Summer School and the Newly Minted First grade response

July 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm 2 comments

So, the summer of activities continues. We’ve finished with swim lessons, park camp and VBS-and moved on to Summer Literacy at school.

Since today was day 1 of summer literacy, we dragged Isaac out of bed and then brought him to “camp.” There, I found the following:
1. I can’t walk him to his classroom. The teachers come out and get the kids and then bring them out at the end of the day.
2. The kids are grouped by the grade the just finished rather than the grade they are entering. This caused a NICE uproar with my child.

yeah. I was thrilled with both of those. I was super thrilled with the second one. Isaac was NOT a happy camper. I got the ticked off response as only he can do. Whine petulantly and then when I call him on it, walk away with the hangdog look.

What bugged me the most about this morning was that there were a few parents who embodied the “suburban snob” that I have come to loathe and refuse to get myself sucked into being.

Apparently in years past, there was busing for this program. This year, due to budget constraints, there was no busing. BUT, there is busing for the 12 month students. These are the kids who are in need of school services 12 months out of the year per their IEPs. These are kids who don’t qualify for the low key summer literacy program because they need a smidge more than this.

This mom was complaining to the high heavens that her kids deserved busing and how she was going to have to get a 3 year old out the door to drop the kids off. Umm…hello? Your 2 other kids are getting 4 days a week of 3 hour a day instruction for free. There’s a maximum of 10 kids in each class. AND there’s a teacher aide in each! Suck up and deal. Driving your kids isn’t the worst thing in the world.

But Isaac came home and was ok with the entire thing. He was exhausted from the weeks prior, so he came home and crashed.

So, we’ll see how this goes. 3 weeks…and then we’re all done…


Entry filed under: 1st Grade!, Kindergarten!, school.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jen  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:26 am

    To the snob parents- first off, they are lucky there IS a summer program this year. It was supposed to be cancelled. Second, if no bussing is so hard, keep your kid home and make them read to you for 3 hours. Third, if you’d PREFER to have a child that absolutely needs 12 year programming oinstead of just some instructional support, I’m sure many moms would be glad to trade places with you for a few months. It’ll be like a vacation for them.

    Grrr, now you got me started!

  • 2. TheAngelForever  |  July 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Agree with Jen. In this economy people should be thankful that there is a problem to help children during the summer. No sympathy for the parent saying they have a 3 year old. I do too and took him while potty training to bring NHL to and from camp each and every day.


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