A sick day or 100% attendance

Yesterday I received that phone call in work that all parents dread. The moment you hear the words “This is ******** school calling, we have ******** in the school office feeling unwell”!

As a working parent, that doesn’t have family at hand to help out when my children are sick, it means that I have to call in work for the day off to look after my child. And as an employer of a school, I always feel guilty having to have time off and not being there for the children in school. But my main priority is my own children at home. It doesn’t happen that often, maybe once or twice a year and I don’t normally have time off due to sickness. But i still feel like I should be there for my work colleagues and children.

Also, the first thing that comes to mind when your child is sick is that of attendance. Yes, it is drummed into our heads so much by schools that our children need to attend in order to receive those precious certificates that they give out for 100% attendance. I can understand on both parties, the school why it is important for children to attend school every day of the school year and why as a parent we keep them at home. I think that maybe if we, as parents could show a doctor’s note to the school then the child should still get a certificate. It really isn’t a child’s fault that they are ill. In fact they have probably caught a bug from one of those children in school that get 100% attendance.

After receiving the call I rushed over to my son’s school to pick him up. I was told over the phone that he was very sleepy and just not himself. As he walked out of the office, I looked at his face and saw that he did look at little peaky. I carried him home and he fell asleep in my arms. A clear sign of him not being very well. My son is normally a very loud, active child who doesn’t really sit still long enough to get comfortable. When we got home I placed him on the sofa and gave him some medicine, within minutes he was asleep.

I thought that maybe once he had a little rest and when he woke up he would be ok. But I was wrong. He woke with a temperature of 39c and crying in pain. It’s horrible when our little ones are ill. I just want to take his pain for him and hold him tight. His skin was burning up and his heart was beating fast, a clear sign of a fever. I stripped him down to his underwear and put a cold damp cloth onto his forehead. His temperature dropped a little and he was saying he was hungry. After eating only a few grapes, he was sick. I was so glad that i had thought that maybe he could vomit as i has got the bowl out ready. You know as a parent, as soon as our children say they are not well, you grab the bucket just incase.

We had quite an unsettled night as we both slept downstairs on the sofa, we’re lucky our sofa is as big as a single bed and just as comfy. Little one kept crying in the night and was really hot to touch. It was sitting next to a radiator. I kept giving him sips of water and calpol and lots of hugs and reassurance that Mummy was there with him.

He woke feeling hungry. Careful not to fill up his little empty belly too quickly, I gave him half a weetabix. He would normally eat 2. Clever Mummy. As he brought that straight up too.

Since this morning we have had no sickness, but he is drifting in and out sleep and his temperature seems to have dropped with the intake of the medicine.

It’s a sofa day for us 2, watching Netflix and snuggling under his duvet. We still have the sick bucket close by, just in case!

There is no possible way that he would have managed a day at school today. He can hardly move without falling over. He has no energy and just keeps sleeping. And if I had sent him in he would have just been sent home straight away with the school thinking that I am not a very caring Mummy. Also with the school rules of ‘Once your child is sick they need 24 hours away from school after the last vomiting session’ it means that he can not be in any way.

So now he faces the assembly where he has to watch other children being given certificates because they haven’t been sick and vomited and applaud them as he receives nothing.

Unfair. Silly. Discriminating.

Is it an achievement for not falling sick?

I do think that it is important to reward children who are determined in school, contribute to class activities and are making attainments in subjects. Surely there is another way?

What do you think?

Twinkl Review

Are you a Teacher? Childminder? Nursery Nurse? Or a Teaching Assistant like me? Then there is an online website called Twinkl that offers the largest collection of free and premium downloadable and printable primary teaching resources.

Twinkl can help you with display resources, lesson plan ideas, Powerpoint presentations, worksheets and role play resources.

For the past month i have been using the Early Years and Primary Teaching Learning Resource Website as part of finding resources for the classroom but also printing off work for my 5 year old to do at home. There is a vast amount of subject covered in the resource section, ranging from literacy, classroom management, maths, topics and things that we love like minibeast and the seaside.

I found a minibeast Check list that i printed out for the children in my nursery to do as it was their topic at the time, we took them out onto the playing field and walked around looking for the little bugs that were on their and at 3-4 years old they found it easy to follow as the pictures were clear and all they had to do was put a mark in the little box next to the picture.

