As summer was nearing its end, and I knew my newly established self-care routines were not sustainable for the school year, I reflected upon the routines that I wished to carry into fall.
Having slow mornings was one of those routines. It never feels like there’s enough time during the school year. Even the few times where taking a pause is a must — eating, showering, going to bed — feel rushed.
The rush is back in full force and now that September is over, I’m committed to bringing back slower mornings. In my classroom, we dedicate our mornings to low-risk, purposeful, joyous, choice-driven routines (soft starts, talk, choice time, outdoor play). I have experienced how this shapes the course of our day and keeps kids running into the classroom each morning.
How I begin my own day, however, differs greatly. The rush begins in the first fifteen minutes, and it’s no wonder that it sets the tone for the rest of the day. With this theme of “not having enough time,” the first routines to go are the ones I am not held accountable for — two of which are self-care and writing.
If I dedicate my mornings to self-care and writing, however, there won’t be opportunities to push them aside for something else masked “more important.” As I discovered in summer, beginning the day more thoughtfully and mindfully leads to more thoughtful and mindful decisions as the day unfolds.
Thank you, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski for these inspiring words in her post, Write at the Start: No More Morning Worksheets.
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