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  1. This is me to a T. Man, I remember taking my Qualifying and Comprehensive exams in grad school, even, and deliberately choosing my seat off in a back corner so that it'd be less obvious to those around me when I inevitably started crying during the exams. I remember thinking - if only my own students could see me now! lol. You would think 20+ years of school would've gotten me over test anxiety, right? lol. I memorized hundreds of proofs (wrote sketches of the proofs on notecards and walked for hours on end while re-working them), making sure I knew how to prove every major theorem I'd ever se
  2. Yes to this. I remember being annoyed at some of the way tests went (some of ours, it was pathetically, painfully, obvious that my child didn't understand what he was being asked to do, but the script kept getting read without even a moment's hesitation regardless, but when I observed these situations, it wasn't part of a WISC since they didn't allow me to observe that one), but my husband and I both felt like most things in the report just made sense when we thought about our kid.
  3. I'm curious about this, but don't know if the following question is a tangent or not, but I'm wondering if anyone can weigh in why AoPS is really considered "the best." In particular, I have little love for the algebra/trig/calculus/analysis track, and I would've much preferred to do a program that was good and solid, but not super intense, and then move on to "fun" topics (e.g., NT, combinatorics, etc.) much more quickly (had I known then that they even existed). I'm just wondering about the pros and cons of such a plan, I guess? ETA: I know that no program really is "the best" for every
  4. Man, I do love how "safe" nonfiction books are! lol. No gore (in most cases), no bad language, no sexual innuendo that I'm uncomfortable with.
  5. I really like that idea, but he's also currently not great with a computer. Perhaps just lack of opportunity since we're just not a super plugged-in family. Maybe that'll change in the next year, or maybe it's something I could teach him more intentionally. Thanks! This is a great idea! And since it'll take a while for me to get the books, I went ahead and just printed out some old MK sample problems and gave them to him to see how he'd respond. He loved them, and was super pumped to be doing them, and I think he enjoyed that they were fun and not super hard (at least up through level 6
  6. I remember spending lots of my time just in my own little world, paying just enough attention to the teacher to realize when I was expected to do something, and the rest off thinking about stuff that I found interesting. So I agree that giving him interesting stuff to think about right before might be a great idea! :)
  7. Oh, you are speaking my language here! lol. I put together a graph theory class for kids ages 6-10 at my local co-op, and I was so excited to teach it! Only to find out that most of the kids signed up were there because there parents felt they needed more math practice and so the poor kids came in "knowing" they hated math right off the bat. Despite the less-than-stellar start, I felt like it went really well - but I sure wished that I hadn't had to re-invent the wheel. While we didn't prove all of our results (for obvious reasons, ones like the four color theorem were conjectured by the child
  8. I expect to be in much the same boat as my 8 year old is finishing up SM5 and BA4 right now, but I don't particularly want to jump into Pre-Algebra right away. We do lots of enrichment already (cryptography, basic graph theory, some basic number theory, etc), and looking through a lot of other resources (Zacarro, Hard Maths, LoF, etc.) doesn't provide much that's new to him (we did all the LoF up through Jelly Beans, I think? But he did get bored with them so we quit. Same with Khan academy). I'd really like to spend some time with more fun topics (more number theory, combinatorics, graph theo
  9. I'm just curious at what age you start having kids to both languages every day: right off the bat, not till they're older, or something in the middle? My oldest is 8, and some days it just feels like a lot of work to be doing everything we're doing. I don't feel like it's a lot in general: * piano and viola (his choice and he very much wants to continue) * math * chores * coding/programming (his choice, again) * language arts side of things, which currently includes - reading ~1/2 hour per language (sometimes more when he gets carried away) - writing: 2ish sentence
  10. Thanks all. I let him take a break from it for the last week and hope to try it again today with me scribing! :)
  11. Thanks all, for the input! Hmmm. I'll think about this. I don't find the issue a lack of space. Because he insists on doing it in his head still, bc he insists that doing it in his head is just less work than having to write it all out. So most of his page is still blank at the end, and he'd rather re-do ones he missed from scratch than show his work by actually writing stuff out. lol.
  12. DS enjoys math, but recently has been complaining about his BA, saying it's too hard. When I checked where he was, he's on the multi-digit multiplication, where they want you to actually write out all the cross terms and then add them together. So he's been choosing to continue through Singapore 5 instead of doing BA 4. He has a hard time with fine motor skills, and I suspect that's most of the real issue, because when I sit with him and scribe for him, he still flies through it pretty quickly and cheerfully. Is there any harm to me just scribing for him through this chapter, and having him do
  13. Ha ha. This just popped up in my facebook feed from a few years ago. DS8 had *just* turned five and was doing a short reading lesson. The sentence in his book was "Lox the fox was hungry." He sat there staring at it for almost a minute while I did my best to just wait patiently before I suggested he just start *trying* to sound things out. At which point he looked at me and said "Luchs der Fuchs war hungrig." And then he smiled at me.
