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Monday, April 04, 2005

Great News

Pearls and Dreams

My 15 year old son ...ImSOCool

This child is 15. He was homeschooled for most of his schooling.Before all of you start telling me what a good job I've done ...don't ..this kid is just ... self taught. I supervised, I pushed, I shoved and I cajoled, I provided the opportunity, I forced the opportunity ...but not once did I ever show him a single academic thing ... he is entirely self taught. I got tired of arguing with him in 8th grade and decided he needed someone else to be accountable to in high school.

He's gone from homeschooling to a school of 9th & 10th grade only ...2400 member school. He's done great, great grades and even on the studen council (ok, just how does one go from homeschooling to that large of a school & on the student council in one fell swoop?????) I guess by being ImSOCool

So, he's got lots of friends, good grades ...he brings home report cards from his teachers with quotes like "pleasure to teach'' (OHHHKAY ...so if he's such a pleasure to teach, then why is he in your school instead of my home?????????)

Anyway, he's doing good. I've gotten emails from all his teachers telling me what a remarkable adjustment he's made. 3 have told me that they've never had a homeschooled child make the adjustment so well, and yet, they feel that he'd be fine if he wasn't that he seems fine to just 'be in his own skin and that is such a rare quality to see in a teenager' (got that in all their emails, wonder if they''d talked? LOL)

All of them have asked me about what text books we used because they are impressed with the quality of his education. Not too bad for a poor family homeschooling with garage sale books and hit and miss when it comes to organized curriculums and doing a lot of talking about what's going on in the world and at times ...not even having books, just the TV, computer & paper & pens!

So, today, we get a letter in the mail, he's been inducted into the National Honor Roll. Wow. Just wow.

I'm amazed that he's my child. I'm amazed quite frankly, at both my children. How in the world I got so lucky ...is beyond me!

4 comments:

  1. I am soooo happy for you and your son! I homeschool my oldest son - since third grade. Now he is 12, almost 13, would be in 7th grade - so this is so wonderful to hear!

    Congratulations...

    Dawn from the Lupus Board!

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  2. Ahhh... you're not lucky, my dear. You are blessed! The Lord knew you'd be perfect for each other! :)

    Congrats to both of you!

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  3. Good job MAMA!! I also homeschooled mine...youngest 21 and in college. ALL are honor roll students in college...but just give kids a rather calm place to study and whatever materials you can find and talk to them a lot...and do fun stuff like 4H etc etc...most of them come out ok educationally! It is funny the remarks teachers make however...my older 2 went for a few classes to high school and their teachers could not believe how well they did...but to tell you the truth...the kids today are not much competition compared to our day...so many druggies, drunks, etc etc....I think my kids in my day might have had a harder time for those top grades. Though they are all smart enough...still...to be truthful the dumbing down of the general populace has worked quite well.
    Elizabeth

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