Things to do , decisions to make......m

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Things to do , decisions to make......m
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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 4:10pm
Zachary is graduating from elementary school this Friday and he is very excited about going to middle school! He has some decisions to make on what to take next yr. He is going to be in most of the advanced classes next yr and he has been told he would do great in the study of music. He can go to beginning band classes next yr and he also loves to sing so he could be in chorus he has not decided which one he wants to do. He is also going to attend a basketball camp and he is still playing baseball due to rain outs our season is still going on. So my question is how does he know what to sign up for as far as extra classes go??? Can he do band and sports both??? I am more nervous about this than he is. He is saying it will be so fun to take things he wants instead of what he has to all the time. Which I agree I loved band class myself but had to stop taking in high school when my math grades were not good. I guess we will find out how to balance everything at once. Any of you with kids this age or older making these decisions as well? What are they doing? And how do you know when it is too much to take on at one time???
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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 8:26pm
Kevin's in the same predicament. He gets to select 2 classes. (They chose 5, and get 2 ... hopefully their first 2, but no guarantees.) He chose a 'wheel' which consists of different classes each of the 4 semesters. The one he was talked into (by me!) included one semester of working on socials skills (a big issue for him) and other school-related things (study/test taking skills, etc.) His 2nd choice was band. He, too, is very involved in sports ... plays baseball during 2 seasons, and travel ball in the summer ... which will continue in the fall which means he'll be committed to 2 teams. He'll also be in gifted classes for academics ... math, language arts, science and social studies ... so I'm hoping there will not be a great deal of homework during the elective courses. Expecting it to be tough 'cause they get out of school at nearly 4:00 ... and baseball usually starts at 4:30-5:00, so it's definitely going to be rough. But, like you, I'm more concerned than he appears.

But, I think that 'band' as a class isn't the same commitment as playing in the school band, and hopefully will be minimal extra hour time.

Nancy

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Tue, 05-20-2003 - 12:56pm
Ours runs a bit differently - in 6th, your only choices are band, string instruments, or general music - you have to pick one of those 3 (I think there might be a chorus choice as well). The rest is dictated. There are 2 periods in the afternoon where they will take things like home ec (sewing, cooking), industrial arts (old 'shop', updated), word processing skills, a taste of language (8 weeks; 4 languages; 2 weeks/language to get a feel for it), CADD, etc. The class of about 260 is broken into 12 groups, and 3 teams, with 4 rooms/team (i.e., your home room might be in the math room of your team, etc.). The year is broken into quarters, and each quarter, your subteam will take 2 of those classes, then rotate the next quarter to stuff they've yet to take, etc. Then in 7th grade, there's more of a choice, based on what you liked in 6th. I like it like that! At least it cuts down on the pressure of the transition/class choosing at this stage, and forces them to try them all!

Sue