As we considered whether or not to teach Hannah from home this year, one of the most compelling reasons in favor of this decision had to do with Hailey. On the one hand, it feels a bit challenging to think about teaching Hannah with Hailey underfoot. Toddlers, I am now remembering are incredibly busy creatures with very short attention spans and extremely speedy gaits. Whether or not first grade Singapore Math and Fisher Price stacking rings find synergy in our loft during school hours has yet to be determined.
Nevertheless, there was something else within this dynamic of spaced-apart sisterhood that I wanted to nurture throughout the day, everyday. Phil, Hannah and I all in our own ways waited a very long time for Hailey to join our family. Her presence has been a cuddly and spunky addition. The relationship the girls are forming as sisters is one I want to help grow in every way that I can. In bringing school home I see countless opportunities to foster this end.
Today, the ladies found common ground by way of two buckets of water, three wash cloths and two plastic ride-on toys. Each had their own take on the activity. Still, they enjoyed it together for well over an hour. With school fast approaching I’m looking forward to continuing to think creatively as to how to meet each one of their needs while also setting the stage for them to continue loving living alongside one another for years to come.