Brag about dd's first high school experience
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|Thu, 03-14-2013 - 4:09pm|
My youngest dd, who turned 10 recently, has been taking introductory Spanish at the local high school* this semester. I had no doubt about her ability to cope intellectually, but I was interested to see how easily she would be able to navigate the organizational and social end of things. I've let her really "own" this first experience away from homeschooling, partly because I know that's what she wants but also because I figure if she's taking a high school course she should be taking a high school level of responsibility for that stuff. So I've resisted all temptation to ask her about homework or studying, or to assist her in any way other than expressing enthusiasm for anything she chooses to share.
Just got her first-term report. She earned an A, and her teacher wrote:
"She has seamlessly joined the class and has taken a lead role in a recent group project. She has great enthusiasm and participation in the class and she picks up new vocabulary very easily."
And you know, while I'm impressed with my kid, I think I'm at least as happy about the attitude of the other kids in her group. They haven't been dismissive or condescending concerning her penchant for group leadership. She's navigated it with some grace, explaining that it's natural for her to have lots of interest and energy in the project since she just has the one course at school -- and they've accepted that and been grateful for her work.
She would like to take Math 9 at school next fall, and her integration in Spanish is certainly building a strong case for that. The other positive news is that the principal of the last 3 years, the one who is so adamantly anti-grade-skip, is leaving at the end of this year. With luck we'll end up with someone more open-minded.
* I should qualify "high school" by saying that because this is an extremely small rural public K-12 school the high school electives (like Spanish) include any 7th and 8th graders who are interested in taking them as well. So dd isn't in a class with only 15+-year-olds ... a couple of the other students are 12 or 13.