Category Archives: School

Welcoming the summer holidays…

Well we are officially now just three days away from the school summer holidays. At the start of this 14 week term it seemed such a long way away but, it’s here in a flash. Of course the end of term always seems to be incredibly busy with sports days, assemblies, reports and especially so this year because our biggest boy is finishing primary school and Ellie is going on her first residential with school tomorrow.

On top of that of course there is Finn who is having his own end of term excitement as lots of the baby groups stop over the summer, so there are parties and goodbyes all round. He even got a little present from one of our favourite groups which has gone down very well…

pop in and play present for the summer 15 Jul 16

So with the holidays literally almost upon us I’m pleased to say that my initial feelings of ‘what on earth will we do with all those days’ have now been replaced with feelings of excitement and anticipation – who would have thought! It’s all down to some detailed and nifty planning, offers to meet up and do stuff from some wonderful friends and family, and the fact that I can now more often than not put Finn down for naps without having to go out for a walk.

So I am raising a glass (literally) to the last week of term and look forward to seeing if best laid plans and all that……I will obviously let you know!

It’s making me scream!!

For the first time in ages, this is a post that I’m writing because I have to. This is my virtual scream – please don’t let that put you off though, there’s some things in here that you really need to know.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that Ellie had got threadworms. That isn’t what made me want to scream though.
It’s actually the second time she’s had them now. Even that though, is not what has made me scream.

What’s really made me scream is the reaction from a very very small number of people. I did what any responsible parent should do – I informed the school and I also told some of my mum friends directly, so they could keep an eye out for their children. I did this because it’s the right thing to do and because your child having threadworms is nothing to be ashamed of.

When you hear the reactions from some people who clearly don’t know anything about threadworms, it was hardly surprising when Ellie came home from school one night this week saying that one child had told everyone ‘not to touch Ellie’s legs because she’s got worms.’ Fortunately the other children were far too sensible to pay any attention and supported my daughter – not least because they know she doesn’t have worms anymore since they were treated immediately almost two weeks ago.

So, for the sake of clarity, if you haven’t come across threadworms yet, here are a few facts from the NHS direct website:

Fact 1. Threadworms are the most common type of worm infection in the UK, and they are particularly common in young children under the age of 10. [It is estimated that up to 40% of children under 10 years of age may be infected with threadworms at any one time.]

Fact 2. Threadworm infections are most common in young children because they often forget to wash their hands regularly and they often share things like toys with other children.

Fact 3. A threadworm infection is passed from person to person as a result of swallowing threadworm eggs. Crucially though, eggs can survive for up to 3 weeks on surfaces [i.e. your child might well wash their hands rigorously but if they touch an egg from anywhere and then touch their mouth (sadly under 10’s do that alot!!) then they can catch them.]

Fact 4. If you or your child has a threadworm infection, it is not necessary to stay off work or school.

So just to be clear Threadworm infection is not about being a dirty person. Washing hands is crucial but that does not guarantee anything – it reduces the risk, but can not get rid of it.

So please please please if you hear that a child in your daughter/son’s class has threadworm don’t use words like dirty and don’t over react – be vigilant, remind your child about hand washing and think before you speak.

Rant over.

Post Comment Love

Mummy trouble

So as of Tuesday this week Summer was officially over and it was back to work and back to School. Ellie has settled right back in and despite the knees and elbows taking a bashing (see below!) she seems happy to be back.

knee crop

Whilst the change in pace from more play than learning in reception, to more learning than play in year one hasn’t gone unnoticed by Ellie; she is clearly very settled. I know this because she’s proudly explained at least ten times that ‘we do a lot more work now mummy’ and had a smile on her face every time. The french and art lessons in particular seemed to be used to emphasise the point. Here’s Ellie’s latest artwork which I should add was presented to me with a full, detailed explanation of how it was created:

artwork crop

So it’s fair to say that the week has gone pretty smoothly overall, that is except one little problem …… me. Yes, it’s mummy trouble! Sometimes there is no doubting the fact that managing my own head seems to be more difficult, and take more energy, than anything else! Let me explain:

1. Out of school club
Ellie has started the out of school club, going both before and after school. In lots of ways i’m really lucky because my work is flexible so that I can usually drop and pick her off one day per week, but I can’t always guarantee it so she’s booked in every day. It’s fair to say that Ellie, as is usually the case, is not phased by this, I however can’t help but feel a little sad and a lot guilty.

These are long days for Ellie and when I collect her to come home it is very much eat, bath, bed – to the point where we haven’t even had time for stories every night this week, something we’ve always done.

I know I’ll settle into it eventually but right now – I just do feel crappy about it.

2. I am NOT a Pushy parent
Now I’m not a teacher and I don’t understand all the magic that is teaching – I know that. But when Ellie came home from school with a level 1 learning tree book I simply couldn’t hold back. In went a letter on day 2 stating that Ellie loves reading but that even she had a laughing fit when she saw the book – she was on a MUCH higher level before the summer break. I really don’t want to be a pushy parent, but I don’t want her to get fed up with reading or stop improving either!

A letter duly came back from school, having gone out to all parents, explaining that these new books are different (although they look very similar and are clearly uber basic) but they cover different aspects of phonics.

Now I’m sorry, but even if that is the case my pushy parent instinct is still rolling it’s eyes because quite frankly, when the child is laughing at the book, that surely tells you something! My fight against being a pushy parent means I am just about managing not to write another note back. Of course there is the reading and phonics evening for parents coming up next week………. to be continued!

So there you have it, this week I’m the one being trouble and once again I’m looking at my daughter and thinking I need to learn a trick from her book – just settling in and cracking on.

Back to school reflections

That’s it – school bag, PE bag and kit; and school uniform all ready to go. Ellie managed to find almost every item with Hello Kitty on it so she’s happy and I’m just happy it’s done!

school ready

Ellie’s excited to be going back to school. As for me, I just find it unbelievable that my little girl will soon be in year one and I can’t help but reflect on the last year. Not only did Ellie start school last year, she moved schools, we moved house and area, and we moved in with what is now the other half of our family; my partner and his son. It was indeed a busy year.

I’ve posted several times throughout the year about how I worried, but how Ellie consistently showed me I didn’t need to. It turns out that Ellie really is a strong little girl and literally took it all in her stride. All that said, there’s no denying the relief and pride I felt when I got her first ever school report just before the summer and it once again confirmed that Ellie really is just fine. I literally sobbed as I read some of it:

As Ellie is so friendly and positive she has made many friends and is loved by all the
members of the class. She is extremely thoughtful and polite, preferring to help others before
helping herself. She always works hard and is keen to impress her teachers.

Ellie has benefited from the love and encouragement she has received at home. She is a happy little girl and as a consequence she has developed good friendships with other children in Reception.

I am simply amazed at how Ellie has grown and changed before my eyes in the last year. The growth that Ellie has done in terms of her confidence, her knowledge and her maturity during this year has been astounding and all that was on top of the changes happening in her life. My daughter literally amazes me.

In just a few short days Ellie will move into year one to start a whole new phase and I have no doubt that she will rise to the challenge just fine. As for me, I want to make sure that I remember what a tough cookie my little girl is and that I enjoy every moment of our family life in the next year. I wonder what the next year will bring for all of us, but whatever it is I’ll try to remember that I don’t need to worry.

I’m pleased to say that I’m linking up this post with:

Post Comment Love