Summer of 2016

Despite the Texas heat, we have had a great summer so far. Madison has kept busy in camps, hanging out with friends and continuing school. We do school over the summer because we take more breaks in the spring and Fall when it is nice weather outside.

In June, Madison had three weeks of camp, her birthday and a visit from her grandparents.

Madison kicked off the month of June with a birthday party with her close friends at her favorite place, Color Me Mine. It was prefect for her because she loves painting and socializing with her friends and she was able to do both at her party.

Madison started off her summer of camps with Archeological Discoveries and Chess through the Coppell Gifted Association. I highly recommend these camps. Madison not only learned about Archeological Mysteries, she learned the importance of researching facts and how facts can be presented to sway a reader. The lessons she took away from this camp will last her a lifetime. Her Chess camp was lead by Dr. Alexy Root, author of Prepare With Chess Strategy and it was AMAZING! Madison learned so much in such a short time.

The following week Madison took a summer camp through DFW Speech and Debate. She loved every minute of it and she took First place at the competition at the end. The coaches being so much experience to these camps and help kids come out of their shell in ways that are unimaginable. But the greatest take away from these camps are the life skills they learn. They cannot be surpassed with any other camp.

Madison also enjoyed a week of church camp called Totus Tuus. This camp was based on Apologetics for Catholicism and was presented in a manner that was engaging for kids. She leaned many songs that she is still singing everyday.

At the end of June my parents came to visit. Madison enjoyed their company and a trip to Chuck eCheese and Color Me Mine as well as playing games, the piano with my dad and playing Chess.

Madison has enjoyed seeing movies with family and friends, swimming, taking yoga classes at Yogi Kids and earning service hours with her American Heritage Girls troop.

In July Madison took a Survivor Camp at Yogi Kids where she worked in partners and had the opportunity to be super creative. Madison’s sister came to visit and we went to the Gaylord Texan for their SummerFest 2016. Madison really enjoys spending time with her sister and can’t wait to see her again soon.

In the middle of July Madison took the Iowa  Basic Skills test. Last year she took the Second grade test after finishing second grade. That was silly because she topped out of it. So we did the Fourth Grade test a couple of months later. The same thing happened, so this year I gave her the Seventh grade test. The main reason was so that she would have a challenge. When she took the test she said that she knows more than I think she does. 😳 From previewing her answers I think she is right, but I’m sending it off to be calculated, so we’ll have a better idea of her strengths and weakness when the scores come back.

By having her take the ITBS, I have a better idea on what we need to spend more time on next year.

Madison is also enjoying her summer reading list. So far she has read:

Madison plans on enjoying the rest of her summer with friends, more camps, playing on her summer basketball team and volunteering.

Our summer has been fun so far, but I am looking forward to the cooler weather!

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