I know this week a lot of schools in England and Wales have gone back, but here in Scotland we’ve been back for 4 weeks already.
4 weeks! Wow.
The little one has been doing half days for 4 weeks which is way too long really.
At first she found school a bit boring. Sitting at a table is very different from playing all morning even if you are learning new stuff. But they have been mixing stuff up with the nursery through the weeks and she’s enjoying it more now.
They have homework on Monday and Wednesday. It’s all phonics and it’s not really homework as such. She has to spot a picture that doesn’t start with a certain letter they’ve learnt – which she usually does in a fraction of a second – and then write the letter out a good few times.
As parents we have a kind of pick and mix homework chart which includes activities such as i-spy, tracing letters and numbers on their back while they guess them, making numbers out of coins, counting but in and out of sequence, doing stuff with chalk etc.
We’ve been playing i-spy for a long time – she’s very good at it. And the hubby has had a favourite game of “guess the letter on your back” for a good while too.
But she’s coming along nicely.
This last 4 weeks they’ve covered s, a, t, i, p, n
As far as she’s concerned she is disappointed that they seem to have got stuck at the number 5. After all she can count to 50! Her writing is great although when we sat down to write the numbers from memory she struggled with the number 2. We noted that down in her homework book and she seems to be better now.
It’s been quite a 4 weeks for us too with learning about play pieces (snack), hair-gate and hug-gate…but the kids all really love the teacher and she does seem to get the best out of them from an educational point of view .
So tomorrow she becomes a full time schoolgirl. Finishing at 3:30 like everyone else in the school.
We have to send her with a packed lunch because of her wheat intolerance. I get the sense that most kids actually have school meals in this school (it’s a small school) so hopefully she won’t feel too different. We have the menu for the school dinners and we are going to try and match stuff up anyway. Certainly the puddings!
But what I want to know is how come I blinked and she went from this
I have to say, she’s a nutter. Not a day goes by where she doesn’t make us laugh (as you can see from this photo!) She is the happiest, funniest person I have ever know.
I am proud to call her my daughter.