Living Arrows 37/52 (2019)

We’re definitely back into the school routine here, and after all the tears from Gabe on his first few days at school, last week was much more successful. He is doing full days now too and apart from being absolutely shattered he seems to be enjoying it.

Toby has been struggling a bit with getting back into the discipline and structure of school though. He’s been happy enough to go but I think he’s finding having to concentrate for long stretches again hard going. He even ended up on the Timeout Chair at school one day which he’s never done before.

I don’t really know his teacher very well yet but I’m going in to speak to her after school today – Toby has real trouble getting thoughts from his head down on paper, and he gets very anxious about getting things wrong, so much so that he would rather not do something at all than get it wrong. Of course, if you don’t know this it seems like he’s being lazy or not paying attention so I’m going to go and talk to his teacher and see if we can work out some ways to support him, both at home and at school.

So it’s been a bit of a tricky week with Toby and I think this serious face reflects that for this week’s Living Arrows…

Toby's serious face

We went to our monthly Family Forest School on Saturday – as usual the boys enjoyed running around in the woods, and Gabe loved helping to light the fire, and getting plenty of soot on his face in the process!

Gabe with a sooty face at forest school

I hope you’ve all settled back into school if you’re children are back now. I’ll be back next week with another Living Arrows update.

This is my ninth year taking part in this linky celebrating childhood, based on a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .

If you’d like to see the rest of my Living Arrows posts you can find them all here.

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7 thoughts on “Living Arrows 37/52 (2019)

  1. Good to hear that Gabe is settling in better at school. I hope that the talk with Toby’s teacher went well. My son had a similar issue as he would also rather not put his hand up for fear of getting something wrong. His teacher was very good at gently encouraging him to participate #LivingArrows

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