We are now three days in and have learned a few things…
1. Make sure to get out and exercise in the middle of the day to break up the lessons. It seems that by half way point, the kids would WAY rather go out on a dog walk than do more classes, BUT at the end of the day the only thing that the dog walk is doing is get in the way of Xbox….
2. Prep the night before – having the lesson plans printed and ready to go removes and issue relating to internet access on the day
3. Focus – Oliver is even worse with his focus issues in a school environment – just one of the dogs wandering into the room is enough to disrupt his ability to concentrate…. and he would like to listen to music…. y, right!!
4. Mid morning snack – core to keeping the beast that is the hangry gene from mutating all over the dining room….
Last night was Olly’s parents evening and we had 15 minutes with his two core teachers.
Bottom line is that he seems to be happy at school (which we fully agree with now that the issues of earlier in the school year with one of his classmates appears to be resolved) and that with the exception of his ability to retain focus during lessons, he is doing well overall.
His SAT scores are 102 for maths and 110 for combined English. Therefore he is about where he should be (we did hear that phrase perhaps too often last night) although would really be helped with additional focus.
At this stage we are pretty happy with his progress and will knuckle down on his focus and writing – we saw clearly last night that he absolutely can write neatly, he just needs a greater focus on it and more and more practise.
This last two nights has given us the joy of both boys parents evenings – Oliver’s was first and given he still in the Junior school, it was a WAY simpler affair with two appointments – one with his English and Maths tutor and one with his form Tutor.
They were handily right after each other so we were in and out in about 20 minutes.
It seems that he has beautifully turned a corner with his maths which is wonderful news and a great situation as Vicky has been working diligently with him on the subject and all of the pain involved in doing so is clearly working out 👌
Onto Elliot’s last night – an entirely different beast where you show up after 6pm and join queues to see his teachers – ie no appointments, just rock up and go.
We go in line and saw all but his geography and art tutors. Overall, Elliot is also impressing all with similar messages from each tutor – attentive in class, beginning to gain confidence and ask questions but needs to work on his written expressions. We have been working on this with his English with the help of his English tutor and this has paid off recently with his converting D grades for B very recently. As a result we hope that this success will bleed into the other subjects and help cement more success there also.
So we are delighted with the progress of both boys and look forward to more of it as we progress through this year