This is a pic of Sarah with her 1st grade teacher this year. We were fortunate to have one of the most talented and experienced teachers in the 1st grade. Sarah also had a wonderful "Reading Recovery" teacher, a special program only offered for 1st grade. This is for students who struggle with reading after kindergarten, and since Sarah barely knew English, she was a candidate for this program. We thank God for His provision!
The girls and I all attended her end of year "Author's Party," where Sarah and the other children read original stories they had written. It was a proud moment for us as the girls and I worked very hard reading at least 5 (mini) books a night with her - every night - for the entire school year.
The next day, we received Sarah's test scores from the end of year testing. She scored the highest score possible in all reading and writing skills for 1st grade, and most of the math skills as well. This is amazing when you consider that she has only been home and learning English a little over a year. It is a testament to God's work and gifts in this little one's life, and the many, many helpers at school and at home. (big sisters) We are so thankful to the many people who mentored her this year - especially Tricia Spradlin and Sally Martin.
Sarah and Jenny, and the many other children who make such a big transition from one culture and language to another, are heroes in my eyes. Despite overwhelming amounts of things to learn, catch up on, and become familiar with, they move forward with smiles and confidence. I'm not sure that most adults could do the same with such optimism and trust. Much like Daniel, who left the familiar for the schools of Babylon, these children display the mercy and Glory of God in their everyday life.
We are so proud of their courage and hard work - whatever the results. Praising God and learning a little each day from our children.