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About acurtis75

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    Homeschooling Mom of 1 dd/6
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  1. I'm so glad someone liked an old post of mine on this thread because I went back and read a lot of the funny things dd said a few years ago that I had forgotten about. Here's a new one from this week. We were on a business trip last week and dd saw a lot of people she hadn't seen in years. She was asked about "school" a lot and this week she answered everyone with the same thing.."I don't go to school. I am homeschooled which is way better because I get to study about rational numbers which are fun, awesome & very cool. They are also very easy but apparently schools won't let you learn about them until you are in 7th grade. Isn't that crazy?" She got a lot of blank stares in return.
  2. :lol: dd laughing at her own clever sayings is often just as entertaining as whatever she said in the first place. She just really finds herself amusing.
  3. I didn't feel like you were trying to convince anyone to test. Your post just made me consider why I hadn't done it yet. It also made me realize that everyone's situation is different and I need to keep open to the idea for the future. I try hard to keep an open mind because the more I go down this road the more I learn and I have changed my perspective on several things.
  4. Reading Zaichiki's post makes it clear to me that testing was and is beneficial in her situation but I still don't feel compelled to test. I am on the same page with whichever pp said you find yourself unwilling to discuss what work your child is doing and their accomplishments but i don't think it's impacting what I do or how I push her. It might have if I hadn't found this board. Reading here gives me good perspective and keeps me grounded. I read about other kids who are about on the same level and some who seem farther ahead. Several times after reading about what others are doing here I've skipped levels or stepped up the challenge for dd and discovered that I wasn't expecting enough. Other times I've been reminded about the asynchronous behavior all of you are dealing with which reminds me not to be surprised when my six year old acts six. I can't say I won't change my mind about testing next week or next year but for now I'm okay without it. If we ever have another child and that child is struggling to learn to read I would probably do exactly what Zaichiki did.
  5. I don't just consider it, I do it. The last thing I want is a smart child who is unmotivated. Btdt myself and it's heck to overcome when you become an adult. It's one of the main reasons I homeschool and challenge her. I feel like the worse thing I could do for my daughter would be to let her ease her way through her education. Hard work is important.
  6. I am really thinking dmmetler has a point about the language tie in to math. My dd who is 6 also reads on a high school level and has demonstrated a high ability in reading comprehension since she was around 3. She is also advanced in math but has never really liked it. Over the last few months I realized a lot of our struggles were because I was making her do too much repetition and she was bored. We picked up the pace a lot and she seemed happier and more engaged. Because of her language skills I am expecting as we move in to more problem solving and algebra she will enjoy math more. Interestingly, this week I started supplementing our mus with Singapore cwp and she actually asked to do more problems because she enjoys them so much. It is fascinating to read other parents' post about their similar children. I too have been telling people for the last three years that I didn't think there was anything that different about my child...every child could read at Magic Treehouse at 3 and Chronicles of Narnia at 4 if their parents taught them, etc. The more I read here and other places the more I realize how "not normal" some of her skills are. ETA: btw at 2 dd had obviously advanced verbal skills. I chalked it up to spending all day with adults who engaged her in conversation (we have a family business and at the time both sets of grandparents were at the office with dh and I all day...she was rather spoiled). When your two year old carries on conversations with people they inevitably say "you are so smart". My mom taught her the word precocious and she often responded to the smart comments with, "i'm just precocious"
  7. I might have to put my self on time-out from the boards to stop myself from buying and/or considering any additional math curriculum. The latest version of my plans for young pre-algebra student are to use mus as the spine with Life of Fred and possibly TT and/or Hands on Equations as supplements. DD doesn't care for math but is good at it and quite accelerated. I too am hoping that getting to algebra will make her like it more. She is really liking Singapore CWP which we use to supplement our MUS spine.
  8. Dd6 " Mommy, did you know I have an acute sense of taste? I can taste horrible olives on my pizza even after you pick them off"
  9. DD6 told me she would have to be chewing with her cuspids and molars for a while because her lose tooth was hurting. After reading a book on butterflies she was drying off with a towel around her after a shower and told me she was in her chrysalis and she was puppating (not sure about spelling since she read the book not me!)
  10. dd6 to someone who askedif the cheese she was eating was yummy for her tummy. "yes, but it's not in my tummy yet, it has to go through my esophagus first.."
  11. This made me lol....sounds a conversation I would have with my 6yo daughter.
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