I have been reading back through the archives and it is such a relief to find you all, discussing the things I have been thinking about! There can be so much anxiety and fear of judgement when you're trying to find information about helping your kids...are you doing enough...or too much...are they gifted...will people think you're bragging when you're just trying to talk about your children or get advice...? It's nice to find a place to feel at home. Where you won't be told you're either crazy or pushy.
I have two general topics I am wondering about...
The first is my 3.5 yr old, L. She is currently interested (ok, obsessed) with anything and everything space, time (especially as it pertains to the Earth's orbit/changing of seasons/lunar cycle), calendars, fossils, puzzles, bones and anatomy, rocks, geography (maps, maps, maps!) and MATH!!!! Oh my, the math.
I would LOVE some fresh ideas...especially your favourite atlas, apps, books...has anyone gotten a set of lenses and prisms they would recommend? I think she would enjoy those if I could find a nice set
Does anyone know where to find a great poster of tree/leaf identification?
Math: She gets very obsessive and wants me to provide her with endless verbal math problems, wants to verbally count on and on and on and on...I want to move away from that if we can and give her some manipulatives to work with, both together and that she can play with independently. Does anyone use Montessori math materials? I think I am going to order a hundred board and some of the bead materials to start with. Other ideas? I'm thinking maybe also tangrams...parquetry blocks...a set of geometric shapes.
Good books? I saw Mitsumasa Anno's books referenced in another thread and they look beautiful,has anyone used them? She is just on the verge of reading herself, so I would be reading with her.
She truly is a delight. I love learning with her. She has the most amazing thirst for knowledge and intense NEED to know what she wants to know. We haven't had her tested and I doubt she falls into the higher levels of gifted but she is unlike any other child I know and has been since the day she was born.
And then there is her little sister, C. Where L has always been very calm, emotionally mature, focused, independent...C is an emotional whirlwind. I see many other traits they have in common...very early with physical milestones and when C isn't raging she has that quick sharp mind, amazing focus,independent play, long attention span, problem solving, sense of humour, etc that we saw in her sister. C is not a talker but neither was her sister. L was basically silent until she was 2 and then started spouting out complicated sentences far beyond her peers who had been talking for ages.
The problem is that C is just so.....SO!! SO angry...SO intense...SO needy...SUCH big tantrums SO often....SO attached to me... SO little sleep....It is just draining the life out of me. Her latest thing thing is to wake up at least once every. single. night and throw a massive tantrum in the middle of the night. Why? NO IDEA. Her head is black and blue from banging it on the floor/walls/everything.
Our doctor has just referred us to a ped to look into some different ideas of what it might be....current thought are migraines (I have them), food sensitivities (I feel this is a stretch) or, maybe she is just....highly sensitive? "spirited"? The flip side of her sister's calm and mature "advanced" "gifted", whatever?
I am ordering "Raising your spirited child" to read.....and would love thoughts or commiseration. I'm tired, dudes.
So...hello...thank you in advance...nice to meet you!
Edited by Katico - 2/18/13 at 6:23pm