After my last blog entry I did some reflecting on how I could adjust our daily schedule to give the preschool children fewer interruptions now that the older ones are back to school. The school schedule is so restrictive to real productive play. I’ve pushed snack a little later in the morning which allows the children a full hour or more of uninterrupted free play in the morning. So far this has seemed to ease the number of “We just got started’ complaints that I get when it’s time to clean up for snack. There have been a few minor problems as we adapt to this new schedule but I’m certain it will be better for all.
While reflecting on the children’s schedule I also took a look at my own. I started this blog with the intention of writing daily entries or at least several each week. Unfortunately I haven’t been doing that and it’s not for lack of ideas. I should have foreseen this. It is the same problem I faced when I was working on my CBA portfolio. Just as children need long, uninterrupted periods for free play, I need long, uninterrupted periods to write.
Over the years that I worked on my CBA portfolio my family became accustomed to my ‘departures’. When I sat down at my computer on a Saturday morning they knew they were on their own for the day. There is momentum in my writing — once I start, I have trouble stopping. Consequently, when I don’t think I’ll have enough uninterrupted time, I put off starting any new entries.
It’s not that it takes me a long time to write each entry but rather that when I begin writing I don’t stay on task. As I work on one entry I get ideas for others and so I start new ones. Eventually I have five or six topics on the go. Along the way I also do some research and plan activities that I can use to enhance the children’s learning. I flip from one document to another as I write. I am fully engaged and productive — but the whole process takes time.
For me, writing is play. Through it I experiment, construct and learn. So now, just as I found a way to adjust the children’s schedule to allow them a longer free play time, I need tweak my own schedule. Blog entries are not nearly as time consuming as CBA portfolio entries – I won’t need to dedicate full days to the task. Two or three hours a week should suffice and I think I’ve found the perfect time. First thing in the morning before the children arrive – my most productive part of the day – 5:30 to 7:00 am!