In September, Olly will be going to pre-school for five mornings every week. It’s a huge step for him as currently he’s looked after by his Grandparents during the week when we’re at work. We’ll be taking advantage of the fifteen free hours from the Local Authority and we’re all rather quite excited (if not a little in disbelief that it’s all happening far too quickly).
A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited the pre-school to find out more and today, Olly was invited to a play and stay session at the pre-school to have a look around, meet the teaching staff and meet his new classmates. He was so excited to go and visit the school. We’ve been talking about it for a while now as previously, Olly has had quite bad separation anxiety over the last 12 months following from our first attempt at leaving him at nursery so we’ve been talking to him about it and getting him used to the idea of school.
As we went into pre-school, we met the Teacher and the support staff in early years and the children were free to play with the toys, do some colouring in, play with some wet gooey stuff or have a look at a few books. It was a really relaxed morning getting the children used to the classroom environment and Olly really seemed to enjoy it. My husband spoke to the Teacher about the reading books and how we can help Olly with his reading at home (it’s all about the phonics now) and learning more about letters and sounds.
I do have to admit, I’m a bit clueless as to the whole EYFS framework and how to teach little ones phonics and learning to read and write. My in-laws are ex-Teachers (as is my husband) so I’ve confidently left them to introduce Olly to phonics whilst I focus on reading with him at bedtime and playing games, learning to share and do things independently throughout the day.
After play and stay finished we came home and a couple of the school staff came to visit. I really welcomed the idea of a home visit as I think it really does help the school form a picture of how the children’s foundations have been built. Mrs V introduced herself to Olly and it was lovely to see him interact with her. He was listening to her every word and answering her questions as well as playing with some of her toys as she made a couple of notes. He was counting with her, telling her what the letters were and what shapes some wooden blocks were. He was doing really well and I don’t think I could have beamed anymore as I watched my little boy show his new Teachers what he could do.
I had one VERY proud Mummy moment when Olly was asked if he knew what his name was and if he knew how to spell it. He wrote his name down on the wipeboard really carefully and to see Mrs V’s face light up as he showed her what he had written, made my eyes well up!
I’m so proud of you Olly, you might keep me awake during the night sometimes but goodness me, you’re worth it!
Another step closer to pre-school, the Summer is going to fly by and then it’s all uniform and new morning routines. Bring it on!