Project 365 2018 Week 37 Days 252 – 258
Sunday 9th September – Day 252
I’m going to be working on a campaign next week which is trying to stimulate children to read. I’ll be talking about a series of books we’ve been reading about steam trains and to tie in with that we got to spend the day on the Severn Valley Railway. It’s somewhere we haven’t been for a few years and my son loved every minute of his day.
Monday 10th September – Day 253
The start of the first full week in Year Four. The whole school was doing a dress up as a Historical Figure day where the children also had to write a few facts about the person they’d chosen. My son isn’t a fan of dressing up for school so I knew we’d have to be creative to make him feel that he could join in. We’ve spoken about it on and off during the school holidays and finally agreed that Sir Nigel Gresley (google him and you’ll know why he was picked!!) would involve limited dressing up but was someone who my son actually admires. Success.
I had a good morning at work and felt like I’d achieved something in the two hours I was there. Everything was looking good until school pick up time.
My son came home with a letter telling us he’s been put on the SEN register at school. It was a bit of a shock really, yes, he’s always had additional TA support right from the start. He’s always done everything in his own time. This seems like another level and that I must have missed something, there must be something else. A lovely group of friends gave me some feedback on their experiences and I’ll be asking to talk to someone at school in the morning.
First night back at Cubs and that wasn’t a great success to start with either. I’d left my son in the hall, and then saw him running past me down the path! Finally got him back in the hall and with a lot of coaxing we sat down with everyone else. The old Akela was there for the evening and she helped him to settle and me to leave. Of course, when I picked him up he was full of smiles and chat and had enjoyed himself.
I might have bought a bottle of wine, a glass after he’d gone to bed was needed!
Tuesday 11th September – Day 254
My son woke up telling me he didn’t want to go to school. They are trying Tag Rugby today for the first time. It really helped when his best friend said he wasn’t looking forward to it either. We all spoke about what they’d be doing as we walked to school and they happily walked into school. Fingers crossed it goes ok.
I got to have a quick chat with the SEN Coordinator at school which has still left me with lots of questions and I’ve requested that a school reading book needs to come home today. Apparently there will be a meeting in a couple of weeks to explain things to a group of us. I know it’s a good thing that if he needs extra help that he’s going to get it. It doesn’t stop you feeling that you’ve somehow failed though, and worrying about what the future holds for your son.
The reading book didn’t come home, my son decided to leave it at school – sigh!
I decided that a glass of wine was called for after my son had gone to bed and I cracked on with the detailing on the cross stitch Christmas stocking I’m making for my great-niece.
Wednesday 12th September – Day 255
Having his best friend walk to school with him makes mornings so much easier here with my son.Watching the two of them walk into school together without a backwards glance, it’s bittersweet but all part of growing up.
After school, still no reading book.
After dinner my son asked to get the paints out as he wanted to finish painting a plaster letter that he’d bought on a trip to Blists Hill Victorian Town in the summer. We then finally got round to updated our Mummy and Me handprints. He’s swapped sides and is definitely catching me up. Big difference from 2013 and 2015!
Thursday 13th September – Day 256
My spare room has looked like a bomb site for longer than I care to actually acknowledge. Time to sort some of my son’s stuff and sell what isn’t used any more. Listing on Facebook sites and then waiting for people not to show up. Thankfully everyone who was coming today, actually has.
Got to have a Facetime catch up with my youngest niece in NZ which was nice.
The sun shone on the walk home from school and we stopped to admire a glider flying high above us. Can you spot it?
Friday 14th September – Day 257
The duvet thief was back bright and early and then struggled to wake up for school.
I had a good morning at work but my last employer put me on the wrong tax code so my new one has told me I’ll have to sort it out with the tax office. Grrr, the joy of holding for them, getting cut off mid conversation. But it does mean I’ll be getting a rebate at some point.
No homework! Although looking at the class newsletter this isn’t going to be the norm, but we’ll enjoy the lack of arguments over it whilst we can.
Saturday 15th September – Day 258
We’re having a quiet morning at home as I’ve got a couple of people coming to collect things we’re selling. My son has decided it’s the perfect time to do some house remodelling. When I look at his toys, and he does have a lot, it’s the Playmobil/Lego/Tractors and wooden castle and airport sets that have really given us the best value for money over the years. They really are well-loved.
We’re off to my Dad’s cousin’s 80th birthday party this afternoon. Daddy P is meant to be finishing work early as it’s an afternoon party and quite some distance from home. He’s bound to be late and then we will be in the hands of the M25. Wish me luck!