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  1. Has anyone done a camp or class with SIG (Summer Institute for the Gifted)?
  2. I am hoping CTY moves some of their summer programs to online, because they had some great options. The current online list is mainly foreign languages and writing classes, which aren't of interest to my son.
  3. I'd sign myself up for Great Books Summer! I signed up my 7th grader the fourth day of online registration for Duke Tip, and he is waitlisted for everything he wanted. They are having a huge influx of participants. We'll see. The website is a bit frustrating, but I certainly can't complain. They're overwhelmed and underfunded right now. I'll take a look through these other suggestions. Thank you all and keep them coming. I signed my 8-year-old up for a Harry Potter themed chemistry class on Outschool.com that he is ecstatic about. I am considering a Readers' Theater class as well.
  4. First, I hope everyone and their families are safe and well. I am wondering what everyone is now planning to do as many summer camps will be cancelled this year. My 7th grader was planning to attend the Duke Tip summer program, but that is now cancelled. I am researching their online programs as an alternative. I am wondering what summer options you all are considering. My son loves world history and geography (particularly anything to do with dictators), though he also loves math and science. I can have him continue his math class online with Russian School of Math. I think I'd only sign up for one more thing, because I want to leave time for his own reading, research, and summer relaxation. I also have a 2nd grader who will continue his 4th grade math classes at RSM. We'll probably just explore a lot of his passions as they come up, but he is my most social child and really loves class via Zoom. If you have any suggestions for younger kids, that is appreciated too.
  5. Lewelma, thank you for those great resources! Calbear, thank you for your thoughts. My son attends a B&M school, but, sadly, they just don't participate in academic competitions. So, I guess I am in the same boat as the homeschoolers.
  6. Ruth, Our boys sound like two peas in a pod! You have given me great ideas how to translate his love of geography into writing. Andi
  7. My 7th grader is obsessed with geography and cartography. He spends all his free time drawing maps and learning about historic geography. Does anyone else have kids into these subjects? Has anyone participated in the United States Geography Championships or something like it? Do you have any other suggestions of additional activities? Thanks!
  8. I would appreciate any suggestions for resources you all used that helped build writing confidence in your kids. We just received my son's 6th grade ERB scores. He did awesome in math and quantitative reasoning, as I expected. However, his writing and reading comprehension scores came back between the 60-70s, which are surprisingly low. He is so knowledgeable on so many subjects from self-directed reading or research. Yet, he can't translate that onto the paper. He has always had difficulties with perfectionism and assumed if he was writing it down, it had to be perfect. I've been working on this for years. When he writes papers for school, it is a brutal battle of him criticizing his work and stating it isn't what the teacher wanted (yet not knowing exactly what she does want). After the battle, he usually gets an A, but it is a miserable hair-pulling process. I got a Critical Thinking book on Building Thinking Skills to work on the reading comprehension, but I'd appreciate any ideas on building writing skills and reading comprehension. Thanks!
  9. Thanks for a good start. Unfortunately, my son did a STEM camp at Rice University last summer, but was bored to tears. He had read more on the subject than the instructors, who were college students (not necessarily from Rice) who had just taken a summer camp counselor job and were using kits. It may be that that the courses get better as the kids get older, but I don't think I'll be able to convince him to do it again. He has also done camps at the most rigorous private school in town and at the Natural Science Museum, but he had read so far ahead of where they were, it was the same situation. He'll be able to take summer college classes with Duke TIP at Rice starting in 8th grade, but that is a little while off. I've heard mixed reviews about Duke TIP CRISIS, depending on location. He liked the concept of the camp. I'd love to know if anyone attended a session they liked.
  10. I'm attempting to be proactive this year and get some ideas for next summer while your memories are fresh. I'd love to learn from anyone what camps/summer experiences their kids have really enjoyed and found challenging. (And if there are camps you don't recommend.) My son has just begun 6th grade, and many of the academic camps we've done in the past have been a bust. "Boring!" "Too easy!" In the research I've done the serious academic camps, where the kids can take classes at university, start after 7th grade. My son is in Duke TIPS and Johns Hopkins CTY, and he particularly loves medical/biological sciences (not engineering/robotics), math, international politics, and linguistics, particularly old English. Any recs along those lines are particularly helpful! Thanks!
  11. We just started going to the brand new Houston location. The woman who runs the program is really energetic and enthusiastic. We had our first class last week and are signing up for the session. My 6 year-old is attending the accelerated 2nd grade group. His Montessori school last year allowed him to go as fast as he wanted to, but his current elementary school follows a much more regimented plan, and he is getting frustrated. I work with him at home on BA 2A, which he enjoys, but having an expert to challenge him is fantastic. He was so excited that he was skipping around the room.
  12. Does anyone know of good books, movies or shows that introduce women's history to kids, particularly suffragism?
  13. What is gameschooling? Like Prodigy? Sounds perfect for my little guy. I have two boys in a good B&M school and I am re-analyzing what they need after school. The 6 year-old is in kindergarten. He's very social and loves "school," though he constantly complains that he isn't challenged enough. After school, we've started Beast Academy 2A, and Prodigy. With BA, I can monitor his progress, and with Prodigy, he can fly forward at his own pace and is teaching himself new concepts daily. He can't wait for BA online. He's also reading chapter books and doing science and engineering kits. My 11 year old has a full structured day at B&M school, with a teacher who has gifted kids of her own, and she is doing a good job challenging him. He's an incredibly motivated learner, and I'm moving into an unschooling mode of helping him source resources for whatever he is interested, politics, history, quantum physics... He pushed back against Beast Academy, but loves Life of Fred. He got Linear Algebra for Christmas and said he needs the previous book Advanced Algebra to understand some of the more complex math. (Oops, thought he had it. Still, it was good to know he was doing the math and not just reading for fun. :-) We're in a sweet period that he can focus on his interests to his heart's content right now, but the high school situation here is competitive. So, I am thinking about what he needs to have on his application. My oldest isn't really interested in any of the after school clubs and all of the "advanced" summer science camps/after school activities were frustratingly simplistic. He is in 5th grade, and it seems most of the more challenging programs don't start for at least another year. There is an amazing summer Duke Tips program at the nearby university, but not until the summer after 7th grade. He enjoyed the university's math circle, but the professor in charge got his PhD and had to leave for a job, and no one has taken his place. Any ideas you all have are helpful!
  14. My son, 10, also loved the myths and origin stories when he was younger and has more recently gotten into political theory. He is particularly fascinated by communism and dictators. In other words, political systems that go wrong or are corrupt. He is reading 1984 and loves it, and I have taken him to a lecture on the situation in North Korean (very interesting!). He's an excellent reader and loves history. He finds lots of resources online, but I'd love any additional suggestions.
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