Lex now has his Year 1 school report and it was lovely (mainly) to read. He is achieving above expectations generally – 2c across the board for literacy, numeracy and science. For individual subjects the lowest he achieved was a 1b with 2c for history and geography. He passed the Year 1 phonics check (which he had already told me) and so academically there were no issues.
Socially though, sigh, a bit of a different story. He’s a had a tough year – he plays with a group of boys led by one of his classmates. Lex is teased, told he’s not in the gang, they run away from him and generally can be quite mean (and I thought these sort of actions would be something I’d have to deal with girls not boys!). They have basically been successfully pushing all of Lex’s buttons and he has subsequently been lashing out on the playground. It culminated in him hitting and kicking the ringleader yesterday which, unsurprisingly led to Lex getting into some trouble. This morning I spoke to his teacher and she had no idea – which since it happens on the playground and Lex hasn’t been talking about it is not unexpected. She had only seen Lex’s angry reaction and he had only ever told her it happened because he was angry – he is a loyal friend after all poor kid. Since she’ll be teaching him next year I am hopeful that she will be able to monitor this situation now, and we only have 3 school days left until summer so yay, and maybe Lex won’t be so sad in the playground next year, fingers crossed.
The annual summer fete did seem for a moment that it may be a victim of the soggy summer we’re suffering this year but no – we were spared a soaking and had a great day. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to help much this year as it seemed that Eli would be too unpredictable to make it possible for me to sit on a stall all day, however, both Mum and I ended up helping on the cake stall and it went really well. We’ve already put in our request for that assignment next year as it was a lovely stall to work on – not too busy, no silly games to administer and cake! Since we were working the big kids had a fab time running wild – Lex with friends from school and Tilly with the policeman who was allowing kids to investigate his car.
Tilly spent at least 2 hours chatting to the policeman – when there were no other kids interested in sitting in the car she would sit in the passenger seat but if anyone else wanted a go she happily popped in the back. I have absolutely no idea what she managed to say to him over that length of time but he was quite chilled out and patient with her. Towards the end of the day she came and bought him a cake and then sat watching him while he ate it – poor guy. One of the few times she spent time out of the car was when she had to wait for her turn on the pony rides.
The horse riding was, as usual a massive hit with Tilly – our tentative plan for her birthday is to buy lessons for her in lieu of toys (since she has plenty!). Hopefully, between parents and grandparents we should be able to buy enough lessons for her to have a decent chance to begin learning how to ride.
Tilly’s third favourite part of the fete was the face painting – she is so different from Lex in that regard, he has never enjoyed having his face painted, she loves it.
Now Lex has been at school for almost 2 years he is completely comfortable running off with various friends around the field. We barely saw him during the day except when he wanted food, drink or cash. By the end he had headed off with his nearly-twin (same name, same birthday) to play at his house adjacent to the school. I am pleased that he is so happy at school and with his friends – there are issues in the playground but he’s not without people who enjoy his company.
Eli was obviously too small to get much out of the day but was entertained by the people moving around. Mum and I were able to swap him between us when needed and it was definitely easier than it likely to be next year when he is running around.
Anyway, I didn’t see much more of the fete than our little corner but it all seemed to go well. Our stall made over £100, which, considering we were mainly selling 30p cakes is quite impressive. We were quite impressed by the quality of the home made cakes provided for the stall – some very talented bakers amongst the parents. I decided that double chocolate rice crispie cakes were the way to go – I think I did ok, all 24 sold.
We got up very early this morning in order to be able to go into town to see the Olympic torch relay. Unsurprisingly, Lex was already awake but neither Tilly nor Eli was. Eli managed to avoid waking up – despite the blinds and curtains opening plus the usual household noise – until we moved him and took him out of his sleeping bag. Funnily enough he wasn’t too bothered by the whole experience.
The plan was to buy breakfast in town so off we went. Now, I had this idea that some people may turn out to watch with us but was not entirely prepared for the busy roads, queue to get into the car park and people already lining the roads. We found some friends and the kids squeezed in with them. Conveniently we were located by a bakery and so sausage and bacon butties were purchased (with a bit of foresight about what would happen once the event was over).
Then we waited and waited and waited a bit longer… Policemen came past, various logoed vans came past and we waited. Bigger logoed vans/buses passed us, everyone got very excited and then they told us it would be another 5 or 6 minutes and we waited.
Finally the torch arrived and then a few minutes later it was gone. Oh well, at least we went and the kids can say ‘we were there’.
So Lex will be in a wholly Year 2 class with his current class teacher (different classroom though). He’s happy (his friends are in his class) and so are we (hopefully his teacher will know him well enough to keep stretching him).
It’s a big day tomorrow – Lex finds out which teacher and classmates he will have for Year 2. There will definitely be a bit of change since this year he has been in a Year 1/2 class and last year in a Year R/1 class but there will not be a Year 2/3 class next year. This means that many of his current classmates will be in middle school whilst he remains in lower school.
As with many things in schools there have been rumours and supposition appearing as the date for the kids to find out draws nearer. Lower school this year consisted of all Year 1/2 classes but perhaps next year will see one Year 1, one Year 1/2 and one Year 2? I’m am somewhat hopeful that Lex will be in a straight Year 2 class as it feels like that will mean a better chance of good extension work rather than ‘working down’ to a Year 1 level. I feel somewhat tiger mum at times – I don’t want to see him coast and since the school is not pushy (good sometimes but infuriating at others) he needs to have other good students to compete with in order to fulfil his potential.
