Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A STAR is born!



Today I ate lunch at the Country Club! That's because my husband and I had the privilege of attending a luncheon honoring all of the STAR students from our county. Amazingly, our oldest son, Taylor, is the STAR student for his high school!

In Georgia, the senior in each high school with the highest SAT score (from a single sitting), who is also in the top 10% of his class, is recognized as the STAR student. Each STAR student names a STAR teacher, and both are honored at this luncheon. Each of the STAR students also inspired those at the luncheon with a short speech.




It is hard for us to believe that our son is the STAR student for Sherwood! This is an amazing accomplishment for him!! I homeschooled Taylor up until 10th grade, so I know.


This is the boy who did not read at all until he was 8 years old! But then, he took off and became a voracious reader, especially of histories and biographies.


This is the boy who was always distracting himself and his siblings during school and chore time.


This is the boy who was constantly day dreaming, and when he was a young boy, referred to these day dreams as his "favorite thinks."


This is the boy who actually admitted to having trouble not letting his mind wander while he was taking the SAT!


This is the boy who seemed to let everything I tried to teach him "go in one ear and out the other" and kept me Crying Out to God Daily!


This is the boy who entered high school in the middle of the fall semester of tenth grade as a shy and reserved young man, and volunteered to work a problem on the chalkboard in Geometry class the very first day, astonishing his mother!


This quiet and withdrawn boy also astonished his mother by deciding to run for student council. I don't know if it was his clever campaign posters ("Big T for Vice P") or his crazy speech, but he won!!! He served as Vice President of student council his junior year, and then went on to become student body President this year!!


I share all of this to encourage all you mothers out there with children who are dawdlers, day dreamers, highly distract able, and unmotivated. There is hope!!! God is not through with them yet! He will perfect that which concerns them! Your children will amaze you and surprise you with giftings and talents you never knew they had!!!

"And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." ~ Galations 6:9.


Taylor with his STAR teacher, Mrs. Shephard


2 comments:

Neide Colson said...

Congratulations! I rejoice with you and your son's accomplishments. God is good! My son was also one of those who never liked to read through our homeshcooling years (and still doesn't), but as a sophomore in High School now, he seems to be more motivated to "fight the good fight" of High School in order to be successful at the end of the year.

busymomof10 said...

Hi Neide! Thanks for leaving a comment! Actually, my son LOVED to read -- it just took him a little longer than average to learn HOW to read! If he had been in a public school setting, I feel sure he would have been labeled as SLOW or ADD or something, when in fact, he is very gifted intellectually -- but had to mature on his own time table. And that is obviously one of the beautiful benefits of homeschooling our children, especially in their formative years! I was so proud of you for stepping out in faith and giving your children a great foundation at home! May God richly bless them now in their Brazilian schools.

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