Back to School – Part 2
My two youngest sons went back to school today.
Last night Ryan said, “I can’t believe we go to school tomorrow. Can we have another month of vacation?”
I said, “Nope, I think you’ve had enough vacation.”
And what would they do for another month? Just stay inside the house, play their videogames, bicker, and fight with each other? As much as I’ve enjoyed having them around here at home, I think it’s about time they go back out there in the world to learn new things, socialize with their friends and get involved with different activities.
Their school supplies were packed in their backpacks and shopping bags. This is the reason why some parents with young children take the day off or at least the morning off on the first day of school. To help them carry their school supplies.
I didn’t think that Ryan wanted me to walk with him to school. After all, he’s in junior high now.
I walked with Ryland to school. I carried his heavy backpack for him. He and four cousins all go to the same elementary school. That’s them in the picture with my sister. Sis has this wagon and that’s where they loaded their school supplies.
Ryland is in third grade now and he was happy to see his friends.
Reggie will start grade 12 tomorrow. This is his last year of high school. Boy, do I feel old.
This is the first time that my children are attending three different schools. That means more letters and reminders to receive and more important dates and deadlines to remember. I better get more organized this time.
Here in Canada, students go to junior high school or middle school after graduating from sixth grade. Junior high is grades 7 and 8. They then go on to high school, which is grades 9 – 12. So a student actually goes through 13 school grades (if you include kindergarten) before he enters college or university.
If Reggie were in the Philippines, he would be in college or university now. Because there is only a total of four years of high school in the Philippines, no middle school. Philippines Phil made a very interesting observation about how college students compare to the ones in the Western countries. He wonders if a 16-year old student is mature enough to be in college. You may want to visit his site and read about his view on this and maybe share yours.
There’s something about the excitement of going back to school that motivated the cousins to go and play outside tonight. Here they are playing badminton after school.
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