This week’s School Days has been a little more relaxed than normal, in part due to N being more interested in the books he’s brought home. Phew, it was getting hard work previously. Oh, and obviously there’s a bank holiday which is always exciting for children to remember they’ve an extra day off.
N’s school are really good at providing external coaches to come in for specialist lessons. The coaches rotate around the classes at different points in the year, and the sports change as well. For N’s year, it all kicked in after Christmas and they’ve already done football, dance, drama, tennis, and this week they’ve had gymnastics.
According to the newsletter there will be a yoga session although I’m not sure that applies to N’s class, or whether it’s all incorporated into the normal sessions.
N said he enjoyed the gymnastics. I imagined old school gym climbing up ropes, jumping over boxes and mat work, but as far as I could understand, he learnt a backwards roll. Well, maybe. N can do a forward roll (if a little lopsided), but did proclaim that backwards rolls are really difficult. I can only imagine a whole class of 4 and 5 year olds rolling all over the place!
The funniest comment was when N told me that his teacher does gymnastics at home. Ok. So I’m not sure where he got that from, but maybe he does. Or maybe it was gym and yoga, and it was the yoga practised by the teacher?
It’s definitely noticeable how easily mouldable N is with anything he hears at school (shame, it doesn’t work at home). Quite often he’ll make a comment how he’s going off to practise his exercises, and how doing certain activities are exercise. Although the other weekend he went for a bike ride and commented that he’d have to do his exercises another time. He obviously didn’t understand that riding his bike was exercise as well as fun.
We seem to have had a bit of a breakthrough with reading books. This week N had a more interesting book brought home for him to read, still Phonics Bugs books, but it was about a naughty boy ‘Bad Lad’. I’ve never seen N so animated about one of his reading books. It was more of a proper story, he was laughing at the naughty boy, asking questions about the book, pictures and characters, and happily read it each day. Result. And he got some good comments in his reading journal after reading to one of the mums who goes in to read with them.
We now have a different book again, but it looks like it might be up a level – we’ve gone from 8 pages to 12. And again, there was only minor moaning about reading it. It’s hard getting him to learn and remember his words he knows without sounding them out, but he seems to be getting more confident. Hopefully the stories will get more interesting and continue grabbing his interest.
N loves counting his money from his money box and I’m trying to encourage him to learn the actual values but he’s not keen. Instead he told me they’ve been counting money at school. I’m not sure it’s quite what I was trying to teach him when he explained they’ve been counting 1p, 2p, 3, 4p. Ah, just counting the number of coins not the actual values.
‘No mummy, the actual money is a 3p and 4p’
‘It can’t be, there’s only a 1p and 2p’
‘There is, Mr H says’. Hmm, think he’s getting a little confused there.
N’s class assembly is rapidly approaching and each child has 2 lines to say which they came home with in an envelope to practise.
I used to do a lot of readings in church and school as a child, so I reckoned I’d be able to help N make his voice heard. I’m not sure he’s going to be audible given how quiet he gets after saying the first word!
He remembers the lines better than I do when I’m testing him, so hopefully he won’t freeze when he has to say them on his own in front of the school and his class’ parents. I will make sure I’m there, although he did ask why Daddy couldn’t come, then noted
‘Because he has to work?’
‘Yes, although I’m sure if he would think about it, he could take the time off. He just doesn’t’. Grr, to the fact that it’s not noted that I also have to work but will make the effort to work from home, so I can make up the extra 20 minutes or so to get there.
It will be interesting to watch (I hope), although this summer term is going to be hard to manage with all the assemblies, sports days and other sessions that he’d like me to go to.
Onto the #SchoolDays linky