People always think that it’s the first year that children really learn lots of interesting skills. Yes of course they do, but I realised last month, that N had gone through a massive number of firsts that month. I think it’s just that the firsts and development aren’t always as obvious or exciting. But that doesn’t mean they’re not important and shouldn’t be celebrated.
[pullquote width=”600″ float=”center”]You only get so many firsts. Every one is a blessing“ [/pullquote]
When you have a baby you tend to record everything. Obviously with a blog I tend to talk about the things we do and what he learns in general, but there’s nowhere I record all his firsts like I used to when he was a baby. So I’ve decided it’s time to change that. It’s a tad annoying that I’ve only thought of doing this now – isn’t that always the case?
Each month I’m going to record what he gets up to for the first time, and hopefully it’ll help me understand areas that he’s good or less strong at, and help me to help him improve where he might need to. This month’s firsts covers September (I am a little behind from idea to actually writing my post), and I shall do my October post at the end of the week. I might even include some family firsts and not just N’s.
In September 2014, N
A starfloat in the pool with no complaints and it lasted longer than a second before flipping back over. Since then, he’s continued to do them. Admittedly with support, but he is flipping onto his back into position with no moaning and quite often before I’m ready in the right position to support his back, bottom or head.
Sushi (as did I). Neither of us liked it, but maybe if it wasn’t Tesco and involved actual fish which he loves, he might have preferred it. I’m not sure I ever would.
His first homework from nursery school which was an activity sheet and a phonics book. Although N loves reading, loves looking at books, and loves the (dull, boring) Biff, Chipper et all books I bought cheaply from The Book People a while back, bringing one home and being encouraged to read it with me and learn some letters, wasn’t acceptable to him. He’ll quite happily point out all the letters that are in his name and mine (I think he’ll learn to spell Emma and Mummy before his own), trying to get him a prescribed book isn’t easy.
I’m hoping he’ll become more amenable over time. But given his latest book is still sitting in the folder along with the activity sheet (drawing between the lines type of stuff) from before holiday, I’m not optimistic.
On roller skates. I bought some of the ones that go over his shoes at the NCT nearly new sale and as soon as he spotted them, they were out of the box and put on. He even gave it a go without holding on to me, although we’re fairly limited by having gravel on the farm. He’s happy enough doing carpet, and kitchen although it’s a bit lethal going from carpet to lino without me holding on to him. Great to see him giving something a go straight away.
And I started…
The school application process. Yes, N will start school next year, so it’s a round of school visits, open days, and filling in forms. Then hoping that no other children move into the village as we’ve worked out we’re currently 10th on the application list (with 15 spaces) presuming the ones with siblings all send their next child to the same school. And that I don’t hear any more horror stories of parents removing their children from the schools that are ranked Good by Ofsted.
Are you also going through school applications at the moment? Do you have any tips?