not easy being
Although, for me, easier with DS2 since getting info from him has always been a blood and stone job anyway. Whereas with DS1 it's the full torrent of news ... but always entirely accurate
the waiting gap is vile. I'm so relieved we only have VR to do since the cramming element isn't there as it would be, say, in perfecting story-telling. Plus I'm grateful to be spared the horrors of NVR - I just have to guess them completely. So there are small mercies.
My boy goes to his tutor (a group affair) on saturday mornings, but she is still very much comprehension based. I get a little twitchy sometimes (surely not!) but have to think she's been in the game so long she must know what she's doing.
So, there's the hour a week, some comprehension homework from that, and then I'm doing a couple of papers a week with him. I mentioned the back-to-back thing on Monday after school, to prepare him and he proposed doing it there and then
! He scored higher on the first, than the second which was riddled with silly mistakes. Also because it was at home he didn't leave the long ones til later (though he denied this
- I was watching him, durr!) and then come the end he just scarpered, not a thought of going back through them and checking. But his aggregate score was pretty high so I wasn't going to plague him. A few hours later he agreed to go through the ones he'd got wrong AND spent ages on (pretty much the same - the 3 codes/4 words one).
So far he is pretty impressive attitude-wise and I feel deserves
to get in and would really benefit from the grammar system. If only it were that easy! He is much keener to do the work than his older brother ever was and sort of takes it more responsibly. I'm just waiting for it all to go wrong.
Thank goodness for this forum and somewhere to splurge since we're all in the same boat. I've seen on other counties' forums (fora?) stuff about more entries than ever before, groan. Pates said, at the open day, that it remained pretty constant, with a 7 or 8 applications to one place. Gulp. Don't know what it is for Tommy's?