Today was the first day that we’ve ever had a sad face before school. Not because Little Button doesn’t want to go to school, but because she was worried about her Monday spelling test.
Her first ever spelling test, that is.
Mr Button has all the fun of doing the morning school run. But today I only made it through the front garden gate, before having to turn back home again because I could see her worrying at the window. *Cries (me).
Nothing that we could tell her would console her. That awful Monday morning feeling already getting its grip on her perhaps?
Year 1 is a huge step for 5 and 6 year olds. And no matter how amazingly prepared they are, it’s not always going to be an easy ride at the best of times.
But spelling tests. And on a Monday? I think I’d be crying myself.
In fact, if I think back, I’m pretty sure I did spend most of my own Primary school years absolutely dreading Mondays, and crying about it too, all because of a weekly Monday spelling test. But that wasn’t in year 1. We luckily had a few grace period school years before testing came into place. But still. I don’t want that worry on my own daughter’s head at such a young age.
I’m doing a bit of a U-turn and starting to think there’s possibly too much pressure put on little ones at school in the infant years. I know this isn’t a new thing. But we’ve always been extra proactive with reading and homework at home, thinking a little pressure never hurts, right? But, maybe I’m wrong. Because the evidence from this morning tells me that actually, the pressure can be a bit damaging. To confidence. To wellbeing. To wanting to go to school.
I don’t really know what to think right now.
So, it turns out that spelling test aren’t that scary after all, phew!! I picked up a beaming Little Button who, as it turns out, quite enjoyed her spelling test *shocked face – who enjoys their spelling tests?! Is this really my child?! When I asked what she liked about it the most, she produced a piece of lined paper with extremely neat handwriting and a big fat 10 out of 10 grade. Oh wow! 10 out of 10. Of course I couldn’t be prouder of her.
My mind wondered back to the whole pressure thing again this evening. If she hadn’t got such a good mark, would spellings still be fun? I’m not sure.
What do you make of spelling tests for year 1 little ones?
Did you dread having a spelling test or maybe you loved the competition of getting the highest mark?