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# Posts by CamMom

He Miranda- I know what you're saying. The issue is that DS started school already about two years ahead in math. If I don't teach him at home, he won't learn much new content until the second or third grade. Our issue seems to be a common dilemma if the school doesn't do a good job with acceleration and homeschooling isn't an option. As far as what to teach him and in what order, I'm winging it, so appreciate the good advice. Thanks.
Thanks for the wisdom about math. We're actually fairly close to mastering division because I combined most of it with multiplication. It's only the very long problems that need more explanation and practice. My strategy (famous last words!) is to combine the last of the division with fractions, decimals, calculating percent (sort of my made up spiral curriculum).. We've been talking about some interesting math ideas like prime numbers, perfect numbers, and will need to...
Thanks for the cool ideas!Â  Â  The main thing is that he loves the "fun" parts of math, but is dismayed by the amount of work in the basics. We just finished excruciating long multiplication and we're just starting excruciating long division. Can't get around the fact that math takes a lot of effort and patience and practice- especially the "bread and butter" like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.Â  Â  I bought a few books in the math series, "The Life of...
Had to add an accomplishment (not so amazing as the cellist or chess champion, but still a milestone in our house). DS7 (1st grade) is officially finished with multiplication. He had a hard time keeping patience with the longer problems, but rallied this morning and decided on his own thatÂ he wanted to finish. Â  We're on to medium/ long division and a bit of work with fractions, decimals, etc. Hopeful that we'll zip a bit faster through division and maybe get to some...
The cello playing is stunning. Wow.
DS7 has been up since 6AM trying to find all of the factors to 1 trillion. This kind of "bite off way more than you can chew" project is typical of DS. It starts off awesome (that is, we optimistically think it will keep him occupied and math is a good thing right?), then when he figures out that it may take him the next five years, his mood and behavior deteriorate quickly. No advice needed, except it's already been kind of a rough morning and I'm not even through my...
Pranava I saw your post about your child on another thread. I want to reassure you that it does get better. In the case of my DS7, we saw major improvements in kindergarten, especially in the areas of self control and anxiety. Now, in 1st, I can tell you that he is growing into a thoughtful, empathetic little boy. Yes, he still has these moments, but I think that they are a calculated bid for amnesty from homework, or just a way to liven things up (meaning that his...
We had to transfer schools- it's a typical tale of woe. DS7's current school is not meeting his needs. I could see where it was effecting his motivation and self-esteem, so we were fortunate to find a school that will do better. DS7 (just turned 7) has hit his reading stride, and it is so much fun to go book shopping or to the library. I have learned about the power of choice- so I only "suggest" three or four books per year, and he picks out the rest (as long as books...
With my DS6, it's a combination of nature/nurture. I've treated math with nearly the same importance as reading from a young age- the result is that he entered school with advanced math skills and knowledge. That said, he learns math concepts quickly & there are just some thing he can "do" that are unusual for his age- rapid mental computation, solving some sizable word problems without writing anything down.
I'll check out the book. It's hard because he combines the lack of focus with a high strung personality (perfectionistic, anxious and easily frustrated). It's the "chicken and egg" problem. For instance, is he not listening because he's upset or anxious or feeling defiant-- or is he truly inattentive? I know a few of his issues at school result from his anxiety about asking for help. I also know that he's not very engaged, which contributes to a lot of spacing out and...
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