The ultimate brag thread

Posted by: CFK

The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 07:38 AM

There seems to be a lot of new posters on the board and many seem to have voiced the same comment - that they can't share their children's accomplishments with anyone. So I think it's time for a brag thread!

What wonderful amazing things has your child done lately that you can't tell anyone? Boast away in all your glory!

(and I expect much more boasting details from all those posters on the "isolation thread"! Here's your chance!)
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 07:58 AM

Great idea, CFK! I dearly love to read the bragging about our kids! smile

And congrats to your DS on the A. Yay!

Mine is more of a funny than a brag...

We're homeschooling, and DS7 was working on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators. We had worked on it a couple of weeks ago, but it hasn't yet "stuck" completely. (So he's being challenged and has to work on it--yay! laugh And he asked to try it again, so he likes the challenge--double yay!)

He did one problem and multiplied the fractions together instead of finding the LCD and adding. I talked about why this didn't work in terms of fruit: "if you have 2 apples and 2 apples (ie if the denominators are the same), then you just add the apples together. But if you have one set of apples and one set oranges, then you have to change their appearance so that you're working with all apples, all oranges...or maybe something totally different, like all plums..."

DS7 grinned his "I'm about to be clever" grin and said, "...And then we're in a pickle!"

That boy cracks me up! laugh
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 08:30 AM

We got supplemental sheets for math. DS5.5 has been sick the last few days and I think he's under the impression that he has to do ALL 20 sheets while he's a home smile

At any rate, one sheet is open ended. You pick a number (we encouraged him to pick 36 as opposed to a prime number like he did last time!) and you're supposed to come up with all sorts of ways to get to that number. Like 30 + 6, 40 - 4, 6 x 6, etc. Since he figured out that 6 is a factor of 36, he was thinking through whether or not 3 could be a factor. Unsure of himself, Mom suggested, "well, just go through your 3 times table to see".

DS: "But mommy, I can't go up to 3 times 12!" (smurk)

JB
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 09:05 AM

Good ones, all!

Posted by: squirt

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 09:11 AM

Pud (7) was doing long division the other day, 91/12. He couldn't figure out how many times 12 went into 91 so he starts subtracting 12 from 91 until he can't subtract 12 any more. Then, he counted up how many times he subtracted and said "there, there's my quotient and the remainder is ...". He'll get there one way or another.
Posted by: Tall boys

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 09:33 AM

Hope you don't mind me joining this thread.

DS7 loves to invent things. This is why I buy tape by the case. Last Saturday he was do his inventing thing and came up with item that is really, really good. My DH and I just looked at one another without saying a word. After the kids went to bed we discussed the item in detail and decided to look for a patent attorney. Maybe it will help pay for college. When I told DS7 that we were going to take his idea to a new level and keep it in his name, he completely freaked, his was soooo excited.

All these stories are fantastic.
Posted by: AmyEJ

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 09:46 AM

Yes, these stories are awesome. This is just a great place for people to be able to talk about their kids openly. Thank you for sharing!
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 10:42 AM

Great idea, CFK.

My DD8 recently realized that her best friend is *bullying* her in that she threatens to end the frienship if DD plays with anyone else.
She has begun attempting to resist her friend's attempt to manipulate her.

I'm very proud that she had the wisdom to realize this. The maturity to start standing up for herself. The finesse to figure out a way to do it without ending the friendship or hurting the friend.

May not sound like much of a brag, but she is so naturally passive and non-confrontational I am thrilled she is handling her problem this way.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 12:18 PM

My 10 year old is finding ways to work around the dyspraxia/hypotonia that causes difficulty with writing.

He took a long break from math (Aleks) because we had trouble with our internet service for several months and it is his least favorite subject. When he started back to work on middle school math course that he was about half-way through before he quit, he found that he could get answers to some math questions much faster by not writing anything down. For example: 3/10 divided by 4/15 he clicked on the fraction box thing that I thought could only be used once for the final answer and typed in 3/10, 15/4 and 45/40 so that all were on the screen at the same time, then 1 5/40, then 1 1/8 for his final answer after backspacing over the ones he didn't need. We had talked a few days ago about the need for showing his work so he could check it because he would sometimes get distracted when doing mental math and have to start over. He told me he was "digitally writing it down." I knew typing helped with getting his thoughts on paper but I never knew you could type math. He knows that he can't use this for everything and he will write out problems when he absolutely has to. He says I can't expect him to not use these tools if they are available.

He actually enjoyed his last Cub Scouts meeting because they worked on the Citizen badge and he got to talk about what he knew about government, the election process and the electoral college and the scout leader let them discuss politics, but he and the scout leader did most of the talking. He said the leader asked him how old he was and what grade he was in. He gets asked this question a lot. He had to fill out a worksheet and he said he apologised to the cub scout leader for his bad handwriting. At least he is able to explain to other people that he has a disability now, instead of trying to hide it. I think finding out that the actor who played Harry Potter also has this mild disability helped him. I think it also helped to find out that one of our neighbors has an older daughter that might be 2E. She only had one teacher in all of her years in school who really got that she needed to learn differently. One teacher had her put in special ed, but she told them she wasn't learning anything so they put her back in regular classes where she somehow overcame her difficulties and in high school she ended up making the highest scores on math tests in a school for gifted kids that she tested to get into. My neighbor said the one teacher who encouraged her daughter made a huge difference in her life.

Posted by: mom2three

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 02:02 PM

Hi everyone-

This is my first post, but I have been lurking for awhile. I am so glad you started this thread because I have been dying to tell someone this and can't IRL. My daughter A (6.5 yrs) is double grade skipped and is now in third grade. Last week we received her first progress report and she received all O's (outstanding progress) and one S in writing. I even went and talked to her teacher because I was so surprised that she got almost all O's. He said that he is a hard grader and that only a few kids received all O's!! I was sooo proud of A and all of her hard work. Another thing she did last week was to move to her 4's in multiplication. O.k., no big deal. But she did 56 problems in 4 minutes the first day and the very next day she went to 94!!! WOW! I was shocked! Again, I'm so proud of her and she is LOVING school!

Thanks for letting me brag!!

Posted by: KAR120C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 07:01 PM

Ooh! Ooh! I've got two!! smile

First, DS(9) was accepted into a wind ensemble... he plays flute, and while generally the group is teenaged, he's keeping up pretty darn well! But the braggy part is that since he was basically thrown in the proverbial deep end in joining this group, he has drastically improved his playing in general. It's only been two weeks, but he's suddenly remarkably good at sight reading, and the music he's playing for his regular lessons is suddenly easy. Now on the other hand, there are a few pieces in the wind ensemble repertoire that are giving him grief, but they're SO much harder than what he's been playing (I mean, like Flight of the Bumblebee for Pete's sake!), it's like his whole range just shot up. He's also gotten much more diligent about practicing. Either the peer pressure or the jump in difficulty.. but whatever it is, he's rising to the challenge! Yay!

And my second brag... He just wrote his first completely independent program! I game him the assignment of writing a program on the TI-84 to simulate random dice-rolling. He had to ask what number of rolls you want, hold the answer in a variable and then use that variable in two functions that output that many random numbers between 1 and 6 into two lists (like two dice rolled over and over, together), and then use a third list to hold their sum. And he did it! Woohoo!! Tomorrow we're going to see if there's any way to get it to report the number of sevens in the whole set of sums... but I need to figure out how to do that myself first... wink
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/08 07:06 PM

I have a quick brag from last weekend. DS5 wrote 3 short Halloween stories over the weekend because he was bored. The stories were cute and the writing was very good. I helped him mount them on construction paper and he illustrated each one. We put on a cover page and then bound the pages together. On the back covers DS5 had me write: "Other Books By DS5" and then list each title. He plan to make a whole series for each season. I love his motivation.

Posted by: rachibaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 05:25 AM

My ds5 seems to be working out square roots for himself.

Yesterday morning he woke me up by telling me two not friends(uneven numbers) can become friends (even numbers) if you add them together. Then he went from that to working out multiplying two same numbers together(eg) two by two is four. Then straight away he wondered aloud what would happen if you did it "upside down" and worked out square roots. All in the sspace of about five or ten minutes.

This seems to me to be a bit further on from counting reliably to ten? I plan to approach the teacher with this, but ds is not co operative in testing situations. All this is coming from him independently on his terms. Any ideas what age he might be operating at?
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 05:39 AM

Originally Posted By: rachibaby
My ds5 seems to be working out square roots for himself.

Yesterday morning he woke me up by telling me two not friends(uneven numbers) can become friends (even numbers) if you add them together. Then he went from that to working out multiplying two same numbers together(eg) two by two is four. Then straight away he wondered aloud what would happen if you did it "upside down" and worked out square roots. All in the sspace of about five or ten minutes.

This seems to me to be a bit further on from counting reliably to ten? I plan to approach the teacher with this, but ds is not co operative in testing situations. All this is coming from him independently on his terms. Any ideas what age he might be operating at?

Dunno, but let us know if you find out, because this is all awfully familiar. DS4 (will be 5 very soon) was playing with his calculator on a 40 minute bus journey the other day. On that one journey he seemed to be having insights into place value (arbitarily far: he had understood tens and units before, but he suddenly got the general case), multiplication (again, beyond the very small numbers), division, fractions, and decimals including recurring decimals, all for positive and negative numbers. It's scary, isn't it? One expects one insight to be enough to last them at least half an hour, but it isn't... And at school they seem to be on the level of recognising digits and putting them in order on a number line...
Posted by: rachibaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 05:51 AM

I know.

ds wants a new calculator for christmas and a telescope! I think that this was brought on by the fact that his teacher sent a number chart home and he cried. He said he felt insulted because she obviously thought he was stupid.

He just loves numbers and maths and the ideas just pop in his head as he is building lego. We did place values a few months ago. The problem is I am not really maths minded.

anyway at least a calculator is a cheap gift!
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 06:43 AM

What a great thread! I love reading these stories. Amazing kiddos!

I can't think of any "big" brags lately, except yesterday DS4 surprised me by using the word "affect" in the correct way, as in "oh, i see, so this isn't affected by that." And lately he's been telling us many new stories about the adventures on his made up planets, Guffland, Witchland, Everythingland, Towerland, Lavaland, and Creepland. (All carefully pronounced "lind" instead of "land" for some reason!) (The adventures usually involve sending the evil witches back to their own world.) Did you know each world has its own color of butterflies, including red butterflies on lavaland "red like magma and lava"? Oh, except Everythingland, which has every color...
Posted by: Val

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 12:52 PM

Originally Posted By: rachibaby
ds wants a new calculator for christmas and a telescope! I think that this was brought on by the fact that his teacher sent a number chart home and he cried. He said he felt insulted because she obviously thought he was stupid.

anyway at least a calculator is a cheap gift!


And hours (well...) of endless fun (What happens if I do THIS to the number 100?" Error?? What??)!

Can I indulge in a brag that happened almost 3 years ago? It's a story I'd love to tell more often but usually don't.

Once upon a time when DD was 18 months old, she woke up in the middle of the night in a very good mood. It was around 4 or 5 am. I lifted her out of her crib sat her in the middle of the bed, and she started singing. She had a small repetoire of songs by then, and she could hit the notes.

She has this "second voice" that she uses when she sings or talks to her stuffed animals. The pitch is higher than her normal deep voice. It can be very endearing.

Anyway, there she was, singing "Twinka, twinka, litta STAH..." to no one in particular and showing no signs of going back to sleep anytime soon.

DH and I formed a circle around her so she couldn't tumble off the bed, and we just lay there listening to her as she went through her songs. When she finished, she smiled and said "Nigh nigh, Mommy" or something like that and I put her back to bed and everyone went back to sleep.

It was the middle of the night. It was so wonderful. She was just so darling.

Val
Posted by: ebeth

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 01:47 PM

That is a really wonderful story, Val! And I say that with all sincerity. My DS did not sleep through the night until he was 4 years old, and I don't think he ever did anything that endearing in the middle of the night!! wink
Posted by: Val

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 03:02 PM

Originally Posted By: ebeth
That is a really wonderful story, Val! And I say that with all sincerity. My DS did not sleep through the night until he was 4 years old, and I don't think he ever did anything that endearing in the middle of the night!! wink


Thank you. I always smile when I think about it.

Val
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 06:54 PM

oh gosh... I think I *just* realized that maybe not all parents carry two solar powered calculators in their purse at all times for car rides and restaurants and other lengthy waits ....

and there's the "mom, it only has an 8 digit screen!"

time for an upgrade
Posted by: Belle

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 07:09 PM

Oh Barbara your post made me laugh...we have multiple calculators everywhere because DS5 loves them and has for several years...when he was 3, he would sit at restaurants/in the car/waiting for things and play with the calculator....we have one in his playroom, one in the car, one in my purse, one in his backpack....and then he saw a scientific calculator a few months ago and asked to put it on his santa list because he got all excited when daddy began to explain to him about the other number systems out there :-)
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 10:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Val
Anyway, there she was, singing "Twinka, twinka, litta STAH..." to no one in particular and showing no signs of going back to sleep anytime soon.

DH and I formed a circle around her so she couldn't tumble off the bed, and we just lay there listening to her as she went through her songs. When she finished, she smiled and said "Nigh nigh, Mommy" or something like that and I put her back to bed and everyone went back to sleep.

It was the middle of the night. It was so wonderful. She was just so darling.

Val


That's great!

Our 9m1w son sings to himself right before he goes to sleep. He's been doing this since 3 months.

We were at a high end audio shop when he was 6m old and we were listening to the speakers using Peter Cincotti's "Philadelphia" and when we turned on the good speakers, Mr W broke into a huge grin and starting humming the melody.

When he was 3m old, he smiled continously when he first heard a live piano. When the pianist started "Cast your fates to the wind," he let out a cry of joy and hummed the melody for days. Even today, when I start humming it, he will look up at me and stare at my face, smiling.

He knows and responds to requests in English and Spanish such as "Go get your book" or "go into the kitchen." Since 4m he has shaken his head no when he did not want something. A few weeks ago, my wife was at a neighbor's, and said "Its time to go." and he said, "bye bye!" and waved his arm.

He will go find his book or toy, and then throw it in front of him, crawl or cruise, pick it up, throw it a few feet, then repeat, until he gets where he wants to be with it.

We go to the book store every weekend. Our usual practice is that I will walk around with him in a chest harness looking at books until he gets excited about one. We will then sit down and I will read to him and then he will turn the page when I tell him. He usually gets a huge grin and will look at my lips and then back at the book while I read. Or he gets impatient and will want to flip to the next page!

He is easy to like as well - he smiles all the time at everyone he meets.

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/24/08 10:29 PM

Originally Posted By: Dottie
Originally Posted By: me
Originally Posted By: Rachibaby
...anyway at least a calculator is a cheap gift!

...she says, unaware of the potential!


Originally Posted By: Barbara
oh gosh... I think I *just* realized that maybe not all parents carry two solar powered calculators in their purse at all times for car rides and restaurants and other lengthy waits

My post was poorly worded....I meant that at a certain point, the cool gift is no longer "cheap", cry !


Mr W's fav toy is a box filled with goodies like rubber parts, cut-outs from different food packages, balls, etc. He turns the box on its side and rummages through it, pulling out stuff, looking it over, throwing discards over his shoulder, then going for the next object. I add new stuff just about every day. It occupies him for hours.

Most pawn shops near a University will have lots of cheap electronic junk. We have an old atari set that he will get to play with soon. His first computer will be a POJ (piece of junk), too.

When he starts to read heavily, we will be at half-price books and yard sales. wink

I might even take him to a junk yard. LOL.



Posted by: mamaandmore

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/25/08 06:46 AM

DD2's speech has really become amazing recently, she sounds just like her 4 & 6yo brothers! A conversation I had yesterday that was just so cute and I haven't really shared anywhere because I know it sounds crazy.

DD2: Mommy, help me with my pants. The problem is- the zipper won't go up.
Me: OK, please stop taking your clothes off.

Repeat 5 times over the next 2 minutes.

Then-
DD2 comes in after fighting a losing battle with her shirt, one arm is stuck up in the air in the sleeve and the rest of the shirt is sort of shoved over her head in what appears to be a very uncomfortable position.

DD2: Mommy, help me! I don't know *what* the problem is!

And I was trying desperately not to laugh because I didn't want to hurt her feelings.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/25/08 08:38 AM

oh, that is so adorable! No, you don't want to laugh at situations like that - but you sure do want to remember them.

Scientific calculators have made their appearance in our house- and when we visited my sister ... and SHE HAD ONE, TOO! oh my goodness what a find.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/25/08 10:11 AM

This is a fun thread, great stories!

