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Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Geography Bee

My son did not want to take part in last week's Geography Bee.

Now he can't wait until next year.

When you're a 4th grader and you beat a 5th grader and a 6th grader to go up against an 8th grader in the finals, well, minds can change in a hurry.

And he almost beat that 8th grade girl, who had prepared for two months.

Ummm, my son prepared for two days. Mostly by reviewing state and national capitals, longitude and latitude, major rivers and mountain ranges, and famous landmarks on each continent.

The moderator told me afterward that she was afraid the girl might cry if my son had won the competition.

Some of the questions the kids had to answer in the finals:

The city of Alice Springs is in the arid middle of what continent?

The Rio Grande begins in the San Juan Mountains of what state?

What is the name of the ocean that is bordered by Africa, Asia, and Australia?

The Tropic of Capricorn passes through which three continents?

Five of the last nine winners of the National Geographic Bee have been home-schooled. Maybe my son will be one of them some day. At the very least, he has gained a huge amount of confidence in himself.

Next year I predict he makes all the 8th graders cry.


Blogger brettdl said...

awesome. And further proof that the public school system is failing across the board.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous becky said...

Great ,now I'm not even smarter than a 4th grader. Not only should I home school my son next year for the obvious reasons but starting to sound like I need the education too!(lol)

7:00 AM  
Blogger Whit said...

Wow, I don't think I'm smart enough to home school my kids.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

That's fantastic. I always liked geography too. Congrats to you both.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Wow--if he did that well when he was reluctant to participate, imagine next year! How wonderful. Tell him congratulations (and congrats to his teacher, too! ;) )

10:29 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Geography was never my best subject. School made it so desperately boring that I'm lucky to find the US on the map. Now I've got maps and globes galore because I don't want my kids to be geographically illiterate like me.

Congratulations to your son! And some kudos should go to you, too!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Melany aka Supermom said...

That is AWESOME!!!! Congratulations!!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous JCC said...

I think some schools do alright, I am great at geography, and I believe homeschooling is ineffective, I'm Sorry.

Congradulations however on your superlative achievment.

An eigth grader

8:34 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

JCC, based upon your spelling and grammar, I'd have to say that your public school is ineffective.

9:14 PM  

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