So field day is next Tuesday at my son's school. The flyer that came home said, "Be sure to wear your running shoes!"

So my choices are:
1. Have him be "in charge" of one of the stations
2. Just keep him home so that he's none the wiser that the whole thing even happened

He's in kindergarten, by the way

Any other ideas? Thoughts on which one is better?

Thanks.

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Oh yes the dreaded Field Day.

Unfortunately the part about him being none the wiser if you keep him home probably won't work because it's all everyone is talking about a few days before the event.

Jacob went in first grade and they pulled him around in a wagon and he did the events that he could.
This year he, himself chose not to go so I told him that I would take him to the zoo that day and that's what we did.
If you can think of something else that he likes to do alot I would make it a trade off for him so he doesn't feel like he's missed out on any fun.
Sam loves field day. He's gone that last two years and had a great time. He knows his limits and rests when he's tired. He also has his teachers and others there aware of his condition and they watch out for him.
My son loved 1st grade field day, each child does 3 events, his events were frisbe throw, ball kick and shoe kick. He got 2 6th place ribbons and 1 5th place ribbon (only 6 kids per event) and he was soooooooo proud of those ribbons. He did the activities that he could do, required no running at all. I would not keep him home, the other kids will talk about it and he may be upset to have been left out.
My son is in 1st grade and Field day was all day. I tried to tell him I would take him swimming or to a movie and that didn't work. I tried to tell him I would pick him up 1/2 day....he said no way, why, I told the teacher to watch after him and told him to rest when he needed to. The teacher would not let him do the activities that involved jumping...He was so mad at me when he got home...

Darcy
Here's my latest brainstorm. My husband has a former student that Aidan absolutely loves. She is what the world revolves around, according to him.

I was thinking of asking her to take him on an outing - telling him that Field day is the only day that she can do it that week, and then letting him choose. I guarantee that he'll choose Sarah.

What do you all think? A bit underhanded, but maybe everyone's happy in the end?
I'd go for it:)

Mindy said:
Here's my latest brainstorm. My husband has a former student that Aidan absolutely loves. She is what the world revolves around, according to him.

I was thinking of asking her to take him on an outing - telling him that Field day is the only day that she can do it that week, and then letting him choose. I guarantee that he'll choose Sarah.

What do you all think? A bit underhanded, but maybe everyone's happy in the end?
Hi

Erik did "playday" for 7 years. The last one he helped me staff a station and 2 years before that he led groups of 1st graders around the stations. There was equal numbers of physical and silly stations such as pie eating, danceing/freezing and blowing bubbles with bubble gum. Some years were better than others. He would pair up with the group leader for 3 legged race etc. The goal was to get through all the stations, not necessarily win the event. I always gave him the choice to do an adventure with me or go to play day. He always chose playday, probably hoping it would be better than the year before. I would explain playday and what you think might be fun about it and what might be not so fun and then give him the choice of Sarah.
well, that was easy.

I just explained to him what field day was and what he would be doing. Then I told him that Sarah would take him to the museum of flight instead. He asked if Graham (little brother) and I would come also, and said that was his choice.

A very good example of me making things more complicated than it needs to be, I guess.
Mindy
This was the first year Mark showed and voiced concerns to me about Field Day. He was in the 2nd grade. Fortunately, he had over $300. to burn from communion gifts so we both decided to go to Target instead on Field Day so he could shop his little heart out. Mark loves to shop. He had a great day. I just followed his lead. He wasn't sad about missing out on Field Day one bit.

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