The things I can remember right now seem weird and offbeat; but here are a couple stories-
We were at a pool and a man came over and asked ds8 about a toy he was playing with, a pretty cool rubber 'toypedo'. I could see this from across the pool. I asked what happened and ds said, "Oh, he asked about my toy, he asked where I got it, I think he thought it was his. But I explained I'd had it for several years and I think he saw it was older than his. He said he is looking for one like it, if I see it." I didn't think much more about it, but later saw my son speaking with the man again.
Turns out ds found another boy playing with the man's toy and explained to the boy that the man was looking for it. He got the toy back and delivered it to the man who was pretty surprised; he asked ds a bit about it, and the look on the man's face was just priceless. Anyway, I was proud he was able to assert himself and feel comfortable speaking with this guy and the other boy.
DD2.5 used to insist on my reading the R. Scary books over and over, and of course still really likes them. She has one huge one where around 1 year old she LOOOOOOVED flipping through the pages and finding the little bug that the author had hidden on every page (goldbug). By about 13 mos. or so she had the book basically memorized, she could find this bug anywhere, on every page without fail, faster than I could. She wanted to find that bug and she meant business!

Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/25/08 02:18 PM

Thanks for the thread. I have a couple of stories from today. First, since I am new to this idea of my DD(26 months) being termed as HG+ and the characteristics that come with the term, I figured I would buy her some board games. Nothing fancy and as I began looking at the pre-school ones I realized that DD already does the stuff that the games are suppose to teach her, so I bought a memory game and laid it out on the floor for her, explaining how the game works since she has never done a memory game before. It did not take her anytime to A. understand it and B. win the game. We always knew she had a memory but I was a little shocked at how quickly she remembered where all the pieces were after flipping them over once.

The other story is one that just made me laugh today. I am a graduate of U Texas so we watch our longhorns and over the last week she asked to watch the longhorns. I explained that she had to wait until Saturday, so last night I asked her if she knew what tomorrow was .. she thought about it and said Wednesday with a smile. (Wishful thinking since she dances on Wed.) I said no it is Saturday, longhorn game. So this morning we went to breakfast and she was sitting in a highchair with her hands hidden she asked her Grandmother and me what today was and when we ask what? she showed her hands, both with hookem signs and said "longhorns, hookem! It is football time!" It was so cute.
Posted by: Isa

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/25/08 02:31 PM

OK, here is my little brag:

DD5 was convinced that counting more than 20 was too difficult for her and almost got a panic attack every time I tried to make her count more than 20.
Until a few days ago, when she suddenly started counting up to 65 and she just stopped because she was tired of counting but she has obviously lost the fear that this is difficult. OUF!

Next one i hope is the puzzles: she is really afraid of them. I hope she overcomes this fear as well...

I cannot think of anything right now - It is time for bed now.


Posted by: oneisenough

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/08 01:05 PM

Thanks for this thread...it's fun to read about your kids...and always fun to brag! smile

In this past week or so our daughter (almost 2!) has almost mastered personal pronouns. She has had a hard time with using "I" instead of her name and I think she has it now!

DD started to show us that she understands simple addition...she was adding rocks as the playground the other day! She is very proud of this!

My biggest brag of all...she is finally sleeping through the night! I probably just jinxed it completed now! She has been sleeping so well in the last couple of weeks. She sleeps through the night, or wakes up just once! This is HUGE for us. We went almost 2 years with her waking up anywhere from 4 to 12 times a night.

YAY!!!
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/08 01:22 PM

One of the things I have learned is never underestimate the sibblings, I have DD5 and DD4 (19 months apart) the 5 year old has what I beleive to be a photographic memory and has always wanted more and more info to learn, my 4 year old is a throw back from the 60's and is a free sprit loves to learn but does not have the same type of drive the older one has (a perfect balance for my 5 year olds perfection personallity) about 2 1/2 years ago when DD5 then almost 3 desided it was time to learn the months of the year, she was going through the calendar reading the months over and over (she learn to read before 2yrs), I told her to put it down and try it without looking. She said " January, February, March" and then she paused for a moment and little sis pipes in "April, May, June, July,August, ect....
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/08 05:09 PM

Sleeping through the night? Woo hoo! Break out the champagne! (That's what we'll do, I bet.)

I love reading about everyone's kids!

My small brag from this weekend is our 22 m.o. DD has a cold and she played Doctor /Nurse /Parent to her stuffed kitty. She looked intently into its eyes and said, "Do you need some medicine, Kitty?" in the most tender and endearing voice, then waited earnestly for a reply. She went on to go through my Pediatric Medicine box and use all its contents on the Kitty - ear thermometer, motrin, gas medicine, Vics Vapo Rub (she can say that), nasal aspirator, nail clippers, an eye dropper and hair brush. I'm not sure if that's gifted, but it sure was cute and I didn't realize she knew what all those things did.

She also used a mini screwdriver to take the plate off the back of a toy. She is constantly saying "It's broken," "It's not working," or "It needs batteries," so it was funny she could finally change batteries herself.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/08 07:15 PM

most of my stories of DS4 are just cute and funny stories...or at least that come to mind...but he is pretty funny.

He likes to play a game called "scrambled up word" which he made up himself. He writes out on his board "rsreae dabro" Which was eraser board. He is pretty good. The "board" part was the funniest because after writing the first word out all mixed up (he scrambles them in his head and writes them out pretty quick) he turned to me and was about to whisper and ask me "how do you spell board?" but I stopped him before he said the word and told him to ask his dad. So I hear him upstairs say "no not that kind of board with an e...the board with an a" and then I hear him coming down the stairs whispering to himself "b-o-a-r-d" over and over. How funny. So smart but still just a little 4 yo.

And my DD(16mo) is starting to talk more. It is really neat to see. My DS said a couple hundred words at her age....so to see her start to communicate more with us is great. She is developing her own personality and is just so awesome. And I LOVE watching them both together. They can play forever chasing eachother around.
Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/30/08 05:22 AM

This is my favorite story. When DD5 was at a well baby checkup at 15months the doctor asked her is she could say something simple like "ball" or "cat" and she responded, "I can't talk I'm just a baby" LOL!!! Talking and humor :-)

Wow Shelly. Your little DS4 is amazing! My dd7 loves stuff like that but to have that ability to manipulate language at 4 is truly exceptional. Good for him!
Posted by: Isa

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/30/08 02:11 PM

Actually I have another brag:

when DD was two and two months she made the remark that real cats do not wear clothes and talk and started to asked questions about real cows or horses, etc.

Two months later she made the remark that 'Sinterklaas' (the Dutch version of Santa) is when papa and mama have hidden presents in the cabinet under the stairs...


Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/01/08 08:08 PM

This is just a small brag, but it was one of those "oh, yes, he's a bit different" moments. I'm pointing out the shadow play of a lit pumpkin in the dark. Me: "hey - look at the wall." DS4: "The pumpkin is projecting images on the wall."
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 12:05 AM

Originally Posted By: lanfan
This is my favorite story. When DD5 was at a well baby checkup at 15months the doctor asked her is she could say something simple like "ball" or "cat" and she responded, "I can't talk I'm just a baby" LOL!!! Talking and humor :-)


Wow! Astonishing and apropos! Does she still have the same sense of humor? Dry, wry, or otherwise sarcastic? Amazing for a 15 m.o. baby!
Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 06:57 AM

Yes she does. She's a riot!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 07:01 AM

What a great thread! I wish I could meet all of your kids--they sound wonderful!

Some of my favourite Harpo (now 7) moments:

When he was 2 and just starting to read aloud to us, he'd also spend a long time quietly staring at print of any sort (cereal boxes, whatever). One day, he asked me to type him two pages on the computer, one with lower-case "a" in every font, and one with lower-case "g" in every font. I thought this was a little odd, but I did it, and he carried it around like a talisman for weeks at a time. I finally figured out (I am slow) that those are the only two letters that exist in two different forms, according to font. So then I went up to the university library and got a bunch of books about type design, and he was in hog heaven for months.

When he was three, he'd lie on his bed for more than an hour at a go for about a week, chanting the alphabet slowly to himself. At the end of the week, he came down and said, "there are only five letters where I don't have to do anything with my lips or my teeth, and they are a, e, i, o, and u." Then he went happily out to play.

When he was four, we were waiting in a long line at the bank one day, and to keep him happy, I handed him a bunch of the bank's pamphlets about their services. One of them had to do with the bank's commitment to keeping its customers' personal information confidential, and had a photo on the front of a woman locking up a huge safe. He looked at it for a while and said he'd like to see this safe, where was it? I explained that there wasn't really a safe exactly like that particular one, but that they were trying to get across to people how seriously they took their privacy concerns. He said, "Oh, you mean it's a metaphor?" Every adult head in line snapped back in our direction.

Sorry, too many stories--I have pent-up bragging needs, since I only have one person I can tell this kind of stuff!

peace,
minnie
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 07:31 AM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx
When he was four, we were waiting in a long line at the bank one day, and to keep him happy, I handed him a bunch of the bank's pamphlets about their services. One of them had to do with the bank's commitment to keeping its customers' personal information confidential, and had a photo on the front of a woman locking up a huge safe. He looked at it for a while and said he'd like to see this safe, where was it? I explained that there wasn't really a safe exactly like that particular one, but that they were trying to get across to people how seriously they took their privacy concerns. He said, "Oh, you mean it's a metaphor?"


Wow! Many adults do not know what a metaphor is. Amazing kiddo!

Originally Posted By: minniemarx
We haven't had any of the kids tested (so I may be deluding myself that I have any business being here in the first place)...


Um. Just had to go find the above quote in another thread...tee hee
Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 07:36 AM

Wow is right! I want to hear more stories about Harpo don't leave them pent up anymore.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 07:57 AM

Agreed! I think those are pretty unusual stories, even among HG+ kids. He sounds like a deep thinker and a pattern-y guy. I have one of those, too, so I adore those kinds of stories even more than most!

Please, share often! laugh
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 06:47 PM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx
"Oh, you mean it's a metaphor?" Every adult head in line snapped back in our direction.


I think they were all looking at the Meta-Four!
Posted by: KAR120C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/02/08 07:43 PM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx
When he was three, he'd lie on his bed for more than an hour at a go for about a week, chanting the alphabet slowly to himself. At the end of the week, he came down and said, "there are only five letters where I don't have to do anything with my lips or my teeth, and they are a, e, i, o, and u." Then he went happily out to play.

Love it!! When DS was about that age -- 3 or maybe 4 -- I babysat a friend of his two afternoons a week, and we would always bring a big bag of stuff to keep ourselves entertained while she took a nap. Generally we made a mess of their living room in various ways, and we always cleaned it up before the mom came home....

But one time we got completely carried away with little scraps of paper... He would come up with a letter sound and I'd write down the letter and he'd put it in a pile with the other sounds that were "made the same" -- b/p/m and s/z/t/d/n and k/g/ng/Russian-x/cat-hacking-up-hairball... and we just went on and on about how it all went together and why there wasn't a complete set of sounds at each location (voiced, unvoiced, fricatives, stops, whatever all the technical terms are that I can't remember anymore)... and we'd try to make the missing sounds (what kind of fricative can you get in the b/p/m set? and what does it sound like when you try?? LOL)

And then the kid's mom came home early and there we were lounging around in her living room surrounded by dozens of bits of paper with letters on them... Knowing her, I expect it was one of those things where she had read about the importance of coming home unexpectedly sometimes so you can find out if your babysitter is always watching TV or lets the preschoolers walk the dog down the highway unsupervised... I don't think she expected to catch the babysitter making apparently nonsensical piles of letters all over the living room rug. I think she always thought I was a weirdo anyway. wink
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/04/08 08:49 PM

I thought of another cute one. My friends and I got into a habit of spelling everything we don't want our little ones to know. I do this with my husband and my mom too. One time I was in the car with my mom, DD5 (4 at the time) ,and DD4 (3 at the time) And I started spelling to my mom the plans of the day. My mom asked me to repeat what I just spelled because she didn't catch it all and my DD5(who was 4) piped up and said Grandma, mom said " we are going to the mall first, having lunch and if the kids are real good after shopping we will get some ice cream"
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 05:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Skylersmommy
I thought of another cute one. My friends and I got into a habit of spelling everything we don't want our little ones to know. I do this with my husband and my mom too. One time I was in the car with my mom, DD5 (4 at the time) ,and DD4 (3 at the time) And I started spelling to my mom the plans of the day. My mom asked me to repeat what I just spelled because she didn't catch it all and my DD5(who was 4) piped up and said Grandma, mom said " we are going to the mall first, having lunch and if the kids are real good after shopping we will get some ice cream"


When my son was 2 1/2, we found that the secret messages my husband and I were spelling out to each other were no longer secret. When my son had just turned four we could pick up a book he hadn't read before and spell out all the words and he could quickly and easily identify them. His cousin, seven years older than my son and also very bright, watched him do this and was surprised that my son was getting the harder words faster than he could. At age 5, older kids in his acting class would try to find words that he couldn't get, usually science related words, but he always got those because his favorite book to read at that time was a science encyclopedia.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 06:19 AM

Last night, one of my son's cub scout leaders told me that he thought my son must read a lot. No matter what they discuss it seems like my son has read something about it and likes to share this knowledge.

So my son is a well-read gamer (isn't this an oxymoron?) who spends way too much time on video games but somehow reads enough on Wikipedia finding answers to his many questions.
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 07:19 AM

We had a pretty big OMG moment a couple of days ago. During this weekend I was showing DS about numbers in different bases (base 2, base 16) because he's a patterns guy and similar to Kriston's DS. So I thought he'd like talking about why we have "digits" why we count in base 10, and how you could count with other symbols.

A couple of days later he went to his white board isle and titled it "1st grade binary" and started to write out 1 + 0 = 1, 1 + 1 = 10, 10 + 1 = 11, etc. I thought "oh he just memorized it" until he moved on to "2nd grade binary" and "3rd grade binary" with addition with carry over and subtraction with borrowing.

I am still shocked at that one.

JB

"There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 07:33 AM

Wow! That's amazing! very cool.

(I'm one of the people in your quote... so i guess i'll have to see if DH can later teach this stuff to DS4, who is also patterny.)
Originally Posted By: JBDad

"There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."
Posted by: CAMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 08:17 AM

My DS fell asleep on my lap last night at 7:30 while enthusiastically watching election returns. He woke me up this morning at 4:30 because he needed to know right now, how many electoral votes Obama had received. I said 338 to McCain's 155 (late night numbers) to which he promptly replied WOW- that's 68 more than he needed!

A funny one of logic a few nights ago, while going to sleep. We have annual passes to Disneyland this year and DS was very disappointed that Small World was closed in October when we were there. We told him they were fixing it because the boats keep sinking and we haven't talked about it since.

Just before bed a few nights ago he sits straight up and exclaims "I'VE GOT IT! The boats keep sinking because people are too fat!" It took me a few minutes to figure out what the heck he was even talking about!

And yes... they are sinking because people are too fat, so they had to make the canals deeper.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 08:27 AM

JBDad--I love it! What a great little guy!

Do you know the books "How to Count like a Martian" by Glory St. John and "A History of Counting" by Denise Schmandt-Besserat? They're both kids' books about number systems, and have been much enjoyed here--maybe your son would like them, too.

Have a happy day!
minnie
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 08:43 AM

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm not familiar with those books, although previously DS has loved "big number" books. He favorite "math problem" that he creates usually involves googol smile

I'll check them out and maybe DS will be able to get them for xmas."

JB
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 08:47 AM

Great resources Minnie - fyi, while i was searching for the martian book, I also found this book, which has teaching activities related to the Martian book (among other books):
Math Through Children's Literature
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/05/08 08:15 PM

Thanks for the link, pauli! I saw some other old friends there--especially the Anno books and the Thomas Crowell Young Math series--and also some ones that are new to us--we'll check them out!

minnie
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/06/08 02:16 AM

Those do sounds like good books to look into.

We had a fun tubby moment with dd2.5 the other day: We have foam letters in the tub for her and she picked up the 'F' and said, "Look, P for foot!" and stuck it on her foot. I laughed and said "That's an F and foot does start with F! And it looks a lot like a P", and we talked about how they look alike and different. I figured it was a coincidence that she grabbed the right letter...then later she had the 'Z' turned sideways in her hand and said 'nnn' for Nemo!
Ok, maybe less coincidence than I thought.
Posted by: hi_corinna

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/06/08 08:29 PM

It's report card time...DD11 came home with all A's.

Rumor is that she's the only student in SLT (2ndary learning team, i.e., middle school) to do this this term.

Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/07/08 11:24 AM

It is great to have a place to talk about our kids. DD4 has been really into spelling lately. We play this game at home and in the car. We will give her a word and she will sound it out and tell us how it is spelled. She is getting really good at it. She is so cute if the word has an E on the end alot of times she will say and silent E when she get to the end. She likes to get words with trick letters which is what she calls words that are not spelled like they sound.

People use to tell me not to make her grow up so fast when she would do something unusual or really early. Now her uncles are being really supportive of following her intrests which is great.
Our family is not bugging me as much now that she is getting older and they know she is doing what she does on her own.

