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    #204189 - 10/24/14 01:32 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    Ivy Offline

    Registered: 02/08/14
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    Congratulations HK! I'm so glad she's doing well.

    #204202 - 10/24/14 04:17 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    frannieandejsmom Offline

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    ds8 (3rd grade) finished 2nd in the mathnasium trimathelon... great job .. he would have been 1st BUT in the mental math he wrote notes. By the time he realized what he had done it was too late. The weird thing about this is.. it was a tie and he lost the tie breaker (how many jelly beans are in the jar). SO in reality.. he SHOULD have been in first place. He did what his classroom teacher is telling him what to do. He didnt NEED those notes lol

    #204273 - 10/26/14 09:52 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    it_is_2day Offline

    Registered: 08/14/14
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    I posted earlier today on this subject, but deleted thinking I was bragging too much, but then thought again that that is the topic of this thread.

    So here it is:

    dd 2 3/4 has long established herself as verbally astute. Mommy and daddy are both math folks, but we have neither ever really tried to teach her any math. She did learn to count on her own as a function of learning to talk at a very young age. But today, on a whim I threw an easy subtraction problem at her:

    If daddy has 5 gold doubloons and then gives you 3 of them. How many would daddy still have? Instantly she said 2 without a thought. I tried several more addition and subtraction and each time she gave the right answer.

    Then to step it up I asked her:
    If daddy has 10 and mommy has 4 and each of us give you half of ours, who would have the most. Annoyed sounding she said "Me.", with a sigh as though to say why am I asking these stupid questions.

    Later I repeated the exercise for my wife, and dd did answer correctly, but slower and more annoyed and distracted.

    I am very proud of her, and do want to encourage her along these lines, but on the flip side she seems to be figuring this stuff out on her own, and I would like to let her keep figuring it out for herself. I feel like I need to sneak math opportunities to her without overtly teaching math. Right now, I feel like I have missed the pink elephant in the room. She has always been into singing, dancing, superheroes, and books. It never really occurred to me to ask her math questions, which is odd as my career is math intensive.

    #204277 - 10/27/14 01:00 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: HowlerKarma]
    Tigerle Offline

    Registered: 07/29/14
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    Loc: Europe
    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma

    Her CompSci professor and TA's expect her to be the first one done now in labs-- and have NO idea that she's not only never done any real programming before this, but is also 3 years younger than anyone else in the room.


    You know, this shouldn't even be in the "brag" thread. You are just talking about your daughter being right where she belongs, doing what she does.

    #204282 - 10/27/14 06:21 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Registered: 02/14/10
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    Loc: MA
    We gave our 11yo boy a Windows 8.1 laptop. He installed Ubuntu Linux on his own with a dual boot and uses Linux mostly. He has taught himself some C, and now he is trying to create his own Linux distribution by compiling everything from scratch. I have explained to him that many man-years have gone into creating polished Linux distributions, but I admire his fearlessness. I amused to be getting questions such as

    "Does gcc include a C++ compiler?"
    "What is clang?"
    "What are binutils?"

    If he follows his current plan of majoring in computer science, he will be a well-prepared freshman smile.

    He is teaching his younger siblings how to program in Python.

    #204862 - 11/04/14 06:41 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    aquinas Offline

    Registered: 11/02/12
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    I came back from an outing tonight to find DH and DS3 adding and subtracting simple pizza fractions with common denominators. DS was grooving to the Tarantella Napoletana all the while and building an elaborate jet out of Duplo while playing the app with DH.
    What is to give light must endure burning.

    #205079 - 11/06/14 12:29 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    aquinas Offline

    Registered: 11/02/12
    Posts: 2412
    Awesome squishys! DS isn't yet motivated to toilet train. When he is, I hope he does something similar!
    What is to give light must endure burning.

    #205997 - 11/18/14 06:59 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    ultramarina Offline

    Registered: 08/24/10
    Posts: 3428
    DS6 recently won his first chess trophy. smile Last year he had a difficult first "real" tournament and didn't do as well as expected...a learning experience. This time, he finished very strong and will now "play up" to the next age group.

    #206031 - 11/18/14 03:05 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    Dude Offline

    Registered: 10/04/11
    Posts: 2856
    An odd brag that only parents here could understand...

    Our school behavior perfectionist DD9 told her GT math teacher off, balled up her assignment, and shoved it in her desk. I'm supposed to not react like Haymitch did when Katniss shot the arrow at the apple in the roasted pig's mouth, right?

    I mean, it's only yesterday that DD politely asked this teacher for harder work, because she's been doing long division... AGAIN... and she's getting frustrated with doing all the same work she did last year, in what's supposed to be a gifted class. So if the teacher isn't going to respond to polite requests, maybe this will get her attention.

    Meanwhile, I'm glad they finally got a tiny glimpse of what we have been seeing every time we've had to pull her out and homeschool. We are not those parents like they always figured... she's that kid. Teach her something new, or beware the consequences.

    Oh, and that whole ball-up-your-math-and-tell-your-teacher-you-refuse-to-do-it bit? DD ripped it right from my own playbook. I did this in 2nd grade, because being the best-behaved was never a goal for me. DD has heard this story more than once, because one of her favorite chat topics is "Bad Things Dad Did as a Kid."

    I am soooo giving DD a thumbs up when she comes home tonight.

    #206035 - 11/18/14 05:50 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Dude]
    MegMeg Offline

    Registered: 03/14/10
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    laugh laugh laugh

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