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Noreen Claire

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  1. 1 hour ago, Arcadia said:

     I think they would have been frustrated if they treat it like an academic class and were concerned about the grades they might get.

    He's not concerned about grades, as far as I can tell. I think, mainly, he was frustrated because other people were quicker than he was and he's got a perfectionist streak in him. I certainly don't care about whatever grade he gets! I was just hoping that this class would shake things up a bit, while also having someone else give him direction and feedback about how he writes out solutions to his work. 

  2. 1 hour ago, EmilyGF said:

    My daughter who held on by her fingernails through two AoPS classes really came away frustrated at math, disliking the subject, and thinking poorly of herself. I would strongly suggest waiting on things. She survived the whole term but it was really a mom-fail on my part to have put her up to it in retrospect.


    Thank you for sharing your daughter's experience. We agreed that he would try the first two sessions, and then we would decide if he should stay or drop.

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  3. On 5/14/2020 at 10:01 PM, square_25 said:

    I don't know her, even virtually, but let me know how it goes!! 

    Well, he's survived the first meeting. He was nervous, but it started out well enough. He knew the material (he's already worked that chapter in the book), and wasn't too slow in getting answers in at the beginning However, at about the 50 minute mark (out of 75), he started to unravel. He felt like he wasn't able to think fast enough or type fast enough and that the class was moving too fast. His frustration started to snowball from there. This is my kid who I am struggling with to get him to write his calculations down, which will help speed up his work. I was in the room with him making dinner, but wasn't sitting with him. I answered his questions and spent the last 15 minutes trying to talk him through his frustration and calm him down. (I was making dinner - poor planning on my part.)

    For next week, I will make sure that he has a break at around the 45 minute mark. Walking to get a drink of water and stretching might help him regroup. I can also help him with the typing if he gets frustrated. He will work on typing skills during the week.

    He's actually looking forward to his homework, so that's a positive.

  4. So, he's signed up for the class, but he's wary. I'll sit with him through the first two to see how it goes. I've told him that there is no problem if we decide to drop in the first two weeks, that this is just to try something new.

    The class starts with chapter 8, and he's already working in chapter 9 this week in the book, so that will give him the first few weeks to focus more on the class format and less worry on the material.

    Thanks for all your input.

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  5. 1 hour ago, square_25 said:

    It's all text-based, so it's not optimal to be bad at typing. And it goes rather fast. 

    I think he could still get a lot out of a class, but he might feel a bit frustrated if he can do the math but can't type it in to answer. 

    Thanks, I was hoping you would respond. I have no doubt that the math will not be a problem. He and I just need to shake things up a bit, and having someone else assigning & evaluating his work for a while seems like it might just do the trick. Like @EmilyGF mentioned above, we can give it the first two weeks and see how it goes, typing-wise.

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  6. 4 minutes ago, SanDiegoMom in VA said:

    My son never typed a lot -- usually just a number, or at most a short phrase.  Usually it was just to answer a question, so yes, no, true, false, or the numerical answer. 

    Reading speed, though, is essential especially at the higher levels. My son started with Intro to Alg B which was fine, but Intermediate Algebra was huge blocks of text -- he equated it to drinking from a firehouse. 

    This is helpful, thanks. He's a fast reader, that shouldn't be a problem.

  7. For a few reasons, I'm considering enrolling DS11 in pre-algebra 2 class that starts next week. My concern is that he can't type very well. I know that he'll get better if he has to, but will it be too hard for him to participate in the beginning if he's bad at typing? He's already completed the first chapter in the book that the course starts with, so he could focus a bit more on the mechanics of the class during the first two weeks, if that matters.



  8. 36 minutes ago, Momto6inIN said:

    A related question - if she is a lefty, are there any specific resources I need to be looking at down the road that will help her with school and fine motor skills? 

    I borrowed this book from the library, and found it very helpful:

    DS8 started showing a preference early, maybe around 18 months. DS3 is also showing signs of being left-handed, but it is not so clear as DS8 was.


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  9. 7 minutes ago, wathe said:

    It's definitely not poison ivy.  Poison ivy leaf stems are smooth.  Are the leaves of your plant smooth or slightly hairy?  hard to tell from photo.  PI leaves are extremely smooth, shiny even.  You can test by crushing a leaf.  Poison ivy resin will turn black after exposure to air (after an hour or so)

    They look slightly hairy to me. The stem is definitely hairy. Thanks for the info.

    I can't touch poison ivy, I'm deathly allergic!

  10. I'm afraid it might be poison something-or-other, but my mother thinks it might be a raspberry.

    FWIW, we have lived here for 4 years. This is growing on a south-facing slope that is at the base of some trees and used to be covered with moss, but we've cut back the tree cover a bit so it's not in full shade and I'm trying to turn it into a garden. There wasn't anything planted here when we moved in, but all manner of bulbs and perennials have sprouted up around the property in the last few years, so who knows.



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