This little Daisy of mine has really blossomed into a lovely little lady this last year. Since finishing kindy and starting fulltime school in term 2, she has really calmed down [she is very energetic & athletic!], become more thoughtful, improved her listening skills and is showing more & more vulnerability than ever. At school she is a little on the shy & sweet side. At home, rather than feisty, she is becoming more sensitive & emotional. Its been an interesting change.
Being a big school girl now, she has lots more responsibility with her own daily routine. Naturally she needs a lot less reminding about putting school shoes away, bag on kitchen bench, school uniform off etc etc.
She is thirsty to read to us and has been doing so brilliantly. It seems to come quite naturally to her and she is willing and able to stretch out big words in her reading without prompting, that aren't immediately known.
At home we are going to focus on her writing a bit more for the rest of the year. I hope her blogging might help with this too. She has lovely hand writing and enjoys writing but I know we can extend her in this area more.
Those eyes continue to make me go soft every day. She really is such a beauty and such a nurturing & sweet soul. Sometimes she lacks in confidence and this manifests in squabbling with siblings but she is getting better at trying to think about best approaches to squabbles and asks for help to sort things out rather than go around in circles and getting nowhere.
Its amazing to see the children mature over time. Her friendship with her older sister Georgia has also blossomed this past year. At home they are almost inseperable. Its very possible that because we lump the girls into 'the big girls' and 'the little girls' yet Charlotte is a year behind Georgia, has sometimes made Charlotte feel left behind. Although she was so ready & wanting to be at kindy then school with Georgia, she had to wait a whole year to catch up. I guess we too have the same expectations of them both when really Charlotte is a whole year younger. We are learning too.
Anyway, they are best friends and thoroughly enjoy each others company. I guess they are both at school now so more on an even level playing field, like they were before Georgia started kindy... They also often play together at school which I love. I want them to make sure they have friends in their own classroom but its also nice to have a sibling to rely on at school. I discourage exclusion in my home and have a strong family first policy so its nice to see this little friendship between my two oldest girls really coming along.
I had a parent teacher interview this week for Charlotte and even with 3 terms of Reception, her teacher was confident she'll be ready for year one in 2012. She seems to be right up there in reading levels from what I can see too. That is always reassuring.
So very proud of her.