My babies are growing up so well! How even do you manage to contain feelings when you see how wonderfully your kids are growing?!
So a quick one…
Ethan was selected yesterday to play for the U8 soccer team at school in a match against an opposing school this week Thursday. He is so over the moon! He got a special letter to say that he’s part of the team, and they will be travelling by bus to the other school. Highlight of the week for us all 🙂 I really hope that I get to go and watch him! I’m not too excited about the special soccer socks I have to buy (R70!)…haha. The joys. But I cannot wait for him to be take part in his first school match. Then on the merit side – the first “level” for the merits is 75points. When the kids get to 75points, they get a letter from the principal. Yesterday morning, he had 65points, so on the way to school, I told him that he must push extra hard for the additional 10points, only two merits. Boy child went to school yesterday – BOOM, merits achieved. 75points attained!! I couldn’t be prouder, he is really excelling at school shame.
Then yesterday, I called the pre-primary school to set up time with Riley’s teacher. Riley has been complaining about going to school for the longest of times. Every morning without fail, he moans that he doesn’t want to go, he wants to stay at home with P. We’ve put it down to him just wanting his way and being lazy. Then yesterday morning, I had this gnawing feeling that perhaps there’s something more, and I’m not pursuing it. So after work, I went to the school and had a meeting with both his teacher [as a side: when we were leaving, she came to me and said “oh, I wanted to tell you that I’m also expecting”…ummm, does she think I’m expecting too?!?! ] and the principal. They set my mind at ease and assured me that he’s absolutely fine at school. He is the youngest in his class by far – apparently half the class repeated the year! so some kids are already turning 5 this year whereas Riley is only turning 4 in December. He apparently is very bright but is slower than most of the kids in the class resulting in him often either not finishing, or finishing only after everybody else. They both said that this could be knocking his confidence making him not want to come to school. Also, apparently the jump from last year’s class to this year’s is quite steep in that this year, they are actually doing work, not just playing. They say that this can cause lots of unease and unhappiness in kids, especially the younger kids. But they still insist that he’s very bright and is doing well, they think this will “even out” over the next few months. I was warned by the principal though that I cannot compare the kids and that Riley has very big shoes to fill in his big brother Ethan who was top of his class last year, even though he was the youngest!! Socially, they say Riley is winning, hahahaha. Apparently all the kids want to play with him and he dominates the play ground! Which could explain why a random kid came up to me yesterday and said “hello Riley’s mum” 🙂 In the car on the way home, I told Riley how his teacher said he did so so well and how proud we are of him. I promised him a reward this weekend for all his hard work…he wants TWO TOYS – a Coco puzzle (from the movie Coco) and Lego (like Ethan got when he got a good report at the end of term 1). Of course, Ethan is like – you can’t get small Lego like me though, you’re younger so you need bigger blocks! Ever the pragmatist 😉
So so proud of these boys ❤ ❤ ❤