Tuesday, February 03, 2015

THIS is Choking?

We came home earlier in the week to groans and moans and wailing.

It seems Nolan and Arielle bombed their Kanji tests. They choked. They were humiliated.  Arielle blamed Nolan in some strange twist of logic for her test anxiety. They'd disappointed their teachers - Ryu and Kim Ichikawa. Arielle dreaded Nikki asking her on Sunday how her Japanese classes went this week.

This bombing? Arielle was SURE she'd made a B at best.  I'd hardly call THAT a world-class bomb myself. She informed me she has all A's this year and this was serious. I thought back to my high school days to see if I could relate. No - still not feeling it.  ::wink::  I know how to bomb and THIS was not it. We were a bit disappointed to hear their tests went so poorly as we know they work on it daily. They are doing FAR better than we are on language lessons. ::cough::

On and on it went....

Until I got the following note from their teachers: 

Hi Arielle and Nolan (and De'Etta),
I'm happy to give you your test results today!  Nolan 95% and Arielle 97%.
Don't forget to STUDY those verbs!!!
Looking forward to seeing you and working on Chaper 7 Monday!
Take care,

Seriously? THIS is a choke? THIS is a bomb? THIS is humiliating. Bah humbug!

I honestly do NOTHING to produce such over-achieving homeschool stereotypes. They must have received that gene from their father.


Kathy in WA said...

Oh my goodness. That is hilarious!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! Emma was in 8th or 9th grade when she learned from her public school ballet friends that an 85 wasn't a failing grade... The look her friends gave her when she said, " Wait, you mean a 65 is a failing grade?!"

Anonymous said...

Lol I totally get it ;p
Bre D

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Hilarious, Deja! And Bre - I know, I know.

Anonymous said...


Arielle & Nolan -- awesome grades. Aren't those actually A grades? :):) However we do kinda understand your fear etc. :):):):) but I never had the urgency to get straight A's. I liked B's but hey.... I had other stuff to do besides study tons. :):):):) or is it :(:(:(:


Laura said...

Ha! Love this! :)

berrypatch said...

I vividly remember the day I came home crying and locked myself in my room. I had received my first (but not my last) C in math. I was in 4th grade. My mom gave me sage wisdom - as long as you try your hardest and do your best, it's okay. :-)