The older boy has joined 5 clubs at his school.
Some of Ace’s clubs meet in the morning before school starts and some of them meet after school. He’s now officially in the chorus, the gardening club, the Lego club, the engineering club and the Math 24 club.
Some of them don’t surprise me. Lego and engineering namely. Both of those are right up his alley. Building things and entering contests and using power tools and soldering irons.
Some of them scare me a little bit. See the last sentence about the power tools and soldering irons. He’s my “clumsy, gets easily excited and often acts before thinking” kid. I’m just hoping that at the end of the school year, he has neither gotten hurt, nor caused anyone else to get hurt.
Some of them surprise me. Math 24 and gardening certainly do. Chorus surprised me the most though. I mean, he loves to sing, but if I’m being honest, he’s not a great singer. Also, the types of songs that they learn in chorus are not really the types of songs he usually enjoys. None-the-less, he’s been practicing and I have purchased the shirt he will need for their November show.
Apparently in the gardening club, they will do some planting, but they will also spend time learning about seeds and bulbs and will try out various nuts and herbs. That should be interesting. At home, it’s a struggle getting him to put any green food in his mouth.
I think it’s good for kids to get involved in extra-curricular activities. I believe in an enriched school experience. I think it’s good to spend time with and get to know different types of children and have friends that bring out different sides of yourself. I think it’s good to get to know your teachers in a way that’s different from knowing them in the classroom. I think elementary school is the perfect place to begin to explore all that life has to offer and figure out what it is exactly that you love to do. I think kids like Ace benefit from having a lot to do and many ways to keep busy.
We have discovered that it can sometimes be difficult to fit in regular life things around all his clubs, such as dentist appointments, but we will do our best to work around him and his now very busy schedule.
In all my excitement, I almost forgot to let him know that while we support all his activities, it’s still a privilege and if his grades start to suffer, we will make him cut back. Shaunie was there to add her voice of reason as I happily signed off on yet another approval form.
I may be as enthusiastic about all of this as I am also because I am really impressed that his school even has all these offerings; and pretty much for free. (The only cost to us has been the Chorus shirt).
Shaunie is less impressed and rolls her eyes at my awe. She tried her hand at a lot of things as a kid but she didn’t grow up in a country where the only options were brownies for girls and cub scouts for boys.