This September, Alfie will start school, quite possible on his 5th birthday, depending on what school he gets in to. Whilst I’m excited, I’m also a little sad that my biggest boy will be off to school. I know he is really ready for it in some respects as he’s SO ready to be in full time education as he needs constant stimulation which I think school will provide him with, but I’m willing time to slow down as I’m not quite ready for it yet. Now that we’ve got Nate, these last few months before Alfie starts school feel even more precious and I will really miss Alfie being at home in the afternoon’s – he currently goes to nursery five morning’s a week until noon, then he’s home all afternoon.
I know other children his age who can already write, are fantastic at jigsaws, are able to draw pictures of family, but this just isn’t Alfie. He’s never really been interested in sitting and writing or drawing and on the rare occasion that he does, his drawings are still very much just scribble. Recently though, he’s been practicing writing his name at nursery which he can now do unaided and he can also write the numbers 1-13. I’m fine with him not really being overly interested and not being able to write / draw etc as I know there’s no expectations on him being able to do any of this when he starts school. I spoke to his nursery teacher who said they will look for social skills more such as listening to instructions or sitting for story time and she told me that Alfie does this well.
However, I do want him to get used to sitting and ‘working’ and with that in mind for Christmas I bought him some workbooks that we could do together at home.
A couple of afternoon’s ago, we sat down and started to look through them and he seemed to really enjoy them and sat for nearly 20 minutes carefully completing a page at a time. He chose the shapes book, so he had to follow the dots to join the shapes up. He really concentrated and let me help him when he was struggling, which is a massive improvement as usually he gets worked up and gives up. He really enjoyed doing the books and has done some more with his Daddy over the weekend. I’m mindful of not putting too much pressure on him or expecting to much from him, but if we can work on these and his reading a little bit at a time each week, I think it’ll make starting school that bit easier.