Mama OWL Blog: Celebrating Effort & Achievement

Celebrating Effort & Achievement

Thursday, 29 January 2015

My kids have outdone themselves in the last couple of weeks. I tried to decide which one to write about this week for #LoudnProud but I can't, so you get to hear about them all. Children can be exhausting and infuriating at times and as a mum of five I am fully aware of that, but I firmly believe in celebrating their efforts and achievements because as well as all of that, kids are just bloody amazing and should be told so every day.

Last week I wrote about E's success in her reading, and this week she has been moved up yet again and is now reading level 7 books. She astounds us every single day. We have also started printing off extra work sheets from Twinkl for her to complete at home, she's like a little sponge. Her teacher says she is already surpassing where they would like her to be in July, and we are just so proud of her hard work. Next week is her parents consultation evening so we are looking forward to a full report then.

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

H earned the 'Champion Learner' award for his class, for the huge effort he put in to creating a book for one of the projects at school. He is a very keen learner and we are giving him lots of encouragement with his school & homework, and extra work sheets to complete at home to support his learning. He always tries so hard, and loves to try new things & challenge himself. I really hope he keeps that attitude as he gets older.

L had his first Tae Kwon-do grading with everyone else at the weekend. He has done one 'in-house' to earn his junior grading, to learn what he had to do and give him a confidence boost before this one. It was a very long process, three hours of sitting down waiting for his turn, but he was absolutely fantastic and coped SO well. He completed his sequence, and answered the questions after and completely nailed it. He earned his 9th kup white belt (white with yellow stripe) and has some things to work on, but has already started learning his next sequence ready for the next grading.

J has had a tricky time lately. He is already studying for his GCSEs having taken his options at the end of year 8, so this year has been a big adjustment for him. I was pleased to find out today that he asked to put himself 'on report' at school to help keep himself on track with homework and school work. I am really proud that he has taken responsibility, & is willing to put in the extra effort needed to keep up with his classes.

Last week we attended A's GCSE & BTEC Award Presentation evening at school, for her to collect her 10 GCSE pass certificates. She's worked so hard to achieve her goals, and she's currently ploughing through her first year AS levels to earn her place at university next year - the thought of which terrifies me more than I could even begin to express! We are really looking forward to seeing where life, and all of her hard work, takes her.

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  1. Wow, there really is so much to celebrate there! Very well done to all of your kids, no wonder you're a proud mum!

  2. Wow, what incredible achievements - you must be the proudest mum ever!! Well done to all of them :) #weekendbloghop

  3. Hi from #WeekendBlogHop! You're right, trying to pick one of those accomplishments is too hard!! I'd be proud too :)

  4. Definately very proud mummy moments of them all. They must all feel chuffed too :-)

  5. Well done to all your kids, what a week, some great achievements there! :)

  6. That would be tough to pick just one achievement, well done to them all, very proud mum moments there.
    Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements

    1. Thank you, they have really outdone themselves lately :)

  7. Wow your children have been busy at making you proud. It sounds like they are all doing so well x #SSAmazingAchievements


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