|sunlight streaming in the bedroom window|
|sunlight in the kitchen window|
|Chance in the sunlight|
|Atticus and Chance, good friends|
Right now, I have the feeling that it will be good to be back to a schedule, good to walk my children into their classrooms where they so want to be, where they are so loved and taken care of by their teachers and classmates.
|The boys made these photo collages of themselves|
And I love the kids I teach, and my co-teachers.
The only thing I do not love is some of the policies of the school I work at. No school I have found is perfect. Maybe there is the perfect school out there, somewhere.
One thing that bothers me is the lack of outdoor time young students at my school get. They spend the whole morning inside, doing quiet work, then around 11am, they get 30 minutes of play time, which flies by. Then its lunch, nap, and more work time. That's only 30 minutes outside all day, on a small playground covered in rubber mulch. Montessori would be very upset. She believed strongly in the need for children to be out in nature, connecting with nature, understanding the rhythms of nature. The school has 26 acres, but the playground is a small fraction of that.
|view from Elias's bedroom window|
Atticus's teachers often extend playtime, by putting up some small cones on the grassy area behind the playground, and letting the kids play in the actual natural setting. I have to remember to thank them for that. ok, so there's a positive. Maybe they will inspire the other teachers to do the same.
The older two boys actually get more outside time and movement in their day. They do have a three hour work cycle in the morning, then a nice time to play, lunch, then they have the afternoon full of "specials". Those specials include gym, which is often outside, music, art, language (Spanish), and others. It is a campus school, so there is also a lot of walking outside for the older children. The teachers also get some planning time during these specials, something the primary and toddler teachers do not have. Gotta work on that.
Because I have always had an attitude of wanting to save the world, these problems keep me up at night. I can't just see something I think is wrong, and let it go. Even if it doesn't affect me, I try to fix it. When I was little, and someone would ask what I wanted to do when I grow up, I would say either a kindergarden teacher, or that I wanted to save the world and stop world hunger. I have narrowed it to; a teacher, and I want to take care of my little part of the world and feed my family healthy foods. Not bad goals to start out the new year with.
|Dash and Atticus sitting by the fire|
So, today I will spend getting ready for tomorrow. And hopefully the effects will be long-lasting.