I am actually doing so much better than I thought I would. Maybe it's because over the past few weeks I have already shed countless tears and endured many sleepless nights anticipating this event. I have to keep reminding myself of how blessed we are to have the opportunity to have Wyatt enrolled in such an amazing educational program.
A few years ago, I heard about the gifted and talented program offered through the Jordan School District and knew it was meant for Wyatt. At the time we were living in Davis County and I didn't think there was a remote chance of him being able to experience ALPS. With a new job opportunity bringing us back to Salt Lake County, the reality of him attending the ALPS program seemed a little more likely. He was tested last December and in March we received the test results, along with his acceptance letter.
Unfortunately, neither John nor I were smart enough to read the results.
After a little help, we discovered that Wyatt scored in the 98th percentile in above level testing in every area. He even received a perfect score on a couple of tests. When compared with the other gifted children being tested he scored above average as well.
I have told very few people about this because I am embarrassed to brag about our kids in any way. I also don't know if any of our other children will attend the ALPS program...I didn't want to make too big of deal out of it.
However, after reading a great book that suggested we emphasize and acknowledge our children's strengths and accomplishments, I feel it is important for me to document how proud of this boy I am. Wyatt has a love for learning and is incredibly bright, I'm not going to diminish his gift because of my own fear of hurting someone else's feelings, rubbing someone the wrong way, or making my other children feel bad.
I loved the author's theory of not creating a well rounded person - not trying to get our children to be great at every single thing, but rather focus on developing their individual strengths and not worry so much about their weaker areas. Each of our children have great talents and I am excited to watch Wyatt, Cole, and Macie develop and grow as individuals. I pray I can teach them to be proud of who they are, proud of each other's accomplishments and not compare themselves to each other or anyone else.
Wyatt was a little nervous this morning, but very excited for his first day. I walked him to his classroom and he went straight to the desk with his name on it, didn't even look back. I took Cole and Macie to have lunch with him in the cafeteria. We packed a lunch from home since "Teriyaki Beef Strips" didn't sound too appealing to Wyatt. I'm glad we went, he seemed very happy to see us. I was worried that he didn't know how to peel a banana, since I always do it for him...apparently he's more than capable. He wasn't too thrilled when I started snapping pictures in the cafeteria, I guess my "cool mom" status was short lived.
Just for fun, a look back...
|Joy School 2008|
|Joy School 2009|
|Big First Grader 2012|