I think we are succeeding in slowing down. I am taking this whole week to work on schedule and expectations which are reasonable and fit better with my slow demeanor lately. I do not like to rush and be bombarded by many a human at once. I am a wimp where rapid questions fly. I've said that before.
Monday we went through ALL of the kids subjects and weeded out every single book which did not even appear likely to happen. Those are all hiding in the basement as I planned before. I left each of my students/kids with two to three things to work on and have hanging over their head so to speak. They thought we were going to do everything at once; spelling, math, grammar, writing, reading, science etc......not. I can't see the sense in taking on too much at once and getting none of it done. I would love to push everyone to get all of their math done for the school year by Christmas. That would be awesome. Perhaps I will just call them done at that point if I am brave enough and then spend all of the spring semester playing with history and reading books together. That sounds delightful.
We braved the library today and hope to return. It will help if I can 'train' Evan the two year old to sit for books for longer periods of time. He was fascinated with the long row of couches and the beautiful window sills They were much like an obstacle course for him and he was loving it. Slowing down and not hyper spazzing at him will mean taking a breath and baby steps in listening to books for us both. Perhaps there will be days when we visit the library when we will have to make abrupt departures. I am sure there will be. I would like to go there more often this year, especially since going there will alleviate temptations of all of us to be distracted by the junk in our house. It was easier to come home today after having time at the library since books suddenly became more interesting to them all.
A little visit accomplished way more than I intended. Slowing down and living makes things easier to bear with all the kiddos. Leaving for an evening spin on my bike was also far less stressful. Hope we can keep this up and I can remember the goal.