*THIS IS NOT FINANCE RELATED, so if that doesn’t interest you, skip it.
I’m not sure how much I’ve shared on here about the twins education, and I won’t go too far, but we have reached a HUGE milestone and I am so proud of them and their hard work.
A little background…
When the twins were placed with me, 2 weeks before their 13th birthday, it was quickly discovered that while they were avid readers and their reading comprehension was way above level. Their writing skills and math skills were horrid — and that is not an exaggeration. Within the first year, I had them evaluated via the schools and their levels were early elementary school or below…this was in 7th grade.
Of course, as a homeschooler I wanted to pull them out and get to work, but that was not allowed, nor would have been wise since the goal for those first two years they were here was for them to be able to return home. So we started doing remedial work at home along with their public school work. And we made a little headway, but as a mom, it was like pulling teeth. I know it was extra work for them and they were really not used to school being so important.
Ok, so fast forward, 9th grade, the year they were adopted I was able to pull them out and we got busy. A wonderful woman at our homeschool co op really worked with me and tutored them, I continued doing weekly math with them. Etc. I think you get the picture…lots of hardwork and headaches and failures and triumphs and tears and slamming doors.
So the news…
The twins completed their end of the year testing…using the TerraNova test for those of you who are interested. (Also, an FYI, we order standardized tests from Seton Testing, so these are the same tests that are given in public schools for those not as familiar with homeschooling.) We did the complete battery and across the board both twins are on or above grade level with the exception of math. EVERY SINGLE SUBJECT, we are caught up! And for math, they are both now solidly on a high school level.
These boys have literally caught up on 12 years of math in just 2 years of hard work. Super proud mama here! And History Buff worked so hard last year, that there is a solid chance that he could graduate early.
We will be tackling Geometry this year, so wish us luck. We are getting started this week with hopes of completing the school year by the end of April again.
I hope you will celebrate with me, these boys have worked SO HARD and OVERCOME so much and I couldn’t be more proud.