Thursday, August 21, 2008

A 6th Grader......With Attitude

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Our oldest started 6th grade this past Tuesday. Wow - we're not in elementary anymore Toto. Things have really changed. They are required to be a lot more independant this year. There are lockers and homerooms, different periods, Scientific caluclators, DANCES!, cell phones (with parental control of course and just for emergencies), and so on and so on. They have 5 minutes to enter the building and get to there lockers and homerooms. They carry their lunch, instrument, and backpack filled with among other things, a giant 3 " binder (has to be atleast 5") that is filled to the brim with paper, planner, tickets, cards, a loaded pencil pouch, dividers, homework, book covers, other notebook and so on and so on. It's only Thurs. and we have tried 3 different backpacks, and three pencil pouches to try and make the load lighter and more easily organized. Lockers are only about 6" wide and 3' tall. The backpacks were because he couldn't find one that would hold everything (3" binder) and still fit in his locker. We decided he would carry the big packpack, empty it out, and roll it up in the morning and shove it in there. I can't wait to chaperone a dance, if they let parents. Please, please say I can. It's just so exciting! We all remember 6th and 7th grade dances. I promise, I will cramp his style as little as possible, but to get to be a part of that part of your child's new world is too thrilling
Atleast this is a nice transition before Junior High as our builidngs are seperate for the 6th graders. I know this year will go fast, but we're going to try and enjoy every minute of it. Even with the attitude.

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