I am a little late in the day with Ollie’s back to school post with it being almost month 1 over but anyway. Better late than never!
So… Ollie started his third year of primary school… it’s hard to believe how fast a school year goes! Now the real work starts for him!
He goes to a really wonderful primary school in Belfast and we have never had any problems with it. Ollie has always been happy to go to school and comes home either tired or excited about his day!
I was so surprised with how grown up he looked since his last day before summer break in June. He just isn’t a baby at all now haha!
I think this is the year that the real work starts. For P1 and P2, he mainly learned through play and the moments of actually sitting still at a desk, studying, weren’t so long. It’s different now… school isn’t QUITE as exciting and fun and his homework has doubled in both difficulty and quantity. He gets a spelling and math test (or challenge as school calls them) every Friday and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he stays in school until 3 o’clock!
There have only been 2 days so far that he hasn’t felt like going to school… one of those was because of a fallout with a friend and the other was because he didn’t sleep very good the night before.
We are still figuring it all out… friendships are another thing. As much as I want him to have close friends, I would prefer that he was friends with everyone because when there comes a time that he and his bestie have a fallout, he doesn’t know what to do with himself. So that’s what I am encouraging. That he be friends with everyone in school, not just a couple of kids… and that he make a special effort to look for the kids who don’t seem happy or that are standing along and to be a good friend to them and include them in the games he is playing.
He is making us proud.
Ollie was very lucky to be sent the Tools For School pack from Stuck On You. Until now, he hasn’t required a pencil case or his own colours etc. P3 is for big kids though and they need their own, labelled items. How does one go about labelling individual pencils!? Ha! Luckily that is not something I have to worry about because every item in the pack is labelled already.
The pack includes the case, a sharpener, scissors (with a safety case), a ruler, a rubber, a pack of colouring pencils, a pack of double ended felt tip pens and 2 wooden pencils with grips. That’s all included and EVERYTHING has his name on it.
We love the quality of everything included. The case itself isn’t chunky or bulky but is large enough to carry the stationery and also Ollie’s challenge book and homework diary. He has to take those items everyday so it makes sense that they go in his case. We even chose the picture on the front of it and figured since he was relatively new to riding his bike without stabilisers, that the boy on the bike would be a good fit.
Ollie was delighted when it arrived and couldn’t wait to take it into school with him!