July/August 2011 What are they doing now? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-26-2011, 07:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

 

We missed having a July update thread and it's almost August. There seems to be a few newcomers here (Welcome!!) and that means there are probably some lurkers too, waiting for something to pique their interest before they post. So rather than waiting for the official start of a new month, it might be a good idea for a little socializing now. 

 

So....what has everyone been doing lately? 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-26-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Windmill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hi! I'm new, well I joined a while ago but only participated in this section recently, as I didn't know it was here.  

 

I live in Perth, Australia. 

 

Looking forward to participating more in the threads, I have been reading for a while and find it very interesting.

Windmill is offline  
Old 07-26-2011, 08:05 AM - Thread Starter
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

DS 18 y.o., has been away at music camp where he is a counsellor. The campers are aged 11 to 15 y.o. He's having fun again. There is a new double bass instructor, which is his instrument, and he has enjoyed working with him and helping teach the campers. 

 

He's been telling me about a few pranks they've pulled on the adult faculty, and I guess he's the ring-leader. I told him that it's what every mom wants to hear - that her beloved son is the Lex Luthor of summer camp. I was informed that he was waaay cooler than that - maybe the Magneto of summer camp. And thus, another chapter in our long-running dispute about which is better - DC or Marvel - commenced. I think it's almost as much fun as our other long-running dialogue about democracy/capitalism (me) vs. anarchy/socialism (him - he likes to quote Marx at me: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need".)

 

He plans on making a bass later this summer with an old washtub and other scavenged materials. I reminded him that we have old plans to build an electric guitar (Make magazine, I think, or possibly Instructables) and so he's going to modify for an electric bass. 

 

DD 15 y.o. spent most of July getting a high school Civics credit. For part of the course, they travelled to Manhattan, toured the U.N. saw Ellis Island etc., participated in debates about international and domestic policy, and.....huge bonus....managed to squeeze in a side-trip to see the red carpet festivities for the Harry Potter premiere.

 

DD makes me laugh - it was her 3rd trip to Manhattan in 14 months, so she's becoming familiar with the city. She's lived in big cities most of her life and is pretty confident with public transit, negotiating city streets etc. She is also a drama major and can be a huge ham. During one of their "free times", she and a group of other students headed to FAO Schwartz. DD played "tour guide" along 5th Avenue and she re-enacted her tour for me. "And on your left, you will observe the famous Tiffany's which you may know from the film, Breakfast at Tiffany's (DD mimics a bunch of cameras clicking away and her friends posing making peace signs)" and "Now keep together, everyone! Follow me!"

 

Last night, at dinner, we were talking about the film, The King's Speech, and the British classical actors. DH mentioned "thespians" and she spilled out "From the Greek, Thespis, who was the first to step out of the chorus and portray a character in a dramatic role. Fun Fact of the Day!!" It's been a while since I heard "Fun Fact of the Day" from one of the kids, so I was howling by the time she was finished.      

 

She's spent a lot of time in her room, catching up on her sleep, since she came home. I think I will set up the sewing machine today, in an attempt to ward off the inevitable after-trip letdown. 

 

 

 

Edited, to add the bit about ds and his politics, which I must have cut when editing earlier. 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
Old 07-26-2011, 08:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by Windmill View Post

Hi! I'm new, well I joined a while ago but only participated in this section recently, as I didn't know it was here.  

 

I live in Perth, Australia. 

 

Looking forward to participating more in the threads, I have been reading for a while and find it very interesting.



Welcome! And I almost titled the thread, "Summer 2011", but I couldn't recall if there were any antipodean members, so I thought I better play it safe. If you'd like to share, let us know about your children and what they are doing this winter. 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
Old 07-26-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Windmill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post





Welcome! And I almost titled the thread, "Summer 2011", but I couldn't recall if there were any antipodean members, so I thought I better play it safe. If you'd like to share, let us know about your children and what they are doing this winter. 

 

Okay I will share! I have 3 young children, aged 3 years, 2 years and 10 months. I have no clue as to whether my two youngest children are gifted or not, I am inclined to think my youngest is but my 2 year old is just a normal happy little boy :)

 

My daughter is 3 and she is the gifted one. I only just found out about giftedness really. I was a gifted child but noone ever explained it to me; I wish I had known why I was so different. 

