Sunday, March 18, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 03.18.12

Happy Sunday, everyone! Thanks for coming to our weekly date :)

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?

Now let's get back to our party.

Blog Tip
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!

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is Lindsay's burlap book wreath tutorial. It's a fun way to dress up your door this spring :)

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
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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?


  1. Thanks so much for hosting! I plan on pushing my children to achieve THEIR best so it depends on the child.

  2. Thanks for the party SJ!! Have a happy week!


  3. Thank you for hosting!As not only a former teacher and mom, I think we expect sometimes to much out of our children. I think it is important for them to have time to be kids. My son for example could exceed his AR goal but I don't encourage it because I know they will keep giving him a higher and higher goal, and I want him to be a kid and have a little free time. Honestly I think the amount of school work some teachers give is just sad. If kids are board and want the challenge, I think they will let you know.

  4. Thanks for hosting the party. As a child of teachers and someone that LOVED schoolwork and learning, I was pushed. But it was just the right amount and it started much earlier for me. And it caused me to challenge and push myself. And continued right through college. I did my undergrad in three years. But they didn't push my brother the same way because schoolwork was not his I think it depends on the child.


  5. I think a child should be challenged, but not given a complex about perfection. Thanks for hosting.

  6. Ugh. I think they should be challenged, but not so overly worked that they burn out. I mean, they do what they can do including BEYOND their grade level as far as they want. And that's it. My sons both are way above their levels for reading and math, and we let them go as far as they want and that's it. It's just too these days get pushed so hard and so early...let em be!

  7. Hello SJ - thanks for hosting! I'm a newcomer and new Linky Follower. Would love for you to follow back. In reagards to the question.....With my own children I expected them to complete the work required. The next step was a heavy emphasis on how their emotional growth and did they treat people? were they kind? did they treat others like they mattered? did they serve others in age appropriate ways? were they good to their friends? did they refrain from gossip and destructive comments regarding get the point. If all was well then we discussed advanced academic endeavors etc. It is my belief that all the advanced learning in the world does not matter if they can't love themselves and others. Help? Good luck!

  8. Thanks for hosting this. I am now following your blog!

    -Erin Spain

  9. Thanks for hosting! :)
    With regards your question, I'm not a mother but I think that it's one thing to encourage a child to try harder but something else to be constantly pushing them to do better and better. When I was at school, encouragement worked better than pushing (pushing only ever led to frustration and dislike of the subject/teacher/school in general!)
    At ten, your daughter should be able to enjoy her childhood and not be bogged down with reports, grades and achieving higher than is expected for her age--unless she really does enjoy the subject and is willing to learn at a higher level, without being pushed to do so.

    Anyway, good luck to your daughter, she sounds brainy!

  10. Thanks for hosting the party as always! I am a teacher as well as a mom and I think that you can introduce your child to working ahead of grade level....then take your cues from her. I would not push it if you think she is resistant, but she might take it and run with it. You never know...if it's too much, lay off. If not, then let her go as much or as far as she likes. Additionally....use your instinct. You know her best--moreso than her teacher--so do what YOU feel is best. Good luck with that! I'm not looking forward to oldest is in K and is struggling a bit with controlling impulses in the classroom, but is excelling REALLY well academically. I feel I may be worried about this in the future. :)

  11. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a wonderful Monday!

  12. First off Thank you for hosting a wonderful party!

    Now onto your question: I am not a parent, however I teach kids riding lessons from ages 6-17. It amazes me how much school has changed since I was there (and it wasn't *that* long ago, I'm 25). Parents have told me about the crazy amount of homework THIRD GRADERS are bringing home and that the schools are doing testing almost every week. When I was in school I remember coming home, going OUTSIDE to PLAY...I don't recall having a ton of homework until 7th or 8th grade and even then it was usually because I hadn't utilized my time in school wisely. So I guess what my "answer" to you is: if I had a child I would let them enjoy their childhood and support them. I'd hold them to a "standard" when it comes to academics based on that child's abilities, and if they WANTED to pursue a higher academic standard, I'd support them; but as long as they maintained a solid grade I'd encourage them to branch out. Colleges also look at extracurricular activities as well. Okay, I'll step off my soapbox...which is kind of funny that I even felt so passionate about this given a.) I don't have children and b.) there are probably a MILLION grammar mistakes I just made throughout this comment! Anyway, have a great week! :-)

  13. Thank you so much for hosting, SJ.
    I'd say let your little girl be a child. You can challenge and expose her to different possibilities - she will choose what she likes.
    I did that with my son and have no regrets so far (he's 17, moved at 13 to another country, another language etc. and getting ready for university now).
    Every decision related to our children is so hard, isn't it? :)
    I wish you all the best!

  14. This is a hard question! My daughter is 9, nearly 10 and I know she can do better and I try to encourage her as much as I can. My son when he was her age was a lot brighter and I still encouraged him because his teacher said. No matter what the level some teachers (not all) will push them harder to gain a higher level even if they are already at the highest. I much prefer a teacher who is encouraging rather than a teacher who simply doesn't care and I have seen plenty of them too! As parents we should try to be personally aware of our childrens levels and abilities and judge for ourselves if they are getting too much.

  15. Thanks for hosting the party!

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