  14. Thanks for this. I have 2 kids who are using PM, but they started with 1A around the age of 5ish and I was content with that since I'm in no rush to get them doing bookwork. Now I have a 3.5 yo who really begs to do "real" school work, and she's been "studying" the 1A book, but I don't really feel she's ready to start 1A and so was consider getting her the K book, but I really don't want to focus to much on counting. We'll just stick with our C-rods and reading 1A for fun, I guess. I'm not sure I have the ooomph to do much more than that with a younger toddler and two elem age kids yet... :)
  15. My 7 yo asked me this morning if anyone had ever tried to solve the twin prime conjecture by sitting down with pencil and paper and just praying about it... My husband looked at him like he was an alien and didn't even ask what the twin prime conjecture is...
  16. Can anyone tell me why you would or would not choose to do classes from AAA with a kid? I just don't know much about why you would choose to do this: Social interaction, want to outsource certain subjects, other pros? What are the cons (other than the aforementioned difficulty in finding the right "level")? How much parent interaction is helpful / needed / good? I have a kiddo who is very social and super big into science and tech, and I don't always give him as much as he'd like due to the three younger kids, and was just thinking about if this might open up options for him.
  17. So I pulled my kids to the couch to read to them this afternoon (fun book, I'll just point out): 7 yo: Ok, but while you read to us, can I do something fun? Me: Like what? 7 yo: Like look over the problems in my math book (BA 3A) and see which ones I got wrong? Me: .... .... ..... Yes. You can do that.
  18. So we ended up doing mostly this, but I figured I'd check back in and see if there were any other ideas of benign things we can do with the littles. We ended up purchasing: * A balance board (Alex brand) just so they can stand on it and practice balancing. They love it. * A foam pogo jumper. Squeaks with each bounce, and my hubby is on the verge of gutting it, but my kids love it. Also mostly a balancing activity but also helps to burn energy. * A set of small hula hoops. They're too small to actually hula hoop with, but great for jumping from one to the other and just generally being a
  19. I keep hearing of people doing this and it makes me wonder: how do you keep the younger ones quiet to listen? I swear, I can barely hear myself think over their noisy conversation and silliness and sound effects, let alone hear enough of an audio book to follow it (kids are 7,5,3,1).
  20. OK I have another question that might seem very dumb: when you say some folks insist on gymnastics only at a gym, do you mean people don't even practice at home when they're taking weekly lessons? How do they improve then? I've always thought weekly lessons of ANYTHING was a waste if you didn't practice at home during the week so I'm just curious.
  21. Thanks. This gives me hope. I doubt my kids do competitive much, but we're open to it. When my current 5 yo reached a point where she really wanted ballet lessons, and she was willing to practice 6 days a week for four months straight (boy, did that ballet dvd get old... I knew it was bad when she'd memorized it and recited it so much that my 3 yo could also recite it, despite never seeing it herself...), we put her in ballet lessons. And yes, they're expensive, but it seemed the right thing to do given her interest. I expect my current 3 yo will be the same: either she'll stick with it and wa
  22. That's good to know. My 5 yo walked in while your pic was up and was so awed she immediately went out and started trying to do it right. She could get her feet together, but not her legs straight. So I'll suggest she start with her feet elevated and see if she has an easier time of it. :) I tend to have this outlook that (arrogantly, even if unintentionally) assumes that, whatever my young-ish children want or need to know, I can teach them (certainly at 3, but mostly at 5 as well) if I do a little homework and watch how the "pros" do it. What I've learned today is that that's just not t
  23. Wow! That's amazing! We've visited a few gymnastics places around here and none of them have kids doing nice bridges like that (even the 8 and 10 year olds are still doing bridges with feet and arms splayed and legs bent at the knees). So I don't know that anyone near us is going to be much help... :-/ I get that what I'm about to ask is probably the exact reason you say folks should do it with coaches and not at home (though I haven't seen any coaches do it near us anyway, so...), but how on earth do they get nice form on their bridges by five if they don't do them previously? It seems like
  24. Oh really? Is it not good for them? My kids are 7, 5, 3, and 1 (though I doubt she joins in the fun... lol) and so my 3 year old tries to do everything the older kids are doing. If it's for health reasons, it might finally make sense why folks keep telling me that my kids have outgrown the "little kid" class (skill-wise), but still can't go into the "bigger kid" classes (that work on stuff like bridging). Is it bad for a kid to work on it when they *are* five (instead of 4 and under?)? Just seems particularly relevant, since my 5 year old does bridges all over the house, and I'd like to know i
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