This time last year the Summer that lay in front of us seemed endless, I was on maternity leave and looking forward to spending time with both my boys. Monkey was due to go into reception in the September so I was determined to make sure I gave him a Summer to remember, regardless of the fact I had a newborn. Fast forward twelve months and the baby is now fourteen months old and Monkey has just finished his first year at school. I know everyone says it but I had no idea how quickly the last twelve months would pass. I have spent the year running from one six week chunk to the next, one half term to another trying to maximise our family time at every turn.
I think if I had realised how quickly that first year would pass I would probably have taken more account of the milestones, written them down in a journal. Because quite frankly I am struggling to remember how it all pieces together. Going forward I intend to do just that, some suggestions of how you could record those milestones are:
- Create a folder of work, special letters, certificates and assembly programmes – I talk about a school box here.
- Put together a photo book of the nicest drawings, writings – Reception Art Book
- Record the assemblies and events such as world book day, sports day etc and compile them into one video
- Design a poster for Monkey to hold in photos on the last and first days of school
- Make a note when he moves up a book level or a maths grade
- Collect messages from special teachers in a special story book. I have done this since Monkey left nursery we have chosen The Places You Will Go by Dr Seuss. I intend on giving this to him when he leaves education.
- Make a special shopping trip to get the school uniform and school shoes
- Have an annual school interview to record favourite classes, friends, memorable moments and activities
I have done some of these over the last year although not all. One of my jobs over the Summer will be to go through all the pictures and notes that have been collected and decide what will be kept and what will be recycled.
The another will include getting him ready for Year 1. I don’t want to leave it until the end of the six week holiday because I am hoping we will get time to go away towards the end of the holiday. With this in mind I have already ordered some new school jumpers, since he managed to loose most of his! Plus we have been shopping for school shoes.
Monkey love goes shopping especially when its to buy something for him! It gives us an opportunity to spend time together just the two of us. I always arrange our shopping trips so that we get a chance to go to a coffee shop and he can have a drink and a piece of cake or a similar treat. Last weekend we did just that and went to ECCO to buy his school shoes for next year.
I was attracted to ECCO for a number of reasons, with Kipper just walking I am more than aware of the need for flexible soles to ensure proper foot development. However somewhere along the way I had forgotten about the fact this is still important for Monkey. Between the ages of three and seven the arches are only just starting to develop and the muscles growing and forming. I wanted to give him shoes that would support this, after all he spends the most time in his school shoes. ECCO are based around the Scandinavian philosophy of design that follows the foot. They focus on long lasting quality workmanship that are super comfortable for the wearer. Basically everything that a school shoe should be.
I was not disappointed we had a great time trying on new school shoes and Monkey loved being the centre of attention. He ended up with a very nice, practical and comfortable pair of new school shoes. Which got a big thumbs up from me and a big thumbs up from Monkey. The question of course is out of all the styles available which ones did he choose to take home with him? Find out in our little video below, I *may* have also have found my new school run shoes for the Autumn as well….
I’m working with ECCO and BritMums promoting the #ECCOBacktoSchool campaign about the milestone of back-to-school shoe shopping with your children. Visit https://www.eccoshoesuk.com/ to find your own perfect back-to-school shoes for your little one.
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