 

At the moment, I am debating over whether to send her to 4 year old kindergarten (non compulsory but generally recommended schooling) to start in February, and have had a lot of trouble attempting to gauge whether schools near me are gifted friendly or not. In Perth I can send my daughter to any primary school regardless of where I live (unless it is very exclusive but this is not related to academic status of the school in general), and public schooling can be better than private schooling (depends where you go).  I am not particularly concerned over whether she will be academically challenged at kindy or not (I would only send her 1 day a week), however i am concerned that she will not have her needs met, as many teachers in my area are anti-giftedness -- they have no knowledge of it and think it does not exist. I am also debating over whether to have her tested for giftedness. I know that she is gifted so feel that in some ways it is unnecessary, but it would be useful proof if I cannot find an agreeable school.
 

I will be on the forum in an attempt to find new info really -- I would love to read about other people's experiences too! 

 

Windmill is offline  
Old 07-26-2011, 09:01 AM
 
MomofSev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Washington state
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by Windmill View Post


 I only just found out about giftedness really. I was a gifted child but noone ever explained it to me; I wish I had known why I was so different.

 


Same here! I grew up in a VERY small town. I am not even sure the teachers there knew about giftedness back then. My husband was also gifted, but his parents encouraged him to experience as much as he could so that helped him develop it more. My parents didn't really care about school and would have been happy if I had C's, but I set my own schedules and forced myself to be organized and pulled straight A's and sometimes B's in my classes through high school and now even in getting my MBA I have A's and B's.

 

With our son, we like to push the envelope as much as he will allow. We are working on multiplication since he has always had an interest in letters and numbers. I am also teaching him basic communications in French, Japanese, Spanish and ASL. He's 4 and in order to entertain him during the day (or this is how I see it, but he loves learning so it's fun for him), we do lessons. Last week's theme was Our Solar System, this week is Dinosaurs. This works out great because the zoo in Seattle is having a dino exhibit with animatronic dinosaurs. I think he will love that this weekend as a way to cap our lesson.

 

My son can spell great for his age, I believe. Although getting him to work on penmanship is a trial. He likes drawing, he likes doing mazes, which both work on his fine motor skills. He knows all of his letters, but he just prefers to type instead of write.I also think he might dislike writing because it's not fun like drawing or mazes. He also enjoys writing on a whiteboard with markers instead of on paper.

 

Other than all of that and practicing reading, which is also hit or miss with him, that's pretty much what he's up to now. He asks a lot of questions daily about everything (which is sometimes exhausting until his dad gets home and can help answer questions.) :)

 

MomofSev is offline  
Old 07-26-2011, 09:26 AM
 
whatsnextmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,971
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)

Like most, summer has been busy for us. Let's see in I can manage a condensed version.

 

DS 10 is taking 6th grade math online so he can skip to pre-algebra in the fall. Let's see, he was in a show that closed last week, is currently crewing a show and then goes into rehearsal for a new show in a couple weeks. All his best buddies are at the theatre and so it's been heaven for him. Tae kwon Do continues. He's just 2 degrees away from black belt and he's super excited about it. Piano continues, they do a lot of pop music in the summer which he digs. Lots of READING which is amazing for him. I think he's read like 15 books so far (he's always been an excellent reader but it's way low on his list of preffered activities.) We've been going to a lot of the dollar movies at the local movie theatre. It's been fun to get out with just him or him and his buddies.

 

DD 14 got her first job as a teacher's aide at her youth theatre which she's adored. They've already asked her to continue in the fall (though part-time.) She's crewed a show, about to open a show and in rehearsals for another. Basically, it's theatre from 9 to 9 and she's glowing with happiness. She won a big award for a part she played earlier this year and the ceremony was a couple weeks ago. She was truely honored and her speech was just so humble and quirky and HER. We were very proud. She did take a theatre break (during the days) the last 2 weeks to take a playwriting intensive offered by her high school. They bring in specialty teachers and it's free which we love lol. Her teacher was a professor from the university and a prominent screen writer. There were only 6 kids in the class and so she got lots of personal feed back. She just LOVED it and really felt like she learned more about writing in those two weeks than she has in years. Then she's also part of the student board at a major regional and they've been putting on several summer teen events surrounding their productions. On top of that, friends, friends, friends. Lots of sleep-overs and almost no texting or computers. I don't know how she doesn't drop from exhaustion but honestly, she's been the happiest and most fulfilled as I've ever seen her.

 

No big family trip this summer because of schedules but we'll be camping a few days in August which will be nice. DH and I have found ourselves with a lot of free couple time and so taking advantage to get out and walk, see movies, eat interesting foods our kids won't touch lol. All-in-all, a really great summer.


Married mom of two, DD 17 and DS 13.
whatsnextmom is online now  
Old 07-26-2011, 10:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

 

Welcome, MomofSev! 

