I'm starting my first teaching job after Christmas with reception. As a nice way to establish myself in the class and with the parents, I would like to have a class teddy which is used for learning in the class and can be taken home by one child each weekend. I can see the benefits for encouraging good behaviour, language skills for children describing their weekend with teddy, emotional support etc. I would also like to extend it to a purpose for writing but I'm not sure how to do it as I've only tried it with older children before. I don't want to set an expectation that children write something at home, I don't think that's fair for such young children. I thought of providing time each Monday for the child who took home the teddy to talk and write with an adult, but I don't think it's realistic or appropriate to focus that much on one child on those set days. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!