The kids went to a homeschooling award ceremony a week ago. This is how we chose to encourage them:
For beginning in earnest the lifelong journey into letters and numbers and books, The Dr. Seuss Award goes to Charlie.
For her fascination with bugs, animals, plants, rocks, sticks, water, and mud, The Edith Holden Award goes to Faith. (Edith Holden was the English author and illustrator of The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady written in 1906.)
For diligence, a sense of duty, and spiritual growth, The Ruth and Abigail Award goes to Lauren. (On the way home, Lauren asked, "Who is Abigail?" to which John replied, "It's back to First Samuel for you, missy!")
For his insatiable appetite for the printed word, his love of names, high fantasy, creative writing and thirteen letter words, The JRR Tolkien Award goes to John.
For her mathematical abilities and the for effort she applied to her schoolwork this year, The Nathaniel Bowditch Award goes to Claire. (Nathaniel Bowditch was a self-educated man and the founder of modern maritime navigation. His book, The New American Practical Navigator written in 1802 is still carried aboard all ships in the United States Navy. Mr. Bowditch is considered the founder of modern navigation. The Newberry Award winning Carry On Mr. Bowditch is one of our all time favorite books.)
For the kindness, generosity, and companionship that they exhibit toward one another, The Frog and Toad are Friends Award goes to John, Lauren, Faith, Claire and Charlie.
Congratulations guys! We are proud of both your progress and your enthusiasm. You make this homeschooling adventure well worth the effort.