Recently I watched a class of 4 year olds perform their first assembly item ever! Assembly items are dear to the hearts of many Australians, but if you’re not familiar with the concept, let me explain.
Which 2 words bring a teacher out in a cold sweat?
Which 2 words fill a parent’s heart with joy?
Which 2 words fill children with either love or loathing?
Primary school children around Australia are
made given the opportunity to perform an ‘Item’ in assembly once a year. They take to the stage for about 20 minutes to sing, share their learning and generally entertain their peers and parents. During the week of an assembly item the classroom is transformed into a production line of painting, sticking and rehearsing.
You know it’s the morning of an assembly item when:
- Children are seen in the playground with furry ears and tails
- Teachers develop twitches and can be heard humming ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ obsessively
- Parents with large cameras are spotted jostling for pole position in the assembly area
- Girls get very giggly and let out high pitched squeals
- Boys take to meeting in the toilets to avoid their Mum’s attempts to wipe their faces or flatten their hair (again)
The Moment of Glory
The anticipation is high as your child takes to the stage. He walks (slowly) towards the microphone with a face serious enough to deliver the SBS News and declares:
I’m Travis and I like hot chips.
Your camera is snapping like mad, Dad’s got the video rolling, capturing every doleful syllable for eternity. This is Travis’ moment of glory, to be replayed at his 18th, 21st, 40th, and 60th! If only he knew!
Proud Mummy Moment
My children’s assembly items have all been adorable Proud-Mummy-Moments that I treasure, but they are equally hilarious for their droll delivery and absolutely un-smiling faces!
But on this occasion I was not watching my own children, so didn’t have the distraction of taking photos, or competing for the best view.
I just sat back and enjoyed the show.
From ABC To Algebra
It was somewhere between the shapes song and the alphabet recital that I had a light-bulb moment!
It was only 6 years ago that Berry had been that small…how had I forgotten so quickly?
Only 6 years ago Berry had just learned to name a square, count to 20, and remember the letters of the alphabet. How amazing is it that now he’s learned to calculate the square root of a number and is using his ABC in equations!
Am I so busy looking ahead to the Next-Big-Thing
that I’ve forgotten to appreciate All-The-Little-Things?
All The Little Things
As a Mum of an emerging teen I am more conscious than ever of the speed at which time is passing. And I don’t want to miss a minute.
I want to appreciate my children and all they’ve become every. single. day.
Today I’m opening my eyes with new wonder on All-The-Little-Things:
- How he ties his own shoe-laces
- Makes his own lunch
- Says please and thank you
- Can ride a bike
- Asks how my day was
- Hugs me in the morning
- And sleeps through the night!
So close your eyes and open them afresh today and see,
YOUR AMAZING CHILD.