Last Tuesday was my first foray into Family Place programming. It was a hit with only one or two exceptions, but I'm betting tomorrow will be the real test.
1) Everyone was completely exhausted by the end (including myself) with little energy/interest left for what was to be our closing routine.
2) The closing routine itself. We were in a big echoey room and I did not have to control I would have liked, which made it virtually impossible for me to be heard.
So . . . the good:
I got to see parents and children really interacting and playing together.
Some of those parents got their questions about physical development of toddlers answered.
The kids had a fantastic time.
Administrators actually came to observe.
I love the idea of Family Place and I really want to make this work. (What could be better than a program that advocates for literacy through play, while networking families and community resources?!) Everything regarding Family Place (and my department in general) is in transition right now and I am excited, but exhausted.
My mission for tomorrow: wear comfortable shoes, get a good night's sleep, rethink the closing.
Next up: try and find out when exactly we're rearranging the department, another component of Family Place.