# robbyjo

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1. ## How does a computer know? Beyond programming...

The science of how computer knows / understands his code is called "compiler". It is a subject in senior year (typically) of a computer science student. Here is a class for it. https://www.coursera.org/course/compilers Hope this helps.
2. ## Advice on math for an advanced 3 year old girl

Hi all! I have a 3 year old girl who is quite advanced in reading (at 3rd grade level at this point), but "not quite there yet" in terms of math. She can count to 20 no problem (by 1), but doesn't seem to have the notion of place value yet. She knows her shapes and colors, can count backwards from 10 to 0. She knows which number is bigger, but cannot identify patterns yet (e.g., XYXY what comes next?). I am at loss how to get her more advanced in math. I am wondering if any of you could give me suggestions. I am open to any approach or curriculum. How should I teach her? Also, since she's 3 now. Should I enroll her to a preschool? We just got a 4 month baby boy. We feel that my daughter is somewhat neglected academically. Would preschool (followed by an afterschool program) be an answer? Thanks! A concerned dad.
3. ## Uh...Statistics? Is there anything that could be done concurrently with algebra?

I would second R. You can download R for free here: http://www.r-project.org/ Here is a good tutorial book that you can use. Pick one of these: http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Verzani-SimpleR.pdf http://cran.at.r-project.org/web/packages/IPSUR/vignettes/IPSUR.pdf http://www.academia.dk/BiologiskAntropologi/Epidemiologi/PDF/Introductory_Statistics_with_R__2nd_ed.pdf These are books appropriate for stats 101, which is the basics for any statistical analysis, including GIS-related work. Don't do it on Excel. Stata could not handle big data (especially important for serious GIS research) and SAS is somewhat ill equipped for GIS.
4. ## Questions about teaching Bible to kids

Thank you so much for your replies! They're very helpful. I was thinking of getting my kid to go through the Bible once every year on select stories, with age-appropriate narrative and lesson plans. So far, I haven't found any. I'm thinking that I'd start for 15-20 mins each, either once or twice a day. I will try to gradually increase the session to maybe 60-90 mins each as she gets older. However, so far I've found none of the curriculums covering the entire Bible in one year (summer included). Or maybe I'm not searching carefully enough? Do you think such curriculum would be great for our kids if it's available? Or perhaps I'm too ambitious? If there's no such curriculum, I'm thinking of getting a few materials together and make do with it. Thanks.
5. ## Questions about teaching Bible to kids

How often do you teach Bible to your kids? Once a week? Twice a week? Or more? How long is each session? 45 min? 60 min? 90 min? What curriculum do you use? Thanks.
6. ## Pre-college options for kid wanting to move on (Zoology, specifically?)

I would first suggest getting your DD to take AP or IB classes in Biology and Statistics. They will come in really handy in many biomed classes and jobs. I can't stress it enough: Beef up on stats. It will be very useful if she's turning into research career (and very few bio-oriented researchers are stat-savvy at the moment, so stat skills will make her very attractive to employers). If you prefer doing homeschool for the time being, you may want to get your DD interested in animal anatomy and physiology. Here's a few: http://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Veterinary-Anatomy-Coloring-Book/dp/1437714390 http://www.amazon.com/Color-Atlas-Small-Animal-Anatomy/dp/0813816084 http://www.amazon.com/Textbook-Veterinary-Anatomy-Dyce-MRCVS/dp/1416066071 http://www.amazon.com/Functional-Anatomy-Physiology-Domestic-Animals/dp/0813814510 Books on Statistics (typically for first year university students): http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Statistical-Methods-Data-Analysis/dp/0495017582/ Typicall statistics work will require some level of programming---and for that end I'd recommend R (http://r-projects.org). The intro book for that is this book (a very nice supplement to the book above, so if you decide to get her study some stats, get both books): http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Statistics-Using-Andy-Field/dp/1446200469 These two might be good for comparison, but require somewhat more math-rigor: http://www.amazon.com/Using-Introductory-Statistics-Chapman-Hall/dp/1584884509 http://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Statistics-R-Computing/dp/0387790535 Beyond that, I would suggest asking local colleges for auditing classes, if she cannot apply just yet.

10. ## Help for a very advanced 2 year old

We have a very advanced 22 year month old. She knows numbers 1-20, counting to 10, all letters A to Z (both upper and lower cases, in or out of order), knows the shapes, compares sizes and quantities, starts learning to read one syllabic words and knows relatively complex commands (e.g., "go get the toilet paper in the drawer, please"), is very intense, seeks our attention almost all the time she's awake. She needs to work on her pronunciation, but she can sing some nursery rhymes correctly (ABC song, twinkle twinkle little star, open and shut, etc.) without knowing the meaning of all the words. We are somewhat at loss at how to get her grow optimally. On one hand, she's a very fast learner (we teach her a concept once or twice and she gets it) and seems to be ready intellectually to be getting to a Kindergarten (but certainly not emotionally just yet). On the other hand, she's just a 22 month old who needs our love. She needs to play a lot (and she does play a lot). Every time we play, we try to teach her something in the game (a concept, new words, etc). At first, there's some structure. But lately, things are getting out of hand---we teach her anything that comes across. Personally, I feel that this is a bad idea since there's no sense of direction. It's almost like shoveling anything to her brain and have her brain sorts things out. I mean, other than learning new words or concepts, I suppose she could learn, let's say, more counting (or working towards addition), sets of related words, some scientific concepts, some critical thinking concepts, etc., given in small portions a day so that we can see where she's going. But at the rate she's absorbing things, I'm afraid that she'll gobble up lessons several grades higher in no time. What should we do? Is there any curriculum to give some structure (certainly non-rigid) on what she's learning? Or should we keep the unstructured learning as it is and hope for the best? A concerned dad. Edit: Thanks for the reminder, quark. :blushing:
11. ## Pre-K and Kindergarten Forum

I second this.
12. ## Resource list for accelerated learner?

Added the list, as promised. Feel free to add / reorganize. Thanks.
13. ## Resource list for accelerated learner?

Thank you all. The list and tips are fabulous. I will find some more resources and I'll put it on the first post (hopefully) soon. Thanks.