2 May 2011
unschool monday :: one on one
Some days I find myself frustrated at the little voice beside me, fighting to be heard among her sisters who are older and more eloquent or younger and needier. On the days I ignore that initial response and remember to stop, meet eye contact, listen and spend time with her, things settle. Today, with big owlet away at a sleepover, I was afforded the luxury of spending all day just listening. Doing what she liked. Slowing things down. After breakfast, she dressed herself, popped on a beanie and said "right mama, let's cook!" Her favourite thing to do. Not sure what the beanie was for. But I'm sure it helps.
Then we played some recorder (aka himalayan nose flute).
Followed by a co-operative board game. The oven mitt is in case she sustains an injury while placing the pieces down. Later we had a viewing of Alice in Wonderland and a trip to the playground. The day was harmonious and big owlet returned with a sense of calm, having spent some one on one time with her favourite friend. Like a breath of fresh air at just the right time after a weekend where we had seemed to struggle to find space in our little nest. I find I can hear their voices so much more clearly after some time alone with them, reconnecting. I imagine what it must be like for a teacher trying to hear the voices in a classroom of 30 owlets. I'm grateful for my nest of three and the absence of timetables and curriculum. I must remember to do this more often. Not just with one of my owlets, but each of them. Slow down and go with their flow and learn about them and what makes them tick. Appreciate them for who they are right now. One at a time.