School Ready

So, I just happened see some new uniform being hung in the store. 

Partly wanted to avoid and yet the organised parent in me only went and made a purchase. 

Miss 3, (4in a couple of weeks!!!) my youngest, doesn’t start school until September, but time flies and it gets expensive to buy all at once, so today, I bit the bullet and made the first (of many) school uniform purchase.

I took it to the counter, a tear trickled down my cheek as memories of the last 4years raced in my head. It honestly, truly feels like yesterday, when I held her for the first time. 

Where does the time go?

 I don’t really understand the emotions, I’m not sad that she’s starting school, I’m excited for her, proud of her and can confidently say she is more than ready!

Working in a pre-school myself, I send children to school every year, the phrase used by professionals is ‘school readiness’, this is an interesting topic….

I see it daily, how many parents feel that their child is ‘school ready’ because they know the alphabet and can count to 20. 

However, school readiness is much more than this, through a bit of personal research I did, many schools stated:

Children are lacking independence, basic communication skills, and emotional understanding. 

Lacking independence-this was things such as toileting, feeding & clothing themselves. Basic self care skills.

Communication skills-struggling to take turns in conversations, struggling to understand at more than 2word level, & unable to take direction. 

Emotional Understanding-sharing, recognising that their actions impact others, expressing their needs. 

Many teachers believe that screen time is a huge barrier for communication, not just the children using it but parents ‘ignoring’ children because of the infamous screen. 

How do you manage screen time in your house? 

Do you have screen-free times? 

Is your child starting school in September? 

Is your child school ready? 

Tub time-Phoenix, America 

When daddy goes away on business, mummy uses this as a fun learning opportunity for the mini peeps! 

We followed daddy’s flight on Flight Radar, we googled Phoenix, currency, weather & time differences, & made paper clocks to see the different times in Phoenix, UK & Australia (we have family here too) .

Then, there was obviously an American themed tub time! Flags & bath paints (shaving foam & food paste), passports & boarding passes 😁! Way too much fun! 

Tub time-Weather

One of my signature parenting activities is themed tub-times.  Such valuable times you can spend with your child, engaging and have fun!  And generally the ingredients are similar!

The themes I choose are generally around my children’s interests, stories or related to topics they are doing at school/nursery.

Today’s was weather related, so as Miss 3 has taken a great interest in literacy recently I displayed weather related words using foam letters, the clouds, rainbow, raindrops etc, I simply cut out from craft foam, which is great for sticking to the sides of the bath and wall tiles!  I used shaving foam (sensitive! LOTS!!) to represent snow.  I used blue food paste for colouring the bath water-go easy though!

Then we had a little science experiment in the glass bowl, I filled it with water, and Miss 3 squirted shaving foam on top (Fantastic activity for developing those fine motor skills for early writing!!), she did need a little help to do this, the shaving foam here, represents clouds.  Miss 3 then used a medicine syringe (again, really working on those fine motor skills, but not even realizing it-parenting at it’s best!!) , to suck up some of her blue bath water and squirt it gently on top the clouds, as yo can see from the pictures, eventually the ‘clouds’ become heavy and it starts to ‘rain’!

Bedtime stories tonight were weather related ‘What Makes a Rainbow’, ‘The Other Ark’ and ‘Meet the Snowy Animals’.Great fun!

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An Ode to a Two Year Old

I must say, two year olds have to be my favourite age group to work with, such an exploratory  impulse, wanting to learn, but little understanding of communication and limited social skills, a time when a mummy (and daddy) is their best friend! And a time where their innocence shows no discrimination’s.

I thought I’d share with you a poem I wrote several years ago, relating to the frustrations of a mother in a supermarket referring to their child as going through the ‘terrible’ twos!!

 

I see it.

I want it.

It’s mine RIGHT NOW!

I take it.

They cry, but it’s okay; I’ve got it now.

I speak with my actions

           as words I have few,

I do what I do 

     because, me,

I’m only 2!

In fact,

It’s all about me,

In my  little zone,

You?

Them?

Her?

Him?

How can I understand their emotions

While I’m still learning my own??!!

I stamp my feet.

I shout and scream.

It’s my prerogative

       to be emotionally extreme!

After all;

Words I have few,

I do what I do

      Because me,

I’m only 2!

 

Sorry if I embarrass you

In the supermarket shop-

I don’t get why I can’t have what I see

So I tell you in a ‘strop’.

I don’t mean to upset you

Or turn your face tomato red,

I lay on the floor,

Shout and struggle-

An emotional puzzle in my head,

I can’t describe it as words I have few,

I do what I do

          Because me,

I’m only 2!

 

Physically,

Cognitively,

Emotionally,

I’m changing every day,

I’m becoming independent

And NOTHING can stand in my way!!

A determined explorer-

     that’s me at my best!

An inquisitive learner

On a twonager quest.

I see it, so I touch it,

I smell it then taste it.

“What are you doing now?!”

You then say to me.

I’m exploring with my senses

        Because me,

I’m only 2, not yet 3!

 

So before you throw negative comments

          my way:

“Yet another tantrum”

“It’s the terrible twos”

Please think before you say.

And just remember this:

There’s nothing terrible in me being 2,

I do what I do

   Because me,

I’m ONLY (not terrible) 2!!!!

 

By Katie Keeley

Hello world wide web!

Wow! I am mightily excited to be starting this blog! It was actually requested by many close friends who love my ‘bombarding Facebook posts’ of mischief my children and I get up to in the evenings and weekends.  Many people have said my Facebook page is ‘inspiring’, which made me realise I need to share it with you, so here goes……..

First blog post

Hello world wide web!!!

Wow! I am mightily excited to be starting this blog! It was actually requested by many close friends who love my ‘bombarding Facebook posts’ of mischief my children and I get up to in the evenings and weekends.  Many people have said my Facebook page is ‘inspiring’, which made me realise I need to share it with you, so here goes……..