Posted 11/20/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -7)
I work with the "under three" population. I told the parents, but I didn't talk about it with the kids. When I came back to work post surgery, I had already had my first chemo treatment and lost all my hair, so I wore a wig... I wasn't sure how they would react to bald! So I was sitting on the floor, and one of the little ones standing beside me lost his balance. He grabbed for me and got my wig, which shifted when he pulled on it. He looked at me, at first puzzled... then he said, "Oh! You got new hair?" Cracked me up! Another day I went on a home visit. I didn't wear my wig, but wore a hat instead. The little boy was fascinated with this hat. When I sat down on the floor, he immediately went for the hat. He tried it on himself, tried it on his mom, put it back on me, tried it on himself again... for fifteen minutes he played with that hat, and he never even noticed that I had no hair! His mom and I laughed so hard we cried!
If I were you, I would just tell the parents, and then they can tell their children whatever they think they can understand. Probably just that their teacher is sick and needs an operation to make her well again. Children that age won't understand the details, so I don't see a reason to go into a lengthy explanation.
Good luck in your treatment. Keep us posted!