Sunday, February 13, 2011

We received a letter in the mail inviting Chloe to participate in the school's "gifted" program. In the same week Stella's teacher informed me that Stella is struggling and falling behind the other students.
These two are so different.
Chloe is naturally driven, responsible and independent. Stella is easy-going and carefree.
We are proud of Chloe and are trying to help Stella but we are not going to get too worried yet. We were told that children's brains are still developing and they only use a small percentage. Sometimes they use more of one side (left vs. right) than the other and it is usually around 2nd grade that this evens out. Stella loves to color and create so we are hoping this is the case with her. (Although, I will admit that Chloe has always been crafty and book smart--she's cool like that.) I am the art mom for Stella's class. There are some kids in Stella's class that can write in complete sentences but cannot do, what I consider to be, a very simple art project.
Besides, I was one of a few kids that had to go to a reading aid in first grade and I turned out ok. Not too stupid.
Chloe made it to her school's 2nd grade spelling bee. She made it to the 6th round then got out on beautiful. She said "b-e-a-u-t-i-e.." then paused because she knew she had messed up. She knows this word but last week her class had "beauties" as a spelling word and she just goofed up. She cried afterward. "Everyone will think I'm so stupid for getting out on such an easy work!" She is a worrier.
Here she is spelling in front of the judges, all the 2nd graders and the parents beyond them. I was telling Chanell that I hated the stress of the spelling bee and when it was my turn I said, "g-p-q-a-r-t" because I had a fear of failing. Failing on purpose was much better than failing while actually trying. Chanell told me about the Brian Regan comedy skit. I'm glad someone appreciates my move.

I also came across this spelling bee video and laughed.


ChanellR said...

That video is awesome.
And I still think the only thing Stella needs to know is how to write her name on the bottom of her artwork and she'll be set. Not that I have any art authority, but I think she's gifted.

Em-Cat said...

I don't think you need to worry too much either. In my opinion I think it will be better in the long run if you encourage her creativity. By the way - I think you're super creative and smart, but don't get a big head over it. :-)