Today was Christopher's first day of T.A.G. at school and he enjoyed it very well. He's been in reading TAG (Talented and Gifted) since first grade and has had the same teacher every year. He basically gets excused from his regular class for an hour or so, and goes to another classroom three days a week for TAG. Sometimes he likes it, sometimes he doesn't. There are 57 TAG students at his school, and I think it's nice that he is challenged. It bothers me though, that other kids who aren't in it, might feel like they're less talented and gifted. Yet I still appreciate the extra opportunity he has. He's always been an excellent communicator and I am very proud of my little boy for being such an excellent student.
Christopher is doing very well riding his bike to and from school every day. He came home from school one day last week, after bicycling home by himself for the first time, walking into the house, removing his bike helmet, all sweaty and red-faced, exclaiming, "I feel like such a big boy!" I'm so glad I'm finally comfortable to allow him to do this, as the exercise is good for him for one thing, and the responsibility and confidence he's feeling are an added benefit. I have been nervous to let him do it in the past, as it's a half mile to the school, and is during the morning traffic, so I was worried that he was too young. Now I feel he's mature enough and he understands the traffic better and can be cautious enough. He'll get to ride his bike to school next year too, in fifth grade. He'll start riding the bus for middle school the following year--yikes!