She also has been really into math. Doing addition and subtraction and a little multiplication. She likes to find 100 of things like 100 m&ms or rocks etc. This week we showed her how to count by 10s. And I tried to tell her how to count by 2s. We were amazed to see her because she will say 2 and then count on her fingers and say 4 etc she got up to about 12 and it was the first time we had talked about that.

She also is very interested in zero. She keeps saing to me things like, mom guess how many cookies I have for you, And then she will laugh and say zero. She does this about alot of things and thinks it is pretty funny. DS20m does not think it is as funny, he he.

Every day she amazes me. She always asks about different things. Like last week she wanted to know everything about eels. So we went on line and read about eels. As soon as I get info for her on one thing she says I already know about that I want to know about this other thing now. Its hard to keep up, but it is fun.

Well thanks for letting me go on and on a little. Usually only my husband hears this stuff. It is fun to read about other kid who are similar.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/08/08 09:45 PM

all this mathy talk reminded me of when DS9 was 4 he thoughtfully remarked (after incessently asking questions about numbers) "people change, but numbers never do!"
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/09/08 03:27 AM

Not to go on and on about dd2.5 but she did this thing the other day that I was really amazed by - Nutcracker practice has started at my son's dance school and she was running down the hall and called out 'I hear the Nutcracker!' - I hadn't heard it yet, they had just turned on the music and only the first few notes had been played. I thought it was pretty cool, and I said something to a mother who had heard her also - just like 'Wow, that's cool'. She said 'Oh, that's normal if you grow up in a dance studio'.
Honestly dd is really enthralled by the Nutcracker and watched the dvd of last year's performance even in July - so I guess we have been hot-housing her with Tchaikovsky wink. I figured ok, I shouldn't have said anything (duh!).
Later that same day she was playing outside one of the studios (door closed so I am pretty sure she couldn't have seen what was going on) and said 'Oh, here comes the Rat!' - I looked into the practice studio window and they were playing the dvd to get the choreography down, and sure enough the Rat king had just come on the stage.
Anyway, I guess if the first thing wasn't that amazing at least the second thing was 'curious'. I am excited but I guess I mostly just need to share with you guys! Thanks for being here smile
Posted by: pinklady

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/09/08 06:17 AM

our DD5 started gymnastics 3 weeks ago and was finding it a little easy, when she walked in they "noticed her" because of her body shape, the following week they said they had * her whatever that meant, I spoke with the coach last week about her complaining it was a little easy and I didnt want her to get bored and not want to attend anymore, he suggested we bring her to the class the following day and if the coach and her thought it was a better class for her then we could bring her on that day instead. We did as he suggested and she attended, had a great time and enjoyed it immensely. She was staying in that class! When we left I got talking to one of the mums, her daughter has been doing Gymnastics for 3 years and apparently unbeknown to us the class our DD is now attending is for children who have tried out and been selected out of hundreds of children for the program. She has no clue as to all this but we were a little proud of her, she is having fun and learning something new at the same time. It's always more accepted to brag about sporting achievements but to add that on top of already doing well academically well that just seems to be too much for some people, so glad we can share here.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 12:14 PM

Well, a few things interesting this week. DS4 the other day asked for 4/4 of a glass of milk. then he replied "that's a whole glass of milk" I agreed and was surprised he knew that as we had never done fractions. He then went on to say that 8/4 is 2 wholes, and 12/4 is 3 wholes and 16/4 is 4 wholes, then asked what is 16 + 4, because that will equal 5 wholes. Not sure where he gets this stuff.

Most of the amazing stuff he says and does is quite comical. that is always the stuff that stands out in my mind. Yesterday he wanted to play a syllable game and I wasn't sure if he really knew what syllables are. I asked him how many syllables were in a couple different words and he easily got them right. then he paused for a minute and said "mom, supercalafragelisticexpealadocious (sp?) has 13 syllables......no wait..it has 14"

He also loves word scrambles. He scrambled up the word alphabet the other day fairly easily for me to figure out. He is a great scrambler and sometimes has me stumped for a bit.

That's enough bragging for one day. wink
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 03:39 PM

I love this thread!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 05:36 PM

I would also like to brag about our dog, who is getting old, and is quite the rabble rouser, having grown up on and lived on the farm and always gave more than she got - she just takes Mr W's abuse and loves every minute of it.

Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 06:24 PM

I love this thread, too!

Groucho (5) has a new favourite expression: id est. He was explaining "The Taming of the Shrew" to someone today, and happily told him that "two of the suitors dress up as schoolmasters (id est, teachers) when they go to court Bianca." Also, when he wants a drink at bedtime, he says to Frenchy, "Daddy, someone here is thirsty, id est, Groucho [insert real name here]."

Shellymos, I love both the fractions and the syllables stories--what fun! Sounds like a great kid, who keeps you busy, too, I'll bet!

minnie
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 06:46 PM

id est, that is hilarious. That totally sounds like something I could hear my son saying in the next year or so. I swear we could write a book with the things they say.
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 07:02 PM

Not sure if this is a brag, but I thought it was funny:

DS5 (almost 6) asked me how I type so fast--have I memorized all the keys? I told him I had. He said, "Well, my method is I've memorized the backspace key, so I just hit the keyboard randomly and if I get the wrong letter I backspace and try again."

Well, now that I think about it, I guess that algorithm would work just fine--but might be a little slow... crazy
Posted by: oneisenough

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 07:11 PM

This evening dd(24 months) was looking out the window and said, "Look Dadda, I see silhouettes of trees!"

A BIG BRAG....dd chose her Dadda to read stories to her tonight instead of me!!! This was the first time in a year or more!!!!!!!! I had to go in to read her one story and then put her in her crib, but she did choose dh to start with so that was a HUGE step!!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 07:19 PM

Oh, Cathy, I so needed a big laugh today! And that one was a real thigh-slapper!

Thanks!

minnie
Posted by: EandCmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/12/08 07:34 PM

I remember when DS(now10) was 2 years old, he was explaining to someone about the difference between deciduous trees and evergreens.
Posted by: S-T

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/13/08 12:14 AM

This thread is so interesting to read! The "calculator" as a gift made me smile because that was exactly what DS8 has asked for since last year. For his birthday in June, my sis bought him a scientific calculator and he was proud and eager to use it!

I realised I couldn't recall many wonderful moments. frown There was one particular one which I did though. It was when DS was in KA (4+). His room teacher proudly shared with me what DS had drawn when he asked the class to draw something to show the word "enormous". DS drew himself as small as an ant. Beside him, he drew the Eiffel Tower.
Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/13/08 04:50 AM

Yesterday he wanted to play a syllable game and I wasn't sure if he really knew what syllables are. I asked him how many syllables were in a couple different words and he easily got them right. then he paused for a minute and said "mom, supercalafragelisticexpealadocious (sp?) has 13 syllables......no wait..it has 14"

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Shelly,

Maybe we should try to arrange that playdate!! I told dh about the syllables and he remembered when my dd7 was in Kindy she did the same exact thing and just a week or so ago, showing her continued obsession with the word, said and spelled it backwards laugh laugh
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/14/08 07:00 PM

Mr W ( DS10m0w) did a 6 piece shape sorter by himself today.

He watched the Wizard of Oz with us until he fell asleep when they got to the Emerald City. He loved the Lion and kept saying "Poppies"

Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/15/08 09:32 PM

Ok Ive got a recent brag. I took DS4 in oct, DD1.5, and baby to the library this week and DS4 picked out a magic tree house book. We got home and she said she wanted to read it, so I got comfy on the couch with her and opened the book to start reading and DS4 said I know that word and sounded out he first word. She ended up reading the whole page. She called her grandma to tell her the news and was very excited. She continued to read pages every several pages that I read. Three days later we are on our fourth magic tree house book.
Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/08 04:29 AM

Look at what my dd's teacher sent me!!! I will certainly have a good day! Yay....


"There are many writing competitions for children on line. You may want to take a look and encourage dd7 to submit something. She truly is a gifted writer. Have a great day."
Posted by: montana

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/08 04:40 AM

What a cool thread!

My ds6 used to write a lot of lovely stories, which ended after he started school and got miserable. But two days ago, reading the book Dragonology, he noticed the key to dragon runes, taught himself them - all but Z, which is hard b/c you never use it, Mom - and suddenly began writing again, just in Dragon! He's got pages of story about a dragon who goes to a Red Sox game, which he then gleefully asks me to read, which I can't do, b/c *I* can't read dragon. And even better, his teacher let him do it yesterday after he finished his work, so he came home happy from school for the first time this year.

And the same day, ds3 did a 96 piece puzzle, and ds8weeks used a consonant for the first time and said "bleh!" it was a banner day.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/08 06:24 AM

How exciting, what a great compliment!

Well I wanted to share something from this morning, because it is way to wierd to share with coworkers. I will get the weird stare. Anyhow, this is typical DS4. He does lots of thinking while I drive and wants to engage in interesting conversations. So this morning he said to me "3x4+1 equals a bakers dozen, right?" and I agreed, then he quickly said "or you could also say 4x2+5 equals a bakers dozen" Then he proceeded to go through addition problems in Spanish for fun, and then moved onto roman numerals. And THEN decided to do "Spanish Roman Numerals" I had no idea what he was talking about until he started saying "ixx = 19" only he said all the letters and numbers in spanish. The stuff that comes out of his mouth floors me. I swear he learns things while he is sleeping.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/08 07:39 PM

I have less of a brag and more of a celebration of sorts, too. I had no idea DD 22 months knew that C comes after A and B. We have not tried to teach her the alphabet quite yet. Tonight DH comes home from a walk with DD and says, "Did you know DD can say the whole alphabet?" She proceeded to sing the whole song. I was speechless. That little rascal has known all along!

Shelly, do you keep up with all that? Do you already know Spanish? Wow!
Posted by: oneisenough

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/08 09:14 PM

oh it feels so nice to be able to share!! Today dd (2) counted from 10 down to 1. I had hearrd her do that before, but today dh heard her and he was so proud! smile
Posted by: ienjoysoup

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/21/08 01:43 AM

DS7 went for his belt test in tae kwon do and won a trophy for having the most"Awesome Attitude" strips, he gets these for good grades at school.

smile
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/01/08 07:35 PM

This morning it was chilly in the car and DS quipped:

Guess who's in the artic?

Coldilocks and the Three Polar Bears!

smile

Oh, and the other day he drew four dots on a piece of paper and then connected them in all the possible ways (i.e. like a box with an X in it.) I asked him what he was drawing and he said, "This is how they all shake hands."
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 07:06 AM

Awww! There's nothing I like more than a little punster. You made my morning, Cathy! smile
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 08:22 AM

DS and I liked your DS's joke too! Cute.

As for our DS4, I think my warped sense of humor is rubbing off. We were at grammy's yesterday, and he wanted to use her egg slicer for some hard-boiled eggs. He picked up a peeled egg and said "hey egg, i've got a nice new office chair here for you. Want to try it out?" Then he put the egg in the slicer and pretended to be the egg, and said "wow, this is really nice. Wait a minute what are those sharp things, aaaaaah!"
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 08:40 AM

I've just now been able to sit and read this thread! Great stories, thanks for sharing! They all made me smile!

I love the playing with words and puns, they are so cute when they put that stuff together.

Shelly, I have to say, your 4yo not only playing with multiplication, but putting into meaningful context, WOW!

Definately support that math talent!
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 09:18 AM

I love reading this thread.

Here's my latest awe moment from DS5.
Last week out of the blue he discovered a "math rule". He told me that 2 times a number + 3 times a number is always 5 times the same number. He proceed to do this all the way up to around 10 to fully test his rule. I then took the opportunity to show him how to write 2x + 3x = 5x. He was in heaven. I was truly amazed that he was able to not only see a math pattern but also to define what he considered to be a math rule. No wonder 1st grade math is not cutting it.

As far as my DD4 this is just a quickie on her art talent. She has been amazing me with her art work lately. She has moved from flower and hearts galore to detailed buildings and abstract colorful patterns. My refrigerator is covered.

And just because I don't want to leave out DS2- I can do a brag on his ability to make his own track designs with the Geotracks. He is train obsessed and spends hours each day playing independently with these trains.

Thanks for letting me share.
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 09:31 AM

Crisc, your son's amazing algebra example reminded me of something else:

DS6 just finished the second disk of Descartes' Cove with me. He told me he wanted to skip to the algebra disk after that. The first problem on the algebra disk was

Given that x+y=586, what is 2x+2y?

DS asked me what x and y were and I told him we don't know, but that they are two numbers that add up to 586. He thought for a minute and then said, so 2x+2y would be 2 times 586. Then he worked that out on paper by himself.

I was impressed!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 01:11 PM

Wow, Crisc and Cathy! Great stories! It would be so fun to get all these kids together for a great big playdate!!

We were at the playground this morning, and Chico (3) was swinging. He heard another child ask for an under-duck, so he decided he'd like a big push, too, but he thought "duck" was insufficiently specific (we spend a certain amount of time bird-watching)--so he asked for an under-hooded merganser, an under-surf scoter, an under-northern pintail, an under-greater scaup.........

I was supposed to make the appropriate bird call for all of these while I was pushing him, but I, um, faked it.

peace
minnie

Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/08 01:17 PM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx
I, um, faked it.


Hee-hee! I wouldn't even know how to fake it whistle

When I was a kid we used to call them "underdogs". I'd probably do better faking the barks of different dog breeds.
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/08 05:45 PM

We had an exciting baby day today. Our littlest DD3m scooted across the floor and giggled. So cute.
Posted by: mamaandmore

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/08 06:30 PM

DS6 discovered the Fantastic Contraption website. I stuck it in his bookmark folder a few months ago when it was posted here and just let it sit there for him to discover. I didn't even have to show him how it worked, he figured it out all on his own and is on the last level after just a few hours working on it.

I don't know if that's so unusual, but as a completely non-visual spatial person who gave up on the game after level 6 (the asymmetry of my contraptions was too much for me to handle, lol) I was really impressed! I definitely think we'll be investing in the paid version.
Posted by: acs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/04/08 02:55 PM

DS13 had a bad day yesterday. Someone canceled the bus that was supposed to bring him back from the high school to middle school after math class. He went to the HS office and called the middle school and got the bus ordered. But he was late for 2nd period in the middle school. Since they were doing state mandated testing he didn't want to be late he ran past the MS office right to the room where the testing was going on and just made it for the start of the test. After the test, he went to the office to get his paperwork for being tardy in order and was instead slapped with a detention for not stopping at the office on his way in to second period.

I was pretty mad that they just left my DS sitting at the HS and almost called the school. But instead I asked DS if he would like to try to take care of things today. We brainstormed some options and today he talked to the principal directly about what had happened. He got an apology for there being no bus and she had the detention taken off his record!

I am so proud that he can handle these complications with just a little coaching from me whistle.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/04/08 03:32 PM

Wow! That's so great, acs!

Gosh, I'm proud for him and I've never met him! laugh
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 08:16 AM

In some subcultures this might be a brag. I don't think its a brag, but its funny.

Mr W ( 10m) and I went shopping this week at the grocery store. The cupboard and fridge were empty and even the mice were complaining of not having any crumbs.

So, at checkout the cart was FULL. $400 full.

While I was busy unloading the cart, Mr W was examining the offerings of candy and tabloids from his perch in the cart seat. He grabbed a few things to look over and when he seemed done, I would take them from him and put them back.

The Altoids boxes fascinated him the most and we repeatedly played take-remove-put back until he seemed satiated with the Altoids and just sat quietly in his seat until I was done.

We arrived home and I put him on the floor so I could go outside and get the groceries.

When I came back, he was swinging an Altoids box and giving his campaign speech (DAHADHA! DafCHUCKAWAYAYY! ) , smiling at me. shocked

I was shocked. I took the box from him, "You little Hoodlum! You stole that!!"

He laughed right back at me.

I got more groceries and when I came back, he had ANOTHER BOX!!! shocked

He had not moved from where I left him.

I unzipped his jacket - and there was one more box inside of it!!!

He stole THREE Altoids boxes!!

This morning I caught him taking my wife's stuff from her nightstand to put it in her laptop case - her lip gloss, keys, and phone.. LOL. Had I not seen it, we would have been looking hard for her keys.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 08:17 AM

ACS, that is a great!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 09:01 AM

Dottie and Austin, very fun stories!!

And acs, good for your son--that's terrific!

Chico (3) has been printing a lot lately, in fact, it has been his major preoccupation for a couple of weeks (he writes "theme" pages,with one word per line--there's the knight, sword, shield, joust, etc. page, the stethoscope, needle, tongue depressor, medicine, etc. page, and so on--he gets help with spelling from whomever happens to be around when it's a word he hasn't done before). He's been drawing his own horizontal lines on blank sheets to use as ruling, and it's been neat to see how evenly sized and spaced the letters are.

So I was a little taken aback to come across some of these sheets yesterday with most of the letters nice and big and even, with some teeny tiny little ones in several of the words--Frenchie and I had a closer look, and lo, the little monkey had made all the silent letters small!

