Tonight was parent consultations, I play musical chairs around three (well 4 actually Madam has two) teachers at the moment and started with C’s nursery teacher. There is of course nothing to worry about here, C adores nursery and everything about it, in fact we had sulking today because it was closed! He is articulate and imaginative and able to express himself like a much older child – I walk away a happy Mummy.
Next is E’s teacher, this is usually the meeting I’m most concerned about as E as the youngest and having missed a year is currently playing catch up. His teacher is delighted with his progress, he is meeting targets and almost always puts in maximum effort. The only area he is still struggles with is his writing and his brain is now working far faster than his hand and frustrating him. He just needs to practice more but because he doesn’t think he’s good at it, he doesn’t like doing it! I walked away unbelievably proud knowing how hard he must be working to keep up and yet he’s always enthusiatic about it and well-behaved!
Finally it’s Madam’s teachers, she’s had a mid-term report that said she could try harder with her behaviour in class and the playground so I’m intrigued. It’s not as bad as it looks, she just doesn’t always concentrate enough. This reminded me to ask them if sometimes when her behaviour is off they could check with her if there’s a reason. Last time they called me over in the playground to say she hadn’t been concentrated it turned out two other girls had been shouting at her in the toilets throughout lunch. Madam is usually a bubbly child and only very occasionally I see signs all is not perfect at school. Some days she comes home exhausted, tearful and clearly frustrated which I put down to another part of her personality – head-strong and a little bit argumentative. They also say she should always put in her best effort without needing to be reminded. I hope I didn’t sound rude when I said that she is still very young and sometimes still needs a little positive reinforcement. I walk away understanding my daughter and her time at school without me better and wanting to give her a big hug.
Then I go to look at their work books…
I walk away laughing and incredibly proud of my amazing daughter!!