So we’ve had a few more wonderful moments with Monkey over the last few days. More signs of his growing confidence. Yesterday saw hand stands in the pool and a Beavers badge, but the latest steps in confidence took place on Saturday.
It was his best friends birthday party on Saturday, he was having a bowling party. Monkey would know everyone who was going and also knew the venue well. I knew the other parents would be leaving their children at the party and coming back later. Monkey was having none of this idea. No Mummy, if you don’t stay, I’m not going. After telling me how much he’d missed me when he was at Beaver Camp for the day, he told me he couldn’t be without me again this weekend. What could I say to that!
As we got to Saturday, I hadn’t had a chance to take my great niece’s birth sampler to the framers to be mounted and framed. So I told Monkey that I would have to pop into town for a bit during the party just to get that organised. That seemed to be ok. So off we headed to the party and after his second go at bowling, I said I’d leave but I’d be back before they’d finished their game. He was ok and his friend’s Mum was primed. I was gone for about forty-five minutes in the end, came back, and he ran over to me with a beaming smile. He’d been fine, chatting and playing. The first time I’ve ever been able to leave him at a party, ever. A big step forward for him, and his friend’s Nan even commented on how much his confidence has grown since she’d seen him last. It was lovely to see and here.
Monday means school swimming lessons this term and yesterday was his third session. What a difference these lessons are making! He’s happy, confident, listening and following instructions and really going for it. Swimming without a float on his front and back, to the point that’s he’s been moved from the first to the second group of swimmers. There he was doing hand stands in the water and doing what he calls a mushroom float. Face down in the water with his legs tucked up with his arms under them. I couldn’t do that now. I’m so proud of him, and it’s lovely to see the difference from the child who used to run out of the pool in tears in Stage Two swimming lessons. Yes, he needs to work on his strokes, but he’s doing it, he’s actually swimming and enjoying it. He’s also loving me watching him with the other Mum’s, we are both loving Monday mornings now.
There was a school trip last week and he actually got dressed up! Yes, my son got dressed up. Amazing. I was a bit concerned that he’d seemed to have gone backwards with his reading books since moving into Year Three, but yesterday he came home with a chapter book so hopefully that was just a misunderstanding. Maths homework is with My Maths online again this year. To my mind it’s madness, yes very easy marking wise as it’s all done before the teacher sees it. But there’s no way to show the working out that the child has done to get to the answers or to add any comments about how much support was required to get there. I’m not a fan. His writing homework this week is to ‘up level’ sentences. Have you ever heard of that phrase? I certainly hadn’t. In normal terms, it seems to mean to makes sentences that are excessively descriptive. To write sentences that I really don’t believe seven-year olds naturally think or write. I’m not blaming the teacher, it’s the idiotic curriculum and I can see it’s going to drive me insane, let alone my ‘less is more’ son. Anyway, 7 sentences require up levelling and Monkey write our 3 last night and we’ve got 4 more to tackle these evening. I think he’s really going to struggle with this sort of thing this year, but I’ll keep doing our best to get him through it.
After school yesterday he had Beavers, he’s going to be made a Lodge Leader next week as he’s now one of the oldest in the colony. But before that’s all finalised he came home with another badge for me to sew onto his jumper.
Hand stands in the pool and a Beavers badge to start the week, I wonder what other delights await for the rest of the week.