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.
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:
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.