One of my lessor crushing issues has today been resolved, albeit a first world problem.
Instead of swimming lessons at 5pm Monday for Sam , 4.30pm Wednesday for Joel ...we secured Tuesday at 4pm for both. I am very grateful , learning to swim is important so I accepted it when we enrolled late.
We finish school at 3.25pm . Monday and Wednesday we hang around in town till lessons start. There is no point driving home 25-30 mins only to turn right around and come back.
It made late nights and stressful times trying to fit homework / reading / play and getting dinner on the table. I lost it a couple of times with them being overtired and rambunctious . I was drowning in the chaos of not getting home till after 5.40- 6.20pm. I left home at 2.50pm.
As well the last 5 weeks my husband has been in Sydney 2-3 days a week usually Sunday to Tuesday / Wednesday so I do it all solo. I can't imagine how working families cope with this everyday.
Though they make you pay in full almost 6-7wks in advance , it is surely worth it for reduction in stress.
The centre also gives one parent a free 10 visit gym pass with swimming lessons to be used anytime during the term. I love this bonus.
In other news today I found the download for NSW foundation font. It even has a foundation dot font so letters and words can be traced.
Trying to supervise two at the same stage was tricky, as I watched one the other was usually making an illegible attempt at writing his letters, using texta or pens and sometimes incorrectly. It did not help that the example sound / picture image is not NSW font ...it has a little tail on some letters (cursive)
Sam has one eye patched for 2 hrs a day, after school,
so he finds it more difficult to stay neat and on task without an example in front of him.
Download your own here and make your own traceable printables. I also made sight word flash cards using the font. Once installed I could use it in WORD ...foundation regular and foundation dot.
I use 72p font for writing practice and 160p for sight words as large cards 4 to A4 in landscape.
It is exciting seeing them learn to recognise words and begin reading books.
How did/do you help your child with writing skills and learning sight words ?