Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Goof Ball

Y'all are familiar with my boy, youngest child, Red Rocks. Er, Little Guy. Y'know, I've forgotten what I call him here. He's thirteen and 5'8". Seventh grade. I have no idea what to call him now. How aboooouuuut ... Goof Ball? I mean really ...

Yeah. That's a stretchy book cover on his head

So Goof Ball (it really works for him, I think) was homeschooled until he was ten years old. He learned to read just before he turned nine and was reading at a high second grade level when he went into fourth grade at the public school. I went through the proper channels and had him tested, got an IEP. His vocabulary was that of a 25 year old - he just can't hear phonetically, so he has to memorize words. Weird, but that's what it is.

The IEP has been great. I've worked with his teachers all along, they've gradually weaned him from all the extra help, he's memorized a lot and learned how to work in the system. Goof Ball seems to love school - especially the social aspect - and is a hard worker. In fact, every one of his teachers has commented on his work ethic at school. Especially once he started meds for his ADD a few years back (you see why I stopped homeschooling? Vocabulary of an adult, arguing technique of a lawyer, ADD - it's a wonder I'm still alive and sane).


Check out the bat utility belt

This week his English teacher tested all the kids in his class to see what their reading levels are prior to assigning books for book reports. Don't want to have them reading kiddy books if they read on a high school level, but also don't want to frustrate a fourth grade reading level with Middlemarch.

Goof Ball (I'm really liking this name!) tested at an eleventh grade reading level. A little more than three years after going into public school. WHAT?!? Okaaayyy ...

But that's not all! This week in the mail he received a letter from Duke University. Evidently they send out invitations to seventh graders who have tested at 95% on one of their 6th grade state tests and have been recommended by a teacher for the program. The program? A talent search. The kids are asked to take the SAT or ACT early. This semester early. As a practice test for taking it again in high school. But it's the real thing. It's supposed to give the kids an idea of what they'll have to expect, what they'll need to work toward, as well as letting their teachers know that they're already tracking for college and to pay extra attention to this kid.

What. The HECK?!?

So yeah, I'm bragging. But I'm also a little dazed. Surely not my child. In my head he can still barely read. And I'm so proud of him and all his hard work.

It almost makes his being thirteen tolerable.

Almost.

Until I write again ...

Flea

8 comments:

Marguerite said...

Wow! congrats Goof Ball! :D

Crista said...

Wow! That is so fantastic! Way to go all of you! I would totally be bragging, too. Seems like school agrees with him.

Mental P Mama said...

Awesome!!!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

way to go... both of my kids had that invite... cory took it martha chose not to... both loved to read until puberty... Gads ireally dont like teen years... Stay a nice young goof ball as long as you can ok young man!!! enjoy your time as a youth it goes by way to fast! and hug your mama!

Crazed Nitwit said...

Awesome! I know I'm repetitive. That's terrific!! A 13yo who can argue like a lawyer, been there. I sincerely wish you all the best because parenting gets tough in the teen years.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Flea, you wont believe this but my goof ball had one of those book covers on his head last week! I think these two would get along great!
Go Goof Ball!!
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Leenie said...

Good Job, Mom. Way to produce and raise a genius. Now you just have to figure out what to do with him and how to pay all that tuition. (Love the hat).

Jill of All Trades said...

Absolutely AWESOME! That is just great. My youngest wanted me to home school at one time but with here ADD I would have pulled my hair out. It was all I could do to keep her in school at all. She was very smart but only wanted to do music, music, music, which is what she is doing in LA now.