Savour the “Quiet Days”. This is one of the biggest lessons I have learnt in early learning. These days or even moments can often be few and far between, but they are as precious as the “Crazy Days”.
I used to get bored on the QDs, but after 11 years in the profession, I’ve reached a point where I can utilise them to benefit both myself, my team and the children that I educate and care for. I haven’t quite perfected this, and I don’t think I ever will. I do still get bored, sometimes. It’s a work in progress.
NB: A Quiet Day doesn’t necessarily mean that there are low numbers of children; this is sometimes the case, though.
Here are the top 5 things I’ve found are beneficial to do on a Quiet Day:
More one-on-one interaction with the children (on low number days)
Getting to sit back and watch the children engage in their own play experiences without interruption; after all even on the days that seem quiet, quality learning is always happening.
Quality team interactions
Catching up with documentation and planning
Cleaning jobs that don’t get done otherwise
There are evidently a lot more that can be done on a quiet day than what I’ve listed; however, those were what came to the top of my list.
I cherish the Quiet Days as they are the ones that often garner the most memorable moments for me personally. Cuddles from the babies and toddlers; random conversations about Frozen or food with the older children; moments where I get to know my colleagues better; they are all worth the quieter moments.
Or: My journey as a Chinese born Australian who doesn’t see herself as Asian but, after seeing Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, I realise a part of me deep down still has some strong connection to my Chinese roots.
That is one heck of a subtitle, hey? But, this is how I felt after watching this new entry into Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This is not going to be a typical review, and there will also be no major spoilers (probably), but fair warning I will be gushing a lot as my love for this film surpasses any other MCU film. Also, this post will most likely be all over the place. So please bear with me.