OK….I’ve finally done it.
I have made a commitment to Harley’s teacher that I will now be helping in the classroom every Tuesday morning first thing.
I went along last Tuesday and again this morning and so far – it has been a really positive experience! I have a lot of reasons why I’ve decided to do this and I will explain them now because I’m sure a lot of you are remembering this post from last year where I vowed and declared that I was NEVER going to set foot in Harley’s class room EVER again!
But you see: THIS year, he is clicking better with his teacher and THIS year, I am a lot calmer in myself. I no longer come home and cry every.single.afternoon out of sheer frustration and exhaustion. I only do it maybe 2 days a week now
No, seriously……Last year, he was in such an emotionally fragile state that me coming in to his classroom completely threw him out of routine and made the afternoons hell for both him and the other kids who had to endure the meltdowns. The teacher suffered as well I’m sure.
Another reason that I am starting this is so that Lucas can get used to the whole “sitting, listening, working quietly” thing that is a totally foreign concept to him at the moment!
It’s lovely to watch Harley take him under his wing and share his seat with his little brother and guide him gently through the classroom rules He is such a proud big brother and seeing them like this makes it hard to believe that they are the same two boys who are constantly beating the snot out of each other at home!
It has been somewhat of a concern to me that Lucas would manage to conform properly for kindergarten next year but if I can teach him and visually SHOW him what’s expected now….it might help the transition to be easier.
He follows the other children (though not really listening to the instructions) and seems excited to be included.
Harley is always thrilled whenever we are in the classroom. He sidles up to me a lot telling all the kids nearby that I am his Mum…It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
The beautiful teacher handed me this today….It was taken last week when we were there helping…….
It brought the biggest smile to my face