Final Stretch

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Only 7 more days of work before the summer. Well, more, actually, but seven days with children.

It's taking every last ounce of energy to get there, partially because I'm impatient, and partially because all of my little darlings' brains are full and they're acting up....

They're so little that the concept of summer vacation doesn't exist yet. They have, however, had more than 6 weeks of school in a row without a break, and it shows. Pedagogical research shows that children (up to about 3rd grade, I think, but don't quote me) can't really go more than 6 weeks at a time. Their brains are absorbing so much information that at a certain point they can't take any more.

The result is a serious decline in concentration, behavior and retention of material. My preschool sisteren and I don't have accademics to deal with, per se, but we have certainly noticed that kids are antsier during story time, wilder during play time, and need to hear instructions about 37 million times. That's up from about 1,000.

Also, the quality of sleep in the nap room has plummeted. That's extra annoying for me, since I'm the one who has to "supervise" the nap room. Which, when everyone sleeps, really means "take an almost-nap and surf the internet." I've really come to value that part of the day. It's calm and quiet, and I can recharge a little.....usually. This week has been a wash, so far. I hope I can get these sleep resistant beasts back to a nice routine.

Only a week and a half till summer! Then maybe I'll write about something more interesting than 3 year olds!


Maggie Jochild said...

Honestly, what is MORE interesting than 3-year-olds? On a good day, of course.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, you will be able to blog about spending the weekend with me!


kat said...

Maggie--well, I guess you have a point....

Yesterday one of my little guys said:
"I fell down and got a boo-boo on my knee. So I stood up and and said sorry to myself."

Later he and a friend were walking around the playground with red buckets on their heads, the handles serving as chin-straps, holding plastic feet up to their ears like phones.

I tried to take a picture, but the camera's memory card was full...

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