Routine – the necessary evil
- 9 March, 2016
- Posted by: Katrina Casey
- Category: Reading
Sometimes, I think even with another three of me, I still wouldn’t get everything done!
So over the past few months, I have taken to list writing and prioritising the things on the list. It used to be a random list of everything that I had to complete, over the next two years (or at least, that is what it felt like!) But now I have become more savvy with the list – it is a list of only what I can physically, mentally and emotionally cope with, for the week ahead. I hate to say it, but I have almost got into a routine!
The thing is, I have always really fought against routine! I spent years as a classroom teacher, and having a strict routine was the only way to make great things happen in the classroom. Hence my reluctance to having any sort of routine, away from work. The ironing, grocery shopping, house cleaning, it all just sort of happened – with no rhyme nor reason (okay, okay – so the house cleaning didn’t happen at all, but those are the breaks!).
But as I slowly, very slowly¸ begin to sort my life, and routine some of the most boring, but essential aspects, I am finding that I have more time! Don’t get me wrong, I still hate knowing that Thursday is ‘washing the linen’ day, and that the ironing has been scheduled pre-sundowners on a Sunday, but it has helped me gain more freedom. Who would have thought, all of those business planners, and life coaches, had it right!
So it is with teaching a young child to read. A pre-scheduled date with your child, will always work the best. Then it is no surprise for you, or your child. It just happens, same time, Monday to Friday. I would like to say, with no complaints and grizzles, but I would be just lying! The consistent practice will yield results!
And the very best thing about routine – every now and then, you can throw caution to the wind, and break routine! Ah, how sweet that is!
Until next time,