I'm approaching my 2nd trimester with my first pregnancy, and starting to think about how I want to tell my students. I'm not due until September, so it's not going to affect these kiddos in anyway other than seeing me get bigger, but I'm excited to tell them simply because we're so close. I've been looking online for creative ways to tell elementary students, and so far I have "playing hangman." I was thinking it would be fun to have some sort game involving multiple riddles that lead to the surprise. Someone on another site mentioned riddles like, "What makes you sick but isn't an illness?" and one about the baby's current size.

Does anyone have any fun ways to tell students? Thanks in advance for your ideas!

I created a "Multiplication Word Puzzle" where the answers to the multiplication problems match up with a letter. If they solve the problems correctly, it ends up spelling out "Mrs. Turtlegirl is going to have a baby!"

I did it with a 5th grade class with my first baby and this year, I did it with my 4th graders. They all seemed to think it was pretty cool

This is just a cute story. . . Our first grade teacher was expecting her first baby and when she was in about her eighth month her belly button popped. I'm not sure if anyone ever told you, but your belly button may actually turn inside out!
Anyway, back to my story.
So this very pregnant teacher is walking around with her belly button inside out and one of her first graders came to her and said. "Wow Mrs A. Your baby is getting big, I can even see it's nose!"
Congratulations on your first baby. I have three myself, all grown, but I still remember what my mother told me when I was pregnant with my first. I told her, "Mom, I just can't wait to have this baby because I'm just so excited". My mother, (who had six babies), responded, "Just remember there will be those times that you wished you had a zipper and could put it back in".
Funny enough, she was right. . . first tantrum, first late curfew, first time talking back . . . Enjoy!

Thanks for the funny stories about the 1st grader and your mom's advice. I guess I have a few months to get used to the idea still. I am excited though. We've been trying for a while and I had just about given up. Of course, that's when it always happens, right?

With my first child, I put up little pink and blue symbols all around the room...just kept adding until one became curious enough to ask.

For my second and 3rd....My first class had decided that I am most like a hippo....we studied animals that year and my last name is Lyon...yes the hippo had multiple meanings (out of the mouths of babes) Anyway, they made a large hippo (about 4 ft big) and a baby hippo (about 2ft) to put up on my wall to represent the new addition to my family. For my 2nd and 3rd, I added another hippo and waited for the students to put 2 & 2 together....I still to this day have 4 hippos on my wall. The purples are all different shades (aged a little) It has become an excellent way to intro myself at the beginning of the year...every year I let the students write about what Mr. Lyon should be.

learning support teacher and she was pregnant. She came in one day and told the children she wanted to play Hangman. She had it spelled out that she was having a baby. The kids loved playing the game. The expressions on their faces were priceless as the letters started to appear and someone yelled it out. Then she had doughnuts---some this pink icing and some with blue.

These are such cute ideas. I'm due in August and was debating whether I should even tell my students or not. Of course I haven't told anyone else at the school-planning to wait till week 20. I was hoping I won't say anything if and when a student brings it up as I get bigger. Has that happened to anyone?

I teach high school math, and I have finally decided on a way to announce my pregnancy to my students. I am not due until September, so other than missing school for appointments, my students this semester won't be affected. This is my first pregnancy, so I can't wait much longer to share the news!

I first wanted to do a coded puzzle that announced my pregnancy...but I think I am going to throw it in a word problem on the next test.

For example: The temperatures throughout the year can be expressed using this quadratic model. What will the temperature be when Mrs. Bennett's baby is born in September?

I'm getting ready to tell my 4th graders and I loved the multiplication crossword puzzle. Do you have a link to that site? I can't find one that matches letters. I am the math teacher, and thought this was a perfect fit!!

I made a crossword puzzle for the multiplication, and I'd be happy to send it to you. Can we share emails over this? You'll want to change the riddles themselves because they are tailored to my class and what the kids are reading, etc., but you can still use the first multiplication page.

I have enjoyed reading these posts! I've already had three boys so I won't be doing any of this again. (Unless God has other plans. ) ...Congratulations!!

Would you mind emailing me the document that you made for the crossword puzzle for the multiplication baby reveal? I am 19 weeks and showing big time. I am hoping next week to tell my students after my monthly appointment.

Hello! I'm happy to email the crossword to anyone to give them ideas (mine won't universally work for others, but it will certainly get you started.). I just need your email address to send it. So email me, and I'll reply back with the crossword. Mine is the same as my username on here, at yahoo.

So I finally figured out how to attach the riddles here (or is this a new option??) I didn't make a crossword - too complicated. But this worked just as well and my students couldn't wait to get back to school the next day to see me. I got lots of emails from parents that night, too, with congrats. (Obviously, it was a homework assignment. I didn't want the fastest kids to find out first in the classroom and ruin it for everyone else!) So anyone who wants them can download them here and then just change your questions to suit your situation. Have fun!