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Extracurricula Activities...

So, when we saw Erik's paed. the other month, he said Erik really needed to be in some sort of extra curricula activites to give him more opportunities to build his social skills with different groups of people, and to also make him more interesting to other kids...

The paed. said a sport and a group of some sort, maybe art if Erik also had an artistic streak (yep, yep, completely artistic, LOL)... So, ok, this was going to be a bit of a challenge, firstly because we don't drive, so getting to afterschool or weekend activities takes time, and planning and considerable energy (something Dave and I tend not to have in spades)... We talked to his PE teacher at school, who told us that the most important sport for Erik to do would be the one he, himself is most interested in... LOL, Erik, while VERY energetic, is not sporty at all... The one "sport" he might really enjoy is not a team sport (running)... However, he did tell us he might be interested in playing soccer, and the PE teacher said he'd get back to us with local soccer club contacts...

We're really keen for Erik to do some sort of drama and/or art. Apparently the drama teacher does run a drama group after school that he might be able to tap into - and even though this is still within the confines of the school's social network, none of the kids in his class attend that group, so it would be a "bigger pond" so to speak.

Then Erik got a birthday invite to The Art Factory, locally, and on the invite was a web address and information that they run afterschool classes, so I checked that out and it looks great. Then it came to me that maybe the local arts centre not only runs (expensive) school holiday programs but maybe also term programs, and sure enough they do, AND they're quite INexpensive! He could do drawing, pottery or drama there, and it's actually walking distance from the school (or a very short bus ride for those cold and rainy days)...

Then we started to feel bad that Luey wasn't getting a look in with these extra curricula activities, so we thought he might like to join AusKick and play footy. Turns out he actually wants to play tennis - who'd have thunk it!!! I asked him who he knew who plays tennis (thinking they might be able to give me contact details), but it turns out he doesn't know anyone actually doing it, he just wants to do it himself, LOL... As it is, we do know someone who's been doing tennis for four years (Erik best mate from last year), and the tennis club is a 10 minute walk from the school as well!

So, there you go, we have so many options now! I really think we should only attempt to do one extra curricula activity per child for next term, as I have to be the one getting them there and I'm only getting bigger every day (24 weeks today!)... So, I think we'll try for tennis for Luey and Erik is really keen to do pottery (Dave would much prefer he did drawing, but it's got to be Erik's choice)...

Comments

Stitch Sista said…
Sounds great. You know Luey just looks like a tennis player to me! LOL! Whatever that means :).

I reckon one activity each considering a week of long school days is ample! I can't fathom how some parents (and kids) manage 2 or 3 over and above everything else...(not to mention the cost)
Leah said…
LOL he does look like a tennis player !!

I think 1 activity sounds good too - you know our getting to dancing dramas and that's with a car and it being on the weekend. I actually think one after school would be better for Audrey as she'd still be in "out and about" mode unlike Saturday morning when she wants a chance at a slow start. Near the school is awesome :) Hope they enjoy it :)
Sif said…
LOL, Rach, I KNOW!!!

I thought I was being a tad weird, but that thought occurred to me too, he does look like a tennis player... LOL, maybe he's the next Boris Becker (yk, the red hair connection)... Of course, he's just as likely to do it for two weeks and say he hates it, hahaha...
katef said…
ah that is great news that you are finding some good options - we are still struggling here to find something appropriate that is on at a time we can go to... but I am hoping it will be worth the effort when we do find something, and that it is also worth the extra effort for you guys as well

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