Our girl has done quite well during her short stint in public school. She received a raving review from her teacher last night at our conference, and we've run out of refrigerator space for all of her awards. Erik and I are extremely proud of her, and as much as we'd like to take credit for her academic successes, it's comes directly from Avery being a little perfectionist. Last week she had a spelling test and requested that I make her flashcards to help her study. She then proceeded to lay the flashcards out on the table according to difficulty, and wrote the words she was struggling with in a notebook under the heading Words I Have Trouble With. On Monday she was having a hard time with a new math concept and asked if I would write out some math problems so she could practice regrouping numbers. Three pages later she had it down, and the next morning she gave her extra work to her teacher to prove she understood it.
My worries have shifted this year from making sure that she does her best and keeps up with her classmates, to wondering if Avery will give herself a panic attack by the time she turns 12. She can get very upset if she doesn't get 100% on a test or an assignment...it also makes her want to learn and be better, but that's a lot of pressure to put on yourself when you're only 6. She also stresses out about getting awards. On Tuesday night she started crying because she thought we would be mad if she didn't get an award at the awards assembly the next morning. I reassured her that we loved her no matter what, and that we were very, very proud of her. But she didn't need to worry...on Wednesday she received her 1st award of 1st grade, which was added to the dozen school awards already on the refrigerator.
Since the day Avery was born she has done everything her own way and she has exceeded our expectations nearly every day. She is the most unique, inquisitive, insightful little person, and we just feel so lucky to be her parents and experience this journey with her. Not every test score will be 100%, and not every award will be hers. But we will be there to tell her how proud we are of her, even when things don't go her way. Not that she'd let that happen, but just in case it does, it will be our greatest privilege to be standing in her corner.