Hello, everyone—I’m psyched about this thread! We have three kids. The first two are girls, and they are (mostly) typical, “average excellent” students. I went on their college journeys with the Parents of '19 and '21, and it was great to have support, ideas, and camaraderie. Both girls are off at college and (mostly) thriving, thank goodness.
Our third child is S24. He is a great kid—even keeled, gets along with everyone. But academically, he doesn’t fit in with the regular 2024 thread. He has moderate to severe dyslexia/dyscalculia, and despite a decade of speech therapy, still has trouble annunciating. Due to early intervention and pure luck, he likes school and has been able to grow out of all his SE services. (He still gets extra time and the use of a computer for long essays.)
He takes college prep level classes, but has yet to tackle anything honors, accelerated or AP. He failed out of Spanish twice in middle school, but is now passing his second (and last) year in high school. If the emphasis were on conversation, he would keep going because likes being able to communicate. But unfortunately, the emphasis is on grammar, reading/writing, and preparing for AP Spanish. S24’s favorite subject is history, followed by English. He likes earth science, but I think chemistry will be tough, and I don’t know if he’ll take physics.
He wants to go to college, and would prefer a four year residential experience. Careers he is thinking about: teacher, counselor, social worker, nurse, coach/trainer, physical therapist. It’s hard for me to imagine him getting there right now, but I know he’ll gain so much maturity and independence (I am expecting two steps forward and one step back).
Looking forward to learning about everyone’s kids, helping whenever we can, and celebrating their successes!