The Autumn term is progressing and Katie is starting to settle into Year 1 and the change of class, and class mates. It's not been an easy transition so far. She's said she doesn't want to go to school for the first time ever and is definitely still out of sorts. All the girls seem to be missing their friendships and cling to each other like a rash after school.
Back to School wall chart which has helped mend some of the school scrapes and bumps that have already provided many after school highlights (Katie is still regrowing the skin on one of her knees). Sadly the pack didn't have an emergency spare baby tooth after Katie finally lost a wobbly tooth at school. The tooth had been wobbly since February and it's been quite the event for far too long in this house. She finally reached the "I look like Nanny McPhee" stage and we knew that lift off would be imminent. Lots of twisting and turning proved futile. It was a lovely apple that finally did the deed and Katie came out from school clutching the smallest envelope you ever did see containing the tooth. She opened the envelope in the playground to
We have some new developments for Katie at school as a result of conversations and events at the end of her Reception Year. She has started doing a programme called "Sydney" which is aimed at children who are struggling more with their letters and reading. Interestingly Katie isn't really struggling with her letters very much and her number comprehension took a big jump over the summer holidays, probably in part to me and TCM thinking more about bringing numbers into our daily lives. She is resistant to doing her reading after school though stating that she "has done guided reading already today Mummy" and we are still trying to find a rhythm to the week's reading and homework requirements alongside activities such as swimming; dancing and gymnastics. Tired children after school do not good homework companions make. Add Pip to the mix. He is crawling and trying to toddle everywhere and unpack anything and everything he can get his little hands on and it's hard to sit down and read quietly together. We're making slow progress though. It's definitely a work in progress but we're getting better at it.
The other thing that she has started at school is something called "Ginger Bear" and it is a one-to-one programme aimed at emotional literacy. This is the result of a conversation I had with the Deputy Head regarding my concerns for Katie's emotional regression when Pip arrived. This issue is still ongoing with Katie no longer using the word "I" and referring to herself as "Katie" all the time. We're trying to go along with it all and let things ride as much as possible but I'm hoping that Ginger will help with some of the emotional issues (including the mahooosive meltdowns) and generally recognising other people's emotions as well.
A recent comment here on the blog set me thinking about some of the issues I have with Katie's behaviour and my expectations and I realised that, whilst I don't parent in the aggressive way that I was parented, I do have high expectations of Katie's behaviour that are similar to those expected of me as a child and are maybe unrealistic in the current climate so I've done a lot of soul searching and revisiting my childhood and realised that this is something I need to pull back on. It's hard to remember that Katie is emotionally around 3 years old at the moment when she is tall for her age and seems very confident but I am adjusting my expectations and trying to let a lot more slide. I won't pretend I'm finding that easy though. I'm turning my back a lot!
One event that has (so far) surprised me is the new addition of Ed, our little Somali
kitten. Ed is the most laid back little thing you ever did see and actually likes to lay on laps much to Katie's (and my) delight! this should hopefully alleviate the issue we've had with Katie chasing Willow around the house for a huggle. If Ed is happy to sit and cuddle we might be onto a winner. He sat beautifully with Katie last night and Katie sat still. Really still. I don't remember the last time I saw her sat that still.
Might Ed turn out to be a blessing in disguise I wonder?
Watch this space!