I think the majority of the holiday will be spent around the neighbourhood, visiting my mother and brother, as well as swimming at the local rec centre. We'll also be visiting the nearby park, which has a great water feature as do a couple of other parks in our neighbourhood. Enjoying the water will be vital this Summer, when we consider how hot it's been already and the Summer season is only a few days old.
The of course, we're getting Jacob an Ipad for passing. He uses the learning resource teacher's Ipad at school and he loves it. And we've been told that he enjoys doing science and math work on it, which is great. So we feel like Jacob will benefit greatly from having it. I saw a commercial the other night that explained how a child Jacobs age could lose almost everything they learned in school that year, if you don't keep their mind active. This is kind of scary if it's true. So we hope that the Ipad will help keep Jacob's mind sharp during the long break.
And did I mention how bad Jacob needs a break? This morning, as Jacob was getting dressed, he turned to me and said "Dad, I really hate school." I explained that it isn't nice to say that, but honestly, I'm getting tired of it too. And there's a total of 11 staff members that are leaving at the end of this year, including Jacob's previous 2 teachers. So who knows how he'll react to not seeing the familiar faces he's used to seeing when next year rolls around.
Also this week at school is full of activities for the kids to take part in, including assemblies, play days and a water park visit. For most kids this is the best week of the year. But for Jacob it's actually one of the worst. There's just no structure as all students prep for the freedom that the summer brings, which as those people familiar with ASDs know, can be a recipe for disaster. So we've decided to keep Jacob home during the play days at school. And we'll spend them playing together without all the stress. I just hope that all of us will be able to keep our sanity during July and August. And I already can't wait for September.
|Here's Jacob at the park last Summer.|