So we wait and keep our fingers crossed to see what the PTB have decided to do for next year.
Right, clearly I am rubbish at posting regularly but let’s see if I can keep motivated this time. This will be a bit of a mishmash post but I’ve got to start somewhere.
Eli will be 10 months old in 2 days – currently he is asleep in bed upstairs by himself. This is a recent development as until a few weeks ago he would sleep on me each evening until I headed to bed. Now that he goes to bed alone (give or take two or 10 trips upstairs to settle him again) I have a bit more of an evening. Whilst baby cuddles are lovely, finally sorting out the lounge (2 bags of paper recycling!) and getting my BFN coursework done is a relief. Sadly nights have been somewhat awful recently – he’s heading into another developmental spurt (love the Wonder Weeks for warning me) or maybe more teeth are on their way. He finally got his first two teeth last month so teething has started in earnest. He is also now an accomplished crawler and is working hard at his standing and cruising. He is much more cautious than the other two ever were so is likely to be a bit later at walking, it does seem strange that Lex and Tilly were both walking at the age he is now but they were both much less bothered about falling over!
We are still using cloth nappies full time – we even took them to Center Parcs at Easter – and am enjoying having decent weather to dry them outside. My favourites are definitely my Tots Bots Easyfits during the day and Tots Bots bamboozle stretchies at night (with a Motherease airflow wrap). Our cotton night nappies just weren’t up to the job – Eli seems to be a fairly heavy wetter and wet sleeping bag and bed was tiresome. The bamboozles have been great though.
This week Tilly starts her settling in sessions at school. She gets two afternoon story sessions and then two full mornings. She is very ready for school! Currently she would like to know how to read and so we are teaching her (in a very low key way) and she is starting to recognise a few letters and blending simple CVC words like C-A-T. Her best friend from nursery will be joining her at school and they seem to be at a similar level which hopefully means they’ll be put in the same groups.
Lex is only a few weeks away from finishing Year 1. He will be in a mixed Year 1/2 class again next year but as of yet we don’t know who his classmates will be nor who his teacher is. He continues to be a very able reader – currently he is reading Harry Potter (Mumsnet cliche but nevermind), the Enchanted Wood (Enid Blyton) and the Witches (Roald Dahl). We are working on his handwriting as this is a bit hit or miss – I’ve decided that the school is basically good but there are a couple of places they are a bit patchy on so Lex gets some homeschool.
So, that’s a start – will once again try and do better at regular updates, however, am likely to fail sadly.
Sometimes the big kids are lovely together.
A list of questions that I’d like to aim to repeat each year – what Lex is all about today (he chose the final question):
- What is your favorite color? red
- What is your favorite toy? lego starwars the republic frigate
- What is your favorite fruit? apple
- What is your favorite TV show? lego hero factory
- What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? chocolate cake
- What is your favorite outfit? my chinese outfit
- What is your favorite game? lego ninjago
- What is your favorite snack? quavers
- What is your favorite animal? lions
- What is your favorite song? a tinie temper one
- What is your favorite book? harry potter and the philosopher’s stone
- Who is your best friend? Charlie C. and Calum T.
- What is your favorite cereal? weetos
- What is your favorite thing to do outside? running around but not with Reihan because he confuses me when we’re playing it.
- What is your favorite drink? Lemonade
- What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Easter.
- What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Wolfie/Husky.
- What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? Weetos.
- What is your favourite dinner? Macaroni.
- What do you want to be when you grow up? Governor of England.
- What is your favourite dessert? Crunchies.
Today has been somewhat long and relentless. Another night of Eli screaming and unable to be settled at 3am (calpol was the trick but that took time to work) means I’ve not been particularly with it today. Poor Tilly has been somewhat neglected but was very good and generally ok with my lack of ability to play. Have now foisted the boy onto his father and am enjoying a bit of space for a moment.
I’ve not quite worked out what’s up with Eli but since he’s not running a temperature, is breathing ok and painkillers seem to help it just doesn’t seem worth a doctors visit. Considering how hard it is to get him to take paracetamol or ibuprofen I’m not sure how I could get any other medicine, if it were prescribed, down him anyway! Perhaps it’s a ear infection – one ear seems a bit gunky?
Thankfully it is Saturday tomorrow, my weekly lie-in and the potential for R to take the older kids swimming if Eli needs to stay home (i.e. if I can’t drag myself out). I’ve just bribed Lex into putting some toys in the playroom – thankfully stickers are good currency in this house.
Next week will also be easier since we should be busier – lots of things to break up the days, a visit to a cousin and a visit from a LLL friend are all events to look forward to. Maybe Eli will be sleeping better again soon and I’ll be able to be thoughtful over a post…
Lex ‘timing’ Tilly eating her cereal.
Slowly making progress on the school run. Lex helped push Eli this morning and that seemed to take his mind off racing Tilly. He got a sticker as I don’t think I had to shout his name at him once so yay. Tilly moaned about being cold and tired but I even won her around by leaving Lex in the playground before the bell rang and taking her home for hot chocolate and biscuits.
Thankfully the day started well as Eli then had an attack of the three-Cs: crankiness, crying and clinginess. Didn’t get anything done really but managed to keep everyone fed and get the kids to and from school/nursery as well as getting the kids to bed by myself since R had training and Mum is poorly sick. Kids were in bed by 18.45 – bliss!