This past week, we got a call from the homeschool rep at our charter school. The Geography Bee was set to happen, but they didn’t have their minimum number of students (6) to hold it. One of the students signed up actually won at the state level last year and really wanted to have one more chance before he aged out.
So, my older boys were reluctantly brought to the IDEA office to participate. In the end, there were eleven students participating, including one of R’s friends. Aside from the three serious participants, the other kids were there to do a good deed and allow the others the chance to participate.
Little J started to provide comic relief when instructions were being read, so I missed the whole thing. Instead, J, D and I hung out in the resource room while the first round happened. D joined a few other participants’ younger siblings in building a US puzzle and other games.
In the end, neither of my boys made it to round 2. And, that’s okay. I’m glad they had the experience of timed questions on a subject we integrate with history. Maybe next year R will decide it is a fun thing to do. I know that both boys said they knew more than they expected. That was music to a mother’s ears!