We are 3 weeks into term and kids have been excited about getting back to school, seeing their friends, meeting their new teachers and so on.
They have been bringing their brand new text books and reading books along to show us and even excitedly showing us homework programs and exam dates. There is ALWAYS some excitement about the start of the school year- they are filled with hope and optimism and the scent of new beginnings.
I love this time- each year it feels like the regeneration of the earth after the Autumn summer rains!
However, sadly any inherent problems start to emerge again.
Some of our children are already feeling dejected as they face the disappointing results from beginning of the year testing, realise the homework HAS to be done and that they still experience problems.
A number of young children have told me, “I am dumb, Vicky. I’ll never be good at school work,” and similar statements.
We are weaving lots of positive mind-set activities into our teaching sessions in an effort to build resilience and positive, I CAN attitudes.
To sum up, there IS magic in these early school days but let’s be well aware of the hurt and disappointment starting to emerge from low-performing students. Let’s make sure they get the support and empathy they need rather than the negativity and blame that unfortunately often comes their way.
Any readers who would like to discuss problems with their children, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org so I can offer you some helpful ideas and support.