapped them up and I'll slip them to the girls after their finals. I wrote them notes and reminded them to read aloud and go to the library since it's free and they have great programs. So, yes, I am also hoping to help the next generation of readers.