It reminds me of my own children. Each time they were learning something new, an older skill began to lag. My one-year-old is becoming very verbal. She is jabbering almost constantly, learning new words every day (hi, bye, mine, yeah, huh-uh, mama, dada, boo) and now she is singing! She sings Twinkle, Twinkle so well you can tell what she's trying to say! This is all awesome stuff, but there is a trade off to be made. She's putting all her concentration and growth into language skills and in turn, she has started waking up in the middle of the night again and wants a bottle...just when I was thinking 2 a.m. feedings were done and maybe we should be phasing out the bottle. I know she will settle back into her normal sleep routine again.
It's had me thinking about my students. School is a new "skill" for many of my kindergarten kiddos. I wonder what is falling to the wayside right now while they are learning how to "do school" and do I know them well enough yet to figure it out? Will I be patient enough while they even back out?
In the meantime, I'm going to continue to teach my students writing routines and do my best to be patient with my baby girl when I find myself making a bottle in the middle of the night because I know that it means growth and learning are in progress. I'm going to be patient with my students while they even out and get the school routines under their belts. I'm also trying to be patient with myself...I will get myself back into my writing routine when I can and until then...it's all good. (Pete says so!)
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