I am so, so proud of my Paigie-bug today. Last night Matt and I were her guests at an Evening of Excellence where we met such historical figures as Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, Jackie Robinson, Joan of Arc, Walt Disney, Annie Oakley, and many others. But, in my humble opinion, none of them shone as brightly as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd.
Paige is part of a program at her school called SEM. To be honest, I've never known what that stands for, but as Paige explained it to her grandma the other day, "It's for super-smart kids that need something extra because their regular class work is too easy for them." As a 4th grader in SEM she's learned how to research a subject and write a bibliography; she's also made her own podcast and presented on several topics. Last fall, her research project was on zebras:
Her spring project, as mentioned above, was to research a famous person, complete several projects for her research and finally present, in character, all that she had learned about that person.
Throughout this class I have seen a transformation. My cute Paige has been my most shy child. She's the girl who I've found playing inside when everyone is outside because the neighbor kids came over and she didn't want them to see her. She's the girl who has asked to stay home alone when we go somewhere as a family because she doesn't like crowds. (I always say no.) She's also the girl who will completely ignore (much to my chagrin) a hello from a grownup, including her own grandparents, because it scares her too much to engage in conversation.
Well last night, she sat up on that stage as regal as could be, waiting her turn. As Jim Bridger returned to his seat my girl strode to the microphone, and recited her Bio Riddle--a "Guess Who I Am?" life-sketch poem that she had written about QE2. I was so proud of her for doing something that was so scary for her, but when she began to speak I was stunned. Not only did she recite the poem perfectly, from memory, she did it with a British accent!!
This girl has been holding out on me!
I snapped this picture of Paige and her friend before the program began. I just love it! Any ideas for a good caption?
"Your Majesty, Prince Phillip just called and said to remind you to pick up eggs and milk on the way home."