 

Windmill, You may find discussions about siblings who appear "not gifted" or neurotypical. There are a few of us who were a little surprised by our second-born children, simply because they didn't present like the first, but who nonetheless were identified gifted. 


 

 

Whatsnextmom, congratulations to your DD!! What awesome theatre opportunities your kids have been getting. DD hasn't signed up for anything this summer, and I think she's starting to feel at loose ends about it. 

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by whatsnextmom View Post

 She won a big award for a part she played earlier this year and the ceremony was a couple weeks ago. She was truely honored and her speech was just so humble and quirky and HER. 

 

 

 

 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
Old 07-27-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Windmill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post

 

Windmill, You may find discussions about siblings who appear "not gifted" or neurotypical. There are a few of us who were a little surprised by our second-born children, simply because they didn't present like the first, but who nonetheless were identified gifted. 


 


Thanks for that, I will have a look! I do wonder about him as he seems just as quirky as my eldest, but in a different way and in a way I do not understand (my daughter is very similar to myself), and do not know how to tap into.

 

It is really great reading about people's older children as teenagers.

 

Whatsnextmom that's great your daughter is loving her new job. I got my first job at 14 as a swimming pool party leader (running kids birthday parties), and from there I became a swimming teacher, a baby swimming teacher, a kids to elite athlete swimming coach, and am now in the know about everything to do with swimming really. I think that getting a job so young allowed me the freedom i craved and i was always so proud of my own achievements and professional development, simply for the satisfaction of knowing how much I was gaining in terms of skills. I hope that it proves just as valuable an experience for your own daughter. 

 

Windmill is offline  
Old 07-28-2011, 04:42 PM
 
dessismama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 677
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thanks for starting this thread. It is always so fun to read about everything all of our kids are doing. Congrats on the achievements!
 

DS (12) spent 4 weeks at IU at the Strings Summer Academy. He really loved it and made a lot of progress. He practiced consistently over 4 hours a day, and listened ti all these great chamber players and even met Joshua Bell. He came home very inspired for a week and then off to another summer camp. In the week home he made huge progress with the first two movements of the Haydn D cello concerto, considered very hard to get in tune.

 

DD (9) has been really focused on learning how to swim this summer. She is reading and writing some poetry, and picking up a few math concepts here and there from mom and dad. I showed her the long division algorithm for 5 minutes and she ran with it, extended it to decimals and started thinking of rational numbers as representable as both fractions and decimals.

 

DS (5) is finally making strides with reading. He really enjoys his piano lessons and is doing quite well with karate and swimming. He seems to have discovered Wii games.... oh well.

dessismama is offline  
Old 07-29-2011, 01:04 PM
 
no5no5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,557
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

It's been a while since I've been around, and it does look like we've had some changes in who our regular posters are.  I hope the old crowd is doing well.  And welcome, of course, to our new members.  :)

 

DD1 (5 yo) has been super busy all summer with dance, swimming, and soccer.  Yikes!  But the big news is DD2, who showed up last week and has been running our lives ever since.  We are also very excited to start homeschooling officially this fall.  DD1 is enamored of the idea of having class schedules and being taught things, so it'll be a change from unschooling (what we've done so far).  We'll see how long that lasts.  ;)

no5no5 is offline  
Old 07-29-2011, 03:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by no5no5 View Post

 But the big news is DD2, who showed up last week and has been running our lives ever since.  


Congratulations!! Hope all are doing well. 

 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
Old 07-30-2011, 10:36 AM
 
meemee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Norther California
Posts: 12,623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)

i am loving summer. 

 

i just love the person dd (soon to be 9) becomes in summer. she is so relaxed. no tantrums. no extreme behaviour. no deep sadness (the stress of school i feel amplifies her emotions so she cant handle - things, ideas - that she actually can handle much better in summer). she is so much more cooperative, no arguing over everything. 

 

did i mention i love summer.

 

so far life has been about kids, comedians and cooking. we constantly have kids in our house. either neighbour kids or sleepover kids. dd's been checking out some comedians to see which ones she likes online. ugh. its a nightmare for me. while some of the comedians i like, some of them i find irritating. dd is getting to be more and more of an alton brown fan. with all the blackberries and raspberries - we've been trying out different kinds of pie crust and smoothie mixes. 

 

dd has tanned deeply this summer. if there is one activity she has done the most - its swimming. our neighbor generously allows us to use their pool and dd spends hours lap swimming apart from playing. the part i dont like about this is that i have to sit there and supervise when there is so much i could get done at home. the second one is reading. i have to entice her with video games or the computer to get a balance of activities - over the week, rather than daily. dd has mostly chosen to be with me with just a couple of days with her dad. this summer we have completely changed our custody. 