Kids are so much fun!

minnie
Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 09:16 AM

Funny story...

I was talking to dd5 about global warming last night. The conversation started with the basics. The earth is getting warmer because of pollution etc. etc... Well dd kept asking more and more detailed questions and her voice sounded as if she were on the verge of tears. Finally I stopped answering because it she was so upset. I asked - Honey are you worried about all of this? She answered Yes! so I asked - What exactly are you worried about? Her response, "Well I really just don't like the heat" LOL!!!

Posted by: Mamabear

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 09:18 AM

Have to put in a brag....

Two days ago, DD9 was in her classroom where the Teacher was trying a new schedule. Well, unfortunately the schedule was wrong and had too many kids doing the same thing at the same time. DD said that the teacher tried several configurations to try to get every student to do every activity planned for the day and just couldn't get it arranged. DD took one look at the chart, reaaranged it and it worked the first time!

She loves puzzles, math and patterns!!! (I wish she could organize her room that easily! lol)

Aside: LOVE the Altoid story!!!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 09:54 AM

Originally Posted By: lanfan
Funny story...

I was talking to dd5 about global warming last night. The conversation started with the basics. The earth is getting warmer because of pollution etc. etc... Well dd kept asking more and more detailed questions and her voice sounded as if she were on the verge of tears. Finally I stopped answering because it she was so upset. I asked - Honey are you worried about all of this? She answered Yes! so I asked - What exactly are you worried about? Her response, "Well I really just don't like the heat" LOL!!!



I don't know if this will help, but a smart HS kid turned me on to this site.

It looks like most of the "heating" is due to poor USHCN station siting. Most of the stations surveyed are non-compliant.

http://surfacestations.org/odd_sites.htm

You could look up the USHCN stations in your area and submit a report. Its very easy to do. And its real science and you are DOING something.



Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 02:56 PM

Okay I had a proud momma moment last night with my DD 27 mths. She had brought her doodlepad into a restaurant last night and happily went to drawing. For the most part she has been drawing volumuos creatures with some features up to this point. Of course, nothing recognizable, but last night I looked over and she had drawn a baby bird coming out of a nest. It had eyes and a mouth as well as little wings. There was shading in the nest and a sense of volume in the bird. She even told me it was a bird in a nest. As an artist I was thrilled and just had to take a picture before it got wiped clean.
Posted by: Wren

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 04:37 PM

I got the best brag. I bought my tree and put it up. Have all my presents done. Packages sent. I am so so cool.

Hope everyone is doing well in this holiday season. Tis not the happiest of times for the world.

Ren
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 05:16 PM

Wren,

We have a term for people like you: OCD!!! laugh

You know I am just jealous. We do have our tree up but still have to get the garland up and certainly do not have anything under the tree at this point!!

And I second your well wishes. My prayer this year is for all the families hit hard by the economy.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 05:45 PM

Tree is up. Presents are almost all bought but none yet wrapped. We made applesauce-and-cinnamon ornaments for homeschool art class today, and DH made soap (from lye and bacon grease!) this summer to give away, so most of our homemade gifting is done. Yay! smile

BUT...

I still haven't gotten the holiday cards and newsletter done. I'm usually just about finished by this time of the month, and I've barely even brainstormed for ideas. Nothing is on paper yet. I haven't even taken a photo of the boys for the card. eek

It's such a long, cold month. *sigh*

Way to go, Ren! smile
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 06:37 PM

I stink at Christmas cards. I dread the thought of writing them out and sending them each year. I pretty much stopped altogether after a period of wishy washy one year I send them one year I don't. Now I just call when I get a card from someone, tell them what a loser I am, thank them for the card and chat. I'd rather catch up on the phone anyhow.

We have a tree, it was a fiasco this year, darn thing kept falling over. DH finally allowed me to put up colored lights because our white lights finally broke after 12 years. smile

Not much under the tree and it's probably going to stay that way. We dodged a bullet, DH was scheduled to have last day at the end of December. He just got an offer letter today to start a new job in January.

We feel very lucky and are also thinking of those who are facing adversity in these difficult economic times.

It has been nice how the girls have reacted to being told there wouldn't be as much "stuff" this year. They were so cool about it. Warmed my heart. smile
Posted by: acs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 07:51 PM

Well, I got a job lined up for when my current one ends; we got one relative in a good nursing home last week; another relative is finally settled with a catheter that works; bills are paid; and my term paper is almost done cool.

I was feeling pretty good until Wren reminded me that I have to get a tree and buy presents crazy.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/08 11:38 PM

We decided not to buy a tree two weeks ago. (Mr W would undoubtedly pull it over. ) Does that count?
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 10:21 AM

Hey it definitely counts. So you can smile big and say me are done!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 10:23 AM

I have been taking Santa Pics all morning long for the community Breakfast with Santa. Now I get to upload all of them. :P Someone remind me not to volunteer anymore! But it was fun and of course my kiddo would have nothing to do with Santa. We could not get a single pic. Would expect nothing less from the munchkin.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 12:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Austin
We decided not to buy a tree two weeks ago. (Mr W would undoubtedly pull it over. ) Does that count?


I remember friends with bright little onew who would cut the very top off a tree (they happened to have them on their farm) and stick it in the very corner of the room - they also had those acoustic tiles for a ceiling and hung ornaments delightfully from holes all around the tree. worked for them!
Posted by: Wren

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 12:13 PM

I am happy for all those that posted they got jobs after endings.

Best wishes to all.

Ren
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 02:42 PM

Congrats on all you've accomplished, acs! It sounds to me like a tree and gifts are gravy this year. Pat yourself on the back! smile
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 05:10 PM

Thanks Wren!

I second Kriston, acs! You've earned a well deserved break! Enjoy the rest of the season. smile
Posted by: jojo

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 05:58 PM

Bursting with joy here!!!!! Miss 7 got her school report on Friday. It was pretty typical for a gifted kid - no effort, little interest and fairly good achievement smile But... I started doing a mums and maths program that teaches mums the primary school maths curriculum. It does so in a way that helps and empowers mums to teach their gifted girls. I've loved it. The facilitator assured me that if I worked with Miss 7 for just 1 hr a week that I would see a noticeable shift in her achievement level in school. And voila! It worked! She's gone from a perfectly average maths student to a high achiever - with maths being her best subject!!! Now that I can see the difference I can make at home, the whole school situation seems less daunting (and far less important!). Just goes to show that you really are your child's first teacher - and for those gifted kids that can't quite get it together in the classroom, you're they're second and third grade teacher too!

Celebrating small steps, jojo
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 07:01 PM

Yay! smile I really love girls loving math!

So any tips to share there, jojo? What are you doing that's working so well?
Posted by: jojo

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 09:32 PM

I've been focusing on improving calcultation skills this term. To "perform" well in maths, you really need to be able to calculate easily and effortlessly. And there are lots of things that you can do while driving in the car, in the bath, brushing teeth, etc. to improve your child's mental maths. Such as:

1. number partners to 10, 20, 50 and 100. You say 3, she says 7. You say 6, she says 4. You say 17, she says 3, etc.

2. Doubles. Just basic stuff like 6+6 and then moving onto 23+23 and then moving on to 38+38. You say 6, she says 12. You say 42, she says 84.

3. Near doubles. Recognising the doubling process and then adding of subtracting 1. 6+6 and then 6+7, etc.

4. Multiplication games like www.multiplication.com to get instant recal for timestables. Where Miss 7 has had difficulties really mastering these, I've used visual spatial stories like tree times tree is line to help.

5. And good ol' mathletics.

With Miss 4, I try to make things more concrete. Counting buttons, making number lines, adding/subtracting pasta, and playing with dice (roll 2 dice - what's the biggest number you can make, what's the smallest number you can make, adding the numbers together, subtracting them, etc.) Mathletics is good and it helps to have mobile wireless so I can whip it out while big sister is doing gymnastics or other lessons.

Perhaps this might spark some inspiration? jojo





Posted by: NTmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 09:41 PM

Am I correct in understanding that Mathletics is a curriculum that you purchased? And are you in Australia?

Sounds great!
Posted by: jojo

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/08 10:20 PM

Yep, we're down under. We use www.mathletics.com.au as a supplementary teaching tool. I normally devise a lesson plan around a theme and use mathletics to reinforce the lesson. For example, if we're looking at area, we'll do some kinetic type activities first and then log on to mathletics to find a complementary activity. It's not a curriculum per se but it's supposedly linked to the NSW curriculum (whatever that means!)

jojo
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 09:28 AM

Oh jojo,

Can we come visit you? I would love to be in the summer months right now! I know I am whinning and those that are up north are probably rolling their eyes at this Texas girl but I hate hate hate the cold and this winter looks like it might get real cold (for us anyway). I would love to have Christmas in shorts!
Posted by: jojo

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 02:41 PM

Excellent! We could do a house swap? I would love to see a white Christmas. How amazing would that be? And you could have a BBQ Xmas in the pool! Truthfully, it hasn't even begun to get hot here. The kids are living in the pool already and I reckon they'll grow scales before the holidays are out. And we've got just 4 more school days, then 56 holiday home-days. Yippeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 04:09 PM

You so would not see a white Christmas here. Maybe (If you are lucky) an ice Christmas. wink You might want to swap with someone that lives in the northern states. I do find your school system fascinating. They get 56 holiday home-days. Around here we get 2 to 2 1/2 weeks off. If I worked, I wouldn't know what to do with the kids for that long.
Posted by: LadybugMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 04:24 PM

We have a high of 18 degrees (Fahrenheit) here on Wednesday - is that cold enough? We don't always have a white Christmas but I'll guarantee it will be cold enough for you in the midwest.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 06:11 PM

We've got snow now! The kids were out sledding this afternoon.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 07:00 PM

Oh sure battle it out with your snow zones taking my dream of down under away! So jojo, I can't offer the snow filled Christmas you dream of BUT I can (drum roll please) offer a lovely cactus filled Christmas. Just think about it. Instead of building a snowman (So over rated in my opinion) you could build a tumbleweed man. How cool is that! Add to that some Cowboy hats and boots with spurs. Now I ask you, isn't that sooo much better than a white Christmas?
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/08 07:42 PM

My 10 year old son with motor dyspraxia, who has taken piano lessons since age 5 but was always reluctant to play in front of other people, did really well at his first piano recital today. He played the Jeopardy theme and Jingle Bells with no mistakes and his timing was really good. I wonder if all the time spent on Rock Band has helped with that.

He even memorized the Jeopardy theme. It is the first time he has ever memorized a song. He never tried before. I had a hard enough time getting him to practice. He would only play if he had the sheet music in front of him. I always wondered if his motor learning disability had something to do with his reluctance to try to memorize a song. He always had such an incredible memory for words, could memorize hundreds of words quickly, but motor memory was a problem and so was the "glitch" that occasionally caused him to play notes with the wrong hand.

He saw that some of the other kids who did not have dyspraxia made mistakes and it was okay. It was fun and that is what it is supposed to be--fun.

I think the piano teacher did the right thing by giving him easier music to play for the recital than he is used to playing in lessons because he now has the confidence to play in front of other people and he is looking forward to playing piano now.

He recently found a Youtube video of someone playing a song called "To Zanarkand" that was from a Final Fantasy video game. He downloaded the sheet music for the song and realized that it was harder than what he had worked on in his lessons but took it to his teacher anyway and asked how long it would be before he could play this song. The song looked like it was at an intermediate level and the piano teacher played it and thought it sounded really nice. She told him if he wanted they could break up the song over several lessons and he could even do it at the next recital if he wanted, so he is really happy about this.

She is a great piano teacher for a twice exceptional kid.



Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/08/08 09:35 AM

That's a lovely story Lori. I'm so happy for your DS.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/08/08 02:57 PM

That is indeed a great story, Lori. You're absolutely right, music should be fun--glad you've found a great teacher for your son.

Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/09/08 08:26 PM

We went to get my DH a hair cut and were waiting in the car DD said look a wild bird store. She started asking me if they had wild bird in there and if they were flying all around.

When DH got back I took DD to check it out. She asked the lady if they had any wild birds and was searching around the store. It was pretty cute. We ended up getting a stuffed bird because I'm a sucker.

When we checked out she heard sugar plum fairies on the radio. I could tell she recognized it and asked her what it was. She said sugar plumb fairies. The lady at the counter said how do you know that. She just smiled with her pudgy sticky cheeks. When we got outside she whispered to me its by Petter Tchaikovsky. Every day this child amazes me.
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/12/08 09:39 AM

DD5 wears glasses and recently went to have her eye's checked. The eye doctor asked "does she know her letter's" a little bit of a laugh and "yes" So she started testing my daughter on 4 different lines she went over each about 3 or 4 times. I could see what my daughter was doing (she thinks everything has to be learned) she had the lines memorized and was saying the letters with no problem. The eye doctor said "Wow your eyes have really improved" smile
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 05:03 PM

Had a good one that I have to share.

DS has been continuing his interest is math (add, subtract) in various bases. Binary and hex are his favorites, but basically he'll do math operations in any arbitrary base... Had to explain to him that base one google would be tough because we'd run out of symbols wink

At any rate, I figured I'd show him a little bit about converting between bases to help reinforce the idea that they are equivalent numbers, just different representations of the same value. I showed him the mechanics of converting from a given base to base ten by using powers... (e.g. 2^3 x 1 + 2^2 x 0 + 2^1 x 0 + 2^0 x 1 converts binary) Binary is easy because he knows his 2 "powers" up pretty high. Then we did something in base 3 and he seemed to get the mechanics of it pretty well. Then he said--and this is what I thought was the really, really cool--he said "okay, I want to convert from base 10 to base 10 to see if it's congruent." At first I thought I misheard him! In this sense, congruent is actually a reasonable word to use.

So he then worked out how 231 is equal to 2 x 10^2 + 3 x 10^1 + 1 x 10^0. (he needed a little help, but he was darn close).

Later he wanted to do something in base 11, but melted down and went to bed with only having half a dinner frown so no dinner-time math.

But still. Love the math and vocabulary.

JB
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 05:31 PM

Wow, JB, every time you tell a story about your son, I'm just blown away! What a fantastic kid! And it sounds like he's so lucky to have you, too--how wonderful that you're showing him all this fun stuff.
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 05:34 PM

Thanks minniemarx. It ebbs and flows and he's definitely in a "blow you socks off" cycle at the moment.

What really got me is that last weekend was when he first encountered the word congruent on a geometry worksheet. Seeing him applying this word (largely correctly) in a math setting was a small window into his mind...

Back to Wikipedia because I need to bone up on math concepts!

JB

Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 06:16 PM

I'm following JBDad to Wikipedia so I can understand what his son was doing. I thought I had a good grasp of math before reading
Quote:
2^3 x 1 + 2^2 x 0 + 2^1 x 0 + 2^0 x 1 converts binary

It left me scratching my head going "Huh?" confused

DD6 was doing Logic Safari today and loving it. It led to a good discussion about the importance of checking your answer at the end to make sure it agrees with the given facts.
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 06:55 PM

Didn't want to get too, too technical in my first post. If you had a binary number (base 2) of 1001, then to convert that to base 10, it'd be

(1 x 23) + (0 x 22) + (0 x 21) + (1 x 10)

Where the exponent becomes the "pattern" for the place value. This is my guess on why DS has such an affinity for this algorithm. If you were doing something crazy like base 5, then the number of 4315 would be expressed as

(4 x 52) + (3 x 51) + (1 x 50)

That sort of thing. I left out the actual binary number I used in the example. Sorry if that was confusing. Wikipedia has a good example for any given base number. Found a few pointers for when the topic comes up again...

JB

P.S. Also a lot easier to post after figuring out how to superscript/subscript on the forum.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 07:31 PM

A little Christmas cheer from Harpo (7)...

As I mentioned in the other thread, my kids make their gifts for each other. Harpo's writing poems for the family this year, and he's been planning them in general terms for a week or two, but got down to the actual writing yesterday. For Groucho, he wanted trochaic metre and some Christmas-y imagery--bells, dancing, singing, trees, but he was having a bit of trouble getting started. He chewed on his pencil a while yesterday, and then said, "I know, Mommy! I like that William Blake poem about the tiger, so I'll just do that one, except with my words." Half an hour later, he brought me this:

Santa, Santa, coming here
Bringing lots of Christmas cheer;
Trees and presents, toys and books,
He eats the treats that <Groucho> cooks.

<Groucho, Groucho,> happy boy
Laughing, clapping, Christmas joy;
Games and dances, carols sung,
Glad tidings told and bells are rung.

Christmas Wishes to Groucho by Harpo.
Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 07:42 PM

Thanks for the explanation. It's neat and I was able to follow the Wikipedia explanation until it got to converting fractional binary numbers. I'll have to go back to that after a good night's sleep. DD6 likes puzzles so if I can grasp it well enough to explain it to her, she might enjoy doing some conversions.

Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 07:42 PM

I love it! Very sweet.

