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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

survey sent home from bastian's teacher....filled out by me...ready to turn in tomorrow....panic attack (bastian's) avoided....

I guess it is unofficially Bastian Week...i used to not blog about him much and it seems that lately that is all i do. ha.

His teacher sent home a survey to be filled out...i planned to chill out and write it this weekend. Not so...needs to be turned in by friday or bastian will get DETENTION (!!!!!) emphasis his....so here it is....

in bold are the "questions" in "regular" are my answers....

In a million words or less tell me about your child. Feel free to use the back of the paper, if necessary. (it's like she knew me ha)

My Child:

1)Is motivated when.....people believe in him and are up front and honest with him. Strangely, I wanted to write "when he is challenged or when someone is negative about something, he likes to prove them wrong." Sebastian likes to be one of the brightest and will almost always give above and beyond what is expected of him. He reads in his spare time, for instance, and spends hours doing activities that enrich his mind. He has an abundance of hobbies and interests.

2) Has strengths, gifts, talents, and abilities that include....
Sebastian is wise. We have always spoken to him in a very clear, direct way and have been very thourough with explaining the world around him. It is my opinion that he is intellectually gifted because of the way we have raised him to be quite openminded and able to hold his own in his thoughts, beliefs, and actions. He is extremely well-read and quite capable of expressing himself and his sometimes strong opinions.

3) Is successful when....
Sebastian seems to be a very successful kid in general. He believes in himself very deeply. He is bright and witty and really enjoys engaging people and situations that challenge him and reward him.

4) Has difficulty with...
handwriting!- because he is "sloppy" and gets ahead of himself and does things perhaps too quickly. He has trouble with neatness and tidiness in general (as have his father and i) He has difficulty understanding how people can be cruel and thoughtless.

5) Enjoys activities that allow her/him to be....
challenged and kept occupied. He likes to be both imaginative AND book-smart. He likes to be rewarded and recognized. He enjoys building things, either with legos or building or craft supplies and enjoys writing and creating his own enjoyments.

6) Something you may not know about my child is...
that Sebastian has been through a LOT. Between the ages of 5-8, he experienced his father's and my divorce, his father's death, a new stepfather, two new siblings, and a cross-country move. He has come through it pretty well adjusted, in my opinion, and wiser for the experience.

7)One last thing I would like to tell you is....
Sebastian has been raised by two very unorthodox parents and an artistic stepfather. He is very aware of the world at large, politics, art, and culture. He is very well-traveled and has been to almost half of the states in this country and experienced the world and people around him with a very realistic and hands-on approach.
Sebastian has over ten grandparents/great grandparents/and even a great-great grandmother who is 93 years old and in three very distinctly different geographical locations in the country. Here in ohio, in the mountains of colorado and by the sea in texas. He has been able, through the multi-generational way he has been raised (one of his best friends in the world is his 75 year old great grandfather) to absorb lots of old fashioned and even for his place as a child in the modern world-historical- interests and pastimes, that i don't think a lot of kids are raised with these days. This has enriched him greatly.
He is a good boy all around. He doesn't have much interest in peer pressure or conformity.
He is very aware of politics and history and has a very keen sense of social justice.
I could go on and on. I am very proud of Sebastian and love him for the baby he was, the boy i have seen grow, the young adult he is becoming, and the well-rounded man i work everyday to help him grow to become.
He is a great help and influence to his younger brother and sister and a treasure to have as a son.
Thank you for this chance to express what i think and feel about him. I hope you enjoy having him in your class.

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