End of year brags/awards round up
Posted 25 May 2015 - 09:01 AM
DD10 (officially finishing 5th grade)
Attended her first two professional herpetology conferences and participated in the SSAR pre-baccalaureate program as the youngest ever student selected.
Silver medal in the NCEE and the NME
National award in the CML and the NSL exam
Award of merit in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemical Reaction Challenge (26th place overall, top 1%)
Started her Blog and educational campaign, My Little Python, and was recognized by the Herp Think Tank, Snake Buddies, Herper Props, USARK, Davidson MAPD, and another national volunteer award (local winner), which will be announced publicly next month.
Collected and donated almost $1000 for reptile-related charities in the past year.
Participated in over a dozen educational events in the area and coordinated two. Developed a local team of about 10 adults and 15 kids to focus on animal awareness issues.
Did her first public talk at Repticon on responsible herp keeping and herp laws at the state and national level
Is part of the group of girls helping PBS Kids develop their Sci Girls website (and is getting paid for it)
Is co-writing a book on snakes for kids that is getting close to being finished (just print on demand, but it's still been a major effort on her part, and she's learned a lot about writing for an audience and the editing process).
Was involved with three different research projects, and successfully saw her own projects through animal use committee and the permitting process for the state game and fish agencies in two neighboring states. Had a project that she came up with the original concept and helped design accepted as part of a graduate degree plan, with her as co-researcher.
Applied for the International Herpetological Symposium prebaccalaureate grant, didn't get it, but had to go through the process of getting recommendations, writing essays, without one of her regular mentors there to see her through it.
Made it through a tough cheer year with a new coach and a flaky team-which actually managed to pull off a win at the regional qualifier.
Oh, and somewhere along the way she managed to fit in at least a bit of other schoolwork 😉. She also participated in a few other competitions and talent search for social purposes.
Wow! No wonder I'm tired!!
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 09:51 AM
Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:28 AM
Feel free to weigh in with yours, too-I can't imagine I'm the only person who feels kind of left out .
Well, the first post is a seriously tough act to follow.
I know that I'm not even a homeschooler but my son has began to read (small) books and can translate them between his two languages.
Also, he's potty trained.
Yeah,...not really the same thing at all.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:40 AM
Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:17 PM
dmmetler - That is fantastic! Your DD is clearly exceptional and even more so that she is also able to know how to apply her interests and make a difference. I hope you are able to sit back and enjoy it - even while constantly running her from one thing to the next. She's going to do big things! It's awesome that you allow her to soar.
mathmarm - Your child is translating books into his different languages! That's totally the same thing, don't put yourself down.
As far as our end of year wrap up, nothing spectacular. DD4 probably taught herself to read, although she pretends that she can't so I can't accurately measure. But, on the flip side, her preschool teacher says she is the kindest in her class and befriends the kids who others have a hard time getting along with. DS10 completed 2 different curriculums in each subject. That in and of itself is something that gets me weird looks. It can be lonely not having "average" kiddos. People used to tell me that I was bragging when I mentioned that DS was using 2 words together at 9 months old.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:36 PM
DS (6) just finished up his year of B&M kindergarten, and it could not have gone better. He had the most amazing veteran teacher who really "got" him. He completed every skill on his report card, and excelled at every behavior mark. She was watching him carefully for boredom and keeping him occupied while also monitoring his emotional sensitivity. All that and open communication with us. It was amazing.
I take for granted some of the brag-worthy stuff, like that I tested him reading at a 10th grade level. I know he comfortably chooses to read books at a 6th grade level (which is about as high as I can find age-appropriate content). His teacher never sent home sight words, as the curriculum directed, but instead assigned him to do book reports with his weekly reading. His school pulled him out for extra math testing - twice because he aced the first above-level test they gave. He got end of year certificates of excellence in reading, math, music, Spanish, and science. Pretty much the only thing he doesn't excel in is art, and he comes by that honestly.
But the stuff I'm really proud of are the things that I know were a bit of a struggle for him. He was the first boy in his class to learn to tie his shoes (the girls were faster), and his handwriting is excellent if a bit slow. It took years of fine motor play and even some OT to get a decent, firm pencil grip out of him.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 04:08 PM
But I'll take the opportunity to brag a bit in a safe place. We started RightStart C and I figured out we had kinda accidentally covered half of it already with various math games. And if I'm guessing correctly what D will cover when it is released in a few months, we'll likely have covered a chunk of it, too. Oops?
I used the DORA because I wanted a more objective idea of DD's reading comprehension and it placed her 5-6 grade levels above where I was guessing. Not much to do with that information except relax a bit!
And she transitioned from a balance bike to a "real" bike this past week and learned how to ride it within 2 hours. In the last few days, she's progressed to managing small hills as well! Not bad for a kid whose "weak point" is typically motor skills of any kind.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:14 AM
I don't know about ya'll, but my FB feed is full of people bragging about their DC's awards, and I know putting DD's out there wouldn't be well received, but I thought we might be able to do a review of the past year here safely.
Always safe here. I remember when you were desperately looking for a mentor. Seems like just yesterday, but must have been a couple of years ago. And just look how far she has come with the right guidance! You are a totally awesome mom!
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:52 AM
He's progressing well through his academics, but not anything that would be impressive around here.
His progress doesn't have to impress anyone. Just things that most people would would isolate you if you posted them on social media for just anyone to see. It shouldn't be a struggle, but unfortunately, it is.
I remember we went out to dinner with friends one day, and their son is the same age as my daughter, they were just turning 1, and she commented that some toy needed new batteries and they were astounded because their son didn't even know what a battery was, much less that they made things work. I remember feeling so badly, and really I shouldn't have. It was just a simple comment, but they made this huge thing of it (not in a bad way at all), but what to them was extraordinary, was my everyday life.
