I can't believe that my son just finished Preschool. I can still recall the first time that he went to school, he was so excited but for him, school = play. But that was okay for us because we just wanted him to enjoy school. We don't pressure him to get an award or medal just to prove himself.
He studied in Montessori School for two years and we decided to enroll him in a traditional school. It was a big decision for us because it would be a different environment and it would be a challenge.
In Montessori - homework is every Friday, no quizzes, 3 exams in one school year, and no grades.
In Traditional school - we have homework every day, surprise quizzes, monthly and periodical exams every month and we have grades. Kids are expected to write their lessons and assignments.
The first grading was an adjustment period for us, during the first week my son complained “What, assignment again?”. Hehehe, he was not used to it.
When we received his card, we don’t know if the 90.17 average is low or high grade already. We saw a blue eagle seal stamp and the teacher advised us to check the handbook. According to the handbook, the eagle seal on the report card is their periodic honors. “Blue Eagle - 89.50 to 90.49% average with grades not lower than 85 in any subject”. So mataas na pala yung grade.
I said congrats to my son for getting the blue eagle seal and he said “No mommy, I want gold eagle”. I was shocked but happy at the same time because he wanted to achieve more. I told him if he wanted to get a gold eagle seal, he needs to study hard.
And he did it, he got a gold eagle seal on his 2nd grading and 3rd grading. But getting an eagle seal is not enough to get an award at the end of the school year. I computed his grade from 1st to 3rd grading and if my son will maintain his grade he can get the blue eagle certificate.
But my son surprised me because when I saw his notebook, I was surprised that he got the “Red Eagle Certificate” - an average of 93.50 to 94.49% and no final rating in any subject lower than 90.
I was thinking of his 4th grading grade but I was still happy because my son will graduate with an award. I always say this for the past two years “with or without award we are proud of him”.
I’m glad because of his improvement, from someone who doesn’t care about the grades and now he wants to achieve something. Getting the eagle certificate is not easy so it is a big achievement.
Like I said last year “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” and I hope that he will not stop learning, he will not stop dreaming and he will not stop believing in himself.”
To my son, believe in yourself when nobody else does. Always remember that we always believe in you and we love you for who you are. We are always at your back to push you to dream and to believe.
"Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Brad Henry
I received the card and my son got a 97.17 average in his 4th grading so we got the Red Eagle. :)