I read a post last week about how us Brits don’t really like to give ourselves props when we do well. It’s just not … English … is it? We don’t want to appear arrogant, or big headed. God forbid we stand proud and say, “I worked hard and I deserve recognition,” for fear of retribution from others.
I think the same thing often goes as far as being proud of our childrens’ achievements. I think we all think our kids are special – they are, of course – but I know I’ve been wary before of saying too much about my kids’ achievements for fear of being accused of bragging. But I say we should be proud – it’ll feed back into our kids’ self esteem (hopefully!) and they will want to continue to do well. That’s the plan anyway.
Anyway, it got me thinking. Thankfully, for now at least, Skig is really enjoying junior school. Well, for the most part. He’s doing really well, especially academically, and he has been invited to join the Gifted Register for English and Maths, *proud face.* He’s pleased about this. At seven years old he’s not thinking about the fact that it will mean extra work, he’s just chuffed that he’s been chosen. He definitely gets his competitive streak from me!
It was mooted (that’s a word, right?) at one point that he would be asked to join the Gifted Register for ICT too but, as yet, it hasn’t come to fruition and he is gutted. I mean … really gutted. He loves computers. He’s been using my Mac ever since he was 2 or 3 years old – we’re not talking touch typing or Excel spreadsheets, but I taught him how to type his name and where the numbers were.
Over the Christmas holidays, he created Powerpoint presentations … for fun(!) … all about the next instalment of Lord of the Rings. I know! He created a slide show, added his own audio, inserted photos and wrote his own text. He did things I don’t even know how to do, (that’s not hard mind you.) In fact, in class, he showed his teacher how to do something she didn’t even know how to do.
When we asked if he could be considered to be put on the Gifted Register for ICT however, we were told that no Year 3 pupil was considered ‘gifted’ in this area. So that begs the question, what exactly does then?
I love the fact that Skig’s school provides plenty of support for those children who are a little behind or who need extra help – and the principle of giving extra tuition to the more ‘gifted’ children is in place. But Skig is a child who has a passion for a particular subject and who wants to do more, work harder, learn more about ICT. It’s his favourite lesson by far and the highlight of his week.
I just hope his school sees sense and gives him a helping hand before he loses any enthusiasm because he finds the subject a little easy at this stage.
If this post makes me seem like I’m bragging, I’m not. I’m just a very, very proud Mum.