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#1 DamiansMama

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

So do tell, how has your DD / DS gone in their first year of school?

My DS went from loving it, to not liking it, to loving it all over again. He is excelling in reading, liking maths and slowly making friends.

Last week they had their class item which they presented to the remainder of the school and he was the narrator. He was excited and not shy at all and stood there dancing along to the performers.

He is looking forward to Year 1, but has requested a particular teacher. Not sure what his reaction will be if he doesn't have her sad.gif

Over to you...

Edited by DamiansMama, 12 November 2012 - 01:43 PM.

#2 gizboo

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:43 AM

DS1 settled in really well, he took it all in his stride, we are so proud of what he has achieved this year  happy.gif

Academically, he is cruising along middle of the pack. Socially, he prefers to hang with the girls (but his sister did the same with boys in her FYOS)
K-6 are doing the Christmas story (Cath school) to the music of ABBA, so 'Can you hear the sheep Fernando?' is being practised constantly. lol

I think he is a tiny bit worried about starting Yr1, he loves his teacher. I'm not sure who the Yr1 teachers will be next year, but he def won't have his sister's teacher as they don't have sibs in consequtive years.

I can't believe there is less than a month of his FYOS left!   mellow.gif

Edited by gizboo, 22 November 2012 - 09:44 AM.

#3 Julie3Girls

Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

Well, we have probably had the perfect start to school this year original.gif

Sarah has been doing incredibly well at school - academically, she is top of the class, her reading just astounds me. Her only complaint is that work is sometimes too easy. I'm always getting comments from her teacher, or awards coming home.
Socially, everything is lovely. We've had a few bumps, and she is still learning a few social skills - for example, sometimes she just wants to be alone, and has trouble coping with her friends not letting her be.  But she is friends with her whole class, and has friends in the other kinder classes as well. As we walk out of school in the afternoon, it is a constant stream of "Bye Sarah!" "See you tomorrow Sarah!"  I love her class - such a great little group of kids (17 kids in the class). I've been doing reading groups, and at the end of each week, I get mobbed by these kids, all wanting a hug. I'm actually really sad about moving onto yr 1 next year, because I know the kids will shuffled around in classes, and we'll lose our little group.

Sarah is just loving school. And can't wait to be in yr 1. She even knows what teacher she wants, and is hoping to be in the 1/2 class in case the year 1 work is too easy! LOL
Me ... I'm in a little bit of denial that I'll never have another kinder child .. my babies are growing up!

#4 AJB3

Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

Lovely stories ladies. It's nice that your LO's have had such a great start to school.

DS is going great too. Writing and drawing skills are slowly improving. Could be better. Reading is going great.

The most noticeable change has been his confidence. This time last year he was quite a negative little person who still cried when I left him at kinder. This week at assembly he got an award for having a positive attitude for the whole school year!

His class did a McDonald's farm scene in the school production. DS was Old McDonald and had about 6 lines to remember. It was awesome to watch him and his classmates perform two songs with movements and lines in between.

His teacher next year seems lovely. We are looking forward to a break from getting up and dressed early, making lunches and making sure the kids are in bed at a reasonable time.

The class are performing next week "on the first day of school Miss x taught me ...." To the tune of 12 days of Christmas. I can't wait!


#5 barrington

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:00 PM

DD1 has also had a brilliant FYOS.  She had an awesome teacher and aide and has thrived in their care.  Skipping to school every day was a normal scene for us and I have no doubt that will continue next year. Starting piano mid-year was a highlight, DD1 has loved her lessons and we had a pretty special teacher.

It was her last day today, so I've had a nostalgic afternoon looking at her portfolio, DVD and year book.

#6 InAi

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

My DS had a great FYOS in 2012. He has finished off very confident, more independent and able to read very fluently. He's proudly telling everyone that he's a big boy now that he's in Year 1 original.gif

#7 cheekymonkey

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

DS#3 has had a fantastic start to his schooling. Some trying times when he got tired but they pretty much all get those. He hasn't got a certain group of friends he hangs out with, preferring to move around depending on what activity he wants to join in on. This is good in a way as he isn't sad about being split with other classmates.

Academically, he's thrived. He's finishing the year on level 24 readers and his teacher had already started him on some year one maths. One very proud mummy am I! wink.gif  Much to DS#2's disgust, DS#3 has been selected to join the year 1/2 targeted enrichment class...which DS#2 is also in as a year 2 student. grin.gif  It's the same teacher as DS#2 had for the class this year and I was very very happy with her so I'm very much looking forward to seeing what next year holds.

#8 mombasa

Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

We have had a better than expected year. DD is extremely shy and lacked a bit of confidence leading up to School, we were blessed with a wonderful Teacher, which I think helps a lot, she noticed that DD had a lot of potential to do very well but wasn't working to that potential so has been gently pushing her all year. We have noticed a dramatic change in her since then, she has heaps of friends, speaks confidently in front of the entire Class and her work improved no end. Tomorrow is their last day for the year and they end the year with a Celebration Concert, the School contacted me last week to ask me to bring a clean, ironed uniform to the night as DD is being awarded the Academic Achievement prize for Kindergarten 2012, I'm just so proud of her she has worked so hard and deserves this so much biggrin.gif she doesn't know she is getting it until the night so she will be so excited, I can't wait!

#9 mombasa

Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:26 PM


Edited by mombasa, 11 December 2012 - 09:26 PM.

#10 Julie3Girls

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:40 PM

Presentation day yesterday, Sarah finished off her FYOS in a fantastic way ... winning the Academic Achievment award for her class, and a fantastic report card, with nearly everything in the highest category.
So very proud of her!

#11 Natahs_mum

Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

my DD Tahlia has come up with leaps and bounds this year. She was so shy at kinder (All day daycare with kinder based program), she wasn't confident and would not do anything for herself and relied on her brother who is 18months older and very outgoing.  

I was almost going to keep her back this year, but academically she was ready for school (and honestly would be bored at home), but it was the social side. She played next to kids but didn't really have friends with the kinder kids, she rarely spoke out of her comfort zone... ie if we saw friends at school or shops (so people she knew). But the main concern is if she felt pressured she would just shut down.

There was on incident at school where the teacher said "Tahlia what would you like to do".. and the was the first two mistakes 1.Asking her what she wanted.. giving her a choice and 2. Asking her infront of her peers. She burst into tears and l fellt bad (as well as teacher) but we worked thru it and she overcame it.

So she has gone from this shy, quiet, not confident little girl, to happy, cheeky and full of confidence.

I think the way the school runs is helping her come out of her shell, and she enjoys sharing in class, getting out the front, being the speical person. Another thing that has helped is she has started to do a music program run during school, basically an introduction to music, so she did a bit of drums, guitar, singing,keyboard and song writing and has found her passion is music and loves to sing.. so next year we are focussing on singing and wirting songs (and she is only 6). Music has been a great therapy for her.

She even got out the front in front of the school (400 people) with her group (4 girls) and sang.... Funny tho as l was talking to the music teacher an d he said "put her in front of a keyboard and she will hide behind it, give her a microphone and she is in her element". Usually its the other way around.

But she is excellent at reading (reading at a grade 2 level), maths, her writing is excellent and loves to write stories, and she loves to RUN. And is very good at it, came first out of the prep girls on sports day. She has found another passion.

I am just so proud of her that she has found herself, adn is really confident and just loving school and she is friends with every child in her class, so much so that she has been to mostly every birthday this year ($$ for me  biggrin.gif ) and had every child to her birthday party.

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