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This is for a friend....


She has three kids but one is special needs and her only option left was homeschooling so all of her efforts are with him. The youngest is almost 5 and appears to be gifted.


She also has a daughter , 7, that is in 2ng grade at a private Christian school. Her daughter is very advanced. She didn't mind getting 125% on spelling tests in first grade or finishing math in under a minute but this year she is getting really bored and has talked to her mom about it.


I wanted to find out from you all what I could suggest for after schooling that would not be too parent intensive.


Her strengths :

Reads at at least 6th grade level and comprehends

Asked to learn multiplication last year , easily completes grade level math

Writes above level for her age and has stamina for writing (at 4 her mom kept her busy by paying her a quarter to copy a childrens book)


I suggested MCT and SM CWP and IP. Any other intersting things for after schooling?

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Depending on whether her daughter likes more challenging math or math enrichment.


My boys are enjoying reading The Number Devil and learning math from it. There are others like What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure and books in the "A Math Adventure" series.


For fun we have tried the questions on Math Count Posters.

Also Pascal Triangle worksheets.


We also like tangrams and pentomino.


My boys are not enthused over writing so I can't suggest anything.

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You might check in at the Afterschooling board. A lot of folks there have advanced kids in school.


Since some are mentioning books, my kids have really enjoyed the Sir Cumference series as well as the MathStart series (level 3 would probably be best for a bright 2nd grader).


I don't have a lot of advice as my kids just started 1st grade. I have an advanced kid, but since she's 5.5 in a rigorous 1st grade, she's still getting used to the structure/responsibility and doesn't appear painfully bored yet. :)

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When DD started to get bored and frustrated in first grade, I worked with her to write up a learning goals list. With her reading skills, I knew she was capable of doing a lot of independent reading. I said I wanted her to start with ancient history, and she picked the first area (China). She also wanted to learn about technology. We picked out lots of library books on those topics, along with some DVDs. Occasionally I would give her some assignments to do based on her reading, and we would do some projects on weekends.


For school writing assignments in 2nd grade, DD was able to write about the topics she was studying after school. She also told her teacher she was interested in learning more about inventors, which resulted in DD reading biographies of scientists (at her reading level) during independent reading time at school.


If the teacher is open to it, different homework could be substituted. In 2nd grade, DD had different spelling words. Each week, the class would learn a new spelling rule, and DD's list would follow that rule, but the words would be much more difficult (and not found in a children's dictionary). DD still only missed 2 words all year, but she actually had to spend time learning them. I think this year I will suggest to the teacher that DD use the National Spelling Bee lists.


Primary Grade Challenge Math would be good for that age, and my DD could do much of it on her own, just checking in on the higher level problems. I also recommend the Beast Academy guides for independent math reading, but the practice books sometimes required more support, as they are trickier than the math problems she normally enounters at school.


DD also enjoys playing games on a few websites. She is allowed to use PBSkids.org, and a few sites she connects to through her school (mainly for building math, reading, and typing skills).


We update the learning list from time to time. Since DD helps create it, I know she is motivated to stick with it, and it requires little supervision. I am mainly needed for carting books to and from the library, answering questions now and then, and for guiding the list as her knowledge grows.

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