We had our first parent/teachers meeting at Ava’s new school yesterday and to say I left there feeling beyond proud would be a complete and utter understatement! Ava is thriving. We have been astounded by her development over the past couple of months. She’s become like a sponge and the things she is learning is just totally blowing me away. Her language development has been incredible and now not only is she speaking in English, but she can also speak some Afrikaans and a little bit of Zulu!
She has an amazing teacher and I am really happy about this, from my own school experience, I know how having the “right” teacher can have a huge impact on learning and development. Her teacher has informed us that she is astounded that Ava is a December baby and almost a year younger than half of her class as she is already showing school readiness for Grade R. She’s also the only child in her class who can skip and hop on one leg and alternate from one leg to the other, she also cuts beautifully and accurately and can cut out even and uneven shapes, even cutting out a circle perfectly. Her self awareness is also very good and in self portraits, she’s gone from drawing a stick man two months ago, to drawing a girl, in a dress, with hair, fingers, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and even a neck. She has apparently also shown an aptitude for maths and is also leading her class in problem solving, most noticeably with puzzles, she can do a 40 odd piece puzzle, with the picture for guidance, without a picture, so just using a problem solving to fit the pieces together and even with the puzzle turned over so she can’t see the images on the puzzle pieces either.
Her teacher also told us she has an excellent attention span for her age and is very determined when it comes to finishing a task, she doesn’t give up and is very determined.
So far she appears to be sailing through and the only area of focus we have is with her conflict management. Apparently she is still quite soft where that is involved and if someone in the class hurts her to takes something from her, she will sit quietly and cry without alerting a teacher and approaching the child involved.
I am so incredibly proud of her. For such a little thing, she really is doing very well.
We also had her first sports day today and once again the surrealness of my situation was highlighted. There are still moments, more than 4 years on, where I cannot believe that the hell of our years of infertility are actually over. That I am free of that pain and have moved on, that I have children and what came before has long been forgotten. When I arrived and saw this, I couldn’t help myself, I was chocked with emotion and actually cried!
I never expected that it would be such a big deal, but I see the teachers and kids went all out, each class made their own banners and decorated their own t-shirts and they even had their own cheer songs! It was totally adorable!