This week, was awards day for Chaz. He came home with a first grade participation award, top three Accelerated Reader in the class, as well as an "All O's and S's" award. I didn't know what that meant until a day later, when I asked for clarification. His big award from his teacher was the "Best Manners" award. I couldn't have been more proud. Last year, he got an award for how sweet and kind he was. This year, his manners. While he isn't the best at spelling, math or science, best handwriting, best question-asker, or even the best at art, what he does have is the best manners. And honestly, I will take that, and know that if nothing else, he will be respectful to those around him, and that just might help him get far in life. If not, we might need to teach him to spell, since this seems sort of out of place on the end of first grade wall of fame his teacher had prepared for us parents to view as we waited in the hall before awards day began.
After posting (on Facebook) how sad I was to see this, many friends messaged, and even called, to try to lift my spirits regarding Charlie's academic challenges. Tonight, at gymnastics, I was not only proud that he got his back handspring with out a spotter, but I was thrilled to see him believe in himself enough, that he would do it on his own. I have been working that back handspring since December. I knew he could do it, but he needed his coach to tell him he could do it, and then, he soared! Literally. That kid loves to fly in the air. What a gift he has!
|Top three Accelerated Readers in his class! GO Charlie, GO!|
|Best Manners- If you don't have anything else to your credit, this isn't the worst thing that could be said of you ;o)|