On November 12, I received the earliest Christmas card ever from one of my students — the youngest student in the homeschool group. This little girl is only eight years old, and we admitted her on one-month probation last year to the middle school classes, classes for those from ages 11-14.
What a glorious surprise this little girl's achievements have been! Last school term she, as the youngest entrant ever, won first place in a prestigious writing contest held nationwide. She is now enrolled in my Literature, Grammar 2, and Latin 2 classes; those last two classes are high-school-level classes, each earning a high school credit.
Now, back to the Christmas card.
The card depicting cardinals was beautiful, of course, and came inside a matching envelope. Still, nothing unusual — until the parsed postscript mentioning the stamp that Mr. AOW gave this little girl a few weeks before:
P.S. Thank you for the Korean stamp.With arrows, she labeled the following grammatical elements of that short sentence:
for the Korean stamp — prep. phraseYes, the class has recently been studying adjectival phrases and clauses. This student needs to stand on a stool to reach the board to diagram sentences! Nevertheless, she can diagram rings around some of the older students in that class.
Korean — Proper Adj.
stamp - Noun, o.p. [object of preposition]
. - Period
This charming little girl's academic achievements, which extend across all subject areas albeit with an obvious imprint for Language Arts skills, are proof that age requirements are not and should not be the only guideline for class admission.
It is both a pleasure and a privilege to work with students such as this little girl. I do credit her parents with motivating and challenging her. If only more parents did so for their own children!