 

dd has also been in some camps that she has enjoyed. the farm camp has led to many hours of research and a deeper awareness of the connectiong between man, creatures and the earth. throw in michael pollan in there and world food issues and that's what we've been upto. 

 

lot of hiking this summer too. dd is really getting into climbing and we are seriously looking at how she might pursue this as a sport. 


 treehugger.gif Co-parent, joy.gifcold.gifbrand new homeschooling middle schoolerjoy.gif, and an attackcat.gif 
meemee is offline  
Old 08-01-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Greenmama2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mountains of Blue, Australia
Posts: 269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome Windmill, nice to see another Aussie here smile.gif
DD 5 is still science obsessed. She makes her own microscope slides and can now focus her microscope (old fashioned, not digital) by herself. That impresses me because I always give myself a massive headache trying to focus it (I'm long sighted, maybe that makes a difference). She is loving the young scientists club run by a local university once a month. I had a mini- grump to myself though when the instructor was asking the kids for possible reasons an astronaut would need a space suit and corrected Dd's "there is too little oxygen in space" with "No, there is no oxygen in space.". Uh, that's not technically true and DD knows it but of course she's a perfectionist & when corrected like that she takes it to heart eyesroll.gif
DS 2 is desperate to read, he'll sit for ages staring at a page of writing as if willing it to divulge the secret lol. He's too cute.

Grateful mama striving to respect the two precious beings entrusted to me DD '06 and DS '09
Greenmama2 is offline  
Old 08-01-2011, 07:13 AM
 
loraxc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: In the Truffula Trees
Posts: 4,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
She did take a theatre break (during the days) the last 2 weeks to take a playwriting intensive offered by her high school. They bring in specialty teachers and it's free which we love lol. Her teacher was a professor from the university and a prominent screen writer. There were only 6 kids in the class and so she got lots of personal feed back. She just LOVED it and really felt like she learned more about writing in those two weeks than she has in years.

How exciting! My DD has been really into writing plays this summer and I can just imagine how thrilling she would find this at your DD's age.

So yeah, we've been all about plays. DD is writing adaptations of a few Dr. Seuss books, her own play, and some stories as well. She and DS have also been performing excerpts from books for us. DS shares DD's phenomenal memory, so they are able to recite long excerpts easily. It's adorable, and I love that he is old enough to do this with her now.

DD also got really into fishing this summer--she caught a whopper on our vacation and now it's all she can talk about.

DS 3 is the one going through some bigger transitions. He is getting really intense about Legos and writing, and gets very upset when he can't build the things he wants to or perfectly replicate letters. This is new, both for him and pretty much for me, as one of the few "easy" things about DD is that she's never been much of a perfectionist. There's been a lot of frustrated screeching and whining when things don't do what he wants them to. I need to brush up on handling this. He also seems a lot more intense recently in a lot of ways and seem to be coming into his own giftedness more obviously. He's been asking and asking for Brainquest decks like his sister has, so I finally got him the ages 4 and 5 one. He likes it, though I should have gotten him the K one (didn't even occur to me to do this--I underestimate him, I think) but we're almost done with the first deck because he doesn't want to put it down.

Kids are mysterious. I thought I had him pretty well figured out!

grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08

loraxc is offline  
Old 08-02-2011, 08:33 PM
 
KaliShanti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lindale,TX
Posts: 2,284
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

DS 4 (the "gifted" one) is at chess club with my DH for the first time tonight. He was SO excited this week- talked about it all the time. He loves studying chess stategies from books like Bobby Fisher Teaches Chess and How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. I've been really trying to get him to do other things (once he gets into something that is ALL he'll want to do) so we did spend some time washing the car and in the wadding pool this week even though it's 108 out right now! He is also in private swim lessons (after the group ones failed miserably) and he is not only past his fear of putting any part of his face in the water (he would not do that a month ago)- he even will go under and grab toys from the bottom of the pool now! I'm so happy.

 

DD 20 months is starting to enjoy me reading to her, which I love. She is very musical and we all enjoy listening to her walk around the house singing clearly recognizable songs (even if none of the words are correct!). She is also extremely vocal, loud and getting to be whiny, which we are doing our bet to nip in the bud.


