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We don't have all the test results back yet-as in, in hand, so I can't give numbers, but we spoke to the principal of the umbrella school we are under and she strongly recommends placing both girls at high school level Math and Language Arts this year. That will put Alyssia doing 9th grade and Alexis at 11-12th. Some parts of their other subjects will also be a higher grade level, but that's by my own doing, lol.
Respectively Alyssia will be in 6th grade next year and Alexis in 8th, or rather, they should be, lol.
Also Leo had his end of the year aimsweb testing and he's been recommended for 4th grade(on all subjects) rather than 3rd where he actually would normally go to next(he did 2nd this year). He's super proud of himself. I think part of it is because he knows that had he not started kindergarten at 4, and been held back that first year, he WOULD be in 4th this coming year anyway. Not that he'd ever say that out loud, but he's hinted to it. His "teacher"(she's the lady who does his aimsweb testing, not really his teacher, but she is a teacher, lol) was so astonished to see how far he's come. She's done all his aimsweb since the day we started and told me repeatedly she's not seen progress like that in a long time. It was like a light bulb just went off and..bam, he's back on track. This year has been even more impressive than last year.
I just can't express how proud I am of them. Of course, I'm always proud of them, no matter what(aren't we all? lol). But moments like this really reiterate for us exactly why we homeschool, and why we really need to. Things are just so much better, smoother, easier...I could go on for days, lol.
In school there is no way any of them would be getting promoted to any other grade on any subject, much less multiple. That's just unheard of here(and trust me, I tried, for years, when they did attend). Their idea of gifted and talented here consists of one "science"(using that term loosely, it's a terrible representation of science anything) class and the only kids in it are the ones who have parents on the PTA who...well...clique comes to mind here. It's just terrible. As much as I don't like saying it, most of those kids should not be IN that kind of class. Not saying they're idiots or something, lol, but gifted and talented (to me) means far more than "at grade level".
Anyway, rambling. I'm just so happy for them. The girls are excited they won't be as bored. I mean I did my best to supplement and all my supplementals were well above their grade level, but having that base be on a level that's actually semi-challenging is going to be best for them both. Maybe this year I won't need to supplement as much(I don't mind though, I enjoy it actually).
I tried explaining all of this to their father earlier today when he called. But, yeah, that didn't go well. I just hate that he can't see what they've become, how well they're doing and what they're capable of, simply because he's choosing not to see it. Personally I think it's because he's still miffed that it took him a few years to try and get his GED, and he failed a ton of times. While the girls have done all the worksheets and books he had from it with no problems(for fun, no one made them, they just found them one day going through boxes) and both girls passed on the first try
Leo's done some of the worksheets just not all of them, the girls finished.
But then he was against, and still is, homeschooling from the word go. He's against most things we do though, so, we don't pay him much mind. I only tell him these things because I believe I owe it to my kids to keep him informed, even if he's basically standing there with his tongue out, fingers in ears saying "nah nah, can't hear you" at me.