While I am happy to fondly remember diapers and teething, as opposed to yet be experiencing those wonderful days, I am regularly astounded by how fast my children are growing up. My 10 yr old son, who now stands a full inch taller than Mom, has just started his new school year as a big 5th grader. Sigh.
In our school district, Kindergarten through 4th grade only, are housed at the elementary buildings. The 5th and 6th graders attend an Intermediate School, with 7th & 8th at the Middle School building. Although unfamiliar with this type of grade split, my husband and I found it to be a wonderful transition for my older daughter and are confident that our son will have a fantastic experience, as well. Thank goodness for the staff at the Intermediate School, as the new set up, with rotating core teachers, electives and lockers is such a new experience for the entering 5th graders.
For my son, in particular, this year also involves another change; riding the bus to and from school. (Cue the Mom nerves)
For the elementary years, my son was a walker. Either his father or I accompanied him to and from school every day, a great opportunity for extra walks for our high-energy lab.
While our neighborhood is enclosed, with minimal access to a main road only at the north end, our home in the south, it is quite large and there are three bus stops in our neighborhood, all within reasonable walking distance. Prior to the start of school, after several walks to familiarize our son with the different stops, there was much debate as to which stop would be best: to the east, with friends from Elementary, to the north, the closest by a hair to our home, to the west, with friends from Junior Football.
As the school year approached, my husband and I began discussing if the timing were right for our son to have his own cell phone. While accepting that we might only be temporarily delaying the inevitable, we were undecided. Our teen daughter is a texting fiend, and though, especially with all her activities, there is great piece of mind knowing that we can reach each other with ease, we were unsure.
Is a 10 yr old mature enough to be responsible with a cell phone?
Was he savvy enough to be able to operate it properly?
At the age of ten, would we have trouble with him being distracted by it at school or when he was supposed to be sleeping?
Earlier that same day, my 10 yr old had put his hand on my shoulder, looked slightly downward at me and gently explained,
"Mom, you can go with me to the bus stop the first day of school, but after that I have to go by myself. It'll be okay, Mom."
At first, I was concerned that this Smart phone would be too sophisticated for my son's limited experience; that worry was quickly dispelled, as well my concerns about ability to use it responsibly. Like a duck to water, he has taken to this phone, and we are having a great time exploring it together! Every day, he's showing me something new!
To be certain, I am loving the peace of mind knowing that he has the phone with him as he goes to and from the bus stop each day for school. He calls me when he arrives at the stop and calls again in the afternoon when he gets off the bus.
Keep an eye out for a post in the coming weeks, in which we'll share all the fantastic features and apps we are exploring with the Samsung Droid Charge 4G phone!
I was provided with a Samsung Droid Charge 4G phone courtesy of Verizon and Marx Layne & Company to explore for the purposes of creating this feature. The opinions above are both honest and my own. Images and information sourced from various Verizon sites &/or PR representative. Back to School & Bus Images.