School Approaching - by Robin
School will be here before you know it, and it's first grade for Seth.
Everyone says it's much more demanding than kindergarten. That remains to be seen. I'm crossing my fingers the homework isn't daunting.
It's been so nice having him come home from camp and just being able to chill. Some of the biggest challenges were creating a funky hairstyle for him for Wacky Wednesday and picking clothes in black 'n red for checkerboard day.
The whole after school homework thing is such a challenge for everyone.
And, now we're giving thought to after school activities.
There is no after class program for first graders at the school. So, two days we have enrolled him in a dropoff program similar to day care. But, what about the other days? Should we consider Hebrew School? (He has no interest in that.)
Two other mom friends have broached the subject of martial arts.
Another mentioned tennis.
How much and what to do? And, all this taking into consideration the demands of school itself.
We're not rushing into signing him up for anything as yet, but I do feel like I'd like to have a potential gameplan in mind.
I don't want to be one of those overscheduling moms. Kids need ample time to chill. But, it's tempting to sign them up for programs that seem cool, especially if their friends are doing it. I don't buy into the whole "keeping up with the Jones parenting thing," but it is easy to be influenced.
So, as I call up karate places, kids gyms, synagogues, etc. , we'll see what jumps out at us and Seth. If he had his way, he'd be happy staying home and watching Sponge Bob for hours after doing homework.