The Boy seemed to have a really nice week at school last week. He seems much more settled, which has improved his behavior enormously. He’s also now had 8 dry nights in a row, which is absolutely amazing, 10 is his record. I think being happier at school is definitely a contributing factor.
He never tells me much of what he’s being doing, so it’s hard to really know what he’s enjoying, but there’s been no more tears in the mornings, so he’s definitely happy. It’s funny, last year whenever I asked what he’d been doing it was “Played outside” this year its “I don’t know”
He’s always been a great reader, even before reception he knew a few words, we read every night before bed. I put The Girl to bed, he gets his pajamas on and brushes his teeth, he reads to me, then I read to him. We’ve recently started Harry Potter, which I’m really excited about, I’m a bit of a Potter nerd, and I’ve been really impressed by how much of it he can read at 5.
My only worry is that school aren’t really pushing him hard enough. They use something called “reading recovery levels”, which from what I’ve read, is generally used for children that need to catch up, but for whatever reason our whole school use it. He’s been on level 11 now since midway through reception. I’ve started sneaking the odd level 20 into his book bag, and he reads them absolutely fine. I leave notes about this on his homework and in his reading record which all seem to be being ignored.
In reception there didn’t really seem to be much maths, just learning how to write numbers and basic counting. so this morning when I sat down with him to do his morning work I was quite surprised. We go in at 8:40, change into indoor shoes, pick dinners and change reading books, then they have an exercise book, an activity is written on the whiteboard and parents are encouraged to stay and do it with them (most don’t, I wish I could believe it was because they were at work). This mornings task was to practice counting one more and one less from any number up to 100. He was amazing at it. I know he’s a clever little boy, but maths seems to have just appeared out of nowhere, he could not only count backwards and forwards from any number I said, he could also add and take away 10’s 2’s and 5’s.
This is still his weakness, but has come on a lot in the last few weeks. I think his main problem is concentration, if I keep saying “concentrate, take your time” its a lot better.
We had a letter home saying they’re getting dressed too slowly for PE so missing most of the lesson. The Boy has admitted he is one of the slowest, and school seem to think he doesn’t know how. He’s been getting dressed at home since he was 3 just fine, and quickly. so again I think its a concentration problem.
Finally, I struggled to do his homework this week. He drew and labelled fruit using adjectives, this was fine, did some “one more than” maths, fine. Then he had a map of the world, and had to label all the continents and oceans. I can’t do geography at all. I’ve honestly only recently learnt where Manchester is. And apparently Essex isn’t in London?! The Shame!
I highly recommend linking up with school days. I love sitting and looking back on our week at school, changes happen so fast, they change so much, it’s nice to really stop and think about what they’ve been doing.