Jesus-loving Doula/Birth Photographer Mama to Tor 4/2007, Zion 11/2009, Enoch 11/2011, and Zephyr due 12/13/2013

KaliShanti is offline  
Old 08-02-2011, 11:16 PM
 
moominmamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
Posts: 5,808
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 95 Post(s)

Dd17 is touring through Eastern Canada and New England with Canada's National Youth Orchestra. We haven't seen her all summer but she's having a fabulous time, rehearsing her fingers off and practicing her brains out, making some very close friends. She had a very successful meeting with her prospective landlord who had previously been rather skeptical about a 17-year-old living on her own in central Montreal in a large old house. But they got along famously and the woman is very comfortable with the arrangement now. 

 

Ds14 is trying to grow up a bit I think: it's been a looong time coming. He's looking forward and thinking about how he can fit into the larger world. He's considering doing some actual in-school course work this next year. (He's been hitherto unschooled, is dysgraphic, perfectionistic to the point of underachievement and anxious: definitely not a natural school achiever.) He'll need to decide about that (one course? two? five? eight?) over the next month. It's great that he's interested in pushing himself a little into new things, for the first time ever! He played a viola piece on a recital yesterday and wowed even the real pros with his incredibly musical performance. He hardly practices -- maybe an average of 15 minutes a day, gets a lesson every 6 to 8 weeks, had only played the piece four or five times in the three years since he learned it (once being at the rehearsal the day before). We had a talk today about his incredible musical gift ... and what he wants to do with it. In other words, does he want to quit studying, or work harder, or what? We'll see. If he actually practiced he could easily match his older sister in achievement. He'll be spending a week with an adult friend of his rebuilding computers and installing software for the community kids' gaming club in the middle of August. I'm thrilled that he's getting opportunities to be recognized and valued for his computer tech skills.

 

Dd12 is making big changes. She's going to be attending school full-time in the fall. She's been unschooled all her life. She'll be doing a combination of 8th and 9th grade courses, with the possibility of moving on to 10th grade in math later in the fall. She's also planning an audition for the youth choir that her older siblings have been part of four the last few years. She's a year too young by rights but has been encouraged to audition. She's mowing lawns for cash, and having a very successful summer making and selling traditional-style hard candies and lollipops at the weekly community market. She did a week of theatre camp last month and had a blast. She's having a fabulous time this week playing the Mozart g minor two-viola quintet 1st movement with her older brother and three other teens, doing the advanced chamber music component of the local Suzuki music camp, playing in orchestras and percussion ensemble, performing in concerts and recitals.

 

Dd8 has been wildcrafting, blending and selling teas all summer at the community market and as a result now owns her first iPod Touch. She too enjoyed theatre camp and is in the thick of Suzuki music camp this week. She's in the advanced orchestra and the advanced repertoire group class, and is certainly being challenged ... trying to learn richochet, sautillé and spiccato bowing techniques on a lousy-quaility quarter-sized bow, while all her classmates are on at least three-quarter-sized instruments. She's managing, to a point -- but it's clear she needs a bow capable of responding. A tall order in a size that small. (She's small for her age; she was on an eighth-sized violin until three weeks ago, having only just grown enough to be able to move up.) She will be my only full-time homeschooler in the fall and is looking forward to getting more of my time and focus. 

 

Miranda


Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups
moominmamma is online now  
Old 08-03-2011, 08:58 AM
MJB
 
MJB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 1,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My 5 yr. old starts 1st grade this month. He has been reading a lot this summer, tearing through the Secrets of Droon, Beast Quest, and the Spiderwick Chronicles. My oldest is out of town for 4 weeks with his dad, so he only has books and my 1 year old for company. He plays chess against the computer a lot, too, and has been practicing math on time4learning.com. 

MJB is offline  
Old 08-03-2011, 07:08 PM
 
hergrace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I've been focused on the delayed areas of my asynchronous kids recently, so it's probably a great thing for me to spend a little time focusing on their achievements.

 

DS1 just turned 8 and is thrilled with the LEGO Mindstorms kit that he was given for his birthday.  I love that the building is good for developing his delayed fine motor skills and the programming is great for his advanced logical and creative skills.  He continues to challenge my ability to find enough books for him to read; however, I am pleased that despite his excellent reading ability, he has no desire for the content of teen books yet.

 

I am planning an art curriculum for the kids to start when we start school in the fall and gave the kids an assessment today. DS1 and DD (4) both completed material at a level typical of 6-8 year old kids. There is going to be an interesting dynamic in the house when she surpasses him. DS3 (4) has typical fine motor skills for his age, but demonstrated incredible perception of the materials he was copying. DS2 (4) has better fine motor skills than DS3, but extreme perfectionism, so he gave up before I got a real sense of what his skill level is - which is typical for him.

