Be prepared and proactive, but not pushy

 

Nearly there! End of the last week of what is the complete chaos of the Summer holidays.  I’ve been lucky enough to be off with the girls this Summer and it’s been lovely. I really can’t complain and haven’t found it too stressful.  Bloody expensive, but not as hard as I thought, although I’d be first to admit all the adventures I had planned didn’t happened.  A trip to Wales and a few friends houses plus 2 new guinea pigs was as far as we got, but we did it with limited arguments and a smiles on our faces so I’m taking that as a win.    I hope everyone else has had an OK time too, although I know what a headache juggling the kids can be if you’ve had to work.  But you’re almost there, back to school next week!

This coming year I’ll have one in Year 1 and one in Year 4.  Neither of my two are that great with change, so I always start the new term with a bit of trepidation.  My youngest was absolutely distraught at leaving Reception, so I have no idea how she will take to Year 1.  I know my older one struggled, finding the transition to a more work driven environment tough, but fingers crossed she copes.  As for Year 4, I have no idea what it may bring!

I have no tips for the year ahead as yet, (brain gone dead during the holidays) other than to remember that whatever year/s you are facing,  your kids are still only young and work, after school activities, reading (!!) etc should be fun.  Don’t put too much pressure on them to succeed, they’ve got the rest of their lives to cope with that one.  However, and I can’t emphasis this one enough, if you think your child does have an issue with a particular subject, (obviously reading is the one I’m most passionate) then don’t be afraid to kick up a fuss.  Go with your instinct, as unfortunately in our cash-strapped education system we now have to fight for everything.  I can’t urge you enough to fight for what your child needs, as thanks to our target loving Government schools just don’t have the time, facilities, extra departments anymore to do it alone. You need to be there every step of the way if you think there is a problem.  Just remember though, that it’s not the teachers fault, or the schools, they want the best for your child as well, it’s just there are limited resources they can access.  I’ve heard lots of cases of children who may be dyslexic, but can’t get the message across to school, as sadly extra services cost extra money.  Keep going though, as you can get support, you just need to know where to look.  Here’s an unusually useful article from the Daily Mail:

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-134958/Getting-child-assessed-dyslexia

Here’s a few other websites that may be able to help:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dyslexia/PagesDiagnosis

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/services/assessments

Good luck and all the best for the year ahead!!

 

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