Hello, I am the mother of a 10-yr old boy in fourth grade. This is his first year in this new school. He was recently invited by his teacher to join the Battle of the Books club. Unfortunately, my son declined the invitation because he does not know anyone in this club + it appears that only girls in his class have shown interest in joining this club. Battle of the Books involves reading a book and competing with other clubs from different schools in answering questions about the book.
I think this is a great opportunity for him. He will learn better reading skills and be exposed to competition, meeting other kids, etc. My question is: how do I get him to join this club when his only reason not to join is because he does not know anyone? Should I back down? Thanks in advance for your help and sharing your own experiences with a similar situation.