Half term is nearly upon us and for us as a family, this past half term has been very different to what we are used to. Not only did I leave the hum drum of teaching to have a go at freelancing and working from home, but Erin started school. Everyone knows how much I worried about Erin staring school and on some fronts I was right but like everything Erin has approached the term with determination and guts.
She is tired, like utterly exhausted tired. So tired that weekend naps on the sofa with a blanket have returned and at times putting each foot in front of the other is a challenge. We have had enough notes in her book bag about trips to Mr Bumps room whilst she attempts to run around the playground and keep up with her new found best friends. I have resorted this week to driving her to school just because she is so tired and she complains of leg pain. When walking I can feel that I am dragging her along. We still walk home as I enjoy the fresh air and we can take our time.
I have watched both Chloe and Dylan learn to read but I cannot remember them being as keen as Erin is. Maybe it is a result of being the third child, maybe it is because she is older in the school year with her birthday next month, who knows!
Phonics have started and she is in the stage of sounding out words and making up rhymes. She is constantly calling out to us from other rooms when she has thought of yet another word beginning with ‘t’ or ‘a’. Yesterday Lee was greeted at the door by an eager Erin who wanted to share that she can blend.
On the walk home from school she had blended ‘sat’ ‘pat’ and ‘tap’ , she bubbled with enthusiasm.
As Lee scooped her up in his arms she told him she can read and immediately sounded out ‘P i s’ You could see her blending as she said the sounds faster.
Dylan’s attention was grabbed as he watched her with a smile forming around her lips. We all went silent as we waiting. There was no stopping her as she shouted ‘Pis’ into her daddy’s face.
Dylan’s shoulders were shaking as he stifled the laugh that had built up in his belly and both Lee and I kept a straight face as we said that no, unfortunately that wasn’t a word but what did ‘t a p ‘ blend.
Working from home and Erin’s enthusiasm to learn is wonderful. We are having a few tears when I leave her each morning but a sticker chart with the promise of a lolly if she achieves stickers has meant that today there were no tears. The first half term is nearly done and it has been quite successful all around!