 

The four-year olds are all learning to read an analog clock. It has been a real joy being able to tell them to stay in their room until their watches pass 7:00 am.

 

DS3 continues to play with numbers to entertain himself - his latest thing is counting by 100s and multiplication and division of small numbers. DD has been choosing the multiplication activities on Morestarfall.com, but I am not sure that she has the underlying number sense to work similar problems on her own.

 

Mostly, we are playfully exploring this summer and it isn't until we hang out with more average kids that I realize how abnormal the complexity of thinking my kids use is.

 


Kate
mother of Patrick (7/31/03), and Michael, William, and Jocelyn (4/27/07)
hergrace is offline  
Old 08-04-2011, 09:40 AM
 
A-time-to-live's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

DD (29 months) has been making up her own words and claiming that they are Spanish for various English words.  So I found a Spanish class for her that she will start in two weeks.  We have been traveling quite a bit this summer and she has been enjoying it.  She is also still very excited to meet her little sister (only 3 months left now!).  She will be done with daycare at the end of this month and it can't come soon enough as far as I am concerned.  We've talked about it and she seems happy enough because she is excited about staying home to help me take care of the baby.  Not sure how to communicate to her that the baby still won't be here for another 2 months after she is done. We've started using a calendar to talk about when things happen but I don't know how much of a difference this will make really. Hopefully she will make the adjustment ok.

A-time-to-live is offline  
Old 08-04-2011, 09:25 PM
 
ellemenope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 704
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by no5no5 View Post

It's been a while since I've been around, and it does look like we've had some changes in who our regular posters are.  I hope the old crowd is doing well.  And welcome, of course, to our new members.  :)

 

DD1 (5 yo) has been super busy all summer with dance, swimming, and soccer.  Yikes!  But the big news is DD2, who showed up last week and has been running our lives ever since.  We are also very excited to start homeschooling officially this fall.  DD1 is enamored of the idea of having class schedules and being taught things, so it'll be a change from unschooling (what we've done so far).  We'll see how long that lasts.  ;)


What wonderful news!  Congratulations!  I had been thinking about you.

 

I don't have much to report this month.  We are extremely busy.  It has been awhile since DD (turned three last month) has done anything to make our jaw drop like when she memorized all 44 presidents in order. She still loves learning more and more about them, though. She did make up a song today which consisted of reciting the months of the year, the days of the week, and then counting up to 100.  Also, the other day at Hanna Anderrson she counted the marbles on the wall all the way up to 45, as in she actually counted them.  Um, she loves her new balance bike.  (Kind of related: the first time we put the helmet on her, she quipped, "Oh, great, now I am a Pachycephalsaurus." I had to think a bit before I got it, but it does make a lot of sense.)   She also continues to be able to read so many words, like way over 100, that we spell out aurally either by memory or sounding it out.  I really don't know what to think about this skill.  And, she is reciting really long books (think: Shrek by William Steig, very very funny to hear just randomly coming out of a three year old during play.)   

 

 

 

ellemenope is offline  
Old 08-08-2011, 07:35 AM
 
pranava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 944
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

After almost zero interest in coloring, drawing, or writing, DS(28 months) is all the sudden so excited to write letters - and he's pretty good at it too.  He's getting better and better at sounding out words and is counting objects into the 20's.  What's most fun though is his new found imagination.  He did simple imaginary play before, but now the scenarios are getting more complex and interesting :)  Oh, and he's also become an expert arguer.  Distraction and redirection are utterly futile!  His reasoning ability is pretty good though, so we are able to cut deals and compromise and explain how things could be to his benefit. 


Life is strange and wonderful.  Me read.gif, DP lady.gif, DS (3/09) blahblah.gif , 3 dog2.gif  and 4 cat.gif

pranava is offline  
Old 08-09-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Rlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: I live in Germany
Posts: 71
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

DS (3y) started Kindergarten last week! In Germany they have 3 years of Kindergarten, and the last year is called Vorschule (=pre school).

The first week went really well, minimum amount of crying, he loves his (male) teacher and he really likes one of the girls in his group. This week went less smooth, crying at drop-off (which ruins my day basically), but his teacher told me he really is doing fine when they're playing, he just struggles a bit when he has to go with the program. Eating, brushing teeth, etc. To be honest, that is the same at home. But still I hate to see my little guy crying. I'll start working again next weekend, so we just have to get through this. Him and me...

