Now that’s not something I ever thought I’d put in one sentence – forward rolls and spellings, but we appear to have some progress in both areas. Those of you who’ve followed the blog for a while will know that Monkey isn’t exactly sporty in any way, shape or form. It would be fair to say that he dreads every Thursday and Friday at school because he has PE and Multisports. Just not his sort of thing. This is the boy, the only child in the school, who refused point-blank to take part in Sports Day last year. In the end he reluctantly took part in a bean bag race holding his teachers hand. He isn’t a climber, he certainly isn’t a gymnast.
But we’ve had a couple of breakthroughs – forward rolls and spellings! He came out of school on Thursday last week full of beans. Mummy I got a sticker! Now this is the boy how never tells me who game him a sticker and what it was for. Mummy, Mrs S gave me a sticker – I did a forward roll all by myself. Bless him, this is a big step, or should I say, roll, for Monkey. To have the confidence to put his head down and go for it. It seems so insignificant to most people but not to us. Forward rolls – wow. Monkey was so pleased with himself, that he’s spent every afternoon since practicing them at home. Often they are more sidewards than forwards, but he’s enjoying it and that’s what counts. A little self belief and a boost to his confidence.
On to spellings, and I have to say, I’ve been dreading the day when spellings lists would be coming home. Monkey has been a rather reluctant writer, to say the least. If you get him writing his name in a card you’ve done well. He is a less is more kind of boy when it comes to putting pen to paper. The frustrating thing is that I know he’s capable, it’s all going in, he just doesn’t like to commit to the process of releasing information, either verbally or in writing really.
The spelling lists have begun and it’s fair to say their arrival wasn’t well received by Monkey. There were meltdowns, tears and lots of ‘I hate you Mummy’. We tried using magnetic letters to make the task more fun and it’s certainly helped. Last week, which seemed like a very long week, saw Monkey getting 7 out of 9 for his spelling test and he was over the moon. I was really rather proud, as I know exactly how much effort went in to that result. I might have had a pack of Lego Mixels in my handbag as a reward for trying so hard. Don’t expect a treat every week, but I am really proud that you stuck with it and tried. It was worth it, wasn’t it Monkey.
He’s been volunteering to try his spellings. There had been a mix up with giving him a new school book to read, and we would normally read that before school each morning and then do his spellings in the afternoon. But on Monday morning we had no school book to read so I suggested that he could try his spellings and then he’d have an ‘afternoon off’ if he could complete his list. I didn’t really expect him to go for it, but he did. I went to get the magnetic letters out – no Mummy, I’m going to try to just read and cover them like you’ve said before. Ok. There was a little cheating going on with one of the words, but he cracked the rest. He needs to work on some of his letter formation but it’s just so lovely to see some enthusiasm for writing and spelling. I hope it’s not a flash in the pan, I’m sure there will be highs and lows along the way.
I’m building up a list of ideas to help him have fun on the days spellings feel just too hard. We’ve got our Bananagrams and Appletters tiles to use, and a few other ideas in the pipeline.
Forward rolls and spellings success, all in one week. Go Monkey!
Any other suggestions, tips and ideas are gratefully received!