What can I say?! Manic is probably an understatement… it’s more like chaotic but hey, I guess that’s the life of a mummy.
I only work part-time but last month, I have started my voluntary role as a Beanstalk helper again. The reading sessions with the children are now better than ever! The girls have gotten so much more confident in reading and I think they love it which is good. I also had my review at the last reading session and have been given great feedback by my volunteer support worker which means so much! It’s so good to know that I am doing well and doing what I should be doing to help the children… Feelings of warmth and fuzziness arise in me when I know that I’m doing something good. 🙂
My little tyrant had also started his new nursery mid-September and the settling period was pretty good before he went backwards. He’s all good now though, I can officially leave LO at nursery and even say goodbye without having to think “will he cry? Will he not? Should I sneak out or stay a little longer?!” – it’s great. He’s having so much fun and making friends already.
School’s half-term is now here and I’ve got somewhere in mind but I will have to see how it goes, weather permitting. It’s to visit the wonderful Discover Children’s Centre in Stratford have opened their new exhibition: Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things. It’s an exhibition based on Rosen’s books that will display a super-large chocolate, bear hunt and other wonderful things the story builders have set up for children to discover. LO’s nursery is actually doing a trip there in December but I love the centre’s exhibition so will have to see it before then. We first went there to see the “Once there was… an Oliver Jeffers exhibition” which I posted about a while back. You can read my review here. Tickets are £5 per adult/child (under 2s go free) and you can get a family ticket for £18 (2 adults, 2 children) to save money.
I’ve been dying to try out the Plumtree Cafe in Greenwich but have not been motivated enough to go so will need to add that to my to-do list. Daddy P and I have also decided that we wanted to take LO to see PAN in cinemas. It looks amazing and LO really loves all that action and adventure – I will let you know how it went next week. 🙂
My Beanstalk children are now officially on their summer holidays (they broke up last Friday) and I just can’t believe how quick it has gone! The children have all done so well, I can’t be more proud of them. I think even though we’ve only been reading for about 2 months, I feel that some of them have really developed their confidence. You can read my first post on volunteering with Beanstalk here. One of the children told me a couple of weeks ago that they enjoyed reading so much that they actually read a book by themselves in class and even occasionally wanting to read with the teacher. I was so happy to hear this.
We always divide up our time with reading and playing games to make things fun but these last few sessions we focused mainly on games and read a smaller book which the kids found quite fun. We played everything from Scrabble and Uno to “Houses” and Naughts & Crosses. One of the children quite liked my improv word-search games which was pretty cool. I remember there was a day that the children had to cancel their sessions as they were having their room transitions so I’d left the word-search on the hand-held whiteboard for the next day. Upon my return I could see that someone has been playing it which I think was really sweet. 🙂
I love my volunteering days and am so glad that I decided to take it up. I’ve always felt drawn to teaching, training, and mentoring so I felt like this role was not only beneficial for the children but also for me which is extremely rewarding. If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer why not go and do it?!I can’t wait until I see the children again in September and see how they have been getting up to. I hope they are continuing to read at home during the holidays too. I’ve got a few more games I’ve thought up to try with them when they come back to the school term. In our last week of reading, we all read a role-play book that had let us act out the characters. The children really loved this so I want to find some activities like this or maybe even try to get the children to create their own stories for us to act out in September. Woop woop – exciting times ahead! 🙂
If you want to find out more about Beanstalk or want to volunteer, you can click the link at the end of this post. Ciao!
This week is Volunteer’s Week – a week dedicated to praising those who dedicate some (or all) of their free time to helping others. It’s currently trending all over Twitter with the hashtag #volunteersweek being used. If you’ve always thought about volunteering just even an hour or two to a charity of your choice, why not start now?
A few months back I saw a volunteer listing on the volunteering website, Do-It about becoming a volunteer reading helper. It involves dedicating 1.5hrs per day, twice a week to a primary school where you will be helping 3 children enjoy reading which will hopefully result in an improvement with their reading. The charity responsible for this wonderful scheme is called Beanstalk. You can click here to find out more about the charity.
I happily accepted the role after passing the interview which was conducted in two stages. I went to my primary school induction today and couldn’t feel more than happy in my new role… a Beanstalk reading helper! 🙂 I’ve been thinking about working with children for a little while now but wasn’t too sure about it so when I came across this role, I knew it’d be the perfect way for me to dip my toe into the water and give it a try. I am now really excited with how everything will progress.
I met my children yesterday and they were a lovely bunch; two shy ones and one lively one who reminds me of a family member so much. It’s refreshing to be around such bubbly characters and I really cannot wait to see how they will progress in their reading.
If you are interested in volunteering and would like to work in a school or with children for a couple of hours twice a week, become a volunteer Beanstalk Reading Helper. You can check for your local Beanstalk office and find out how to apply via the link below.