Just look at that face, like butter wouldn't melt.... yeah right!
Its been a while since I gave you an update on the antics of Cheeky Chester and to be honest I am going to focus this post on School as, lets face it, that is where most of his antics happen! The last month or so has seen a big turnaround in Chester's behaviour at School and his attitude towards learning.
I think its fair to say that his behaviour at School so far seems to go in phases. Some weeks he is good and others, well, he is a pickle, to put it politely. But ever since we had parents evening, and I praised Chester for all of his positives, then pointed out how his negatives could also become positives, he seems to have changed his attitude towards both his behaviour and his learning.
For the last 3 weeks at pick up time I have been told that 'Chester has had a really good day'. It has been such a relief to hear, and Chester has loved the praise he has been getting for being so good at School.
One of the things that frustrates me with Chester is his stubbornness to learn. He had got into the habit of playing up with his reading and writing. I think in part it was laziness, but I also think it was because he does not like repetitiveness. He enjoys a challenge. But since I spoke to him about how improving and thinking positive about learning to read and write would really impress his teachers (and us) he seems to have become a different child!
He went from not wanting to write at all to happily writing and practising his spelling at all times of day! Even in his plan and do time at School he apparently writes rather than plays!
His reading has also come on loads. He seems to read better when he is given books that challenge him.
Chester came home from School last Friday beaming from ear to ear. Then when I looked in his contact book I found this....
He had been awarded a merit for good behaviour and hard work! This is the first time he has ever received this and I could not be more proud of him! It seems to of had another positive effect on him, he is working even harder to prove he is improving!
Don't get me wrong, I don't chain chester to a desk and tell him to read or write. He does it off his own back and he seems to really be enjoying it!
I think this positive praise seems to be working really well with Chester and its a great feeling to end the term on a high note!