Having spoken with Oliver´s teacher at school last week, we were thrilled to hear that he is racing ahead in class and is in the top groups for literacy and mathematics in both English and Spanish.
I´ve always strived to keep Oliver in a routine with his school and homework, as well as to encourage learning through play.
If you´ve read some of my older posts, you´ll see that I often incorporate learning in to our weekend and holiday fun. By doing this, I feel that Oliver has learnt to enjoy all aspects of learning, associating it with fun times rather than a chore.
One thing Oliver´s teacher did pick up on is his lesson time on the mat. At school, work is either done at tables in groups depending on ability, or sitting on the mat in front of the teacher.
Now, Oliver´s attention span when he is genuinely not interested in something or there is something he finds more interesting around him, is pretty short. However, his teacher pointed out that Oliver is capable of following a lesson perfectly, whilst being given another task that keeps his hands occupied (like sharpening pencils whilst the others are sitting on the mat.)
This is something we were well aware of with Oliver, and we know it has a lot to do with Oliver´s need to feel challenged and to keep moving.
Having spoken with his teacher about the ways she could keep his attention going on the mat, we had a word with Oliver. He´s a child who thrives on praise, so we decided that it was time for another sticker chart.
I am a HUGE fan of sticker charts. They helped Oliver potty train and learn his morning school routine as a toddler, keep up with his chores as an older child and they are great for correcting behavioural issues. I really believe that structure is key with high energy boys like Oliver.
I found this great Halloween printable sticker chart over at Mums Days
Oliver gets a sticker for every school day that we hear from his Teacher he has been listening and concentrating whilst sat on the mat or whilst the lesson on the mat is going on and he has been given another task. This means no fidgeting, talking or trying to get his best friends attention to have a giggle 😉 After five school days he gets to choose his reward.
I don´t like to give rewards in the form of sweets etc as I try to teach Oliver how bad sugary things are for your teeth. Instead he got to choose something fun to do with family or friends.
Oliver managed to get every sticker last week and we were so proud of him.
As a treat he got to go to the cinema on Friday night to see Pinocchio (but unfortunately I can´t recommend it!) We are big Pixar and Disney fans, (this film was neither.) It was absolutely mind numbing and far too long.
So karting in the morning it was!
As we are back in school mode here at the Munoz-Brennan house, I´ll be updating over the next few weeks with routines, spelling test tips and tricks, learning resources and lots more Mummy/Son crafts and adventures!