Living Arrows 2017 – 29/52

So this is it, the last week of the school year.

I can’t quite believe it’s here, and that Rhys will very soon be leaving year one behind him.

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It’s been quite a big year for him, a year of learning huge amounts both academically and socially.

I’m really proud of how far he’s come with his school work.  He is pretty quick with maths and seems to have a natural ability for doing sums in his head which fascinates me.  His reading has come on in leaps and bounds this year too which I’m really pleased with because it’s opened up a whole world of learning to him.

He goes to bed with books on the solar system and dinosaurs and the Celts, and will tell me in the morning some of the things he’s read about.  He also has several books on Minecraft which he is obsessed with, and I love how his passion for the game has really helped encourage him to read more.

He definitely likes reading non-fiction books more than fiction, and loves finding out how things work and where things come from.

As a sensitive, emotional child he has struggled at times this year, as he’s still learning how to control the big emotions he feels.  It’s something that I’m sure will get easier for him in time, but it’s hard at times knowing he’s finding it hard to cope.  He takes things to heart that other children probably just brush aside, and he often feels anxious about things that are new or changing.

He is an outgoing, chatty little boy and loves to get stuck in and be right in the thick of things, but at the same time he can only seem to cope with being in the middle of things for so long before he needs to step away and be by himself.  I think he gets overstimulated quite easily, and then needs to regroup.

There are a few things I would like to work with him on over the summer, to try and make sure he is well equipped to head into year two.  I have a few ideas for things we can do together to encourage him to be more patient, and I want to try and work out some listening games too, to help him learn to pay attention to what other people are saying.  I would love to start doing yoga or even meditation together, to help him learn to control his big emotions a bit.

Ultimately though, I just want him to be happy in the next school year.  That’s all any parent wants for their child isn’t it?


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  1. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 17/07/2017 / 1:44 pm

    He reminds me a lot of my son the way you’ve described him here. We’re struggling a lot with the big emotions at the moment, and he’s a real chatterbox and really outgoing, but does need time to calm himself down too. It sounds like he’s had a great year at school – have a wonderful summer holiday of adventures!

  2. Donna 18/07/2017 / 8:20 am

    Yes! I just want our two to be happy but it sounds like Rhys has done so well. Athena finishes on Wednesday and I cannot wait! x

  3. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 19/07/2017 / 9:20 pm

    I can’t wait for the end of term, we don’t finish until next Tuesday! All I want is for them to be happy. What a fab year he has had x #LivingArrows

  4. Sophie Durrans 19/07/2017 / 11:19 pm

    They grow up so quickly, don’t they? And the years just go by quicker and quicker! #LivingArrows

  5. Sarah 23/07/2017 / 11:10 pm

    Oh bless him, he sounds like such a lovely little boy. He sounds very much like Toby – although a few years ahead of him. I’m a little bit worried about how he’s going to cope with the emotional and social side of school come September. I’m definitely prepared for even more meltdowns at home! #LivingArrows

  6. Mudpie Fridays 24/07/2017 / 6:50 am

    Oh it goes so quickly doesn’t it! He looks very happy in this photo, it’s great he’s done so well. Lovely that he reads independently, we have avoided minectaft so far but I’m sure it will come. Enjoy your Summer holidays x #LivingArrows

  7. Janine Dolan 24/07/2017 / 8:56 am

    Wow such a good boy. I wonder what my boy will be like in school in September. I feel like he is not as ready as other kids would be. #livingarrows

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