This past week was parent-teacher conference in our school district so I got the chance to meet with Princess One's homeroom teacher. I was already happy that she got A's and Outstanding in all but 2 areas - Science and Social Science; however, that was short-lived when the teacher expressed that Princess One has to be challenged and pushed more because she can do more. My goodness, this teacher is looking for perfection! He said that if Princess One will go to college, she should be groomed as early as now because it's very competitive to enter, even to the average universities. "They even look as far back as the kids' sophomore year, not just the senior year!" he exclaimed. I asked him, "If we push her right now to read books at the 7th grade level (she's just 10), or do those research papers like a pro, or keep on challenging her to do things beyond her grade level, isn't that stripping her of childhood enjoyment?" My biggest concern is if Princess One burns out very early on instead of having the joy of learning. He agreed that I have a point and that whatever Princess One chooses, he'll still think highly of her. I can see his point that if the child can handle it, then push her to more challenging academic endeavors. Now here's my question to you, my friends. Do you agree with the teacher? Why or why not?
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Most of the time, for simple and cheap projects, we buy from the Dollar Store but here's a good post on what not to buy at a Dollar Store from Holy Craft. Sound advice!
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Burning question: Based from my experience above, would you push your child to undertake more challenging academic endeavors? Why or why not?