In less than a week’s time I’ll be kissing my youngest goodbye in his new school classroom. It’s a strange feeling knowing your baby will be entering a whole new world, one where I won’t be there to keep him safe, and even though this will be the third time for me, it’ll still feel like the firstPreschoolol wasn’t too much of a big deal for him (me.) I knew the ladies who worked there were famed for their patience and nurturing, and that my precious boy was in good hands. Ones which would be ready and willing to give cuddles when he asked.
School though, hmmmm.
The problem is though, I’m all too familiar with what lies ahead.
There’s the hustle and bustle of the playground, the dinner hall and the rules of sitting still. I’m sure he’ll take it all in his stride, he’s pretty sociable and language skills are good (to quote Shrek; it’s getting him to shut up is the trick.) So I have no worries that he’ll understand what’s expected of him. Whether he chooses to do it is another thing. My main worry is that he’s yet to grasp a pen properly and has very limited ideas of phonics and letters.
So this week I’ve taken the executive decision to pull my head out of the sand. I have decided I need to get my boy ‘school ready’ in the best way I know he’ll hop on board; via the medium of PJ Masks.
There’s no denying that learning is best done through fun and games, my eldest learnt all his colours and numbers through Thomas The Tank Engine, so calling on Ronnie’s love of CatBoy and his team is no biggie. Plus, with the added bonus of the 10 PJ Masks Super Powers; Big Feelings, Curiosity, Persistence, Friendship, Memory, Self-Control, Perception, Listening, Precision and Movement, I know I’ve covered all angles. (Confession; I wasn’t truly aware of how much the show helped developed social, emotional and problem-solving skills until I read up on the official PJ Masks website
Last week was all about practising his pen grip and fine motor skills with a PJ Masks First Writing Book. With the characters being so familiar to him, he dived straight in. He’ll be using a dry wipe pen in school so I’m feeling a little smug that something so simple can be ticked off his list. Next up was to work on his memory. With his skittish approach to activities, my boy tends to flit from activity to activity, we’ve been playing a mini memory game. Which is conveniently portable so perfect for keeping him entertained while out for lunch.
Same goes for the Pj Masks jigsaw, he loves doing these with my mum and is strangely really good at them.
His ultimate go to this week though have been the VTech Learning Headquarters tablet which unbeknown to him has really tested his listening skills as he follows the instructions on the LeapFrog Leap Start Interactive Learning System with PJ Masks Math Activity Book. This is where I’ve seen the biggest improvement as he’s gradually grasped the activities and mastered independent learning skills. Unlike the iPad, they’re much more interactive and I can’t see them being sidelined to a neglected toy cupboard anytime soon.
So, am I feel quite smug that I’ve pulled it out the bag on the 11th hour getting my 4 year old ready for school?
Yes, with bells on.
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