Milking 2020 for all it's worth--and what that looks like!
art by Laura Jones Illustrations
Happy New Year! Yes, I believe we can still say that on January 21st?! ;) As I was reflecting on this past year, I think that I can best summarize it as a year full of action. I launched Snickerdoos and worked towards making the East Coast home for my family. While I love action, movement, and working towards a goal, I recognize that this year, I want to work towards slowing down, appreciating the small moments, and being more fully present and ready to receive.
I love that children can be role models in this goal — their natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. And when we slow down together with our children, we give them more space to learn and explore and maybe learn something new ourselves.
It’s interesting how, when we slow down, we can notice how things in the natural world change over time. Just looking out the window is an opportunity to discuss wind, growth, and the natural evolution of colors. One of my hopes this year is to ask my children more often what they notice about our surroundings, opening the door for learning and conversation.
And while inside, setting up a space for learning and exploring with readily available tools, inspiring materials, and books.
Here are some in our shelf now:
Play-dough, recycled toilet paper, and paper towel rolls (thanks to Louise for your love of “trash”), crayons, paper, lots of painters tape, and of course, costumes! Sometimes, less is more!
I wanted to share a few resources for slllllooowing down in 2020.
How to Create a Learning Space for Your Child
Children's Books About Curiosity
Something just for you mamas:
10 Essential Rules for Slowing Down
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year. Please reach out with any questions or comments! I would love to hear from you!