JB
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 08:55 PM

I like it, too--he's a sweet boy, I think! I really like that he picked up on Blake's shift to iambic metre in the fourth line of each stanza.

I have to go check on that Wikipedia article you recommended, too--it sounds interesting!

minnie
Posted by: LadybugMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/08 09:14 PM

I'm not sure if this a brag or just really cute...

I tucked in DD2 and asked her to choose a book to look at while she fell asleep. She chose a ducky board book (I thought - oh, that's cute - she picked the ducky book over the older books that she had been interested in). I peeked in 2 minutes later and she was looking at a book about the International Space Station which we had read the night before. A while later when she had to get up to go potty, I asked her if she had been reading about the space station. She said very matter-of factly, “No I was looking at the picture of the man who was upside down and the man who wasn’t upside down. Why was the man upside down?”
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 05:19 AM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx
I like it, too--he's a sweet boy, I think! I really like that he picked up on Blake's shift to iambic metre in the fourth line of each stanza.


And.... you're over my head on metre... (we have mom for that). :-)

And very cute LadybugMom!

JB
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 05:34 PM

I had a happy moment tonight: DS4.5 appears to be reading words at last! (That would be dumb to say on any other forum, but I knew you'd all understand!)

The back story: DS4 has been obsessed with stories and has been verbal since he was just a few months old, but he hadn't been able to read. For several reasons, I thought there might be a problem with his eyes or with vision processing, so we saw a developmental optometrist. He confirmed that DS4's vision is "immature" and gave him reading glasses. Things have greatly improved since then.

Well, I was wearing my Junior First Lego League shirt that says "Coach" on the front, and he read it aloud, saying, "That 'o-a' says 'oh,' so that says 'coach,' right?" Yes, he even read something not easy to sound out! I made the shirt away from him and hadn't shown it to him, so I don't think he had heard the word before in relation to the shirt either. I think he really read it!

He read a couple of other words tonight, too, after that, so it just seemed like something had clicked for him. Yay! smile

It would be so nice if reading is for him like writing was: he just gets it all of a sudden. I'd be very relieved if he just outgrew whatever vision or processing issue he had!

Oh, and love the math and poetry! So cool! laugh
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 06:01 PM

Kriston, that's great! (Our younger DS is really into "Between the Lions" on PBS because he really wants to read, but he's not quite there yet.)

Can't wait to hear more about your DS4 over the next few months.

JB
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 06:16 PM

He's been really into it the last few months, and the glasses appear to have really helped him. He's been wanting to sound things out for over a year now. That's one of the reasons I worried that there was a problem. A kid who writes words and sounds things out orally, but doesn't like to look at the words on the page? Something's not right there...

His not reading has contributed mightily to my GT denial with him. I am a big believer in letting kids develop as they will--however that is--so I have had major qualms about stepping in on this. I'm fine if he's not GT. (Oh, wouldn't life be easier if he fit in perfectly well with the speed at public school! Ah!)

But he does show many other earmarks of GTness, and I worried about 2E issues. So if he picks up the reading ball and runs with it the way he did with writing, I'll be so relieved! it would make things make so much more sense with him!

Go, DS4, go! laugh
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 06:22 PM

High fives for Mr. 4, Kriston! That's great news--a nice early Christmas present, in fact!

minnie
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 06:54 PM

Kriston, when you say verbal from a few months old, what do you mean?

Yeah, the other areas of writing and sound things out do sound GT-ish to me. (Then again, what do I know?)

JB
Posted by: LadybugMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 07:35 PM

Kriston - that's really interesting about the reading. Your son reminds me so much of ds5 so I find myself rooting for him. ds5 can read words but often does not want to read them in a book. I'm just figuring he's not ready to put it all together yet? But sometimes he will read a whole sentence or line with little trouble. I'm so happy for your breakthrough.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 08:01 PM

That's great!!

It does seem Mr W will do the same things for a week or two then jump to a new plane.

I remember reading a longitudinal study of physical growth in kids and they used the term "saltation" - the growth was not uniform, but pulse-like or in spurts. I think this is also true cognitively because Mr W seems to do the same thing mentally.


Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/14/08 09:45 PM

Kriston and (LadybugMom),

You said you had your DS 4.5 checked but was that just for eyesight? I ask this b/c my cousin's little boy was slow with reading (Not saying your DS is slow at all!!!) and being the second child they didn't jump on it. It was not until this summer (right before 2nd grade) after confirming he was not dyslectic and a few other oblivious choices they discovered that his brain was not functioning properly and though he tried to focus on the line his eyes would bounce all over the page. The odd thing is one of my BF has a brother that had the same issue. My cousin's son has been in therapy and since this summer has caught up with his respectable grade and is now a solid 2nd grade reader. From my understanding the issue is a sensory problem that causes the brain to dance the eyes around the page. For the most part children affected with this issue are high energy to the point of ADD/ADHD.

Just food for thought.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/08 06:42 AM

No, the developmental optometrist doesn't just check for what we would traditionally think of as eyesight. It's all the "stuff" that goes along with vision and processing. The sort of "eye bouncing" you're describing is exactly the kind of thing a DO looks for, and is exactly what I was worried about. The kid can name the symbols on an eye chart, but he was refusing to look at words in a book. Well, kids don't read from half a room away, so the eye chart thing didn't tell us much!

I don't think what you're describing is what my DS4 is dealing with exactly, but I think he may have something else along those same lines that's interfering.

So good question! smile

Oh, and LadybugMom: Thanks! That's so nice. I really appreciate the rooting. I'm rooting right back! laugh
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/08 07:13 AM

We're lucky in that DS5.5 has an eye issue where one eye was being ignored by his brain. I forget the actual condition, but it makes him look crosseyed if he's not wearing his glasses. It didn't seem to affect his learning much, but since he only was using one eye his depth perception was off so he's lagging some in coordination. Something like 50% of children outgrow glasses with this condition so we're fortunate.

JB
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/08 07:29 AM

Originally Posted By: JBDad
We're lucky in that DS5.5 has an eye issue where one eye was being ignored by his brain. I forget the actual condition, but it makes him look crosseyed if he's not wearing his glasses. It didn't seem to affect his learning much, but since he only was using one eye his depth perception was off so he's lagging some in coordination. Something like 50% of children outgrow glasses with this condition so we're fortunate.

JB


Amblyopia? AKA, 'lazy eye', they used to patch the 'good eye' so the brain was forced to use the 'lazy eye'. My older sister is legally blind in one eye because she wouldn't keep the patch or her glasses on as a young child.
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/08 07:37 AM

Strabismic amblyopia I think. Patch wouldn't work for DS, but apparently the glasses are working (which is good as surgery is the only other option).

JB
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/08 09:58 AM

DD 3.5months started sitting up this week!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/08 01:33 PM

They grow so fast! Next thing you know DD will be into everything.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/16/08 04:12 PM

Originally Posted By: skyward
DD 3.5months started sitting up this week!


How awesome!

My shameless brag is that yesterday at the ped's office and today at the two Montessori and gifted preschools we visited *all* the staff remarked about DD's conversational skills. One said, "My 3.5 y.o. grandson can't speak that well." It really made me feel good (validated?) to have the pros comment. DD turns 2 next week.

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/16/08 07:53 PM

Originally Posted By: skyward
DD 3.5months started sitting up this week!


Heh..they change so fast!!

When Mr W was younger and tired while sitting up, he'd prop himself up with his arms. He looked too much like the National Lampoon paraplegic frog.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/17/08 08:26 AM

I recently took Harpo and Groucho out of town to "Twelfth Night"; it wasn't a kids' production, so I wanted to make sure they were really prepared, so we studied the play inside out and backwards--they had a great time!

The shameless brag part is this, though--Frenchie and Chico came along for the trip (and visited relatives, etc., while we were at the play); coming home on transit, the two of them went back to find something to eat. The employee said the snack bar was closing, and Chico (3), who had apparently absorbed more of his brothers' Shakespeare tutoring than I had realized, said to him, "Dost thou think there shall be no more cakes and ale?" (At least he left out the "because thou art virtuous" part!)

minnie
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/17/08 09:15 AM

Ah, now I have a kid crush! It warms the cockles of my English-major heart to hear that! laugh
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/18/08 02:52 AM

That is sooo cool Minnie!
Everyone's stories are just amazing and cute!

This might seem minor compared with some of the jaw dropping stuff I've been reading in this thread...

Dd2.5 (getting closer to 2.75 now!) has been rolling along nicely with letter identification, getting a few more under her belt in the last month or so. We were reading an Arthur / D.W. book and she was saying different letters to herself and asking tons of very loud questions so I said, 'can you find D on the page? ' thinking maybe she had a shot at finding the huge capital 'D' in D.W. Maybe she doesn't know that one, but she said yes...rolled her finger across the page and pointed at the little 'd' at the end of the word 'world'. Pretty cool.
(she also enjoys shouting 'V' for bagina - but maybe that belongs under the 'identifying the sexes thread'... whistle )


Ds8 is doing nicely too - nearly all A's on the report card, even in science and I wasn't sure that was going to 'jibe' for him this year. His teach. said he is the 'go-to guy for animal adaptation questions'. That's got to make a mom smile wink

Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/18/08 04:49 PM

Ok, this threads getting a little long but I just had to add one more.
When I was putting my DD4 to bed a couple of nights ago, she told me she wanted to read her book to me. So she's brings me a homemade book she made (about 10 pages stapled together) I look at her and ask if DD5 helped her, she stapled it for me cause I'm too little. It was called "Pink Cat" It had a few words on each page (that DD4 knows how to spell and write) Like "up cat" "down cat" "fat cat" "jump cat" plus some cute pictures on each page. She told me a story with the book that was about 30 minutes long. I was just floored with her imagination. When she was done I dated it and put it in her baby book. smile
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/18/08 05:25 PM

Personally, I think the brag thread ought to be the longest thread on the forum, by far! I love it! Keep it going! laugh

Great story, too. smile
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/19/08 09:10 PM

This really isn't a brag; more a good gracious, but I didn't think it warranted a new thread.

I have come to discover that I so can not take my 2 yr old with me while shopping for Christmas and really need to find some crazy hiding place b/c she is into everything. I should have known that it would backfire but now she has managed to figure out all the presents so if I do try the Santa tactic with any of those presents I am sure she will be on to it and that much closer to figuring it all out. Looks like she will get one present from Santa (The only one that she has not discovered b/c it was ordered and still sealed in the shipping box) and the rest from mommy and daddy.

It is just so frustrating b/c the typical 2 yr old you can take them with you load up the baskets and distract them with something and all is forgotten.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 06:13 AM

LOL! This is why our kids get just stockings from Santa and gifts from us. It's too hard to hide big gifts. This way, if they see what I bought, I can still give everything out.

I feel your pain! smile

Oh, and I was going to post this happy tale a couple of days ago and got busy and forgot...

I was getting an MRI for my migraines, and the place was backed up. Because we're homeschooling, DS7 was with me for the wait. Coming in behind us--also waiting forever--was a Korean War veteran. (So, probably close to 70, right? He was over there in 1950...)

We struck up a conversation with the man, and they started comparing foreign language notes. The guy taught DS some Korean and some Italian. DS taught him Arabic and Spanish. It was just adorable! They continued when I left the waiting area and went into "the tube." By the time I came out 45 minutes later, they were busom buddies! DS had learned the entire naval semaphore code (the one using flags) and was talking about wishing we could see the guy again. And the man was raving about how wonderful DS was to talk to, how smart, how much fun, how lucky I was to have him for a son. They apparently talked the entire time and both had a blast.

Just heartwarming! I was a really proud momma! smile
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 06:47 AM

Kriston, if you got his name maybe you could invite him to come talk to a group of the homeschoolers. Also, a lot of the WWII & Korean War vets have groups, you could probably find some on the net close to you, that applies to anyone here. Or, check out your nearest military museum, lots of them have guys like that volunteer.

GS9 was just in his first play. It was just at our church, but it wasn't a kids play. Our pastor has training and experience with drama & theater. He chose this particular play for GS9 because he just had to be himself. He had good timing with his lines that were funny. He had two Bible passages to recite as part of the play, and for some reason he started to recite the wrong one first. His 'mommy' in the play kept in character to get him on the correct one, GS9 stayed in character and switched to the right one, and no one except us knew the difference! That was the only line he flubbed, but it was such a smooth recovery everyone assumed it was supposed to be that way.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 07:42 AM

That is a great proud momma moment!
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 07:49 AM

I am very proud this morning. DS6 (birthday was this week) wrote his first song on the piano this morning. He'd been trying to work out the notes since yesterday and had a break through this morning. He found a notebook and wrote all the notes and lyrics out so he wouldn't forget.

I even found a website to print out blank music sheets so I could help him write it out properly on the music staff. He needs to work a little more on the chords for the last 2-3 measures but otherwise it actually sounds very nice.

I am so proud. He has only been taking formal lesson since October and we got our own piano just after Thanksgiving. Neither DH or I have ever even played an instrument so this is a whole new world for us.
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 07:53 AM

Kriston,

That definitely sounds like it could have been a great mentor opportunity. I hope you got his name and number.

OHG,

Do you think your grandson will pursue other theater opportunities now?
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 08:50 AM

Wow! Such talented kids!

Congratulations, OHG! Recovering from a flub with grace so that no one realizes that you blew it is the hardest part of being on stage, by far. That's really amazing! Very poised! Pros have trouble with that. You should be extremely proud.

Crisc, yay for the song! So wonderful! smile

As for me, I didn't do so well. I didn't ask the guy for his name or number. I hadn't spent very long talking to him--his comments to me were given as we passed one another in the hall as I was leaving and he was entering--and I had no way to know how much my son liked him until after I was back in the waiting room and the man was already in the MRI tube. No time to chat with him after that.

Next time...

I do like the idea of the vets talking to the homeschool group. Hmmm... I'll work on that one! Thanks!
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/08 10:11 AM

GS9 is definitely interested in doing more acting. In addition to more opportunites at church, there are some opportunites at local community art centers where he's been taking art classes. He's my little Renaissance man! This is one advantage of not being challenged at school, he has almost no homework so he has time for a lot of after school activites, and I always have extra books to challenge his brain when he's not busy.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/22/08 08:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Kriston
I was getting an MRI for my migraines. Coming in behind us--also waiting forever--was a Korean War veteran. (So, probably close to 70, right? He was over there in 1950...)

We struck up a conversation with the man, and they started comparing foreign language notes. The guy taught DS some Korean and some Italian. DS taught him Arabic and Spanish. It was just adorable! They continued when I left the waiting area and went into "the tube." By the time I came out 45 minutes later, they were busom buddies! DS had learned the entire naval semaphore code (the one using flags) and was talking about wishing we could see the guy again. And the man was raving about how wonderful DS was to talk to, how smart, how much fun, how lucky I was to have him for a son. They apparently talked the entire time and both had a blast.

Just heartwarming! I was a really proud momma! smile


This man could have been my father (RIP), and may be closer to 80. He was an officer. My father would have be willing to become lifelong friends with a child like your son. I wonder if you could leave a note with the MRI staff for the next time he comes in (the staff cannot give you the name of another patient). What a wonderful story!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/23/08 05:55 AM

Just call your local VFW. They can help!
Posted by: Mewzard

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/28/08 04:22 AM

Not quite a brag but pretty close....

DS4.5 got Junior Monopoly from my mum for Christmas, age on the box 5-9. Not only can he play, read all the chance cards, work out the cost landing the booths (you have to pay double if 2 on the same colour are owned) and correct change. He also started to work out the different combinations of notes you could use to pay and he's also memorized the rules - we no longer need the instruction booklet!
I think maybe Nanny should have got the real version!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/28/08 08:21 PM

We were at a store today and DD (28 mths) wanted to walk instead of ride in the cart. She gave such a good argument that I gave in with specific instructions about staying with us. I was viewing something on the shelf and out of the corner of my eye I saw DD dart in front of a lady and by the look on her face I assumed she was annoyed. So I got after DD about not being 'rude' which I was quickly corrected by the lady that DD was not rude and had said excuse me before passing in front of her. So the look was shock not annoyance.

And on a cute note: I was watching Sound of Music since it was on TV and one of my favs. They were in the middle of the good night song as the kids went up the stairs right when DD was being put to bed herself. So she decided to act out the scene on her own including going up the stairs like the youngest child. Of course she did not know all the words to the song but she had the melody and some of the main sections all from viewing it once. It was really cute.
Posted by: BKD

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/09 05:42 PM

We thought DSthen3 was holding out on us a year ago when he chipped in with an answer to a maths question to DSthen5 - but he just WOULDN'T do it again once he realised we'd noticed. So we're driving home from an outing on the weekend and DS6 insists on being asked maths questions. DS4 listened quietly for a while and then joined in!!! We weren't imagining it - he really can tell you what 32 plus 7 is! (School will be so exciting for him - he'll learn how to count to ten)

And a DS6 brag - we were at a friend's place yesterday and the bigger kids (5-10) were playing a treasure hunting game. Another friend's 2YO decided to join in, but was bowled over by most of the bigger kids, who didn't even notice him. My lovely boy stopped, went back, took his hand and said "come on, you're on my team - look, can you see something over there". I was so proud of him.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/09 05:46 PM

Oh, that's so nice! I love that kind of kindness in kids! smile
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/09 06:21 PM

That is indeed a lovely story, BKD! You can be very proud of your sweet boy.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/09 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By: BKD
And a DS6 brag - we were at a friend's place yesterday and the bigger kids (5-10) were playing a treasure hunting game. Another friend's 2YO decided to join in, but was bowled over by most of the bigger kids, who didn't even notice him. My lovely boy stopped, went back, took his hand and said "come on, you're on my team - look, can you see something over there". I was so proud of him.


