When it seems like you've got it sussed, you are suddenly dealt a curve ball.
I say all that, but really things are not that bad. Katie has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Some of you may be aware of this now, Katie, herself, is relieved. She has gone through the last few years of primary thinking she is thick. Not clever enough. Towards the end of year 6, she was crying and getting upset - I blamed the relentless SATS testing they were doing - it was awful!
She rocks at Lacrosse - did I mention she scored her first match goal on Sunday? Daddy on the Edge nearly deafened me when he yelled across the pitch! Awesome. Drama? Oh, that's no problem - she loves it. D&T, yep, that scores a big high five, as do music and ICT. It's the writing down and the listening to instructions that are causing problems. That, and the fact that she doesn't have enough time to write down her homework or even understand what she has been asked to do. Last Thursday at 8pm saw me in a mad dash to Tesco on a mission to purchase a Flash drive for her English presentation that had to be in the next day ..
Following a reassuring conversation with the school today, we have some new cards in our hand now. A few tactics to alleviate the stress and help with the organisation. Let's just hope her poor memory doesn't scupper them all completely!