Joseph my little boy who is 5 and in year 1 at school is quite a late developer in his reading and writing but as the school year has gone on he has improved dramatically, using Twinkl at home has helped a lot too. Under the resources page for KS1 i found a lot of work that i could print off for him to work on at home, the worksheets Contractions Butterfly, which are available for premium members, is great for reinforcing the use of apostrophes by demonstrating how the letters from different words are omitted when the two words are combined into one. Joseph has been learning this in school but struggles slightly with it, he understands what an apostrophe is but finds it hard to read works with them in.

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I sat and listened to him reading out the words on the worksheet and then reading the words that i cut out for him to glue on, he looked up at me and said

“Is will not, won’t?”

I was really pleased with how he sat and worked them out for him self and was quite surprised at how much he actually knows and can do.

 

clever boy
clever boy

Next i printed out a set or letter formations from A-Z, Joseph confuses a lot of the letters with each other like p and q or b and d, so i thought that this would help him learn how to form each letter, I know this is what they teach them in school, in their handwriting books so doing it with him at home should help him improve. There is a set of letter formation worksheets for each letter of the alphabet. Each sheet enables children to practice letter formation and apply it using the images below. Joseph found this fun to do and even asked to do more!

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Their really is lots of different resources to suit lots of ages and abilities on the Twinkl website and there is also a lovely community available too, I joined their facebook page and found lots of interesting activities to do with the boys over the summer from what other members have put on there.

I have stocked up printer ink and paper ready to print out lots of fun worksheets for the boys to do over the holidays.

A premium membership is £29.99 a year, that’s as little as £2.50 per month! Definitely worth it, you could buy a workbook for your child once a week and it would cost a lot more than that. Being a premium member gives you instant access to their full range of 88,000 printable resources and activities.

What i could write about this website just wouldn’t do it justice, all i can say is take a visit and see for yourself! You wont be disappointed! There is so much to look at and print out, i could go on forever.

I was given the access to being a premium member for the purpose of this review, may i add thought that i was already a member of this wonderful resources site and have used it on many occasions, for work and home use.

 

Learning to count in 2’s 59/365

Joseph and I have been counting out the coins in the money jar. Joseph is currently learning his 2’s 5’s and 10 times tables in school so I thought I would help him by counting out 20p coins and putting them into piles of 5! Each pile consisted of a 5 20p coins adding up to £1.

Joseph didn’t want to do it at first and I got the normal “I can’t do it!” And he was acting silly at first but once he got into counting in 2’s he began to enjoy himself.

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Weekly Spellings

Joseph is 5 years old and in year 1 at school so every week he as part of his homework he is given a list of spellings to learn. There is normally about 10 words which will include 4 tricky words that can not be sounded out. He is given these on Monday and has to write them down every day until Friday when he takes a test in school on them.

Joseph struggles with his writing and spellings but with a bit of time and patience he is getting there with it, he spends about 15 minute a day on his writing and spellings. I have bought him a little notebook which he likes to write down a sentence every day on what he has done, a bit like a diary but he also draws a picture with his sentence too.

Along with writing down his spellings I also set up little games for him to play including the words that he has to learn just to try to make it a bit of fun for him. Joseph loses his concentration pretty quickly so keeping the games short and exiting is important.

The first game we do is WOW which is short for ‘Words On Wall’, This entails me writing down the words on a separate piece of paper, cutting them out and sticking them around the living room walls. I shout out the word and he has to run and find it, once he has found the correct word he then spells it out, we do it really quickly and he ends up getting really dizzy but he loves it!

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The second game is where we write the words down separate pieces of strips of paper and turn them over on the table so all the words are hidden, next we take it in turns to turn them over one at a time and then we have to act out the word that is written down. When the other person guesses correctly they have to spell out the word.

20130202-230238.jpgAfter each game if he has done really well then I reward him with a sticker, he loves these and tries really hard to get one.

These games seem to be working as he has starting to come home with his Super speller certificate, not every week but often than not he comes out of school with a big smile on his face at 3:10 on a Friday afternoon with s big smile on his face. Maybe its the time that I put into teaching Joseph his spellings or maybe it’s that he is concentrating more during classes in school, I just really hope the he continues to enjoy learning his spellings.

 

How do you get by with doing spellings with your little ones? Do they struggle like Joseph?