Friday, 24 August 2012
Pudding has started at her new school. You’re probably wondering how it is going. I could have written that things were going well after the first day, but I didn’t. Nor at the end of the first week (half-week, really). Only now dare I actually say it.
Things are going well. I dare not jinx it. I want it to keep going well. I want that more than anything.
I want her to continue to have the same enthusiasm for school that she does right now. Where she is mad at the weekend, because she just wants to go to school that much.
Her whole team has been pleasantly surprised with the ease of the transition. Last week, she started going until 12.30, which means she is now dealing with leaving her homeroom and attending art and music classes. All this she is taking in her stride. Our girl is blossoming, just like we knew she would, if she was planted in the right soil.
Just in case you think we’ve swapped Pudding, she still proves herself to be just as she always was. Her teacher has been kind enough to send home photographs so we can see for ourselves how she is doing in class. One photograph was of all the class: children and teachers. I asked Pudding to name everybody in the photo for me, and she dutifully obliged. And when I asked who her favourite kid was, she responded with “Pudding.” She is who she is, and we love her for it!
But don’t just take my word for it, this is what her teacher emailed to me today:
Hello (I want to add the word Kitty!)
Pudding* had such a wonderful day at school today. I wanted to share her Journal writing with you. On previous mornings she has drawn for me and been done…. But today she wrote more than most of the kids in the class. Her phonemic knowledge is very good and I use her to help find letters when we are working on a whole class writing piece.
I am also getting her to use computers more and she is very good at navigating her way through to programs that she likes. Pudding has also found where I keep my ipad and enjoys some of the alphabet apps on it.
I just want you to both know that Pudding has wormed her way into my heart and I am really enjoying learning with her and about her.
Best email ever. She had me at the first line. Seeing the picture almost had Spectrummy Daddy and myself in tears. I’m going to save that for tomorrow. It won’t be a Wordless Wednesday, because there is a whole sentence in it!
So there you go- this is almost a straight up, unqualified, things are going great kind of post. Almost. Because in less than two weeks we’ll be pulling her out of school for R&R, and she might really not want to miss school for that long.
But I’m not about to start complaining about a child who wants to go to school, nor a school that wants to have my child there! I’m just going to enjoy Pudding starting school. I’m the luckiest of all spectrummy mummies to get to do that.
*Nope, she doesn’t call her that, in case you were wondering.