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Any USing testimonials? Here is one to get the ball rolling:<br><br>
My DD is almost 11. She is bright, and has been HS/US since the middle of grade 2.<br><br>
I have always worried about writing and my children. They seem to hate writing and go out of their way to avoid it.<br><br>
In the last 3 months my DD has been highly interested in guinea pigs. She is on a guinea pig forum.<br><br>
I check her posts on occasion (she knows I do ) This is what she wrote today about a online friend's piggy who had passed away:<br><br><br>
"I am so sorry for your loss. The joy they bring us is just as strong as the pain when they pass away.<br><br>
R.I.P Sebby may you play in the clover feilds of piggy heaven."<br><br>
OMG!!! Children really do learn to write when they have a need!
 

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That is so sweet what she wrote!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
And it does amaze me that my children do learn what they need when it's needed. (Often they are in the process of learning it, only I am not privy to their inner workings, and only see the fruits of all that labor when it, well, comes to fruition! I think it's that waiting time for me that is hardest to trust, but what a confirmation when I SEE what they are/have learned that the waiting I did was the right choice.)<br><br>
I almost started a thread about this last night b/c we had some amazig things happen at our house, too, after a period of "doing nothing", so you can imagine how pleased I was to have somewhere to share this here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Last night, I was in bed doing my thing (laptop, books, resting), and my two little boys ages 7 and 4 hopped up and were having a conversation about numbers, mostly addition. The younger guy would ask his older brother what one number plus one number was; if my older son did know it, and he knew quite a few, he told him, if he didn't know, he asked me, then told it back to his brother. They were having a good time! This progressed when I got out a small notebook and pen and I showed them how to write our equations and also some tricks with zeros and how to add 20s, 100s, <i>and my oldest then showed me about 1,000s</i>! The younger guy wrote a few numbers he knew, some of them backwards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">, and then they went on to play their own version of pictionary.<br><br>
This is one of those nights in a month, so this certainly doesn't occur everyday, bt obviously they are learning all the time.<br><br>
All this learning without a single "math lesson" or math workbooks. It amazes me!<br><br>
[My oldest has been doing equations on his own, of his own volition since he was 3 or 4, he has always been drawn to numbers over letters so far. He asks all the time what X plus Y is (Insert a single digit number there) and then seems to memorize the number I tell him so he knows his math facts that way]<br><br>
Last testimonial:<br><br>
This morning, my younger guy (the 4 year old) surprised me by playing a matching game with cards with pictures of pumpkins numbered 1-12, where you match a card with the corresponding picture of seeds on it. He did this with me <i>for the first time</i>, and knew all of the numbers, what they looked like, and matched the right seeds by counting them. He wasn't learning it, he KNEW it already. Blew me away; we'd never done any formal lessons, he had just picked this up from his older brother, me and his Dad and normal everyday things. Wow!
 

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My almost-5 year old was getting ready for the birthday party and asked if she could sign her friend's b-day card. I wrote the letters of her name on a separate piece of paper and she proceeded to write it herself on the card, without looking on the paper I left for her!!! She had written her name once before, but was copying that time and this time, she just did it from memory!<br>
And I have no idea where she got it from (other than that one time a few months ago). But she loves to pretend "write" - I journal and she sees me doing that everyday...
 

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lovely <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
my tall girl learned to read slowly from 4 or 5 til about 6, but fell in love with it at 7 and now is hurtling through novels. she picks books up on and off all day long, for a couple of hours each night, while walking around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">, on the bus, and loves it so much. she asked for books for her birthday and was thrilled to get lots of classics...now she reads to her sister. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
my kids both seem to be inhaling math that same way, working things out just living.<br><br>
my little one figured out the question she wanted to ask 'how do you say ___ in french?' and asked me about random objects all. day. long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
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Too much fun to stop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
This morning, Ds1 (7), skipped into the kitchen...<br><br>
"Mom, I know what 4 plus 4 plus 4 is..."<br><br>
"Oh?"<br><br>
"It's 12" he replies very matter-of-factly.<br><br>
"And I also know that 6 plus 6 is 12". He is beaming <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
"How do you know these things?"<br><br>
"The things in the bathroom that we hang stuff on!"<br><br>
(He had figured these out by counting the hooks on the towel rack)<br><br>
What's next, geography in the hallway? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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What's next, geography in the hallway? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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No, no, no, geography happens in the bathroom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
At least that's the only way we found room for the world map. It's on the shower curtain.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, no, no, geography happens in the bathroom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
At least that's the only way we found room for the world map. It's on the shower curtain.</div>
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Hey, is that the one from Target? I saw one there and it was <i>cool.</i>
 

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I think we got it at Fred Meyer (there is no Target in SE Alaska, sigh). Dd1 noticed its one deficiency right away: no Antarctica. Still, I think we've all learned a lot staring at it.<br><br>
For a while, the game was to sing They Might Be Giants "Alphabet of Nations" song while pointing to the countries. We might be geeks.<br><br>
Dd1 is lobbying for the periodic table as our next shower curtain.
 

