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#176 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:46 PM

Next week is the last week of term 1 for us :) I am looking forward to now rush in the morning to get everyone out of the house early.

T has been going well apparently. He is counting everything at the moment, and everything has to have something to do with numbers, which in all honestly is starting to drive me batty. Especially when we are reading a book and he has to count every single thing on the page. He is recognizing a lot of words as well, so I am really happy with his progress academically. And he plays with his friends, but the teacher has really worked on getting him to understand that he needs to interact with the other kids in his class as well. Was so cute, I had to pick him up early the other day for a pead appointment and the teacher had them all dancing around to music in the mat area. The kids were having so much fun and T was actually joining in (which he never used to).

Not really related but does anyone have any issues with younger brothers/sisters losing the plot about their older sibling going to school and them not being able to go? My youngest screams every single day that he needs to go to school and not daycare, to the point I have to cart him screaming and thrashing under my arm into the center (he is fine after I leave). He is a July baby so he missed the cut off for 4 year old kindy this year (and he is more then ready to go in reality, more ready then his brother ever was).

#177 ~~threeboys~~

Posted 17 April 2014 - 07:03 AM

Hi, we may be sending my eldest boy to school next term as his brother is going to need to start school next year. Could anyone tell me what your children are doing after one term of school? Thanks.

#178 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:32 AM

Threeboys my eldest is doing well. He fits in mostly and joins in with everything. It really depends on what school and what state you are in though as to how a school will fit your child. Ours is an independent public school and in WA and from talking to friends and relative with kids starting this year ours is definitely more play based (which I agree with completely) and learning is inter grated into structured play with 50% of the curriculum needing to be play based. It just seems to make it more relaxed and fun for the kids and my son has picked up a lot this way. Our school also doesn't focus so much of read read read during this year. Home readers are for learning reading behaviours and sharing a love of reading and of they recognised and know words then that is encouraged. (They have sight words etc as well and do slot of number and shape work, letter sounds etc)

So I guess my child is doing well but a lot of it has to do with program he is doing. It also depends on your child really. I was highly stressed about t starting as he does have some issues (he is being assessed for autism mid may and has a lot of issues speech wise as well as some minor issues with fine motor skills) but he has gone really well. Maybe go and talk to the school? Could he start next year as well? What state are you in? In wa there is no flexibility with what year you start unless you have an edu psych report sot hat could impact when he starts.

#179 ~~threeboys~~

Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:05 AM

Thanks, we are in NSW. He is a March baby who we held back on the advice of his preschool that he was ready but 'young'. I thought I would send all three of my boys at 5 turning 6. They was born March 2009, February 2010 and April 2011. The same preschool has now told us that ds2 is more than ready to start next year. So the options are to send them together, to hold back ds2 when he is just as ready as his brother, or to start ds1 this year but a term late.

#180 cira

Posted 17 April 2014 - 01:50 PM

IMHO: I wouldn't worry too much about the academic side. My DD hasn't learnt much academically.

She has gained self confidence and independence. She has learned the routines of the school, her classmates names and the names of other kids and teachers at her school.  She is confident about show and tell, moving between class rooms, sorting out her lunch, finding friends in the playground- all the little things that add up to a successful day.

I would guess a child starting in term two might feel a bit out-of-place for a while. But I'd also expect a school to have systems in place to help any newcomers adjust.

Could your son do transition days with lunch time pick-ups just so it is not too overwhelming to begin with? My DDs school had two short days in week 1 and then five 4-day weeks at the start of term one.

#181 ~~threeboys~~

Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:03 PM

Just an update, ds1 started school this term and is doing well. He settled in fairly easily and has made friends. He does seem a little young compared to some of the other kids but his teacher says he has adjusted to the class routine and expectations quickly and you couldn't tell that he has only been in school half a term.
He is bringing home level 5 home readers and ds2 has been reading them too, so it looks like ds2 will have a bit of a head start for next year.

#182 gabbigirl

Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:18 AM

How has term 2 gone for everyone?  My little girl is still loving school, and is right on average in terms of her learning. So that's good.

She is however refusing to go to the toilet at school because it smells.  Hence she has wee'd in her pants twice this term on the way home from school!  The school toilets do smell, and sadly my girls have picked up their public toilet phobia from me.  Any ideas on what I can do?

#183 karkat

Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:58 PM

Term 2 nearly done here too. DD is looking forward to sports day next week and then holidays!!! My parents are coming to visit so all three of my girls are super excited.

Term 2 has gone mostly well for DD. Started the term with lots of tears and clinging in the mornings, but happy during the day according to the teacher and DD. The last couple of weeks though, she's been happy for me to go, love being sent of with a "see you this afternoon Mum!" as she runs off with her friends. The improvement actually coincided with her best friend being off sick for almost a week and forced her to play with some more of the other girls (only 8 girls in a class of 26), so I think it's been a great confidence boost for her.

