Who else loves Autumn? For me it's a season of new beginnings, change and growth. For me it's actually more exciting than spring, because it's when you get a chance to finally take a step back from your year and evaluate how it's going.
Whilst taking stock this year I realised that I'm in a bit of a limbo with my toddler.
Edwin has always been precocious and full of energy. But as he gets bigger I'm noticing a stark difference in his temperament to that of his peers.
In toddler groups and even the Waldorf class we attended, the rigidity of their set ups seem to be an affront on his scientist/explorer learning style.
Sometimes when a group is particularly busy or feature a prominent change, he goes into absolute shut down and runs.
He's not dominant in nature, but is very hard to encourage to participate in group or structured activities. Basically all of my heart is telling me that a standard preschool or kindergarten would be so the wrong place for him.
I have nightmares of my gentle and kind people pleaser being labelled as naughty. Being forced to "behave" when all he wants is to be free and play.
As a student of psychology I've taken a keen interest in how we learn, and basically our perception of how well we can learn from this early age has a marked impact on how we go forward academically. But also, more importantly you have to enjoy it, to learn well. I don't believe any child forced to follow a strict structure, when they are not ready to do so, will enjoy learning.
I've raised my concerns to my health visitor, but basically until they convince me otherwise it looks like Edwin will be home preschooled.
What an interesting Autumn it will be!