 

He is by far one of the youngest in his group, after two playdates at Kindergarten over summer and talking with a few teachers, they decided to put him in a group with kids almost turning 4y, so almost a year ahead of him. This week DS decided that he wants to try to learn to read again, and when he really concentrates he manages to string letters together and read words.. But he still prefers me to read to him of course and he will ask constantly "where are you now, what words are your reading now". His Kindergartenteacher commented that DS is very intelligent and that he asks information non-stop. Uhm..yes, we knew that. DS has already memorised all the kids names (and a lot of the teachers as well), and has been analysing the social structure of the group in detail over the weekend.

 

And now I'm killing some time before I can pick him up. Next week I'll probably be too busy to miss him this much. I guess I'm struggling with letting go just as much as DS is.

 

Rlin is offline  
Old 08-09-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Tigerle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Europe
Posts: 1,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by no5no5 View Post

 

DD1 (5 yo) has been super busy all summer with dance, swimming, and soccer.  Yikes!  But the big news is DD2, who showed up last week and has been running our lives ever since.  We are also very excited to start homeschooling officially this fall.  DD1 is enamored of the idea of having class schedules and being taught things, so it'll be a change from unschooling (what we've done so far).  We'll see how long that lasts.  ;)


Congratulations! I am very happy for you.

 

 


MeDH DS1 10/06 DD 08/10 DS2 10/12with SB and
Tigerle is online now  
Old 08-10-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Tigerle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Europe
Posts: 1,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)

Major meltdown tonight. DS decided that we were not to make any more babies because our house isn't big enough for another - sadly, he's actually right but I pointed out we were planning to move into a bigger house in a few years anyway, so he insisted we should wait until the move. When I explained I might be too old for another baby at that time he suggested we could just as well be grandparents right away and he could make a baby with DD. Meltdown occurred when I explained he wasn't allowed, no not even when they were grownups, no not even if there were no other woman ever he wanted to make a baby with. This took a while, however compared to the death fears meltdowns for the last couple of years this one was a piece of cake -  thanks to loracx I know now how to free him from worrying about things he isn't old enough to worry about, by telling him sternly he wasn't to even think about making babies for at least another ten years, after he'd been to school and to university and had a paid job.

I do not know what the connection of those wild worries to giftedness is, only that whenever I tell these stories IRL to other parents I usually draw a blank.

 

Apart from still being much more tantrumy and whiny than I would expect an almost 5yo who looks six and sounds seven to be (and still mouthing everything in sight), he is actually back to his little conversational and interesting self that he used to be before our ASD scare this winter. No more aggressive explosions. No more hair-pulling or tics. He will, from time to time, follow directions! We get asked to playdates again. He is being a kind and thoughtful brother to DD, hardly ever yelling at her or hitting her, showing her stuff, teaching her how to bang on the piano or the drums...it is really heartwarming to see how they are really beginning to enjoy each other. I am so looking forward to our vacation when we will be spending so much time together as a family seeing and learning new things.

 

He did some days of music day camp at the local Bach festival and loved it, though as expected, the stuff he was most interested in were the handcrafting of instruments, the guided tour of the historic organ (lots of organ mechanics drawing resulting) and the music-o-meter made from concentric paper rings thumbtacked together to show whether a musical pice was slow or fast, high or low, sad or happy....DH says that in our not-so-serious parenting contest trying to turn him into either a technician/engineer/visual artist or a musician/linguist/literature lover he is definitely winning out, but pointed out that I have another chance with DD, who really reacts amazingly to music, looks more coordinated bangning on the glockenspiel than DS looked at three and LOVES books - well the fiction/non-fiction divide isn't really there yet in th books for this age group...with DS I have all but given up on fiction. However, he is probably going to start violin lessons in fall and I am planning to send him to the village children's choir, too. Again and again, i find that I cannot teach him music or languages, but he learns very well whatever DH has to teach him in the science/engineering/drawing department. they had a blast launching the DIY rocket I gave DH for his birthday in the fields next to my parents' house!

 

He is slated to start the pullout K program at his preschool in fall, as recommended by the teachers. Another indication that for the moment, we do not need to worry about his behaviour. Also means that I have to get serious about getting my ducks in a row for elementary school choices, starting in first grade where I live. Might be a more pleasant chore now that I do not have to worry so much.

 

DD is so different to the way DS was at the age, it is really driving it home that he was somewhat delayed in his first year. Sitting, standing, talking, waving, pointing, playing with other kids...it's all there in a way it was a long time coming with DS at the time (oh, but how I wish she'd eat the way he did, instead of reversing to almost full-time nursing at the moment...). Well DS' talking at least took off fast after a year. I do hope she takes off soon, I can't wait to actually have a conversation with her.