And I'm sure we all have hundreds of those examples. That was just the one I thought of where people could not have been nicer, yet I still felt alone.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 11:47 AM
Nothing fancy here. School awards day is next Thursday, but I think they will both be getting honor roll all year. Miss E got the highest AR points by far. Miss A may or may not get the Presidential fitness award - if not she should get the National. (She has a hard time with the flexibility part.) Miss A will probably bring home some ribbons from Field Day. We hope to get our green belts in TKD in a couple weeks. They got a bunch of scout badges. Probably a few other things.
My kids are not "out there," but I agree, we can't post much of anything on FB either. Even though one of my kids has had many academic struggles, the few times I've mentioned her academic accomplishments on fb, they get very few "likes" and no "comments."
People do "like" when I post that we've moved up to a new belt color.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 12:06 PM
One of my DD's biggest accomplishments at age 8-9 was learning to tie her shoes . I think it was because she was too embarrassed when the college students would notice and tie them for her. Sometimes it's the little things that make such a big difference.
DS learned to tie his shoes this year!!!!
We don't do anything that would produce an award at this point. He's progressing well through his academics, but not anything that would be impressive around here.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:36 PM
Sacha is only 6, and this is our first official year homeschooling, so our accomplishments this year are pretty mundane. His reading has really taken off, which makes me super happy. He loves science and anything computer-related. He's blasting ahead in math, and loves Beast Academy.
I think that I am also really coming to understand (in no small part thanks to this board) that his slower gross motor skill development is part of his asynchrony. He still wants me to push him on the swing, can't tie his own shoes, and is generally slower, shorter, and weaker than most of the kids his age. At least he is wiping on his own now. That's an accomplishment, in my book.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:46 PM
DD immersed herself in coding this year, and participated in a bunch of events related to that, including demonstrating a project for the mayor, and ended up with her picture on the cover of 3 different local newspapers.
Her Irish dance team won their regional qualifier, and they are going to Nationals soon. She also won a couple of firsts in some local solo events, moving her up another level.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:16 PM
DS7 has made great progress in self-moderation this year. He has so far been too intense and too driven that it was hard for me to manage all his requirements for multiple extracurricular activities and advanced academics. Since we have started participating in competitions in the past year, the demands of competition preparation has taught him to limit his focus on to the most important things. He has learned to evaluate all his options, choose what he needs to spend his time on and to put other things on the back burner. This came about in a very natural way to him and I am glad that he learned it without parental intervention. That is something that I never expected
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:47 PM
DS6 placed 1st for state and 21st for national in grade 1/2 Kangaroo Math as a kindergartener. Also he made it to state piano competion that will be held the first weekend in June. He will be one of the youngest kiddos there.
DD4 actually danced at her dance recital instead of just standing there as she did last year. She has also started reading chapter books this year.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 10:31 PM
None of this seems advanced until I look at the milestone charts. Oops.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 11:03 PM
So wonderful to hear!! Congrats to you and your DD!!
Not sure it is brag-worthy but this past pear my DS (7yo) has officially exhausted all elementary age science curriculum available. We decided to move to child-led versus 7th grade level with him and he is excelling. He also found his niche in Sonlight 3rd grade math after we tried numerous math curriculums this year - none moved at the pace he did as well.
My DD (5 yo) is reading sight words, blends, sounding out 4+ letter words and doing great in Gr. 1 math!
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 11:43 PM
Robby competed at his first Science and Art Fair. He did what I thought was too simple of a project. In retrospect, not many kindergarteners can explain how electrons flow through a circuit, etc. He built five different circuits (open, closed with insulating dough, closed, series, and parallel) to test the conductive and insulating properties of different doughs with a squishy circuits kit. He won the Kindergarten division, was selected to have his project on display at Mastodon State Historic Site Museum gallery, won the Doug McKelvy award for outstanding engineering project (chosen by the McKelvy family), and won a sponsor choice award (one of two choosen out of over 800). His art project was an oil painting of a satellite orbiting Mars. He won a third place medal for K art.
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Posted Today, 09:35 AM
My kids accomplished a lot that I am proud of this year, but the biggest are that they are finding passions and paths that are their own. My dd11 has almost competed Algebra and has learned math persistence (before she just wanted it to be easy, which it usually was for her). She is creating and submitting videos to compete in Khan Academy's new talent search because she thinks she has something unique to offer. She is doing it all on her own - that attitude is new and warms my heart. Dd14 is working on designing her radio astronomy course for next year to do in addition to Chemistry. As part of it, she is going to help our local observatory add a second radio telescope to expand their capabilities. Thanks for the outlet to share!
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Posted Today, 09:45 AM
My sophomore qualified for the Division I High School State Tennis Tournament. He is one of only 16 players from the entire state to qualify. He is leaving with the high school tennis coach in 2 hours and has his first match tomorrow morning.
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Posted Today, 09:57 AM
Thank you for this thread. I have been seeing all of my friends' public school kids Facebook posts about all the awards they are getting, and I know I these are just nice, average kids, not exceptional. Seeing these responses about the unique achievements of your exceptional kiddos brings me so much more joy than those fancy sounding awards heaped on average achievements.
Sometimes average achievements are extraordinary feats...
(And sometimes even average achievements are beyond reach...)
Posted Today, 10:04 AM
DD aged 4 almost 5 did a genuine cartwheel at tumbling class yesterday. Considering her genes, we are truly amazed.
Some days I am glad she was delivered in the hospital room and stayed there instead going to the nursery. Otherwise I would sometimes wonder if she was really mine.
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