Nathan received 100% on a math test today. While saying how proud I was of him, I reached for the sticker book to give him a couple stickers. He stopped me saying “I don’t want any stickers, Mom.” I said “Are you sure? I have some really cool Spiderman stickers here.” He said “Yes, Mom, I’m sure. I’m 6 and a half now, that’s too big for stickers now.” I was a little surprised and wasn’t quite sure what to say. I said “Hmm…what can we do then instead of stickers..?” (mainly talking to myself.) And Nathan said “How about art, Mom?”
He loves his art book and is always begging to do another art project. Unfortunately for him, when things get busy/crazy, as they frequently do around here, art is one of the first things that gets put on the back burner. We did not get a chance to do art last Friday as we normally try to. So as Nathan did do really well in school today, I agreed with his sticker replacement and we did art instead. It quite a brilliant idea on his part – something I would not have thought of.
Nathan really surprises me. He is so smart and some of the things he will just figure out are amazing. Nate & I have always thought he was smart – of course every parent thinks their child is – but lately we’ve had a couple unbiased people tell us they thought he was very smart, and maybe we should even consider getting him tested. I don’t know if we’ll actually do it but it is a reminder to me to keep him challenged.
He is so detail-oriented. Ex: Today on his math test, I had to give him some addition/subtraction problems and he had to write the answers down. One of his answers was wrong (I’ve found that 9 times out of ten, when he gets a wrong answer it’s because he’s bored and not paying attention – not that he doesn’t know it.) A few minutes later on a different section of the test, he had to come up with the answer to a “story problem.” I read it to him and he wrote the correct answer down. As he did so, he said “Oops, I put the wrong answer down back there” and pointed to the problem that was several sections back. The problem had been the same (7-5 or something similar) just in different form, yet he remembered. That really surprised me, as I had already forgotten about the original wrong answer. He does little things like that all the time – just out of the blue – that really amaze me.
True, he’s a high energy kid, but when he’s focused, he does incredibly well. Nate & I have been learning that the key is to keep him challenged. It’s another reason why I am so thankful and 100% positive that homeschooling is the right decision for us. If Nathan were in public school, I know he would be bored and they would be sending home letters saying he’s ADD/ADHD/whatever and insisting we put him on meds.
Instead of that, he’s home with me where I can accelerate our homeschool program to meet his needs. He is happy, challenged, learning, and doing incredibly well. And yes, he is getting socialization – he has lots of interaction with other kids at various church activities each week, not to mention get-together’s with friends, and he has karate twice a week. He loves karate and is doing very well with it.
I’m very proud of my very-quickly-growing-up-not-so-little-boy anymore.