my son is on a field trip.. without me!

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 12:03am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

yup, my son is away, without a family member for the first time in his life, I think! He's a new 6 yo, but we're good friends with the woman who will supervise him. Plus that woman's daughter has had food allergies when a kid (all outgrown now).

I'm actually on my way out to have lunch with them, just in case. I hope he's enjoying himself!

And with him away, my daughter and I were able to sleep in till 9h30! Yeah!!

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 12:56am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Thinking of you! Hope you ALL have a great day! Im sure he'll be fine. Let us know!

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 4:34am
synthia's picture
Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

Hows it going?
Love this site

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 7:20am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

we're back!
Can you believe that word was passed around (at least I think it was) and that NO ONE had anything with peanuts there ?
Woohoo! I love the homeschooling gang!
My son had a blast learning about New France!

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 9:51am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Yay darthcleo!
I'm so glad it went so well! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/26/2003 - 2:13pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

darthcleo, I'm glad that your son was able to go on the field trip without you and that it was a success! [img][/img]
Jesse entered JK at the age of 3-3/4 and his sister is 21 months younger. The school he was at then told me that I could NOT bring Ember with me on any field trips. I didn't have anyone that could look after her for me. So, at that wee age, 3-3/4, in JK and SK, Jesse went on field trips on without a parent designated supervisor. I have to say that there were a couple of factors in play, or maybe more than a couple.
First of all, I didn't know I could have fought with the school about bringing my daughter because I was going because of his PA. Secondly, his JK/SK teacher was wonderful! I would watch while he boarded the bus with my heart in my throat and she would come out and tap her shoulder where she had his extra meds bag (the last two years, this one and last, I have to go in and get the extra meds bag because NO ONE thinks about it but me) and off they went.
Then, I'm sure I went home and waited for the phone to ring.
It was for Grade 1 that I had the written school plan implemented that required Jesse have a parent designated supervisor with him and it was usually his Father or I.
Last year, his Dad was in school when skating happened and I'm useless for that so I asked the parents of the TNA child in Jesse's class if Jesse could be in their group. That was fine.
This year, for skating again, no other food allergic child in the classroom, I just basically told the teacher that she could be the parent designated supervisor because I am useless to go on the trip (and I don't want to hear about how I could help kids with their skates or anything - I am so mean).
In SK, I had been in the town a bit longer by then and had found a friend who could watch my daughter, because they went to Elmvale Zoo. Even though I had been assured by the zoo that no peanuts were sold during the school year (not so during the summer [img][/img] ), I didn't feel okay about Jesse going without me. Also, his GREAT teacher was on maternity leave and the replacement he got I didn't think was that "with it".
I know that you homeschool and that is different than what I do, but I did raise the question under Schools about what age you felt it was okay to send your PA child off without you?
Jesse is so aware of his allergy and he's just turned 8 and I really think that he, himself, would be okay going on field trips without me. See, this year it's the school personnel I don't trust. I get the sense that there has to be trust in I guess the person in charge at the school and also in your PA child and when that combo is in place then they *should* be able to go solo.
In JK and SK, when I think about it now, I can't even believe that I sent him without me. But I so trusted that teacher. And Jesse, even at that age was pretty aware of his allergy. So, that combo I mentioned above, it wasn't fully in place with him when he was in JK/SK, only because he was so young, but it was starting to happen, and I basically trusted his teacher with his life.
Now, when I could probably trust Jess with his life, I can't trust the school [img][/img]
I'm glad it worked out well. You do know that you are making this homeschooling *thing* sound appealing, aren't you? [img][/img]
(Not going to happen.)
Happy Holidays! [img][/img]

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