merylvdm Posted July 16, 2009 Share Posted July 16, 2009 Hi My kids aren't brilliant or anything like that, but they do like being stretched academically and I have found contests have been a wonderful way for them to do that. In addition they learn to lose, to win with grace, that life is not fair etc. In addition many contests are group ones and they can socialize at the same time. I have managed to get my local homeschool group to join me in my enthusiasm for contests and so we have teams in practically every contest going. In addition my kids do quite a few individual contests. I would love to see more homeschoolers doing some of these. I have just written up about many of the ones we do, and thought some of you on this forum might benefit from what I wrote - so go to http://www.squidoo.com/contests-for-students for more info about some of my favorites. I have links and photos etc. And post if any of your kids have enjoyed these too - and succeeded in them. And just for your encouragement - the 2nd placed team in the National Science Olympiad Competition was a homeschooled team - Excel - from Washington State. That was such an awesome achievement!! Our team has to work hard to even make it to the State contest, so for a homeschool team to not only win their State championship, but eventually come 2nd, is just amazing. Meryl Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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