Did I mention Riley's violin class is held at 3PM? Did I mention it takes place onstage in the gymnasium...while a gym class is going on? These 8 little violin players are crammed shoulder to shoulder behind the stage curtain.
They listen to their teacher above the sound of balls dribbling, kids screaming, and often times, the gym teacher flips on music to accompany her class.
Now, all kids are tired by 3PM. Riley, even more so, because her neurological system isn't in tact. She spends every moment on her last nerve, and works very hard to keep it together over the course of a typical day. I dare say she does a better job than most of us would under the circumstances but this violin set-up bugs me. It isn't good for any of the kids but it sets up my child (with sensory processing issues) to fail in particular.
I wrote a very friendly letter to the principle, requesting a change of classrooms. He's a young, personable guy. All the kids love him. Riley loves him.
I dropped it off before violin.
He didn't have it in his hand for more than five minutes when he sought me out to tell me there was no other place in the school. They'd searched everywhere at the beginning of the year.
Nothing to be done.
It's only kindegarten and I am already so tired of this.
David Hawkins in his book Power vs. Force says, "Support the solution instead of attacking the supposed causes."
My mind is clear as mud.
I don't know the solution.