A child who would rather be at school

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If you asked a child whether they wanted to go to school or stay at home, I think most children would choose the latter option.

The truth is most children would rather not go to school if they had the choice, but unless you choose the option of home schooling, there is no other way.

They have to go and it’s up to us parents to make sure they get up at an appropriate time so they arrive at school before the bell rings.

In contrast, I would love to go back in time and experience a school day at my infant and junior school St John’s and secondary school St Edmund’s in Arundel Street – just one more time.

I didn’t appreciate at the time what good schools they were.

Let’s be honest, when we were younger we all heard a grown-up say: ‘These are the best days of your lives.’

You’d look at them with a frown on your face like they were on another planet.

But for most of us, that statement turned out to be very true.

I’m sure at some point soon I’ll repeat those words to my daughters and have blank faces looking back at me.

But it got me wondering why most children would prefer to stay at home rather then set off for a day of learning with their school friends.

One reason is their young minds don’t see the point of school and trying to explain a ‘better future’ or ‘job prospects’ will once again produce a blank face.

Or maybe it’s just because they’d rather be at home with their own familiar comforts.

But recently I have had the complete opposite problem; I’ve had to tell my daughter who wants to go to school that she can’t.

I’m talking about my two-year-old Alyssa.

At my daughter Caitlin’s Portsmouth school, the day begins with the All Aboard Club.

This is 15 minutes where the parents take part in an activity with their child such as colouring-in and arts and crafts.

Myself and Caitlin are often joined by Alyssa who will try out the activities too.

The thing is, when the teacher shakes the tambourine to signal that it is time for the parents and siblings to go home, I’m having trouble getting Alyssa to leave the school.

I sometimes have to use my best persuasion and bribery techniques to get her to follow me out of the classroom. She just wants to stay and play and learn.

I shouldn’t complain, of course. This is a good thing and I’m sure when she does actually go to nursery then on to infant school, it won’t always be this way.

But of course when it comes to that, I’ll remind her how she used to hate to leave school.