On The Mat
DS has been in school for exactly a week. He has been doing 2 1/4 hours in the afternoon and seems to have been enjoying himself well enough.
He comes home tired, but full of stories about his day. He plays in the garden, completes puzzles, plays with blocks, does colouring-in and goes to the toilet, a lot. He likes the toilets. DH taught him how to do a standing up wee just before we went on our summer holiday and DS likes to practice this important life skill at every opportunity.
But when he’s not playing, or using the loos, DS has to sit on the mat. And when he’s on the mat, he has to cross his arms and legs, apparently. Like this…
DS doesn’t like this. This morning, he came into our room, flopped on our bed and announced ‘ I hate school.’
After only a week of half-days, this is surely some kind of record?
Some quasi-concerned questioning revealed that the reason he hates school is because of all the mat-sitting and leg and arm crossing. It hurts his feet, he says.
Having three older sisters has DS well versed in the art of drama, so part of me is disinclined to take this announcement terribly seriously.
But DS has been diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome and consequently is bendier than your average 4 year old. His legs and feet do ache, and he gets tired more easily that a child without HMS would. For this reason I’m thinking about talking to the teacher about whether he has to sit like this on the mat.
I’m not going to rush in and complain though. We have a Meet The Teacher evening coming up in a couple of weeks, and if DS complains about sitting cross legged again before them, I’ll mention it to her. If he doesn’t complain again, I’ll leave it.
But I’m not going to tell her about him ‘hating school’. I’m pretty certain he doesn’t mean it.