Firstly, big apologies again, coming to the end of my NVQ level 3 is proving lots of work and the last 3 assignments have taken up most of my down time, reports have come around again so i haven’t had any spare time to write my blog, which i have missed doing so…. i promise once I’ve finished my course to blog more often than once in 6 months ! Its been that long that I’ve just had to read up on where i had got to.
Just to update you on whats been happening with little Mr G, year 2 didn’t get of to a great start his behaviour started to go down hill and he was becoming disruptive in class. I was called in a few times and it began to feel like i was doing the mum walk of shame at every pick up. To us this was really difficult to understand as none of this was happening at home, he is actually almost to well behaved at home and all the negative behaviour seemed to be coming out at school. We had a chat with the head and arranged a meeting with his teacher and the Senco lady.
Previous to this meeting the head had a meeting with the Senco and they looked at Mr G’s background file, they realised that there had been a massive gap in his learning from 0 – 2 1/2, in which he hadn’t had any stimulation, socialisation, baby toys and parent interaction. Something that as a parent to my girls I did naturally but at the time didn’t realise how essential those times were. Just simple smiling and pulling faces encouraging a baby to look at you develops face muscles, just talking around them encourages speech development (at 3 and a half years he only knew 2 word sentences), and baby toys etc provide stimulation to encourage development. None of these he had experienced.
They decided that he would benefit from some ‘play therapy’ sessions, which basically takes them right back to early childhood attempting through play to fill in the missing gaps of learning. Thankfully with the support of the school things are now improving, and he seems a much happier settled child within school and I’m no longer dreading the school run.
First day at preschool
We decided that as Mr G was behind socially we would enrol him into a preschool for a couple of months before he started school. It would also give him chance to meet some children that would be attending the same school. We were recommended a preschool so went to have a look around. The setting won me over from the start, a large hall in a local cricket ground, with a large field, forest school area and a park, with a beautiful view of the hills we loved it. Alfie went straight off to play with the bikes on the patio, so our decision was made and we put him down to start after May half term.
Having one daughter that settled straight away at preschool, presuming my second would do the same ! Well how wrong was I she screamed so much and for so long, after a week they suggested I take her out and wait until she started school as she wasn’t ready. She then cried every day on the school run until the end of year 1 ! So i wasn’t sure what to expect with Mr G. I needn’t of worried he went straight off with his little friend J and didn’t look back. He loved preschool, his speech and communication improved, he sang nursery rhymes he had learnt, loved painting and would come home covered in mud after having a brilliant time at forest school. He made lots of new friend’s which are still in his class and his friends today.
Its amazing how quickly this little person became part of our family and every day life it is as if he has always been here.