Academically, she's right on track, or slightly ahead, reading at level 5/6 and will have her magic 100 words all sorted by the end of term and her teacher has said that there's no concerns in any area.

We've had a bit of problem with bed wetting due to being so tired, but a huge improvement this term compared to last term. She's only been wetting on average once a fortnight compared to almost nightly last term, although it's getting more frequent at the moment due to end of term, busy with sport and colder weather!

Gabbigirl - Toileting at school is a tough one. DD's toilets are pretty grotty too, might be worth talking to the teacher about the situation, maybe once a day a class trip to the toilet would be helpful. Maybe the school could put one of those automatic air fresheners attached to the wall (I think they smell horrible though!!)

#184 cristina86

Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:57 AM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:17 PM.

#185 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

Next week is the last week of term 2 here. I am both looking forward to it and not.

DS is doing alright. But we are struggling with letters, words and the whole language/literacy thing. They are so much harder for him then numbers and maths. Those he loves but we are struggling to get him to actually try the letters an reading stuff at the moment.

He has just been diagnosed as ASD as well and I wonder if maybe numbers are easier for him to understand as well 1 is always going to be 1 and it is a quantity. Whereas letters sound different depending on what word they are in etc etc. Add in his speech problems and sequencing/blending sounds and it just makes it more complicated.

But the teacher says he is about middle of the class so average really with language. Maybe a bit ahead in the maths side of it (she said his report card will state that he fins numbers and maths much easier then letters/language). I just wish I had more ideas of getting him to try before giving in. Or getting the answer given to him. I also wish that we did leveled readers because it provides him with a goal and lets him (and me) see where he is and how he is improving. But we don't do those until next year apparently. He likes school anyway, even if we are going to have to start putting in strategies for the avoidance of harder work

#186 cristina86

Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:50 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:15 PM.

#187 Heather11

Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:05 PM


DS is doing alright. But we are struggling with letters, words and the whole language/literacy thing. They are so much harder for him then numbers and maths. Those he loves but we are struggling to get him to actually try the letters an reading stuff at the moment.

He has just been diagnosed as ASD as well and I wonder if maybe numbers are easier for him to understand as well 1 is always going to be 1 and it is a quantity. Whereas letters sound different depending on what word they are in etc etc. Add in his speech problems and sequencing/blending sounds and it just makes it more complicated.

Came in here through 'we are discussing' but just a thought would something like Reading Eggs be of help to him?

I also have a child with an ASD and had dealings with others on the spectrum and I have found that maths is a lot easier for them.  As you said there are hard and fast rules in maths.  The english language is really hard with all the rules that change.

#188 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 30 June 2014 - 04:50 PM

Christina - I got readers from the library and he owns a few simple ones based on spiderman/ironman/the avengers but he just doesn't want to do them and tells me they are too hard even thought I know he knows all the words or can sound out the words he doesn't know in them. It is the effort of actually getting him to try. I downloaded a bunch of simple books just last night onto his Ipad so am going to see how he goes with them. He likes the sight words on the IPad but that is also because the ipad will say the word for him which then defeats the purpose of getting him to try.

heather - yes I think it is that maths has hard and fast rules but the English language is riddled with inconsistencies. We trailed reading eggs and he has several reading eggs apps on his Ipad but he gets frustrated with them and then refuses to try again. Its this idea with him that if he can't get it the first time then he will not ever be able to get it that we are struggling with as well as getting him to practice. I guess because maths is so simple for him to understand he struggles to understand something that takes a few tries. I am actually hoping the break of the school holidays will help so he gets back to the point where he is happy to try again.

On a good note he brought home a workslip the other day that he had been working on and had filled in all the words correctly :) (He had to fill in all the words like Dan, man, van, can to complete short sentences) So they are getting there, just slowly.

#189 cristina86

Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:14 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:14 PM.

#190 newphase

Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:06 PM

So how is everyones FYOS little'n doing? The year has flown bye, one blink and they'll be seniors.

DS has settled in very well, loves his school as do I. He hates reading, but is starting to take off there towards end of last term. Loves numbers.

#191 gabbigirl

Posted 02 October 2014 - 05:59 AM

New phase, my girl has been sick a lot of term 3 with pneumonia so there has been a lot of absences :( we are trying to rest her during these school holidays.

Nonetheless, she is doing  really well, and somehow managed to jump 4 levels in her reading when tested just before the holidays.  Our teacher says the new curriculum is really pushing the kids but they are all is for the challenge and doing really well.  

I am hoping for an illness free term 4!

