Well, all too soon, the summer is over and kids everywhere are gearing up for the first days of school...except my son! He is still more concerned with video games and visiting friends than he is with new clothes and school supplies.
He did enjoy his new school's summer program though, and with the exception of being sick for one day and trying to con his way out of a couple more, he did manage to complete the program and participate in all the activities. His reward for sticking to it is 10% towards any grade for the school year.
As the summer program was 'held' at his school, he also had a chance to get to know some of the other students who will be attending, as well as the lay out and some of the teachers, so at least when he finally attends his first day, he won't feel so lost and out of place.
He only had one day where he phoned home complaining about being picked on, and there were no phone calls from the staff asking me to come and get him due to his behavior. That in itself gives me hope for his grade nine experience!
My son also had to take public transportation to and from the summer program, which has given him the opportunity to experience a wider world. He adapted quite well to riding the bus, which gave me the idea to expand his horizons a bit more by showing him how to get from our house to his friends house (over an hours drive away) using the skytrain (ELRT - elevated lite rail transportation.) By the time he comes home, he should be more than able to take the bus to the ELRT station ane visit his friend without me tagging along...we shall wait and see how successful this experiment is...
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