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Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Dominica, Egypt, France, the Gambia...
 

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This a great thread. So encouraging
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Dominica, Egypt, France, the Gambia...</div>
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<span>When my son was around 9 or so, I overheard a conversation outside the window on our trampoline. He and two friends were out there - one boy who went to a little private school and one who went to a local public one. The one from the private school said, "I heard a problem the older kids were working on the other day and I've been trying to figure it out - it was "How much is 3/7 of 21." The two school kids talked back and forth about what you were supposed to divide by what or multiply or what... My son hadn't done formal math since 1st grade, so he didn't think like that. He thought to himself, "Okay, what can go into 21 seven times... Maybe 4 - so 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 - no, not 4. Maybe 3 - so 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21. THREE! It's THREE. So 3, 6, NINE! 3/7 of 21 is NINE." He came up with his answer just before they came up with it. THAT incident was a major turning point in my own concerns - I knew then that it was going to be okay.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian</span>
 

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<span>Another one:<br>
When my son was still in school - 1st grade in a little alternative school - it wasn't going well, and after looking into all the alternatives, I finally decided to homeschool. I told my husband one morning after I'd spent a whole night thinking about it with excitement and unable to sleep. He was fine with it - <i>until</i>:<br><br>
A few weeks later, they were having a conversation in the living room while I was washing dishes in the kitchen. I saw my son waving his little arms around and intensely explaining something to his dad. His dad looked worried. A few minutes later, he came into the kitchen and said to me, "Uh, are you sure we want to take him out of that school? I mean...do you know what they're <i>teaching</i> them in the 1st grade at that school? He was just telling me about atomic theory!" I cracked up - because I knew exactly where that was coming from, and it wasn't the school...<br><br>
He had been home sick one day, and had been glued to a really dry TV show - a high school science class where a teacher was droning on and using a white board for illustrations. I felt so sorry for him - I thought the poor little guy must have been absolutely desperate to veg out from the stress of school, and that was why he was staring at the screen. Little did I realize that he had been soaking it all in - the teacher may have been awfully dry and all, but the material itself had stirred his imagination. - Lillian</span>
 

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Slightly OT:<br><br>
I know numerous adults who understand atoms thanks to WKRP in Cincinnati. It was a great television teaching moment!<br><br><a href="http://www.casttv.com/video/nh2w3x/wkrp-venus-explains-the-atom-video" target="_blank">http://www.casttv.com/video/nh2w3x/w...the-atom-video</a><br><br>
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Well, they all read. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
My daughter (14) picked up "Key to Algebra" a couple of weeks ago, because she wants to prep for the college SAT, and realized the work would go faster if she had the times tables memorized. So in the past two weeks, she memorized them and completed book 1 of the algebra. Her comment to me today was, "Some of the terminology is new to me, but it's not brain surgery!"
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My daughter (14) picked up "Key to Algebra" a couple of weeks ago, because she wants to prep for the college SAT, and realized the work would go faster if she had the times tables memorized. So in the past two weeks, she memorized them and completed book 1 of the algebra. Her comment to me today was, "Some of the terminology is new to me, but it's not brain surgery!"</div>
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<span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Yes! Well said! A child who has been allowed to develop and explore at her own speed and in her own way (instead of being fed "lessons" all along that someone else feels are the way for her to learn) is going to think if learning things as something she can just <i>do</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. Lillian<br></span>
 

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17 yo ds takes cc classes part time. He needs to take 2 semesters of English composition for any degree program (he will be full time next year). So he decided to take the English placement test to see which comp class he could take next semester to get a jump on the requirements. I fully expected him to end up in a remedial, but without any formal composition classes or preperation, and without knowing what to expect, he placed in the college level class.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> And this is a kid who did not read until age 10-11 or so, and wanted nothing to do with writing. He went into the test saying, "I can write!" Something clicked when the time was right and he knew he was ready.
 
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