Hi everyone, I'm in my first semester of my Master's Degree, studying Early Childhood Education to become an Elementary school teacher. School is great in general, but I'm having a serious issue with many of my assignments. I have 2 classes this semester, both of which require assignments where I have to work with children in person. I don't know any children! I'm in my early 20's and I'm still the baby in my entire family. I live in an apartment building with all adults, I don't know my neighbors outside the building. I don't have friends with children. Except one, but she is on the other side of the state and my teachers will not accept video chatting as a valid method of working with children. One class involves a semester long observation of a child (15-20 minutes once a week) & putting everything together for a final presentation. The other class has 4 short assignments that involve child language/reading samples. I thought about making it all up, but I quickly realized that's impossible when I'm trying to learn child behaviors. I can't make up something I'm only now learning! I've talked to my professors and we've come up with a few ideas, but nothing has worked out. I've contacted child care centers, schools, and even the library... yet none of them can help me. They all require clearances which I do not currently have because I didn't know I needed them yet. I wasn't told before I began school that there would be required work with children and that I needed clearances to work in places. I only assumed I'd need them when I did student teaching at the end of the program. I work full time in an office (not education related, it's just my regular job) and it's hard to find time to go out and try to find help with this. Could I make posters offering free tutoring, explain that I'm a graduate student who is trying to gain experience, around town? Would anyone respond? That's the only last resort I can think of. It's getting very late in the semester, almost halfway done, and I have several assignments I have not done because I literally can't do them, due to not knowing any children. Did I chose the wrong profession? I seriously want to be a teacher, but I guess that since I don't have any experience with children & don't know any, then maybe I'm not meant for it? I thought I'm in school to learn, yet it seems everyone else already has experience.