Anyway, my DH is traveling, and I can't post it on FB without looking like a tool. It was just very cool - and I had to tell someone.
I know you all have many moments like these with your kids, so figured you would understand.
He also had a series of sigh inducing meltdowns, followed by one amazingly sweet apology. I'm focusing on the apology and the math as the memorable moments of this day!
Wow!!! That is amazing! I tried to do that just now, but nope, I quit trying after about 20 seconds - just cant' do it. He (and you) must have calculator brains!! I'm impressed
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Thanks pranava! No, I do not have a calculator brain, but spent many years working in budgeting and accounting (a lot of math!). I was keeping up until 6 to the 4th power, but started crossing wires and giving up after that.
When it comes to this kind of thing, I'm trying to limit it to DH and grandma- it's nice to have another community. Someone mentioned that their five year old is doing something interesting with geometry. Manipulating large numbers in the head sort of pales in comparison to a five year comprehending geometry:) It's all relative, right?
In the grand scheme the apology and following effort to amends was probably the better achievement. There are probably many "smart" people who can't issue a sincere apology.
I'm truly blown away by that, by his capacity to focus and organize and hold so much in short-term memory at age 6. I asked my 10-year-old (who is rollicking through high school math courses with straight A's) to try it and she got overwhelmed as she got beyond the 4th power.
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Hey Miranda- he did test "gifted" in working memory- I was frankly stunned because if tell him to get dressed, brush his teeth, and put on his shoes, it's 50/50 whether he will be wandering around the house in his underwear 20 minutes later!
And, Miranda, I should have said it right then, a ten year old doing high school math is awesome! I only personally know one other kid doing high school math at 10, and would frankly describe her as "off the charts."
LOL! He still is a 6 year old after all. My 7 year old still does that. About half an hour to put pants, shirt and socks on.
Well, I read Kazdan's Parenting the Defiant Child over the weekend, and lo and behold, I made up my own reward strategy on the spot and it seems to be working. Forget the points list, just hold out a carrot you make up in the spur of the moment. Maybe we will be able to really build habits this time, who knows.
The funny thing is that my instinct that I needed to modify the prgram, which is a big no-no in the book, must have been right. My 3yoDD, who I tried to "catch doing things right" told me after the third time or so, suspiciously, that she did not like me to tell her what she did well like that. And I wasn't even gushing the way you're supposed to...
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So cool! Make sure you put it in his Baby Book or whatever you keep for him. My kids are older and I have three and I have forgotten more of these cool moments than I can remember!
Make it fun and keep him practicing so he keeps the Gift.
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