The Dog Days of Summer

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! We are winding ours down and gearing up for the new school year.

Madison kicked her summer off with attending a YMCA camp on the lake. She enjoyed horseback riding, boating/tubing, the B.B. range, field games, and swimming. She came home dirty and tired each day. It was great!

Madison had her Speech Tournament and came in First Place for Junior Persuasive. We were very proud of the effort she put into her speech and competing. She won a $250 scholarship for college by taking first place!

She also enjoyed STARS camp and Summit. It was definitely worth the trip. Madison was able to meet her teachers in person, her classmates, and made new friends. ❤️❤️❤️ I cannot even explain how much of a difference this camp and weekend had on her life.

She met her chess coach in person again. He is a wonderful mentor to her.

She was thrilled to meet her favorite teacher, Dr. Kirsten Stein, in person. Madison takes classes at Athena’s Advanced Academy, and Dr. Kirsten is a phenomenal teacher. Madison is taking Philosophy and World Geography this Fall. Her class is filled, but if they get enough students the second class will be a go.

Madison also got to meet Jim Weiss again this year. He is inspirational and she loves listening to his stories.

During Summit Madison was able to meet her teachers and classmates for her Fall online Davidson Academy classes.

I missed Madison while she was at STARS camp, but she did not miss us at all. She had the best time of her life. She had never been away from us for an evening, let alone a week and I was worried, but I’m glad she went. ❤️

Madison has kept busy this summer with planting plants into pots and taking care of them, playing chess, and continuing school.

She is taking Pre-Algebra 1 through Art of Problem Solving, attending SQUILT live, and completed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Elijah of Buxton, Microbiology and Cell Theory, and Genetics and DNA.

She is currently working on Human Body Systems and ACT prep. Madison took a practice ACT test at home and did pretty well, so she is going to prep for it and take it this upcoming school year. Her goal was to take it when she was 12, but she’s ahead of schedule so….

My next post will be about raising a radically accelerated academic child.

Madison really enjoyed dissecting an earthworm and then looking at its organs under a microscope.

Madison has been pretty busy, but is always reading. This summer she has read Lad: A Dog, King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table (Dover Children’s Evergreen Classics), and she is currently reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Penguin Clothbound Classics).

We had some very sad moments this summer. Suzanne Nasser, the Director and Founder of DFW Speech and Debate passed away suddenly on June 28th. She was Madison’s mentor and was her nominator for Davidson Young Scholar program. We are still in shock and are very saddened. Jeff and Madison attended her memorial service and said it was beautiful. Suzanne was an amazing person who not only homeschooled her own children who her legacy will live on through, but she impacted thousands of other lives. Suzanne, we miss you and we will never forget you.

Last week we had to say goodbye to our 15 year old cat Sebastian. That is never easy, but we know he is happy now and no longer in pain.

We are looking forward to cooler weather and the normal routine of classes and activities to start!

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