Week three of school. He’s stopped talking about how much he loves school, what he’s looking forward to, who his friends are…
Last week there was a kid in his class following him around and getting in his face saying “I don’t like you”. Then she hit him in the face and knocked his hat off his head.
I had a meeting with Mrs D, and yesterday he told me that the kid had been nice to him. Crisis averted.
Except despite having loads of kids in his class that like him, he is apparently wandering around the school on his own most recess and lunch times.
And he hates school work.
Every other kid in the class finishes their work on time, but Inigo stares off in to space and dawdles. We’ve worked out that he thinks it is boring and just can’t be bothered, but the problem is he can’t be given more interesting work unless he can prove that he can do the easy stuff.
Yesterday he had his first home reader. He asked for more books for today, a bit more of a challenge. But there is a system, Later on, when the teacher has time to spend with each kid and assess their reading level he will be given books that will challenge him a bit more. I get that every kid in the class is just as important as my Squishy, that they all need to have their needs met too. And I so don’t want to be that awful whinging parent that thinks everything their child does is perfect and beyond reproach. I am not that parent, though I am sure I look like it to Mrs D right now
So I just have to be patient. And encouraging, and support what the teacher needs. And try not to freak out that he will end up hating school. Because that is my baggage, and projecting it on him isn’t helpful.