I'll admit that even if that hadn't occurred I still wasn't ready anyway. I spent so much time over the past few months dealing with Lockelan's allergies/eczema and Elora's arthritis that I lost myself. Burn out isn't fun but I knew it was coming since I've been pushing myself from morning to itchy, sleepless night. I've been taking some steps to re-energize myself lately and it's already paying off. I'm starting to get excited about school again but excitement doesn't mean school is suddenly where it needs to be.
I worked as many hours as I could on the school room this past weekend. I knew it was a big job. It was even bigger than I imagined. I made amazing progress and managed to get everything back in the closets. I also put my three part cards and miniatures in their new drawers, although I will have to come back and organize them at a later date. I still have a number of items strewn across the room that I need to deal with. I also need to sweep and wipe down the tables. The end is within reach!
At this point I'm simply trying to get something on the shelves as a starting point. I figure I can fine tune as the year progresses. I have a new set of shelves back by the reading area. I plan to use these to expand the culture/science material. I never seem to have enough room for it. Most of the other core shelves will start the same way we finished up.
I did manage to fit a PlayZone baby enclosure by the teacher desk. It's not something I ever planned to put in there until Lockelan's diagnosis. I'm finding it's quite difficult to keep an active infant with a clotting disorder safe around the house. There's no way I can give him the attention he would need in the school room. It's not an ideal situation but I feel very limited in my options. If I went through the steps to make the room safe for a 10 month old hemophiliac, there would be little work left for the older two. I let him try the PlayZone out at points while I was cleaning and he didn't seem to mind it provided I interacted with him on a regular basis. I'm also hopeful that he'll nap through a good portion of school time.
So that's where we're at. I'm hoping to finish picking up tonight, although I probably won't be able to sweep until tomorrow. I should be ready by Thursday, although that's usually our field trip day. I guess Friday it is then! I'm hopeful that I've encountered the last of any major diversions.
How do you handle diversions in your school planning?