Thump, thump! Thump, thump!

(that's my heart beating loudly for your DS6)
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/09 06:42 PM

Originally Posted By: BKD
And a DS6 brag - we were at a friend's place yesterday and the bigger kids (5-10) were playing a treasure hunting game. Another friend's 2YO decided to join in, but was bowled over by most of the bigger kids, who didn't even notice him. My lovely boy stopped, went back, took his hand and said "come on, you're on my team - look, can you see something over there". I was so proud of him.


Just think what your son did for the 2 year old. My 2 yr old was in the same boat this weekend at the community playground and the older kids were playing a made up game tying hide and seek and color coding together. The older kids decided to include her in the game and the excitement of it all when we left made my heart soar. She was so excited and said "Mommy, the older kids played with ME." "They told me when to slide and not slide." ... on and on but with such a big smile on her face. I could have hugged each and everyone of those kids.
Posted by: BKD

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/09 06:43 PM

Oh, I really needed to see that side of him after the horror of Christmas. It was our first encounter with fully blown present greed, and I will spend the year making a plan to ensure it doesn't happen again. Much prefer the gentle, caring part of his nature.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/07/09 03:19 PM

I wanted to share something about DD18 month since I don't typically say much about her. quite honestly I wasn't sure if she was behind in her expressive language skills even though I knew her receptive language skills were great. And then in the last 2 weeks there has been an explosion. She talks a LOT, she counts to 10, she sings her ABC's and knows what comes next if you stop. She knows her shapes, and some colors. She is getting really good at shapes puzzles and sorters. It's really bizarre how it all started happening. But it's also exciting to watch her express herself more.....even though she does give dirty looks sometimes and started saying "No" as she looks at us with disgust.


Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/09 09:37 AM

My DW hit her head very hard in the bathroom this weekend and was crying on the floor.

Mr W went over to her and layed his head on hers and cooed to her.

Posted by: Lorel

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/09 03:06 PM

Austin, poor DW! I'll bet that will be smarting for days to come. Mr. W comforting her does make a nice picture...
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/09 11:16 PM

This Christmas DD4 sang hallelujah, from Shrek while her uncle played it on the piano. It was really touching and meant a lot to her to share her talent and feel understood. I am really appreciating the gifts our family members have and it is so sweet for her to share this kind of connection with her extended family.

On the lighter side have you heard all the words to this song. She knows all the words I mean all of them and I am getting a lot of questions I am not sure I want to answer. We didn't intentionally teach her it she just memorizes things and I did not realize the content until I heard her singing it and thought what did you just say!
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/09 11:19 PM

Austin, ow. What happened. I hope she is ok.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/18/09 09:42 AM

Chico (3) came up with a couple of funnies yesterday--we were waiting for Frenchie, who was in our local bakery getting bread; it was taking much longer than usual because there's a new employee there who likes to get into long discussions with customers about the excellence of their bread (it is good). Chico said, "I don't have time for all this fiddle faddle and folderol." Not terribly polite, I'm afraid (we're working on it!), but nobody but us heard him, so it was OK--and it was funny, because none of us ever uses those words--must have come up in a book that I don't remember.

Later, Groucho was talking about wanting a horse; Chico said he wanted a horse, too, but not a donkey, "and not Don Quixote, either," which I also found amusing.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/09 01:42 PM

Originally Posted By: skyward
Austin, ow. What happened. I hope she is ok.



The master bath has a island between the toilet and sink section with a cap that flares out. She bent over near the toilet and then walked forward to get something from behind the toilet. She forgot that the cap on the island sticks out and when she stood up, she hit it herself right behind the ear.

She had a very bad concussion when she was 23 that caused her to lose her visual photographic memory - and she still gets migraines so we are very concerned about any further hits to her head.

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/09 01:55 PM

Mr W turned a year old AND learned to play the shell game last week.

I took three same-sized measuring cups and covered up his pacifier with one, then did the old sleight of hand by mixing them.

I then let him pick one.

He picked the correct one. Every. Time.

No matter how many mixes I did.

I showed DW and she got the wrong one and Mr W got the right one.

LOL.

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/09 01:58 PM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx

Later, Groucho was talking about wanting a horse; Chico said he wanted a horse, too, but not a donkey, "and not Don Quixote, either," which I also found amusing.


LOL.

A neighbor has a Donkey. The little guy's name should be Don Quixote Houdini.

He likes to chase imaginary coyotes around. He shows up in the most unexpected places. And he is an escape artist!!


Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/09 03:53 PM

My goodness, Austin, you're going to have to keep an eye on that Mr. W!!! You don't want him to run away and join the circus....Maybe teach him blackjack next? smile

He sounds so much fun--and it sounds as though you and your wife have a lot of fun watching him do things--lovely!

peace
minnie
Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/09 07:35 PM

At the children's museum we watched a presentation on the life of MLK. Afterwards the docent asked the children if there was anything else they knew about his life that wasn't covered in the movie.

DD6 and a boy who was around 9yo both raised their hands. The docent called on the little boy and he answered "Some man shot him with a gun." The docent then asked my daughter what she was going to say. Her answer: "I was going to say he was assassinated by James Earl Ray."

I was proud of her steel trap memory and honest answer, but at the same time I wanted to crawl under my seat. Do those overcoats come in children's sizes? blush
Posted by: jojo

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/20/09 06:57 AM

OK, proud mummy moment. Miss 4 looked at some early chapter books a few months back but they quickly went back in the cupboard because she was overwhelmed by the number of words on each page. She was put off because she didn't recognise some words and thought it was just too tricky. She had no desire to try *sigh* Today we were given some of the Aussie Nibbles books - early chapter books. And blow me done if she didn't sit down and read the whole first chapter!!! It has 8 chapters, and she figures she can finish it within the week. I just love the fact that she wanted to try!!! And she only needed minimal help!!! Their website says that the series is intended for early readers aged 4-9. Yee har...

OK back to the couch to wait for Obama (almost midnight down under...) jojo
Posted by: Mama22Gs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 08:10 AM

Okay, this probably won't seem like a big deal to some of you, but I'm bursting with pride (and a touch of relief for DS since he's one to put a lot of pressure on himself).

DS7 won his school's first grade spelling bee. Doesn't sound like much to many of you, I'm sure. But when it was down to him and one other child, they gave them words from the 3rd-5th grade list that we'd never seen before to get a winner. He spelled words like SAFARI correctly, and then INFERNO to win. He told the tester that he didn't even know what inferno meant. He is sooooo happy, and I'm so happy for him. He's been asking when he could be in a spelling be since he was at least 4 years old.

And I'm very pleased to say that the other moms were really sweet. No comments that I must push him or anything. I still felt awkward, though, when they asked if we've ever had him tested because he's "SOOOO smart". I don't know why I feel guilty about it -- he IS smart. I guess I have to get over it.

But, for now, I'm just tickled for him.

~S
Posted by: Lorel

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 08:17 AM

Congratulations to your son! I hope he enjoyed the experience!
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 09:02 AM

Congratulations!

XX
Posted by: Mama22Gs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 09:42 AM

Thanks for the congratulations! It is soooo wonderful to have a place I can brag about DS7 and not feel awkward. You guys are wonderful!

Hugs to you all!
~S
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 12:58 PM

Congratulations!!

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 02:01 PM

This is not a brag. It just is.

Mr W had his 1 yr check up today.

We walked into the office holding his hand and he walked and ran a bit around the office. He then went through DW's purse, opening her wallet, pulling her phone from its case, then sorting the piles of stuff around him. He got ahold of DW's cell phone, dialed some numbers, and then held up the phone to his ear and said, "Whats up?" We went over to the fish tank and he said Fish and pointed at them. (We do not have one at home.)

This is "normal" to us. I know its not normal. But, we don't even think about it anymore.

There were other kids there and Mr W was more like the three year olds than the ones his age. In fact, he was the only kid who looked at everything and everyone in the room - and he smiled at everyone, too.

When the Dr looked at him, he examined her tools and then quietly and observantly submitted to the exam. He let her look at his ears, his teeth, and then laid down for the rest of it when she asked. He really wanted to look at her opthalmoscope when she laid it down, ( so did I, LOL) but did not reach for it. He did not cry on the first shot.

Then the Dr asked, out the blue, "How many words DOES he know?"

Which sort of took us back. We went over his Spanish and English vocab. ( He is up to at least 20+ words in English and Maybe 100 in Spanish - he knows his colors. )

The Dr is usually in and out, but she spent 20 minutes with us. The last thing she told us was, "W is UNUSUALLY advanced. You will have a wonderful and amazing time with him over the next few years. I look forward to seeing how he grows and develops."
Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 02:07 PM

That's fabulous! Regarding the spelling bee, do you think parents of gifted athletes feel that strange mix of pride and awkwardness about their children's accomplishments?
Posted by: Mama22Gs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 03:04 PM

Interesting question, Inky. I had the same thought earlier today. I think I'd feel just as awkward being around the parents who my child had just beaten at swimming or some other individual sport, just because you're celebrating and their child is disappointed. On the other side, I don't think I'd feel awkward or like I was bragging if I was telling someone that my child had really amazed us with his athletic ability. Do you have an opinion?
Posted by: mizzoumommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/23/09 10:21 PM

Boo (aged 4.5 years) had stopped reading almost completely for about a year. She's had some terrible experiences where she's been called freakish because of her innate capabilities; e.g reading very young. Quite a few people sent her the message (some literally told her!) that she was too young to read or that she only thought she could. And during her short stint in preschool, she would comment that "kids my age are too little to read", proven in her mind, by that fact that none of the other kids could read, etc. In short, she got the message that there was something wrong with her and she adjusted her behavior and abilities to fit in. (I knew that she was still reading a bit, because she would occassionaly read a sign, etc, and comment on it.)

Now, she's finally starting to venture into reading again and using a combination of sight words and phonetic approach is rapidly increasing the difficulty of what she reads *AND* her comprehension is good. So she's not just decoding words; she's understanding at a pretty good level what she's reading.

Today she grabbed a book that she's had for a while, but never read. It's a chapter book in a series that she asked for. During the past year, we've purchased several of the books in the series with instuctions from Boo that she's going to read them "by herself". She took the book with her to her room, climbed into her bed, and came out about fifteen minutes later with a big grin. Then she read aloud a loud a couple of sentences and said, "I feel silly! I feel so giggly inside! Reading is great it make me feel bubbly inside."

I'm so glad that she's found her love of reading, again!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/24/09 01:43 AM

Mizz - great news about the reading! Boy that would frustrate me!
And Austin, just making it to the 1 year check up is such a big deal (for the parents!) Definitely worth bragging on, plus your ds sounds like he's doing fantastically with *2* languages! smile

And mama22gs - What a nice reception you got from the other moms! Awesome. And of course congrats to your ds.

I so enjoy this thread!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/24/09 11:39 PM

Mizz - thats great...maybe you should tell her she is a 9 year old disguised as a 4 year old. She is your secret agent reader!!

Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/30/09 11:20 AM

OK, just had to bump up this brag thread again. I just love reading all the stories of these amazing kids!

For my dd 3rd birthday my mom gave her a leapster L-max. When she first got it she played it all the time.

My DH loves to watch japanese movies with sub-titles (he's into the marial arts that in the movie)

So DD was sitting on the sofa playing her leapster and reading the subtitles out loud.

My husband and I looked at each other and he said "well at least we know she can multi-task"
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/30/09 11:55 AM

Mr W (12m2w) is getting independent.

Last night at the grocery store he walked around the produce section grabbing the veggies and talking to himself.

It was really cute. One hag HAD to roll her eyes and I almost clobbered her with a lemon.

Mr W loved the lemons so much he asked to be put down when in checkout and walked/navigated 200 feet back to the produce section by himself and grabbed another lemon!!

Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/30/09 12:58 PM

This one was just cute! I was talking to my FS9 about the difference between being a leader and a follower. I worry about him because he truly believes in the goodness of people. I don't want him to get conned into doing something that he shouldn't.

DS6 quietly listened to the conversation. When I left the table, DS6 followed me to quietly inform me that I needn't worry about him. I asked why and he told me "I'm a leader all the way to my blood cells!" I was proud of him for not bringing it up in front of FS9, who would have thought he was being teased.

I just love my family!!!
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/30/09 05:01 PM

just too cute! I love this thread!
Posted by: oneisenough

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/31/09 12:08 PM

Originally Posted By: mizzoumommy
Then she read aloud a loud a couple of sentences and said, "I feel silly! I feel so giggly inside! Reading is great it make me feel bubbly inside."

I'm so glad that she's found her love of reading, again!


This is SO cute! I hope you write down this quote to read again when she is older...how sweet!

Posted by: oneisenough

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/31/09 12:12 PM

Dh was doing soemthing with dd yesterday (playdoh I think? I was in teh kitchen). He said how many did I make, can you count them? And dd proceded to count to six...in spanish! We have never taught her spanish, but she picked it up somewhere! Now that we made a big deal of it, she is asking how to say all sorts of things in spanish! I'm going to have to start learning the language!
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/31/09 08:31 PM

DD5m is mobile now! She started scooting all over the place in the past couple of days. She gets up on her knees and tips on to her face a lot, but is getting around pretty well with an army crawl. Time to break out the baby gates again.

Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/31/09 09:00 PM

skyward ... how exciting and scary at the same time! You are so going to have your hands full!

And oneisenough: I find it so funny that your DD is so much like my DD. Just the other day out of the blue she started counting in Spanish. Granted I taught her how to count in Spanish during a day about 2 months ago but she hasn't brought it up since so I was a little shocked that she started using it the other day. I swear they just lock things away to be used whenever they feel like it.
Posted by: Belle

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/31/09 10:03 PM

Had to add...this is a make you laugh and brag post :-) We were using a behavior program for DS5 a few weeks ago before his 6th birthday that involved check marks and if he had less than 8 check marks by the end of the week, he got to choose a special activity to do from a list he made. It was the end of the week and he had no check marks at all for the whole week for awesome behavior...so he strolled into the kitchen and said, I can get 8 checkmarks all today and still be able to pick my reward. We changed our program around after that :-)
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/01/09 08:59 PM

Originally Posted By: skyward
DD5m is mobile now! She started scooting all over the place in the past couple of days. She gets up on her knees and tips on to her face a lot, but is getting around pretty well with an army crawl. Time to break out the baby gates again.



This reminds me of that time when Mr W first became mobile. He spent more time going backwards than forward!!
Posted by: mom123

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/02/09 03:12 PM

Sometimes when I am making dinner, I will put on the news - and at times there are things that I don't want my dd3 to hear, so I will put it on mute and the closed captioning will come on. So the other day they are talking about how, exactly, the woman became pregnant with octuplets and I decide to mute the TV. I notice dd3 intently watching the words go by on the screen... I am thinking to myself - no way... she can not read that, can she? Two seconds later she asks me... mommy, what's a sperm donor??? Mouth open.... so much for the closed captioning trick!
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/03/09 02:48 AM

Originally Posted By: mom123
I notice dd3 intently watching the words go by on the screen... I am thinking to myself - no way... she can not read that, can she? Two seconds later she asks me... mommy, what's a sperm donor??? Mouth open.... so much for the closed captioning trick!


Seriously funny! You know those are not sight words.
Posted by: BaseballDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/03/09 03:29 AM

We had some friends over to dinner on Saturday night. In an effort to keep DS4 occupied for at least a little bit of time, I asked him to make an 8x8 square on his Geoboard and figure out what the area is. I hardly noticed the quiet as he sat their calculating. After about 5 minutes he triumphantly announced "64!". I looked down to see the paper on which he had carefully written the following: 816243240485664. Evidently he hasn't learned the use of the comma yet.

BB
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/03/09 06:28 AM

That's great. My DS4 is all about math too. Constantly doing calculations. This morning he told me in the car that 1,000 Billion = 1 trillion, and then he proceeded to explain it to me and said "do you get it mom?". Yesterday morning when he found out about the 6 more weeks of winter he sighed and said..."that means that I have 18 more days of preschool before spring" (he goes 3x weekly). It's funny because he buried a frisbee in the snow and wasn't sure where it is because it snowed tons more and his teachers said he had to wait until spring to find it.

