"I gotsta use it teacher!" is still the cry I often still hear the first week of school and I reply
Yes, we have no bathroom in our classroom because my room is the size of a shoebox and I might be tempted to use it for storage instead.
The first day of school we head down to the bathroom. We learn the 1-2-3:
1 teeny, tiny squirt of soap
2 you only need to tap on the faucet 2 times
3 you only need 3 rolls of the paper towels
....and you only wash your hands...not your face, your hair or your shoes...and you are not a doctor so you do not need to wash all the way up to your elbows.
Then, we talk about the tee-tee on the floor and how gross it would be to put ANY part of our body on the floor and how SUPER DUPER gross it would be to crawl on the floor. Later we use the glitter bug lotion and the black light to see ALL of the GERMS ALL OVER OUR bodies and they hear the tee-tee lecture again.
I take the girls in and we learn how to flush the potty.
I take the boys in and we learn how to flush the urinal and the potty.
I learned my 1st year of teaching you CANNOT assume a child knows how and WILL flush the potty. Yeppers, one little friend told me, "My mommy does it for me." Ummm, not happening with this maestra!
Life would be wonderful and easy if these steps solved everything And yes, I am a bit of a control freak but after popping my head around the corner I have learned that the bathroom to some little ones means F-R-E-E-D-O-M!
Here are some incidents the Potty Police can now report to you:
*1- A little one who has to take off EVERY single stitch of his clothing...yes, socks and shoes too...we he goes to the bathroom. I invision him in Middle School now doing this and thinking how bad it will be when someone steals his clothes off the bathroom floor!
*2- Boys making a touchdown: back to the urinal, bending over and making a shot between their legs...that is as far as I go in explaining the details but I am sure you can visualize.
*3-standing on the toilet to tee-tee because someone at home does this too...and yeppers, a phone call confirmed this.
*4-a child reported eating something brown off the floor...I took everything in my power to not throw up or wash that child's mouth out with soap.
I have lost count of all the pants I have buttoned and unbuttoned. When questioned who buttons your pants at home, they always say their momma. When I tell them
The best is the little ones who have their pants held together by a safety pin. Yes, I understand buttons pop off but REALLY....a 1st grader and safety pins are not a good combo.
Here is my ultimate Potty Police Report:
While having an observation, one of my
So, my question of the day for you is:
Do you have a potty story?
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