When Rick and I got the letter inviting Maggie to join our community's Accelerated Learning program...well, we were some pretty proud parents. It wasn't surprising news...after all, Maggie's always loved writing and illustrating her own stories, even before she knew how to spell. And this year, she attended the Young Author's Conference, where she got to share one of her stories with her peers and heard two children's authors speak about the challenges and rewards of writing.
But leaving your school and most of your friends behind in order to pursue a more fulfilling creative learning outlet is a tough decision for a kid to make. It helped a lot that her friend Julia was there.
And the teacher had a great project for them to work on during a social meet-and-greet night that really helped get them excited for the new year. They did a "scavenger hunt" that took them all around their new school and helped them get familiar with the building.
We're not going to think of this as a "temporary" school...Maggie knows she can't just decide to quit and go back to her old school after a week or so. We're going to stick this out...and it'll be awesome. I may even join the PTO. Wonder if they have a Gifted Parent program?
I'll bet my parents would be pretty surprised when they got that letter.