So we have just come to the end of a very soggy first week to our summer holidays. We are planning to go camping at least a couple of times during the next six weeks so I really hope the weather dries up at least a little! But this post isn’t about the future, instead I wanted to reflect a little on the last school year before we get flung head first into the next.
Tonight we attended LV’s parent’s evening. Toward the beginning of the year his teacher left to travel Australia for a year. Slightly off topic but I was actually in the same class in school as her big brother so it was a little strange, but lovely at the same time, when she first came to the school and started teaching my girls! She is a wonderful teacher and I hope she will teach LV when she comes back.
Anywho, we didn’t bother going to his first parents evening as he’d only had his new teacher for around a week, so it seemed pointless to us. So, because LV walks to and from school by himself, I hadn’t actually met his teacher properly up until today. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Now we have been to LOTS of parents evenings over the years with many different teachers. Mostly they are friendly, give some positive examples and opinions, with a little negative, followed by lots of good again. Some teachers are very thorough, going into minute detail of a particular maths sum that our child had done wonderful workings out. Others give a very generic, everything’s fine, work is fine, very polite, can’t say a bad word about them but never actually giving any examples. Those ones your left wondering whether they really know who’s parent you are!
But today we were given a very honest and refreshing review of LV’s work and character and also things we could do to help him. He is struggling with his written work -basically his writing is VERY messy! Now I have to admit I’m quite anal about neat handwriting. I may scrawl a note to myself or scribble messily and quickly in my many notepads but if something is meant to be read by another person it should be neat and legible, surely that’s not too big an ask is it?
So now to find I have a second child (Ff is culprit number 1), who can actually write extremely neatly when encouraged to and when the fancy takes them, but insists on scrawling their written way through life leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth. But I will cope, as I have done in the past, and let me assure you that our ‘writing practice’ sessions will be recommencing forthwith!
The only other issue is his lack of effort. He always wants to know what the minimum amount of work is that he needs to do. For example, he can’t just sit down to do the sums on the board till he’s told it’s time to finish (or he has indeed done them all) he needs to know how many he should do and what if he only did 10 instead of all of them? That sort of thing. This is a character trait I have seen developing in him for a while and i’m not actually sure what can be done to change it, if it can be at all. But we shall see!
Despite these issues he is eager, always dancing and singing, can be a chatterbox (but what 8 year old isn’t?) and is happy and helpful. what more can you ask of a child?
The one thing I was quite disappointed by was that the school hadn’t informed her that he was colourblind. At this stage they do a lot with colour and him not being able to see a pattern or words printed on coloured paper, in coloured ink, surely would be detrimental to his education! But that’s a whole other post in itself so I’ll leave that one there!
Now I’m off to dig out our pencil grips and look into ordering another Stabilo Easy pen!
Do you have a child with messy handwriting or who struggles to apply themselves to work? Any handy tips would be appreciated!
Picture the scene. It’s Sunday night. The kids are all bathed and are finally sleeping in their beds. You are just settling down with a cuppa to watch a bit of TV when you get this nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something.
Nope. You have a miniature garden, complete with tiny vegetables and an Anderson shelter drying against the radiator.
No, not that. All done and reading log filled in.
The radiator. Hmm, there’s something missing!?!
THE SCHOOL UNIFORM!!!!!!!!!