However, put him in a class full of 30 children and ask him to read something out loud, and he becomes a totally different child.
Over this last School year his confidence in the classroom, where is learning is concerned, has come on. It's been a very slow process, but he is getting there.
On Friday, he came home with a letter from School about this years Spoken English competition. I asked him if he would like to take part, as I do every year. To my surprise, this time he said yes!
I didn't want to make a big deal out if it, so gently asked him what he would like to read. Well, it was a day of surprises as he said he wanted to make up his own poem! So over the weekend we sat and experimented with different words and ideas, and eventually he settled on the poem below, which he has called 'Football'!
Today at School as part of the 'audition' process he had to read this out to his class! I presume the results will come out over the next couple of days, only 4 get to go through to the final and from what I hear lots of Children in his class were very good! But whatever the outcome, Chester came home so happy today because he had managed to read this out loud! That to me is a big fat win for his confidence!
I am so proud of him and I really hopes this experience encourages him to be more confident with his public speaking!