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    #120459 - 01/20/12 09:15 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    ultramarina Offline

    Registered: 08/24/10
    Posts: 3428
    Have to add this one:

    DS3: I wish we could catch a giant squid.
    DH: I don't know what we would do with a giant squid.
    DS3: Bring it back for scientific analysis!

    #120463 - 01/20/12 09:49 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    Iucounu Offline

    Registered: 06/02/10
    Posts: 1457

    DS6 has been getting some fairly lame writing assignments for homework lately-- at least from his point of view, with which I openly concur much of the time. The latest was to use all of the months of the year and days of the week to write a story (I think that this was done to reinforce the spelling of these words, which appeared on the standard spelling list for the week). His story which he is turning in today:

    Once upon a time there was a boy named Mud, who was given an assignment to write a story containing all of the months of the year and days of the week. Mud's story listed January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November, and December. (He forgot to add August.) [I think he stuck this in because he forgot to add it. smile ] Then his story listed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. When Mud turned in his story, he got an F-.

    Gotta love that self-advocacy. smile After he wrote this he brought it to me to look at, and told me he had been thinking of using infinitely nested frame stories but that he was too tired to write it all down. I'm guessing he was too muzzy-headed to think of how to structure it properly, never having done anything like that before (it was around midnight when we realized his homework was due today and it was a rush job).

    I told him he should take some time this weekend to write a proper deeply nested story, and we'll probably start by reading over "The Three Storytelling Machines of King Genius", which contains possibly my favorite bit of whimsicality by Lem, the tale of Mymosh the Self-Begotten. I also put a copy of the Arabian Nights by his bedside.
    Striving to increase my rate of flow, and fight forum gloopiness. sick

    #120549 - 01/21/12 01:07 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Iucounu]
    Val Offline

    Registered: 09/01/07
    Posts: 3290
    Loc: California
    I'd love to know how this turns out.

    #120552 - 01/21/12 04:25 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: ultramarina]
    Bostonian Offline

    Registered: 02/14/10
    Posts: 2612
    Loc: MA
    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    DS3 appears to have found his "thing" (other than chess), at least for now--ocean science.

    Thanks for sharing. Searching "marine" at and may suggest some family outings. In Boston there is the New England Aquarium.

    #120585 - 01/21/12 11:10 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Iucounu]
    aculady Offline

    Registered: 12/31/10
    Posts: 1040

    In case the teacher misses it (a lot of teachers aren't looking for that kind of cleverness from kids so young), please let your boy know that someone else not related to him gets the joke about how the boy's name was Mud even before he turned in that F- story.


    #121225 - 01/28/12 10:05 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    frannieandejsmom Offline

    Registered: 02/01/11
    Posts: 832
    Loc: somewhere out there
    So the kids got off the bus yesterday and EJ is just jumping with excitement. He said the BIG kids on the bus (his school is prek thru 6th grade) were quizzing him on the bus with multiplication and division. I have NO clue how they figured him out, maybe someone was doing homework and asking questions and he answered? But he only missed one of their questions. AND he somehow figured out the 11 and 12 tables lol Yes my kinder kid has been accepted by the BIG kids ahahaha

    #121322 - 01/29/12 04:03 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    amazedmom Offline

    Registered: 08/24/09
    Posts: 383
    Loc: Edge of the world
    Have to share. DD 4 spent the morning asking me if she could "please please please dissect the owl pellets you ordered" LOL. I finally got them out and she just spent to the last 3 hours dissecting 2 of them, identifying the bones, figuring out that the pellets she dissected contained 2 complete vole skeletons each, and then decided to figure out how many pellets an owl produces a day, week, and year and how many voles her eats a day, week, year, assuming that the owl produces 2 pellets a day and thus eats 4 voles a day. She came up with the owl eats,4 voles a day, 28 voles a week, and 1460 voles a year. Seriously impressed with her focus and math skills. She even figured out how to multiply 365x4 when before I had only seen her do simple 1 digit number multiplication.
    DD6- DYS
    Homeschooling on a remote island at the edge of the world.

    #121341 - 01/29/12 08:22 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    La Texican Offline

    Registered: 07/10/10
    Posts: 1777
    Loc: South Texas
    Owl pellets!  The boy just asked me, "mom.  Can we kill a bird and cut it open and see what's in it?". I'm going to assume it was something he saw on Wild Kratts.  Either way he has a chemistry set, microscope, box of motors, wires, and battery packs.  I was thinking, you just had to have "pouring science".  Can't that last a little while before you ask for something new?  I was going to wait until hunting season.  He's seen the deers skinned and hanging upside down, but he hasn't seen their guts.  I was going to ask a neighbor who hunts to help him dissect a hog or a deer instead of buying a frog.  But it sounds like owl pellets is maybe a starter to dissecting and identifying?
    I'm typing this thinking it makes my kid sound a little strange.  Maybe it's just his mom that should say "ew" when he asks to kill a bird and see it's insides instead of thinking, really?!  Another Science kit?!  We just bought a Science kit not long ago!?  
    Youth lives by personality, age lives by calculation. -- Aristotle on a calendar

    #121346 - 01/29/12 10:57 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    amazedmom Offline

    Registered: 08/24/09
    Posts: 383
    Loc: Edge of the world
    Nope, doesn't sound strange at all! My daughter gutted fish this summer and was fascinated by the salmon roe (eggs) LOL. She asked dad if he could buy a gun so that they could go duck hunting this spring/summer. She wants to see the inside of a duck LOL.
    DD6- DYS
    Homeschooling on a remote island at the edge of the world.

    #121353 - 01/30/12 03:37 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    bobbie Offline

    Registered: 06/16/11
    Posts: 136
    DS 4 is also fascinated with the insides of living things. Dissection is the most loved part of fishing! I don't think I learnt what he knows about the human body until highschool but I did enjoy dissection then (still do)

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