Feeling overwhelmed

I’m feeling overwhelmed, even though I only have between 2-7 children in my little co-op at any given time. Since I’m only just beginning, there are just so many materials to make and yet, there are so many materials to make for specific children, especially the older ones – the 10-year-old and the soon to be 11-year-old.

The 10 year old needs to learn so many new concepts (wants to and has to, an unfortunate national standard requirement). We are trying so hard to play catch-up. At the same time, we are working on his road to independent learning, which, I must say, is very challenging when you haven’t been self-directed for the past 9 years. The soon to be 11 year old – as mentioned before, probably needs a lot of early childhood materials which I don’t have very much of. He, too, has a long way to go in his journey towards independence, after 10 years of not having Montessori experiences.

Then there’s my own 2-year-old who constantly baffles me. I was struggling with material making and planning when he pleaded for my help – he had taken out the binomial cube. I never really showed him the way. My daughter does it the AMI way – which seems to be to just take them out at random and replace them back in order. I’ve been shown a different way – which is first start with the square (a separate pre-prepared material), then later to remove the blocks layer by layer and place them in a specific way in order for the child to “see” (especially when older) how the equation works out.

Well, the little one was persistent, so I threw all training to the wind and just pointed to the parts which matched. Black with black, red with red, blue with blue. I wasn’t even really orderly about it… and he did it! He replaced the parts himself. And he proved he knew how to do it by removing the items at random and replacing them correctly twice thereafter!

My toddler has taught me so much about human nature. I just wish I could give him more time and space to be him, rather than rushing him everywhere so that I can juggle the co-op, my older children’s needs and my own….

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1 Response to “Feeling overwhelmed”


  1. 1 serene November 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    You wrote : I just wish I could give him more time and space to be him, rather than rushing him everywhere so that I can juggle the co-op, my older children’s needs and my own….

    Ahh!!! Tha’s what I face daily! The time crunch. The rush-rush-rush that leaves me panting and yelling 😦 Lord multiply the time we have!


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