I thoroughly enjoyed my winter break and all the extra time with my daughter. I know, however, that very soon we will be back to our normal routine. I am already lucky enough to be able to be home before 5 pm almost every evening. I accomplish this by starting my work day at 7 am, so I can be out of the office by 4 pm.
By mid December I felt rushed and almost depressed. It felt that I am trying to fit too much into too little time we have. There were all the blog carnivals that I felt compelled to participate in, all the interesting ideas, all the little projects that seemed cute, but quite often backfired when my tired self crossed paths with my cranky no-nap-that-day daughter. So I spent some time in reflection to reevaluate what works and yet again focus on outcomes:
- I want to have a quality time with my child that is enjoyable for us, and I want to try new things once in a while.
- I don’t really have to do as much arts and crafts as we’ve been doing. Anna’s preschool is all arts-and-play, they do beautiful art there every day – same projects, actually, that I see on the blogs quite often. I can just refill her “make it” box and see if she has a fancy to do something, but I need to take it off my internal agenda.
- I want to focus on what I do best and what she does best. I am good at academics, and that’s what I will teach her. We will continue on our “learning to read in 15 minutes a day” journey, we will do more math and logic, because we are “in the flow” when we do these kinds of things together.
- I will not focus on writing, because I can see clearly that she is not ready and not interested. As with many other things with my daughter, she mastered things seemingly in one day when that day came. However, I plan to spend a lot of time on storytelling. I love to write down her stories and look at the world through her eyes.
- I want to show her the world as much as I can. I am very excited to receive the first postcards from Geography Postcards Exchange, and ours are finally on their way. I want to take my daughter on a virtual journey through countries and continents this year. I was going back and forth between doing US deep-dive first and decided against it. Honestly, I want my child to be a citizen of Planet Earth first and an American citizen second.
- I want to spend more time out of house, especially once the longer days return. I was torn this year – wanting to do something to blog about vs. just going for a walk around the neighborhood with my daughter. I am not going to be conflicted this year. I want her to meet the other kids in the neighborhood, to take up dancing and to make it to the library story time as often as we can.
So what will it all mean for this blog? Mostly, I am not sure if I will be blogging every day. I usually write some posts in advance and schedule them, but I will not worry if I run out of posts once in a while. Of course, I will continue to host What My Child Is Reading – books have always been and will always be a very important part of our days. I will continue to share the materials that we are using, the toys and the games we are playing. I have never been compensated for any of my reviews outside of Amazon Associates program, and I don’t foresee it change in the future. All the reviews I do is only because I like sharing things that work for us. You can probably expect more posts about math and logic and fewer posts about arts and crafts. And I will try to come up with a geography-related post once every week as we go on our virtual globe-trotting adventures. I am already collecting materials for them (for adventures, not for blog posts :))
Happy New Year, my blogging friends! Let 2010 be a peaceful, happy and productive year for your families.