Anyhow, DD19mo is talking more and more. We went to the museum this weekend and she went on a carousel ride as well. We saw turtles at the museum. when we got home (20 minutes later) and we were getting out of the car she says to me "horsies, turtles, museum.....AGAIN" She cracks me up. I love how she is talking more (except when she vehemently says no about things.. I am not a fan of that communication).
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/03/09 04:58 PM

Ds8 received straight A's on this report card (had only 1 b last time) and received some more fun comments from the teach!

Dd2y9m is blowing us away with her eagerness to check out books; her Aunt is babysitting during the day and teaching her and her cousin to read, for fun smile. Dd just read a 'bob' book to me the other evening - we had to put the superbowl on hold to hear her read it - really sounding things out when she got stuck!! :0

Shellymos - sounds fun! (more amazing is that your dd probably has the energy to go back and do it all again!!!)
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/09 09:34 AM

This AM, Mr W's ( 12m3w) pants kept slipping down and he would trip over the pant leg around his heels when he walked.

He finally got annoyed and stooped to put his toothbrush down, stood up, pulled his pants up until he looked like Erkel, then got his toothbrush and started walking again.

LOL!!!



Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/09 10:55 AM

Cute! What is it with tots and toothbrushes, anyway? There's a very bright little 2yo who comes with mom to pick up her sister at my DS5's preschool. She has been carrying a toothbrush, still in it's wrapping, for the past few weeks now, and she's very proud of it. smile

My DS5 sort of amazed me last night, because his thought hadn't occurred to me. I was reading one of the Narnia books to him (Voyage of the Dawn Treader), and Lucy had just found a city of undersea people. DS5 said "Lucy is always the first to discover things" and he mentioned the wardrobe, and Mr. Tumnus, from earlier books in the series. He was so matter of fact in his discovery.



Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/09 11:11 AM

Originally Posted By: st pauli girl
Cute! What is it with tots and toothbrushes, anyway?


I wish I knew. He likes to carry it around in his teeth, babbling out of the other side of his mouth. If he had a Corn Cob pipe, he'd look and sound like a Jr Popeye!

Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/15/09 09:45 AM

well, this isn't really a "brag" but I did laugh.

We were watching "Kung Fu Panda" (awesome, by the way) and there was a fighting scene with a groin shot. Ds6/9 were cracking up, I wasn't, and DS9 said "mom, you just don't appreciate physical humor"

maybe you had to be there whistle
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/15/09 09:50 AM

My 4yo was telling me about watching an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, and he recently told me in a very serious voice that it was "not appropriate for moms" because it had fart humor in it.

I laughed and laughed! laugh

Not a brag, but a funny for sure!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/16/09 09:06 AM

Kriston,

In a house of 5 boys, I can relate... My children refer to it as "poop humor"!
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/17/09 05:12 PM

Today I played a freshly burned compilation of Backyardigans songs for DD 26 mos. in the car. It's one of three shows I let her watch - we both love it. Anyway, from the backseat, she correctly idenfied which character was singing which part, for solos, duets, and trios, even on the songs we've never heard before.

Okay, maybe that's not GT, but DD clearly has the same excellent but useless ability to identify voices correctly. I guess I'm bragging that she's like me. wink
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/18/09 10:49 AM

This morning Mr W was watching Sesame Street - the episode where Ralphie the Parrot flies off.

There is a segment to the show where origami cartoon birds land on notes for the melody to a song. They did it slowly at first, then sped up.

Mr W got up and walked over to his kiddie piano and banged out the last four notes of the melody - twice.

I really do not know what to think of what this means.





Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/18/09 11:36 AM

So...W must stand for 'WOW!' smile
that is great!
Posted by: jayne

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/18/09 01:15 PM

My 16 yo son (sophomore) was accepted to the private university on a full-time basis.

This year he has been attending a state university through distance education (telecasts) at the high school and taking AP courses.
We are working at finding scholarships for him, but he is actually too young for most of them. You have to be a junior in high school or have a high school diploma to qualify for most, which he isn't and won't get.
So besides a couple of scholarships we are waiting word on, he will have to wait and apply for more next year. This is a hardship on our family...but I'm hoping it's only one year.

Also, my 17 year old daughter was accepted to the same university, and she has been awarded two scholarships so far. She is graduating with 75 college credits and has a strong gpa, so we are optimistic for more scholarships for her hard work. The scholarship awards arrive mainly in March.

So, I will have 3 (16, 17, 20)of my 4 at the same university next year. Kind of exciting in our house!

(BTW does anyone know of a forum more geared to gifted kids and their parents that are high school/college aged?)
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/18/09 06:57 PM

Congrats janyne too all the college entrants! I can't even imagine!!!!

Well DS8.5 surprised me tonight. I was quite impressed with his reasoning even though he didn't get it exactly right. Perhaps most 8yr olds would get this but I was impressed. blush

This is from Zaccaro's Math book but I used my own numbers b/c I didn't feel like getting the book out.

I said "THere are 10 doors and a prize behind one of the doors. What are the odds of picking the right door?"
he said, "1 in 10."
I said, "So the host opens all the doors except #8 (your choice) and #1." (he doesn't open either door). What is the odd of door #1 being the one?
he said, "1 in 2"
I said, "What is the odd of door #8 being the correct one?" - here's where he shocked me.
He said, "1 in 10." (he got that the odds didn't change for his choice. And we've not done any probability beyond flipping coins).
I said, "Do you stay with your choice or choose door #1?"
He said, "Well the host doesn't want to give me the prize and wants to trick me into changing."
I said, "Don't go on emotion, just look at the numbers."
He said, "I'd stay with door #8."

At this point he smiled and said, "No, I'd choose door #1. That was is 1 in 2 chances of being it."

Now it's really 9 in 10 chance for door #1 but he got that the odds for door 1 was different from door 2, and that the odds for door 2 hadn't changed w/ all the others being opened.

Here's what Zaccaro says:
Zaccaro did the problem w/ just 3 doors rather than 10.

"this problem is so counter-intuitive that some of the smartest people in the world not only answer incorrectly that the contestant's chances are 1 in 2 for both doors, but they refuse to believe the correct answer when they hear it. The correct answer is that if the contestant keeps her original door, her chances of winning are 1 in 3. If she switches doors, her chances of winning would be 2 in 3." (not in 1 in 3). So she has double the chance of winning if she switches.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/19/09 05:32 PM

Dazed,

I need the name of that book, my son will be in love!!!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/19/09 05:58 PM

Here it is. 10 Things Every Mathematician and Scientist Should Know but are rarely taught
Posted by: kickball

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/19/09 07:27 PM

Ah, we had a mom scold our dd at pre-school for insisting she could read - because obviously she was lying. That was certainly a confusing message. The next kid insisted that kids "can't" read until they are 5 when they are supposed to start K. So she stopped reading - at least when you were watching - on her 5th birthday she is now reading again. Just don't let anyone tell her she shouldn't have the chapter books or it'll be another long year.

Posted by: zaichiki

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/20/09 04:20 PM

Brag on ds (recently turned 3)

He and a friend had monster truck races today. This evening, as he told his father about the races, he held two pieces of plastic toy fruit in his hands.

"Pretend these grapes are his truck. Pretend the strawberry is my truck. Mine was faster. It went like this: ready, set, race!" He held the fruit up in front of his face and zoomed the strawberry past the grapes.

Okay, so he didn't use all of those consonants, but that's what he was saying. smile I love little boys: they're too cute! (Especially my own, of course!)
Posted by: Ania

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/20/09 04:27 PM

Quote:
BTW does anyone know of a forum more geared to gifted kids and their parents that are high school/college aged?)


www.collegeconfidential.com
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/09 01:39 AM

oh Kickball, how horrible for your DD. I certainly hope no one says she shouldn't be reading chapter books but I've heard it said before!
Posted by: mjb

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/09 09:09 AM

Oh, just wanted to share a cute one...Last week I was helping in ds6's kindergarten class. His teacher had given him an assignment since he finished early with what the class was doing. He was supposed to draw an animal and then write 3 facts about it. He sat at a table and started. After awhile she looked up and said "M, where are you getting your facts from"? He looked at her and said "well, I already have them in my head".
Posted by: Belle

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/09 03:09 PM

Had to share - my DS6 is a monopoly fanatic and we must have 4 different versions of the game...he manages to always win! On Friday (I am unschooling him) he said he wanted to make his own Monopoly game...so with my help for the drawing of the game "board" - he designed his own property cards, made up all the names for each spot on the board, came up with his own buying/rental prices for the properties and then we sat and played :-) He was SO proud of his game....he then informed Daddy when he came home that night that he wanted to learn how to design his own computer game all based on the TIV (tornado intercept vehicle on Storm Chasers Discovery Channel) and he went into an hour long discussion sharing all the parts of what he wanted in the game.....so daddy is going to begin teaching him computer programming :-)
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/09 03:22 PM

That's wonderful Belle!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/09 05:58 PM

Belle,

One of the mentors involved with DYS just turned us on to a beginning programming site. It's referred to as "webturtle". I'll pull up the actual address and post it for you.
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/27/09 03:14 PM

Just goes to show that you never know what is going on in their little heads. At dinner, I mentioned to DS5, DS8 and DH that DD2 has been asleep for 6hrs only waking to throw up. DS5 says "So she's been asleep for a fourth of the day right? Because there are 24hrs in the day, 2 sixes make 12, and another 2 make 24, so a fourth must be 6."

We weren't even talking about math. I just love how their minds work!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/27/09 03:18 PM

Love that! laugh
Posted by: WannaBeGTEduc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/27/09 04:06 PM

I took DD8 with me to our local wine store to pick up our monthly wine club selection (I know, I'm a great role model for her!). Anyway, they had one of those 'fast bottle-chilling' machines. The proprieter told DD to put her hand in and said that it's really cold and chills the wine really fast. DD put her hand in and said "it's not as cold as liquid nitrogen, but it's pretty cold". She spent the 15 minutes that we were there finding patterns in the corks, talking about the different countries the wine came from, marveling at the difference in prices, etc. The proprieter was shocked! They say kids remind you to stop and smell the roses-our kids remind us that there's a learning opportunity everywhere!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/27/09 04:39 PM

Yes even in wine stores!!! Which reminds me to look up places in which the wine we drink is produced! That would be a learning exercise for me!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/27/09 09:28 PM

Tonight we took Mr W to "Dave and Busters"

He fussed a lot at the table, so I let him walk around. He made a beeline for the escalators ( he said "escalator") and rode them a few times, then walked around the arcade, studying things and people. We then went back to the table.

He helped himself to my fries, dipping them in ketchup, then ate some hamburger and sipped some tea.

We then rode the escalators some more and played some games. He does not yet have the coordination or strength to play with the older kids, but he tried. He desperately wants to do the things the 2-4 year olds are doing and he desperately wants to play with them, but they see him as a baby.

We then went to the bookstore and he flipped through some magazines.

He later talked to himself all the way home.

There were some kids his age there ( 13m ), but all were in their parents' arms, none exploring or playing at all. Mr W's uniqueness was very apparent in comparison.

Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/04/09 07:32 PM

I have the sweetest kid in the whole world!!

We were at a basketball game last night for FDS13 waiting for it to start. One of the 4th grade little girls that my DS6 knows from class asked my son why all the kids in our family look different, have different names and why does he have two moms.

My ds6 explained to her about foster kids, that sometimes kids parent couldn't take care of them so he shares his moms with them until their own parents are ready to take them back. He told her sometimes their parents can't ever take care of them. When that happens we go to court and the judge makes them officially his brothers and sisters. Then he told her that he had two moms because everyone knows that moms are best. With so many kids in the house that need good moms, one wouldn't be enough to go around!

God, I love this kid!!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/04/09 07:35 PM

Awww!
Posted by: S-T

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/04/09 07:43 PM

I won't be able to come up with a better answer than your DS6!

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
Then he told her that he had two moms because everyone knows that moms are best. With so many kids in the house that need good moms, one wouldn't be enough to go around!


He is so sweet!!!
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/04/09 07:57 PM

Austin,
We should meet, my 13 month old could be your 13mth old's twin! We are constantly walking around exploring the world.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 08:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Kerry
Austin,
We should meet, my 13 month old could be your 13mth old's twin! We are constantly walking around exploring the world.


No kidding - they can share notes.

Mr W opened the front door last night - it has a latch. Had I not been right there, he would have been gone.

He then spent a while studying the back door which has a knob that is lower than the other doors'.

Last night he saw me set the deadlock to keep him inside and this AM he was trying to turn it when I held him. He was also playing with all the door knobs, but is not tall enough to get the leverage he needs, yet.

I am thinking of getting him some dog tags because he really likes to explore and I fear he will slip away.

Wandering stories - one of my DW's uncles used to wander for hours alone on the ranch her grandparents worked on. He made several 8+ mile trips to other homes nearby when he was just 6. As he got older, those trips would turn longer and longer until he would stay out all night regularly when he was 12. That kind of hardiness is admired still, and most Indians and Cowboys think its ok, but most of us would not think it sane.




Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 08:45 AM

[quote=AustinMr W opened the front door last night - it has a latch. Had I not been right there, he would have been gone.

[/quote]

At 18 mos. DD was tall enough to open our hotel room door, go down the hall, and press the button for the elevator. Not fun.

And you don't even want me to tell you the horror stories about being together in public restrooms whereby she opened the door and let herself out whilst I was um otherwise occupied. shocked

Be warned!
Posted by: hkc75

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 08:50 AM

Austin a friend of mine's 2 year old boy opened the deadbolt and let himself out at 5 am and was wandering on the street until a kind neighbor saw him and brought him home. I do not believe his mother has slept soundly since. They do have an alarm on the door now. How scary!
Posted by: mamaandmore

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 11:19 AM

Seablue, we have that *same* thing happen regularly! DD2 will say she has to go, so as long as I'm there I'll go too, but she's done so she just tries to leave, lol. We have to keep hook and eye locks on things like the pantry (she will scale the 7ft shelves to get to the good stuff on top). She's been able to lock and unlock the front and back doors since she was 15mo, now she understands she can't leave the house without an adult, but there were a few months there where I was grateful that we have an alarm with door chimes.
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 11:34 AM

OH MY!!! What a wonderful little boy!!!! That brought tears to my eyes!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 11:36 AM

OH No Austin! There was just a news story sadly about a 3yr that let himself out of the house in only a diaper and t-shirt. He froze to death. Very tragic.
Posted by: Lorel

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 02:47 PM

My son got out the door when he was not quite two. We found him in the side yard eventually- the one place we couldn't get a good look at through our windows. We lived on a busy road. I was SO scared...
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/09 07:25 PM

DS6 was "arguing" with a couple of second graders today. Apparently they were insisting that it was a number to which he kept his head and just replied "no, it's not a number, it's a concept". smile

JB

(He seems to be very interested in returning to learning more math so we've been doing more after schooling)
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 04:29 AM

DD-almost-3 was listening to ds8 discourse on the various yu-gi-oh cards and their properties. He paused for a few minutes to check something out the window (I was driving). When he started up again, he said, 'She's completely weak! Completely weak!', referring to a female character on one of the cards.
Dd assumed this was about her, so she said 'I am not completely WEAK and I'm not completely powerful!' I thought, that's a pretty good command of 'opposites'.

Austin, we use those white caps that go over the door knobs to keep the littl'un in the house because she's been trying for quite a while too.
I remember my mother had a story about finding me halfway down the block in just my diapers...but I was the 5th kid, so I could definitely see having plenty of time to 'work the problem' of the door knob.


Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 08:36 AM

Yes we use those Chris for the basement door. They work well.

Yeah on the opposites! I love those moments listening to the siblings interact.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 10:27 AM

My son couldn't walk and could barely pull himself up at that age because of the mild motor learning disability and muscle weakness, but he could communicate very well to me where he wanted to go and what he wanted to look at. He always wanted to know what everything was and he was just such a happy, smiling little baby (once he got over the colic) that he could always find someone to carry him where he wanted to go. He could see things that couldn't be seen as well at walking level so I don't think it bothered him too much that he couldn't walk. I had to do the walking for him for a while but he never needed any help with talking and the talking all the way home sounds familiar and wanting to play with older kids definitely sounds familiar, but all he could do was watch.

His sister took him to a Dave and Busters in Dallas when we last visited her and even though he tells me all the time that he isn't really a kid anymore, he enjoyed it and he wants me to go with him next time.

My former cheerleader daughter was the coordinated kid in my family that could sneak out of the house. She did this once at a babysitter's house when I think she was about 18 months old. When I went to pick her up I found her wandering around by herself in the front yard of the babysitter's house. I immediately found a daycare for her with more people available to keep an eye on her.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 11:45 AM

Originally Posted By: Dazed&Confuzed
OH No Austin! There was just a news story sadly about a 3yr that let himself out of the house in only a diaper and t-shirt. He froze to death. Very tragic.


We are getting door boopers to help out here at home.

