So, on Monday evening, after his first day “home alone” (Ethan’s at camp) and his first day back from swim camp/Iowa meet, Asher declared, “I can’t wait to go back to school. Just being home is kind of boring. Can I do summer school???”
I was like, “Wait, what?!”
I honestly hadn’t even really talked to him much about summer school this year, because I had sort of just assumed that after swim camp, several weekend long swim meets, swim practice every night, then sleepaway camp in August + our family vacation, plus piano/band lessons in the mix, he would be down for some major “chill” time during the month of July.
Guess not!! So, after confirming that he was serious, I went on to our district’s summer school site, joined the “wait list” for late entry (it officially started last week) and sent off an email, too. To my surprise, I heard back right away and by 11 am on Tuesday, he was enrolled to start today! (Wednesday)
It runs from 8:10- 12:55, Monday- Thursday, with a break between classes for lunch, too.
Usually summer school is just comprised of 3 “fun” or enrichment classes, like art, science, etc. But apparently this year the district decided that ALL kids would take one reading/math class, and then just two enrichment/fun classes. (Presumably to help offset any backward slide from less than ideal schooling situations during the pandemic.)
Not a bad idea! Asher wasn’t thrilled to hear that, but oh well. He’ll be fine. 🙂
His other two classes are a Pinterest Craft class and a Drawing Exploration class. He likes art a lot, so this is good. But he was hoping for one art class and then either the Mad Scientist or Young Engineers class, but I guess they were full. (He’s always concerned that the art classes will have “only girls” in them…which is not a big deal to him, really- he gets along just fine with girls his age- but he’s hoping for some guy friends, too.)
I’m just grateful he got in! It will run through July 22, so about 4 more weeks.
It’s interesting to me that he wanted to sign up… I know Ethan was literally appalled when I even mentioned summer school once. He was like NO! NO! NO!!!!!!! And then here’s Asher, all excited to go. So funny how kids are different.
(I think Ethan just really relishes a lot more “downtime”, likes to just chill at home, read, play with his friends, play his video games… But also, Asher doesn’t have any friends right here in the neighborhood, like Ethan does. Ethan goes off pretty much every single day for big chunks of the day with his friends. When Asher is home, he’s mostly just here alone…which I can see is maybe kind of boring since I’m working most of the day….).
Sometimes he goes with Ethan and his friends, but they’re kind of at that age where they are wanting some separation in their “friend time”, too.
I did take off for lunch yesterday to go to Chipotle with Asher (his request). We need groceries so badly. There was nothing particularly appetizing in the house, so even though lunch out was not in my plans, I let him “twist my arm”. (Admittedly, it is also
pretty extremely easy to get me to agree to go to Chipotle, anytime. LOL. I love Chipotle.)
The only bad thing? (Not really, but sort of): Now we are back to a more set morning routine! Up, breakfast, ready, out the door, etc by a certain time for summer school. Oh well! The structure is actually kind of nice. 🙂
I am grateful that there was space for Asher in summer school, especially being so last minute.