My grand daughter has just started in a Year 1 class, she is still only 5 years old (a summer birthday). She really enjoyed her first year at school, lots of play and creative activities. As a retired primary school teacher I made sure that she was on the way to reading before she went to school and apart from the endless phonics she was forced to swallow she made a good start to her school life.
But oh dear what a difference now. She drags herself to school each day and when I collect her she has lost all her enthusiasm. There is very little of a creative nature appearing home anymore and it makes me so sad as I want her to have a rounded education not just the 3 R's. I asked her today if she had done any art this term and her reply was "No, we don't make anything anymore, it's all hard work".
If she wasn't so worn out I would do some after school craft and music with her at home. Can anyone point me in the direction of any good books with ideas for fun activities. I am thinking craft, music, games with limited resources.
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