I woke up this morning ready to tackle the day! I couldn’t wait to get home from therapy and begin school with the girls. I don’t know what has happened in the last week to make school more enjoyable for everyone, but it is going so much smoother this year. I have always heard the first year of homeschooling is the most difficult in terms of finding a time to school, organizing teaching efforts so everyone is getting the opportunity to learn, staying organized (a doozie of a challenge, but one I relish in) and making sure the curriculums we have chosen for everyone are meeting their learning individual learning style.
I was ecstatic yesterday. Before we even began school, we went out for a little bike ride around the neighborhood to get the blood flowing, did some midline brain gymnastics for Cecilia (brain gymnastics helps Cecilia become aware of her body in space, cross midline – to engage both parts of the brain to ensure optimal learning can take place) and began school with very little protestations and whining! Loving life this week people! We took regular 15/20 minute breaks during the day to go on little bike rides here and there and everyone was happier for it.
AND on top of everything else, my thumb is returning to normal. Is it my birthday? Lets give a “hip hip hooray” for days like this when everything just falls into place, because they are far and few between! I am going to enjoy this week and write about it as much as I can, so that when the less-productive days happen, I will at least have a reference for how rewarding the work can be!
I was a little nervous at the beginning of the week when I took Cecilia in for her fourth year well-child check-up and the pediatrician (whom we absolutely adore) recommended we remove nap time. Cecilia has been waking up sporadically throughout the night and very early in the morning; and it has been well documented for individuals with Down syndrome to have erratic sleep schedules, largely to do with sleep apnea (which she doesn’t have). We have tried to remove naps during the weekend to no avail. I usually do school with Abby and Phoebe while she is taking a nap…so I was super anxious about keeping her up all day.
But, it has turned out to be a positive. Cecilia is so motivated by her sisters. When she sees them sitting and listening to me and having a conversation with me, of course she wants to do the exact same thing. It also works as a motivator for Abby and Phoebe who naturally want to help in teaching her. Seriously people, I am so thankful for days/weeks like this. It really does make the more difficult days/weeks more bearable!
I want to find a hill somewhere and dress myself in those ridiculous modern prairie outfits that are all the craze among parents right now (You know the ones, with the ruffles EVERYWHERE and those multiple patterns all stitched in one garment which is way too much visual stimulation for one person to handle), put on a bonet and twirl in a field somewhere to proclaim, “The hills are alive with the sound of music…ah ah ah ah”. That was the longest run-on sentence I think I’ve ever had. I have way to much gratitude today. My point being…
Just keep puttering on my friends!