As parents and teachers walk into the unknowns of our upcoming school year, there are a couple things I want to remind myself and the world of.
First, take your time. By this I mean a few different things. Take time to adjust. Take time for yourself. And take your time moving through what might be called a simple or thoughtless task. Parents and teachers can sometimes rush through pieces of life that are enriching, and we forget how beautiful, calming, and supportive these little moments are. Like cleaning up after we eat- this is time together. It supports a great deal of learning. And it doesn’t have to be rushed. Take this time to be together.
Or what about those who live in cold winters? How often do we quickly try and get our toddlers snow gear on? Or an entire classroom? Or our own? Take your time. Use it as time to connect. Time to learn.
There is so much to learn and see and feel in a day and moving just a little more slowly helps us to see it. It also helps us feel less pressured by pace and more empowered by mindfulness.
Learning, working, and being don’t need a lot of complicated tools. We learn enormous amounts in just being human– if we move through our day just a little more slowly.
For families struggling to buy supplies for home schooling, and teachers struggling to fund their classrooms- let us remind ourselves how much of learning can be free. How much of learning is simply about connecting.
There are tools all around us. I found this whimsical and creative art project in my backyard. I enjoyed finding rocks with my daughter to make it. I enjoyed counting the pieces, clearing the dirt to make canvas. I enjoyed connecting with everything around me, including myself.