A Year of School
It’s hard to believe that a year ago we were getting Freyja prepared for starting school – buying uniform, talking about what to expect – and now today is her last day. It is a cliche, but I really can’t believe how quickly this year has gone, and yet how much Freyja has managed to do in this time. I wept as I read her school report a couple of weeks ago as it was so complimentary towards her learning and behaviour and showed just how well she had settled into school.
I love how much she is enjoying her education. She loves writing stories – you can imagine how proud that makes me! I can’t help but admire how even after a long day at school followed by after school club, she will sit at the dining table whilst I am preparing tea and pull out her word pack from her bag and then test herself, placing the words she knows into one pile and the ones that she doesn’t into another one.
She enjoys drawing, colouring and junk modelling. I can’t say I am particularly happy to have the house filled with cereal packets stuffed with bits of tissue paper and varying lengths of string stuck to it, but I love her creativity. I am blown away by how her drawing skills have developed during the year, and I love the little stories she tells me about what is happening in the pictures.
What makes me smile the most is when she shares with me something that she has found out that day which she obviously thinks is amazing. Once she asked me if I knew what ladybirds ate, and when I answered her with “greenfly”, she was puzzled as to how I should even know that. I had to tell her that having a Zoology degree meant that I knew lots about animals. And then we talked some more about ladybirds and other insects.
I know that she still has many years of schooling ahead of her, and I’m not naive enough to think it will always be plain sailing, but I am thankful that she has made such a great start, with teachers who have inspired her and instilled a love of learning in her.