I’ve put together introduction booklets for the girls new teachers in September, last year I shared Big Girls letter and many of you commented on how much you liked it so I’m going to share them all with you this time.
Hello my name is Middle Girl
My mummy has put together this little booklet to help you understand me.
In 2010 I came to live with my new mummy and daddy. I’ve had a very difficult start in life and this has meant that I’ve developed a little differently to other children, I’m emotionally very behind, I also have difficulties with auditory processing and memory so I might need you to be extra considerate of this sometimes and not expect me to be the same as the other children my age.
Sometimes the adults in my early life did things to make me feel scared and frightened. I will always do my best to keep the adults around me happy by keeping them close, being extra helpful and chatting to them, I also smile a lot as adults like that.
My previous school was very big and very busy and even though I look like I enjoy school very much, I hide behind my smile because I’m scared, I need you to help me feel safe so that I don’t have to hide any more. I don’t have much confidence and my self-esteem is rock bottom my mummy says, I find my work really hard and I’m very behind but I don’t let that stop me, I always work enthusiastically because I want to please you, I need you to see when I’m pushing myself to hard and help me to see that you still think I’m great even if I get things wrong or don’t understand.
Sometimes when it looks like I’m having lots of fun and behaving ‘silly’, I’m actually very anxious and may need your help to calm me down and reassure me that everything is ok. I might get worried if I see a new face in the corridor, I might worry it’s a social worker coming to take me away to a new home. I might get upset if we do any work or topics on families or about when we were babies. Some of my memories may be difficult for me to think about as well as talk about, there may be things I don’t know about my early years making it even more difficult for me to take part.
I often get things mixed up and sometimes when you tell the class things like ‘if you have some shoe boxes at home please bring them for next week’s topic’ I’ll get very worried and tell mummy that I MUST have a box for the next day. Mummy understands that I get mixed up and tells me that if I need to take something into class then I must get a letter or note so she knows what is actually expected rather than my mixed up messages, please could you help me by making sure mummy knows if I need to bring anything in to school or do something for you.
I love to play with my friends on the playground but mummy worry’s that my language difficulties might make it difficult to chat to my peers, please can you keep an eye on me on the playground and help me if I’m struggling with my peer group.
It would really help my mummy if you could tell her about any upsets, sulks or strops I have at school. I don’t like telling my mummy when I’ve had a bad day and I’m very good at hiding things from people because I have such a good smile. Mummy likes to help me when I’ve been finding things difficult by keeping me close and calm so I can feel safe again.
My mummy has put this book together to help you understand me I hope you will read it. If you want to talk to my mummy about anything in this book or anything you see me doing or hear me saying, she will be happy to chat, she can talk about me for hours and she knows me better than anyone else.
My mummy has put lots of useful information in this booklet, please copy anything you might want to refer to again or keep as a reminder, please give this book back to mummy when you’ve had a good read so she can give it to my next teacher next year. Mommy says she knows me better than anyone else so if she can do anything to help you, help me, she will.
I hope we have a lovely time learning together.