With only a week to go until Christmas, it’s noticeable that N’s getting more tired and ready for a break. A couple of nights this week he’s even fallen asleep on the sofa by around 6.30. Of course, that’s not helped by the 4.20 wake up one morning, followed by a 5am one the next day.
This week’s been as manic as usual with school. Thankfully he refused to go to the school disco (as did his best friend) so that saved another event.
Reception mums meal
One for me for once. The reception mums went out for a meal earlier in the week, all but 3 could make it, so it was lovely to get to meet those I’d not met before and get to know everyone better. They’re a nice group of ladies, and it was a lovely meal out. Hopefully it’ll be the first of many.
Added to that, a couple of the mums also said some lovely things about N. One said that he was a nice little boy. I’m not sure how she came to that conclusion but I think it was to do with his enthusiasm. I saw it this morning, that he wants to be the first in the classroom, the first to write on the snack clipboard. I hope that keenness doesn’t go too quickly.
The other mum said he was good at writing his name, and how much he liked doing it. I had to admit, that it’s usually under duress, but it seems that making them write their name everytime they take a snack is a good bribe. It does mean though that this more mum and her child have to wait for N each morning to write his long name with the only pencil that’s around! When I suggested that maybe N could let the other boy go ahead of him sometimes, he wasn’t having any of it.
After my idea to ‘make’ N a tabard style tunic, I reverted to a much easier costume version of an adult sized t shirt instead. He tried on his costume, and he did look very cute, and quite authentic. I’ve been lending costumes and Christmassy jumpers out to lots of people so all the events I’m going to be looking out for people wearing our things.
Our school do an online learning journey programme, which means they upload photos and comments about the children’s progress and what they’ve been doing. Then parents get an update emailed out every couple of months. I used to love N’s nursery online learning journal, so it’s nice there’s something similar now he’s at school as well.
I’ve not shown it to N yet, but I’m sure he’ll love to read it too. It is just so reflective of what he’s like. I can imagine him doing all the points made.
Once a term the school has an open morning. Essentially time at the start of school for parents to come in, have a look at their child’s work, and just find out what’s what. For me it’s great, just to have a quick 5 minute look (there’s not much in his book yet given how most of his work is practical activities). It does make me laugh how some children sit with their parents and show them what they’ve done. Not N. He’s pretty much oblivious to me being there, apart from to tell me that he was off to get the register from the office. Then he just grabbed the snack clipboard, wrote his name on it and took a piece of fruit. A quick kiss goodbye before I went, and that was it.
I love that he’s really independent, but he does still like to say bye (when he notices!).
This week was N’s first carol concert. He’d been practising the song his class was singing for a while, although I didn’t hear more than the first 2 lines in advance. He did ignore us when they all filed into the church, but he did all the actions for their song. I’m not sure anything was coming out of his voice…he may have just been miming!
It’s lovely to get to a Christingle service. Hopefully we’ll make it to the church carol concert next week too. I do love singing Christmas carols.
What’s been going on with your school children this week?