Radical Acceleration for the Win

This Fall, Madison started her first semester with a full course load. I was worried it would be too much for her since she is only 12. I worried about how the other kids would treat her. I worried about how the professors would treat her. I also worried about her taking Biology for Science Majors since she hadn’t had any chemistry and wasn’t interested in science up to this point.

One by one, each of my worries faded. I need to learn to stop worrying. Ha! The coursework wasn’t too much, and she loves immersing herself in it. Regarding how the students and teachers would react, I soon found out that they all thought she was in high school since she is a dual credit student. Madison does look older for her age, which is great and not so great at the same time. To be on the safe side, Madison does tell those around her how old she is, especially boys. 🙂 She does not offer up her age to her professors, however. She has come to find out they have a harder time digesting that’s information.

I did think the Biology for Science Majors course might be too hard. At first, there was a learning curve, especially with the labs and the lab test. But then Madison had another educational jump. She is getting 100% (they have extra credit) and is taking the class as an honors class. She loves Biology and talks about it all the time. I would have never guessed in a million years that Madison would get a higher grade in Biology than US History, let alone love it.

She had a bit of a hiccup with Spanish since it is online. She had signed up for a hybrid class, but it was canceled. She sought out help and is now tutoring with the full time local Spanish teacher who is fantastic and is signed up for her class next semester for Spanish II.

I always question are we doing the right thing for Madison? And as of right now, I can confidently say yes, we are. She is so happy. She can’t wait to go to class every day and enjoys the coursework, lectures, projects, studying with other students, etc. she is genuinely happy, and that’s all that matters to me.

She has other activities she attends weekly with kids her age and enjoys playing the piano and taking lessons. There is more to her than just school, but it’s the majority of her happiness. She truly loves learning. There’s a downside to that as well, which will be a different post. Sometimes Madison has me pulling my hair out. Ha!

Overall this semester has broadened her horizons not only on an educational level, but on an ethical level as well. She can be who she is, believe in what she believes in, succeed and most importantly enjoy every minute of it. All at the same time. And that is SO important. ❤️❤️❤️


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