Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there are five children spanning 8 years to coordinate. Well, no. I’m on my fifth two-year-old, I know better: Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there’s a two-year-old in the house.
Yes. Yes, I believe that’s the truth.
Two-year-olds bring life to the house, giggles to the family, and attention to the present moment. Because if you aren’t paying attention to the toddler, you’ll regret it one way or another.
I have been working on being better about getting hair done and faces washed in addition to baby changed and dressed before we start Circle Time. I’m a bit spoiled after two boys and then a girl who had a cute chin-length bob for years; now I have to do girl hair daily or it’s just a mess. So I’m trying to build that into my morning routine.
And, yes, this includes mom’s hair, too.
After years of Circle Time and refining our memory work binders, Circle Time now runs fairly smoothly – sometimes even happily – especially when there’s coffee to sip while the kids recite.
The two younger readers want in on more of the recitation since we’ve resumed in 2015. It’s a good thing. I tell myself that. It is true. But it also means that Circle Time instead of moving at a brisk clip and being done in 45 minutes now includes awkward pauses and painful sound-it-out-ing that means it takes 60-70 minutes.
It’s worth it. And having that coffee to sip helps, again.
Unfortunately, it’s becoming rather routine for the toddler to not make it through Circle Time. We see a lot of this face (and the accompanying sound effects).
We shall see it through. We have before and we will again. Before long, she’s going to be pestering for her own binder so she can follow along, too.
Related Posts on Circle Time
- How to Start Circle Time
- Circle Time as Lectio Divina
- Circle Time: Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, Exhausting
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