Eloise, who hasn't had much of a mention this year due it being her second year at school and her little sisters starting school - has had a lot going on herself. She has started in year one in a 1/2 composite class. Although she was one of only three of her class from last year she's settled in brilliantly peer-wise. Last year she had some ups and downs in this area due some clashing with and instability of another student last year - it kind of tainted her school yard relationships somewhat.
But I'm happy to report that this year has been much more positive. I'm sure it has something to do with that student no longer being at the school but also she's just that bit older and enjoys playing with lots of different people rather than just one or two.
|Eloise at school friends birthday party|
She's taken up recorder as part of her composite class and all parents who have a new recorder player in their family will be nodding as they read this: it has been getting on our nerves a little. But actually she's doing less squeaking and more playing and she takes herself off to the backyard
Having learned last year how important it is to nurture and encourage healthy and positive friendships in the first year of school - most weeks everyone has had a playdate. If they have behaved, they may invite (or go on if they are invited) one friend home for an hour and a half after school. Eloise totally surprised me when she wanted to invite a boy...! But the boy had been in her class last year and was into Zhu Zhu pets like her so didn't really seem like a stretch - and I have to say - the best playdate ever - they just had so much in common. I used to have male friends even in primary school so I guess it wasn't so out of the norm...!
Some days we've had two of the frills bring someone home for a playdate on the same afternoon and that's been a little crazy! I let them run around like mad in our garden (Luckily it's enormous) and then chill out time before they go home (Thank you Barbie movies!)
And this next week - Laura is off to a boy's house for a playdate. He apparently is drawing pictures of her and him with love hearts so I'm guessing he's a little smitten with the unsuspecting Laura who thinks of him as 'a very nice boy from my class'. (Don't worry Laura I was always clueless in the same situations even as an adult) Laura also has her first school party on tomorrow. There was a little tantrum when Olivia realised she didn't get an invite but that's life! When I explain that they don't get invites to all Eloise's classmates party I think the penny dropped. Olivia's time will come.
In fact, she's quite a popular lass herself, another playdate invite has been accepted for Monday and she's off to a playdate at a classmate's house for the second week in a row. She's settled in beautifully and she's the only one of my three daughters that can remember to bring all her lunchbox containers home every day.
Laura, who unlike Olivia who was writing her name at 3 years old - had been very reluctant to learn how to write her name, learn the alphabet etc before school. Her teacher is such a great fit for her personality wise because she is very structured and presses on. Laura, 6 weeks into school is an ACE at her sounds and has improved in all areas - writes her name well now and even insisted on writing in and on the card for her classmates birthday party.. how CUTE is this?
So suffice to say, I'm a super proud (and busy) mama of three girls. The weekends are shorter than ever - but it's thrilling to see them develop, grow and blossom. It really is.
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