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# Posts by CamMom

Mckittre- my son was like that at five too. I think some kids intuitively understand how numbers work and can "abstract" after one short explanation.Â Â I remember when DS wasÂ barely four writing out our first equation, explaining the symbols, and that was it. DS moved from "cookies" (in our case, jellybeans)Â to equations.Â  Â  One thing to watch out for when your son goes to elementary (unless you're homeschooling) is whether the school has a well rounded math curriculum-...
captain optimism- math seems to be an area where gifted kids may have a hard time with the school curriculum. I've seen (and not responded) to other forums where parents and teachers seem to get upset if some children are working out of "grade level" in math. I don't know why-- other parents in other countries are not bashful about enriching their childrens math skills. There is plenty of support to show that US schools often don't do enough for kids in the early years...
captain optimism- we knew by age four, math was going to be out of sync in school. DS had already mastered most first and second grade math concepts by the time he entered K. There are some interesting math ideas out there - we looked at perfect numbers and DS broke down the factors for 496 on his own, we looked at the Knight's Tour and DS tried to draw his own (got 8 moves, not bad at age six), golden ratio is coming since we are learning a bit about ratios now. These...
To answer a few questions- we read the entire Sir Cumference series when my son was five- he loved it and still goes back and re-reads them. There are many interesting concepts but I especially liked the one about counting large numbers of people. We read "How Much is a Million?" (Another favorite) DS at five (and now) enjoyed math games- Yahtzee was big at 5-6 years and we still play the occasional tournament. Interesting shapes (nonagons, decagons, 3d shapes) we would...
Also, wanted to suggest that you view the Davidson forum, if you haven't already. They have a board devoted to 2e children. My son tests as gifted, and he was a hand full as a preschooler (this, without 2e).Â  Â  A gifted child with ADHD, sensory, etc., is likely to be quite a challenge for parents, and if you're considering regular school, there will be other challenges and questions. It would be good to get some support and information- it's possible that there are some...
These are all great suggestions! Thanks again- and always appreciate the thoughtful discussions.Â  Â  I am soooo hoping DS enjoys chess enough to play on a team. We have after school and chess camps + a fantastic city chess club that caters to children learning the game.Â  Â  I apologize if I seem defensive about the math-- DS does love it, and although I do lead the curriculum, I try very hard not to push. I also worry about school mismatches, but have made peace with the...
Maybe I'm off base here, and maybe it isn't possible, but I'm going to suggest regular school for everyone's sanity. She will get services for the ADHD and sensory issues in a public school, and (after what may be a bumpy start) she will learn boundaries, at least with other people. If this doesn't work for you, I would try to get her involved in some activities - Taekwondo was helpful for my DS7. It may be time to transition her to her own bed so that you and your husband...
Hi Miranda- I would love it if my son took on programming or did more Legos, but he's young and hasn't found his intellectual passion yet. Even when we tried music, his teacher said he was counting out all the notes and explaining it to the other kids in the class. I asked her if he liked playing the instruments, and she said he liked the math component (go figure) We are trying chess next month, and I gotta admit, I'm excited. Chess would be great- so many benefits. DS...
Thank you all- and I'm not of the mind that I ask for advice only if it's what I want to hear. These are great suggestions for next steps, and I appreciate it. I also appreciate how respectful the folks are on this forum even when we bump up against different styles- it's refreshing. Domesticidy11 My son also has leaps and lulls (we call the lulls hibernation in our house)- when DS is ready to learn I try to get I there fast, because he can accomplish a lot in a short...
Hi Miranda- I hear you, but in 1st grade at age 7, I can't predict what he will think of math in high school. I just try to feed whatever is firing him up right now. The logic leap between basic math operations and advanced algebra is steep- he may not take it in as easily. We have a special school district where he could get support if he turns out to be a math genius. However, his language arts talent is actually much higher than his math abilities, if we consider his...
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