#192 newphase

Posted 02 October 2014 - 11:38 AM

Gabbigirl thats no good re your DD. My eldest boy had pneumonia a few times, it bites. Hope she is on the mend. I hope term 4 is a better one for you all. :-)

#193 newphase

Posted 29 November 2014 - 10:08 PM

So, our babies are almost over their 1st year of school. My the year has flown by! How has everyone's child fared this year?
My boy will be starting at a new school next year, luckily it is a P-12 school. He has had a great year all up/ Tired now and in need of a break i Think.

#194 Grinchette

Posted 29 November 2014 - 10:18 PM

DD finishes up on Thursday, I can't believe her first year will be over.  She's super excited about starting Y1 next year and can't wait to start Y6 so she can become a godparent to a kindy kid (sort of funny as that child is yet to be born).

And, guess what?  Nothing lost at all this year except hair accessories.  I'm gobsmacked.

#195 karkat

Posted 01 December 2014 - 07:47 PM

DD has had a great year, really looking forward to Grade 1 next year and will be in a 1/2 composite. Quite relieved about the class she'll be in as the teacher of the straight 1 class was the district reliever this year and DD did not hit it off with her, apparently the teacher "yells a lot", so happy that DD won't have her!

I'm amazed by how much the kids have all learnt and how confident DD is.

#196 newphase

Posted 02 December 2014 - 07:32 PM

Yes, we have done well not to lose anything this year Gumbette.. and having a DS, hair ties a nil issue lol.

Karka.. I have always wondered re composite classes, and their workings. Pluses and minuses and all. I actually find myself wishing DS was in a 1/2 composite next year. He is great at maths, could do with exyension, and responds well to older kids too. He needs a tad more literacy attention but has come along great 2nd semester and this last term his reading is finally starting to come together.

I hope grade 1 is super for all.

#197 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 16 December 2014 - 02:03 PM

We have 2 more days left.

Its been a mixed year I think. I have no idea what class he is going to be in next year as we don't get class assignments until the week before term 1 starts. I am just hoping he has a teacher that will push him when he needs to be pushed and help him get to where he needs to be.

Reading and writing we are still struggling on. But after an OT assessment with a specialist OT last month we actually have answers as to why this is. (Poor muscle tone in his hands and wrists, issues with contracting pairs of muscles and poor joint perception so he has to control his writing visually which means it takes a lot of extra effort. we also found he has issues tracking with his eyes).

Hopefully with the home and school program we are implementing these will be dealt with. I am going to "attempt" to do a lot more work literacy wise over the holidays with him. Apparently he also qualifies for more aide time in yr 1 then in prep as well so that sounds like a positive.

#198 gizboo

Posted 17 December 2014 - 01:38 PM

DS2 finished last week. It was a great year, a really nice bunch of kids (& parents) in his grade. DS2 was happy from day 1, and while we've lost a few hats, its been wonderful watching him settle into big school and thrive.
His teacher next year also taught DS1 for Yr1 (they had the same teacher for Kinder too lol) so I kind of know what to expect from her in Yr1. Very happy. :)

#199 newphase

Posted 17 December 2014 - 10:39 PM

mayahlb--Well at least you will start 2015 with all the info, and hopefully hit the ground running. All the best for your DS next year.

Gizboo---it's interesting re kids having the same teacher teach each of your kids at the same year level, this was so with my eldest two. Same teacher grade 1. Loved her for my daughter, thought she sucked big time for my son. They are two way different learners though. After this year, and the schools lack of support I moved my eldest DS for grade 2. I hope you and your DS fair better than I in this regard lol.

DS2 is moving schools next year. I am really sad. I love his current school. Reasons to do with his eldest sibling changing schools and logistics of getting 3 kids off to 3 different schools. With my eldest now going to a school close to home, i just couldn't get DS to his school out of our area (20-30min car trip depending on traffic) short of putting him into before school care at 7.30 which I can't do. To hard on him and my Mum who does a lot of school drop offs/pick ups when I work.
So he had an orientation/step up day to grade 1 at a new school today, he seemed happy afterwards. I was going to send him to the local catholic school, but something re it just didn't sit right with me....nothing bad specifically, just a feeling.

Oh well, all the best to the grade 1érs for 2015.

#200 gizboo

Posted 19 December 2014 - 01:19 PM

newphase, I'm a big I hope the kids all settle into their new school next year, sounds like you've done the right thing logistically. I can't imagine 3 at different schools, we have 3 at school and 1 at pre school (her last year in 2015!!) and thats enough of a PITA! :) All the best for next year!!

My boys are very different learners too, my DS1 is more of the challenging student lol (not rude, very clever but doesn't like to put in the effort unless its interesting to him ;) ) whereas Max is just eager to please like DD1. Didn't take long for the Kinder teacher to clock on how different they are personbality wise, actually the AP picked it up at his enrolment interview haha

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