With what seems like the blink of an eye another school year has come and gone and I've been reflecting on all that's happened in what seems like a very short period.
On a rainy afternoon at the start of the holidays, my Son took me through all the school work he brought home on his last day. Going through it with him I realised just how much he's developed through the year. His work in the Spring Term was better than Autumn and his work during the Summer Term was better than Spring.
There were marked improvements in the neatness of his handwriting, his mathematics, and the quality of his written answers.
Looking back I realised how I'd actually seen the improvements in his homework. I just didn't realise it at the time.
It also struck me how my role with supporting him with his school work had evolved during the year. At the start homework was a bit of a chore to get out of the way as quickly as possible but I became much more engaged and encouraging as the year went on.
It made me realise that my improved approach may have contributed to the improvements his work demonstrates and it's encouraged me to continue to improve my approach during the summer break and into Year 4.
I am convinced that children with parents who are engaged with their work will do better at school. But even if that isn't true, it's a great way to further develop our bond.