 


MeDH DS1 10/06 DD 08/10 DS2 10/12with SB and
Tigerle is online now  
Old 08-11-2011, 07:35 AM
 
loraxc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: In the Truffula Trees
Posts: 4,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
thanks to loracx I know now how to free him from worrying about things he isn't old enough to worry about, by telling him sternly he wasn't to even think about making babies for at least another ten years, after he'd been to school and to university and had a paid job.

Aw, I'm glad this has helped you. It has helped us a ton.

I am posting to brag--DH just forwarded me an email from a coworker who is the director of DD's current camp.

"I just want to tell you how awesome (DD) is. She is so perceptive, articulate and sweet! You and (myname) have done a tremendous job so far."

love.giflove.gif

It's so lovely to get unsolicited nice feedback about her. I worry about her so.

grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08

loraxc is offline  
Old 08-19-2011, 12:59 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

account deleted by user

mum3xs is offline  
Old 08-19-2011, 08:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mum3xs View Post

 

Ha, yes, I am a lurker off and on, when I have the time to sit and read.  Summer is wrapping up, but here's a partial list of some of the neat things my 3 homeschoolers have been up to:

 

 


Glad that you de-lurked, it sounds like your dc are some very cool activities! Regarding Twilight, your DD may be like mine (now 15 y.o.) At that age, she also wanted to read the series, thanks to all of the hype. She loved it. The first 2 or 3 times, at least. By the last time she re-read it, her opinion had shifted considerably. Now she mocks them unmercifully. In the meantime, she's also become a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Hunger Games.  I'm glad that I just let her read Twilight without a lot of interference (although I couldn't help myself from a tiny, little bit of mocking, as well as some discussion about healthy romantic relationships), and that she reached a more critical view of them herself.  

 

 


Quote:
Originally Posted by loraxc View Post


"I just want to tell you how awesome (DD) is. She is so perceptive, articulate and sweet! You and (myname) have done a tremendous job so far."

love.gif love.gif

It's so lovely to get unsolicited nice feedback about her. I worry about her so.


How nice! That IS lovely. 

 

 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
Old 08-22-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Miss Information's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: in my imagination
Posts: 2,469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Early this summer all three girls went to science camp - a three week, 3 hour a day, 5 day a week program that K-4 kids could participate in. 

 

Oldest daughter (9) tried out for softball this year and did really well, considering she never played before.  Her team went on to win first place for the season and came in first for the end of the season tournament and second place (out of 14 teams) for a three town tournament.  It was sheer luck that she got on a good team, but the coaches were really focusing on the group effort and having fun, and had great attitudes.  The coaches were most impressed with dd's focus and ability to follow directions and how quickly she picked up skills and in one game she had the winning home run.  I do agree with pp who said it's nice to get unsolicited feedback on the children. For me, it was great that she got on a good team where the kids cared more about each other than about winning the games.   It was a bonus that they happened to win too.

 

She also made it to the All Star team and learned what it felt like to lose and played up against some really good teams.  It was the first time she hadn't excelled, which I think has good lessons in it.

 

Always the over-achiever, dd1 was supposed to read 2011 pages for the summer reading program.  She read over 3000 pages.

 

The girls volunteered for a few Humane Society fundraising functions - collecting money outside a grocery store, and a Paws in the Park event.   

 

We found out oldest dd got into the gifted program and she was so excited. 

 

We had a guest come and stay with us for about a week, who was very interesting - he played guitar for the girls, was very good at talking in silly voices (he'd been on the radio before), listened to them and talked to them about learning and he told them about his daughter who was good enough in softball to go to the Olympics, but for personal reasons, turned it down.  The girls had a blast with him, and had a blast knowing they had  another adult who was very interested in them and took them seriously.

 

We like learning by experiencing (going to historical reeanctments and unusual events and such).  We went to a "full moon fire jam" near Lake Michigan - fire poi performance art.  As an aside, oldest dd is obsessed with checking the weather reports on accuweather.  She is always interested when there are weather alerts and that day read that there was a 'riptide' warning.  When we got to the lake, it was really windy and the water was really choppy and so we talked about the riptide warning.  It's one thing to read about stuff...and something totally neat to see it in action.  We sat next to one of the drummers that accompanied the act, and he was great about letting them try his bongos and he also was very encouraging to them. 

 

This summer made me realize the importance of adult input/encouragement...and I'd like to introduce the girls to more people who have/had interesting careers/hobbies to talk to/learn from. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mama of 3 girls: 7.5 , 6 , and 4.5
Miss Information is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off