My 10-year-old is really good at spelling. In fact, he hasn’t missed a word on a test since he was in first grade. And really, he didn’t technically spell the word wrong. He just wrote his “b” backwards when he spelled “dlack.” He hasn’t made that mistake since.
The funny thing is, when I put him in kindergarten, a lot of people questioned my decision. Since he has a November birthday, a lot of boys his age are held back a year, so they can mature. People implied that I was pushing him, that I would regret my choice, that I would cause him harm.
So far, they’ve been wrong.
Not only is he one of the top students in his class, he’s also more mature than some of the boys in his class that are a year older, boys that were held back.
It’s not always easy to trust yourself when you’re surrounded by negatives. But one thing I’ve learned from watching my son grow and excel, is that you have to believe in yourself. Trust your gut. If you don’t, no one else will.
Today I’ve got the golden ticket to take my son to the countywide spelling bee. He and a sixth-grade girl will be representing Ballard School. I’ve never seen him so pumped up, so proud of himself. I’m proud too. I don’t care if he wins. He doesn’t have to be #1.
Getting there has been fun enough.
Note: Drew spelled out on word #38, mystique. We celebrated the day by going out to lunch and then stopping at the bookstore — during school hours! Woo-hoo!
It was a good day indeed 🙂