I started praying about my firstborn son's education when he was about 18-months old. It was at that age that I observed he was a self-motivated, eager learner. While getting ready to go somewhere, he would point to the letters and numbers on our license plates and recite them, or signal us to tell him what they were. He did the same thing while at the grocery store with the different food prices. Over time, it became more and more obvious to me and those around me: I had a very advanced child.
|This day in May of 2015 was a dream come true for our son! |
We visited Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, Texas.
|Our boy enjoys picking fresh green beans from our garden.|
Most recently, his class studied a unit on farming, and he brought home a cup with dirt and beans planted inside. Each morning, right after the sun comes up, he runs outside and yells, "Good morning, plant!" He has had it for about five days and it has not sprouted yet. He remains hopeful.
I had some reservations, initially, when sending him to school. I was confident we had made the right choice, but shared the normal questions and fears most parents have: Should we send him to school now? (He's only 3.) What if something bad happens on his campus? This school isn't in the best nor the worst neighborhood, but should we choose a better one? Our son has blonde hair, blue eyes, and light skin, so definitely he sticks out in a sea of children with darker features—will he be picked on?
These questions were all valid, but my husband and I chose not to make our decision based out of fear. While his first school year thus far has not been without its transitions and minor hiccups, none of what I feared has come to fruition. The administrators, staff and teachers that I know and have met are warm, welcoming and caring. Most of them know him by name. Because I served in public school education for seven years, I know some of the best and hardest working teachers work at these lower income schools. In Brownsville, all the schools are classified as such, a few more than others.
Our son has had such wonderful experiences that he would not have been exposed to had I kept him at home another year. He has grown tremendously in ways I would not have anticipated. We have had the privilege of meeting the families of some of his classmates at parties and other events; they have blessed us with their kindness, humility and hospitality. My firstborn speaks highly of his classmates and teachers.
|Children wait to perform in the Christmas program at my son's |
school this past December. It was his first time in such a
performance, and he did great!