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    #150010 - 03/05/13 06:29 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    I picked up DS10, who does everything in his head but struggles to show the steps, after his math midterm yesterday, and I asked him how he felt about it. He smiled and said, "Mom, I showed my work!"

    I guess that's not a brag, per se, but a noticing of real progress, especially in perspective-taking: both to remember what the teacher needs to see, and to be self-aware enough to think about that during the exam rather than just regretting and apologizing after the fact.

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    #150086 - 03/05/13 11:53 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: ColinsMum]
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    Originally Posted By: ColinsMum
    My brag: DS9 has his best-so-far piece of externally recognisable validation. He took the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge and scored high enough to go on to the follow-on round, the Cayley Olympiad; in fact, his score was high enough to qualify for the highest follow-on, the Maclaurin, but UKMT policy is apparently that you only sit one of the three Intermediate Olympiads and it's whichever is the lowest you haven't aged out of yet. So, he'll be competing against the best 500 entrants who are up to 5 school years ahead of him, and he scored as well as some of the best 500 entrants who are 7 years ahead of him, out of a total UK entry of about 600,000. I'll admit it, I'm proud of him :-)


    That is extremely impressive. You must be wondering if there are even half a dozen other 9 year olds in the UK that did at least as well. wink

    I'm definitely interested in how you "nurture mathematicians" as you put it in the other thread.

    I'm not familiar with these British maths competitions so I googled them. Can he enter both the Intermediate and Senior Challenges in the same school year, so that he can attempt to make it into the Senior Olympiad but hedging with the more certain Intermediate one?

    Originally Posted By: ColinsMum
    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma
    That is terrific, Colinsmum! laugh Is he excited?

    Pleased, but I wouldn't say excited really. The follow-on involves writing out full proofs, rather than being multiple choice, and though his writing is much better than it was that's still a bit off-putting to him. I did get his teacher to let him write in pen, though, on finding that he was more worried about being able to write enough in pencil than about being able to do the questions!


    I would seriously suggest relax and have fun.

    Looking at a sample Cayley Olympiad paper from the website, it seems that the solutions have a fairly sequential structure, so if you know how to solve them you ought to be able to write down your line of thought.

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    #150101 - 03/06/13 07:27 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    DD5 is successfully doing projects from our new Snap Circuits Green kit solo. smile

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    #150103 - 03/06/13 07:30 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: 22B]
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    Originally Posted By: 22B
    That is extremely impressive. You must be wondering if there are even half a dozen other 9 year olds in the UK that did at least as well. wink

    Wouldn't it be great if I could find them and put them all in one room with my DS? Mind you, they'd probably talk about Minecraft...

    I get the impression that it's unusual for schools to put children in before the target age, especially so much before, so I expect that most of the children who could do that well never get the chance. I have seen of references online to two (different I think!) children doing Cayley, at some time, while one year older than DS; that's all, and UKMT publish no statistics on this kind of thing. I find it really hard to judge how unusual DS is. After the IMC, DH, DS and I concluded this year's paper had been exceptionally easy, explaining DS's high mark. But the thresholds are set as usual, so other people can't have found it so.

    Originally Posted By: 22B

    I'm definitely interested in how you "nurture mathematicians" as you put it in the other thread.

    This is something I witter about often - one thread with a fair bit of me opining in it is this one about how to make it work for DS-then-6-rising-7 to work independently on his own maths in the classroom. If there are things you'd like to talk about, do start a thread and I will happily witter on it and maybe others will too!

    Originally Posted By: 22B

    I'm not familiar with these British maths competitions so I googled them. Can he enter both the Intermediate and Senior Challenges in the same school year, so that he can attempt to make it into the Senior Olympiad but hedging with the more certain Intermediate one?

    He can and does; indeed this year he is sitting all three. Last April he scraped gold in the Junior (first UKMT experience); in November he got silver in the Senior. From there to qualifying for BMO1 is a biggish step; I don't think I'd expect him to do that next time. He might not even qualify for the Junior Olympiad this year; I need to remember, perhaps, that I was surprised he qualified for Cayley! (Although his teacher didn't seem to be, so, hmm, dunno.)

    Originally Posted By: 22B

    I would seriously suggest relax and have fun.

    Looking at a sample Cayley Olympiad paper from the website, it seems that the solutions have a fairly sequential structure, so if you know how to solve them you ought to be able to write down your line of thought.

    Fun, absolutely. He will certainly enjoy tackling the problems; his problem is not choosing a presentation so much as the physical act of writing - this is the same kid who was difficult to get to write more than 2-3 sentences for anything not long ago! But I think he'll be fine; the expected ratio of thinking to writing is pretty good in this.
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    #150257 - 03/07/13 06:59 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Well, there you have it. DS almost 4 just read his first book.

    "Doggies" by Sandra Boynton.
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    #150315 - 03/08/13 01:30 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    DD10 is off sick from school with a fever. I told her she could watch TV but she read a novel instead, and now she's creating "khan academy" style math instructional videos using my iPad (with the "show me" app).

    (I might keep her home sick more often...)

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    #150318 - 03/08/13 02:10 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    DS5 told me this week that he thought he had whooping cough (he has a cold) and that it would be unfair to put the other children at school at risk so thought he should stay home smile

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    #150337 - 03/08/13 04:55 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    This is such a great thread. I really need to spend more time on this forum. I feel like I can't talk about my daughter much at all around most other moms because I feel like people think I'm exaggerating or acting as if she's better than their kids (which I don't think that!).

    She is just over 25 months old.. she has been obsessed with the alphabet since she was about 18 months old and knows the phonetic sound of almost every single letter and is starting to recognize words. She has such a true passion for it and will do word or alphabet related activities all day long. She counts easily to 10/12 and we've been working on counting to twenty and she's already almost got that down (and I am just encouraging her leads, of course).

    Most of all, what blows me away about her is that she truly CONVERSES. Her vocabulary is beyond anything I could keep track of. She uses such advanced (or so it seems for a freshly two year old) phrases and tone of voice. She will attempt any word she hears. She was even saying 'rhinoceros'.

    She's also fully potty trained, even overnights! Yay!

    Thanks for being a safe place to share.
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    #150342 - 03/08/13 06:24 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    We just got the Explore score. My DD8 (4th grade) got 22 on English, 18 on Math, 17 reading and 19 science. Not bad for a 8 years old getting 88 percentile on 8th grade test.

    She meets the DYS criteria too :-) I was afraid that skipping a grade will hurt her. But she may miss out on award ceremony :-(

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    #150346 - 03/08/13 07:37 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: bobbie]
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    Originally Posted By: bobbie
    DS5 told me this week that he thought he had whooping cough (he has a cold) and that it would be unfair to put the other children at school at risk so thought he should stay home smile


    Heeeeeee...

    This cracks me up. Sounds exactly like some of the things that my DD has said to us over the years.


    I sure love reading about our funny, wise, and spectacular moments with our kids! laugh
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