Saturday I was in the family bathroom at the mall with him and he opened the door while I was occupied. crazy

Originally Posted By: Chris


Austin, we use those white caps that go over the door knobs to keep the littl'un in the house because she's been trying for quite a while too.



Our babysitter has arthritis and the front door is a latch, not a knob, so it would not help there and would hinder her otherwise. Mr W can take things apart and can operate the wheel on a mouse now so I am not sure how long the doorknob things would stop him. He can almost climb out of his crib - I caught him trying to get his leg up this weekend. We had to take the stuffed toys out as he was standing on one to get extra height.
Posted by: mamaandmore

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 11:52 AM

Originally Posted By: chris1234
we use those white caps that go over the door knobs to keep the littl'un in the house


DD2 learned to open them at about 18mo! She also learned to defeat the loop lock that goes around the knobs on the cabinet doors under the sink- she just unscrewed the knobs! The boys were never that industrious, both kinds of locks stopped them just fine, but she is determined, lol.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 11:54 AM

We have slide bolts installed at about 5 ft. DS3 has figured out how to get around the handle things.
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 04:43 PM

GS9 nonchalantly mentioned his teacher presenting some new material, and he said, "I already know that, my gramma told me how to do it." Evidently that is a common phrase he uses because the teacher asked, "Is there anything you've learned at school?" He said he thought a few seconds and said, "Sure, I've learned one or two things."
I hope she knows he wasn't being mouthy, just truthful!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/09 07:22 PM

LOL, OHG! Honesty IS the best policy! laugh

I have one for each of my kids to share, too:

There's a museum in the general area that has a Surrealism exhibit now. So I asked if DS7 was interested. He just about jumped out of his seat he was so excited!

When a 7yo is fired up about going to the art museum because he thinks Salvador Dali's work is interesting to study, that's cool! We did some with Surrealism last year, but he seems to be getting it on a deeper level this year. It's good.

I think he's just so fun to talk to. He is interested in so many things. I'm a very proud Mom!

And don't even get me started on the 4yo asking me about division today in the car because he already gets addition and subtraction up to several digits, and even gets the basics of multiplication already, figuring one- and 2-digit problems there. He's just blowing my mind with the math! It's so different from the way his brother presented as GT, but it's pretty unmistakable now. He's pretty much learning all of arithmetic in something like 3 months... eek

To those who cry "GT denial"...I don't think I was in GT denial before. I think he just wasn't showing yet. But if I was in denial before, I'm not now!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/09 05:08 AM

OHG - LOL (how is that for shorthand?) Yes, I do hope she knows he was being truthful and not mouthy.

Kriston - I just love watching their minds develop!
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/09 06:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Kriston

And don't even get me started on the 4yo asking me about division today in the car because he already gets addition and subtraction up to several digits, and even gets the basics of multiplication already, figuring one- and 2-digit problems there. He's just blowing my mind with the math! ...He's pretty much learning all of arithmetic in something like 3 months... eek


That sounds just like my DS4, he has always been into math, skip counting, adding subtracting. But in the fall he got really into multiplication and division. It was really fun watching his mind work...it always is.

About DS4, he is on his last day of testing today. The psychologist told me what a wonderful boy he is and obviously how he is bright, but what meant a lot to me is that she talked about how caring and empathatic he is. That is so important to me. He really is quite cute. The other day while I was waiting for him to do his testing I was trying to figure out some cube thing in the waiting room (you know those puzzles where you make cubes out of the blocks), anyhow he came back out and saw that I hadn't finished and that instead I was reading a book. He said "did you quit mom?" I hesitated and said "well yes, I worked at it for a while and couldn't get it so I took a break" He said "it's okay mom, really...that happens to me sometimes too."

And with my DD20 months she is talking so much more now. It is cute. This morning on the way out to the car she was imitating bird calls and I said "you like the birdies?" and she yelled out "I love you birdies!" And a few mornings ago I started giving her her own bowl of cereal so she doesn't have to eat all mine. So she kept wanting mine. I pointed and said "this is your cereal, and this one is mommies cereal" Then she clearly states "I want mommies cereal" I am really enjoying her talking and telling us what she wants (most of the time), LOL.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/09 07:32 AM

I love the kindness and empathy, too, Shelly. I think that's so important. Great story!

It's like my mom always said, It's nice to be smart, but it's smart to be nice." laugh
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/09 11:09 AM

Great stories!!!

I love to listen to the the birds.
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/11/09 07:42 PM

We use the white cap handles with the gray tabs broken off along with baby gates and an alarm. We have also put bells on the doors so we know if they get down to the door. After DDs past escapes Im not taking any chances.

DS2 is pretty fast. I would rather let him explore, but the minute his feet hit the ground he is gone. I let him out once a few weeks ago and in just a few seconds he made it across the lobby we were in, hit the elevator button, got in and hit door close. Lucky a lady in the elevator opened it and I got him back. He went back in the stroller. Last week I tried letting him out again and as soon as he hit the ground he ran out of the room across the building hit the handy cap button on the door and ran outside. I caught him right before he got to the street!

On a happier note DD6m is standing. She pulled herself up and was holding onto the side of our bed this evening. I have been surrounding her with pillows so she will have soft landings. These kids just amaze me. I need to get her a baby book so I can write this stuff down. I am bummed that my camera doesn't work. DS climbed up the shelving unit, took the camera down stairs and buried it in sand. If I catch the baby pulling her self up again maybe I can take a picture with my cell phone.
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/11/09 08:23 PM

Okay, I have a brag about DD6. There is a very smart little boy in her class that is repeatedly busting her chops. Or at least that's how she sees it! grin

I guess he's always *quizzing* her with math problems and he'll laugh at her if she doesn't know the answer right away. She's really the type of kid that shuts down under this type of aggressive behavior.

So today she decides she's going to give him a math question. She decides to string about 10 multi digit numbers together into a multiplication problem and say it very quickly to see if he can get it. Obviously, most 7 yo won't be able to figure 95*1200*354*9576*99*78564, right? Except, she decides she's going to slip a zero in there so when he doesn't know the answer, she can say Zero! Duh!

So she practices it a few times and laughs and laughs and realizes, she's really going to have this kid on the ropes.

The reason I'm so proud of her, is that after she realizes this, she simply decides she's not going to do it.

I thought that showed amazing maturity and restraint. More restraint than I would have, BTW! I was tired of seeing her downtrodden little face after he hazed her!

Go DD6!!!
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/11/09 08:45 PM

That is great Neato! I can just see her cracking herself up at this wonderful plan she had. And what amazing restraint! That is truly incredible. You should be quite proud!
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/11/09 08:54 PM

Thanks Shelly! I couldn't be more proud! I say cherish each moment. They're 6 months, then they're 6 years and I'm sure I'll blink and she'll be driving! It goes so fast!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/09 04:40 AM

YEs, that shows great maturity!
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/09 06:13 AM

Originally Posted By: incogneato
Thanks Shelly! I couldn't be more proud! I say cherish each moment. They're 6 months, then they're 6 years and I'm sure I'll blink and she'll be driving! It goes so fast!


ahh..that makes me a little teary. So true. I was singing to DD last night and rocking her before bed and thinking about her growing up. Of course DS4 wanted me to carry him to bed last night up the stairs. Holy cow, he is like 50 pounds. Every time I do it (lately maybe once a week or every other) I tell him "this may be the last night because you just keep growing!"

Anyhow on a brag note, this morning DS was doing Math equations outloud (a regular breakfast occurance at our house). He starts adding negative numbers...which kind of surprised me (we have never talked much about negative numbers...and certainly not equations with negative numbers). So then he says "So then -5 - (-6) = 1" (he paused for a couple seconds in between to figure it out. I was quite confused as to how he knew that. I asked him "who taught you that" and he gives me his usual "no one did, I just figured it out" That is just so odd to me. He went on to explain to me that he knew he was right because he was subtracting a negative, but that if he was adding a negative it would be a bigger negative. Yikes.

I still remember when I was a few years old than him and someone said to me "what is 2-3?" And I proudly said "you can't do that...there is no answer" and then he shocked me by saying "it's negative 1, there are numbers under 0" I remember feeling shocked...like I had been deceived all that time, LOL. And there is just one of the many differences between me and DS4, LOL.
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/09 06:21 AM

WOW shellymos! That's terrific! I recalled being shocked when my 5yr old did that!
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/09 06:59 AM

How awesome, shellymos!

I get that same answer when I ask "who taught you that?".
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/09 07:40 AM

Neato.

I just read your post.
Originally Posted By: incogneato
So she practices it a few times and laughs and laughs and realizes, she's really going to have this kid on the ropes.

The reason I'm so proud of her, is that after she realizes this, she simply decides she's not going to do it.

Go DD6!!!


That's an enormous decision, especially when you're only 6. I know some adults who could use lessons in taking the high road! I would be bursting at the seams with pride! Congrats DD6!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/09 08:46 PM

Go, DD6!

laugh
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/13/09 06:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Shari
That's an enormous decision, especially when you're only 6. I know some adults who could use lessons in taking the high road!


Yeah, me too, I know one that goes by Neato! blush I'm afraid to admit that I would have totally supported her if she got in trouble. Mama bear doesn't like seeing little cub getting pushed around. Hey, we are working to have our children do better than us anyway, she is a better woman than me, if only a little wee woman!

Shellymos- Incredible. Can't wait to hear the results of the testing. Sounds like he may blow the lid off several subtests!!!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/13/09 10:22 AM

Originally Posted By: skyward
We use the white cap handles with the gray tabs broken off along with baby gates and an alarm. We have also put bells on the doors so we know if they get down to the door. After DDs past escapes Im not taking any chances.

DS2 is pretty fast. I would rather let him explore, but the minute his feet hit the ground he is gone. I let him out once a few weeks ago and in just a few seconds he made it across the lobby we were in, hit the elevator button, got in and hit door close. Lucky a lady in the elevator opened it and I got him back. He went back in the stroller. Last week I tried letting him out again and as soon as he hit the ground he ran out of the room across the building hit the handy cap button on the door and ran outside. I caught him right before he got to the street!



You are scaring me!! Mr W wants me to pick him up so he can hit the elevator buttons. The other day I noticed that he could reach the buttons inside the elevator at work when he just stood there and pressed them all.

I can see why parents use a stroller. We are more the vagabond type and just don't like to carry much of anything around. I suppose you either go heavy and take stuff or go real light because you have to chase after them!!


Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/13/09 11:12 PM

Shelly - love the story about DD 20 mos. talking. Adorable.

Skyward - Walmart sells a leash disguised as a back pack. Get it. lol

My brag this week is that DD 26 mos. dazzled her visiting cousins, age 21, 25 and 30. While I was inside, DD explained to them what had happened to a dead bee in the backyard, how he had tried to swim in her pool and had died. "He can't fly or collect pollen on his knees from the flowers any more."
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/14/09 09:02 PM

Austin, I had always been more the vagabond type as well, bringing as few supplies as possible. I love the toddler age when they are so excited to explore. It is great fun to follow them around and see how they interact with the world. Enjoy it. Unfortunately with three the stroller is sometimes necessary. I do try to take them places one on one as much as I can. Have you noticed in the elevator the alarm button is the closest to the ground and brightly colored just for little ones? wink

Seablue,I think kid leashes are sad. Knowing my kids they would crawl the whole time so they could pretend they were dogs. I think pushing a stroller and holding two leashes with barking children attached to the ends would draw unwanted attention.

Really though to me the leashes seem disrespectful to the child. No offense to any one who uses them, this is just my opinion. I also want them to learn to listen to my words and develop the self control to stay with me and follow the rules even when they don't feel like it. I know this is a process and DS2 is practicing these things now. When he gets it he will just stay with me. To me this is worth temporary aggravation.
DS will have a couple one on one outings planed here soon. He needs some practice and some special mommy time with out the baby.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/15/09 07:29 PM

Originally Posted By: skyward
Have you noticed in the elevator the alarm button is the closest to the ground and brightly colored just for little ones?


YUP!!! He pressed that one at the Dr's office!!

This weekend at the Mall, he rode the escalators a lot. He also likes to go up stairs, but refuses to crawl up them. He walks over to them, waits for me, sticks out his hand for me to hold, then starts walking.

Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/16/09 04:37 PM

JUST 99%!! Hello, gifted denial, LOL!

Your DS IS really smart. I get the freak show comment, though. I'm sure it was meant to be innoculous and funny, but........

I heard a parent talking about their sports talented kid as their: "Little 401K". Yuck!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/16/09 05:50 PM

You'd think a psychiatrist would have a better sense than that of how utterly inappropriate his comments were and the effect they could have on a GT child.

frown
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/16/09 06:37 PM

oh ick ick ick on the 401K comment.

Master of none - 99% is really smart!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/17/09 08:28 AM

Originally Posted By: incogneato


I heard a parent talking about their sports talented kid as their: "Little 401K". Yuck!


A friend played walk-on baseball for a large, well known college team. He was a starter his Sophomore through Senior years, but never went into the minors, though he had offers.

One of his sons can throw a ball very, very far, but he is not pushing him into anything. He talked a lot about parents who spend 10-20K a year on sports for their kids, and how "Can you imagine if they just put that money into savings or land, what they would have when the kid is 21? They think their kid will break into the majors, but that will never happen. The kid may get onto a college team, but that is it."







Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/17/09 04:36 PM

Oh Skyward, sorry. I hope I didn't offend you.

My DD 27 mos. has had a monkey backpack leash since she could walk. It is her only beloved toy and she loves wearing it. Have you ever seen a child standing in their stroller with their straps on as tight as they go? Our DD never tolerated the stroller.

As for keeping DD with us... forget it. The leash is to keep us with her. lol

Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/17/09 06:36 PM

Back to bragging... wink

I've been giving DS7 the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) this past week. It's all a walk in the park since I'm not testing above grade level (a choice I find myself regretting AGAIN this year... <eyeroll at self>).

But he and I had both been bracing ourselves for the timed math test. This is not his strong suit. This is the kid who practically broke out in hives when faced with a timed multiplication table test at the beginning of the year. He is deep but not fast, and he really doesn't do well with the pressure of a time limit.

So we got to the timed math portion. Before he took it, I was already consoling myself with "Well, he has done a near-perfect job on everything else on the test. So what if he blows this one subtest? No big deal. We know he's not fast."

HA! grin

The kid had finished all the problems with 3 minutes to spare...out of just *8* minutes total! I'm not sure I could have done it that fast! He did much of it in his head, too, the child I have always said is so visual and always needs to write things down! And unless my math was wrong, I think he got them all right, too!

What an improvement! I'm so proud of how far he's come!

Yay, DS7! Such progress! laugh laugh laugh laugh

Now we just have to persuade his chicken-hearted mom that it's about time for an above-level test... blush
Posted by: RJH

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 06:28 AM

I haven't done a formal spelling program with DS2ndgrade yet, because he's a pretty good natural speller. But I decided it was time to start one, so I had him take a placement test to see what level to start with. He's spelling at a 6th grade level! That is 2 levels higher than what I thought.
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 06:45 AM

Awesome Kriston's DS7! I'll bet he'll love an above level test!

RJH, that's wonderful! I'll bet he was so pleased! Would you mind sharing which spelling test you used, I wouldn't mind gauging DD6's spelling.

Thanks!
Neato
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 06:56 AM

That's great, RJH! smile
Posted by: RJH

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 07:20 AM

We are using Spelling Power. It's nice because the child only has to study the words they don't know. This one book is all you need for 3rd-12th grade. http://www.amazon.com/Spelling-Power-Fou...5878&sr=8-1
Posted by: hkc75

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 07:35 AM

Congrats Kriston! This is the day I would pat myself on the back and take all the credit. laugh
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 09:37 AM

YEah Kriston and DS7!!!! WOOHOO!!! We'll do the IOWA on April 9,10.
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/18/09 10:18 AM

Thanks RJH!
Posted by: S-T

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/09 04:34 AM

OK... here my 1st brag:-
DS8 told me a big boy walked up to him today when he was at Grade 5 math class and said "Hi Shortie". DS8 replied "Hi Tall-y".
I was proud that he wasn't bothered by it but came out with a way to deal with it himself. smile
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/09 07:28 AM

That's awesome S-T! I wouldn't be surprised if the two ended up as friends. At the very least, I'm sure the older boy respected his ability to take in stride. WOW! grin
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/09 07:43 AM

I agree! Sounds like a budding friendship to me. smile Good on 'im!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/09 07:57 AM

Congrats to your DS S-T! It's always amazing when you realize they can take care of it without you, isn't it?
Posted by: Lorel

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/09 01:46 PM

I love it! Great come back- neutral enough that it couldn't be construed as insulting.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/09 04:03 PM

Originally Posted By: S-T
OK... here my 1st brag:-
DS8 told me a big boy walked up to him today when he was at Grade 5 math class and said "Hi Shortie". DS8 replied "Hi Tall-y".
I was proud that he wasn't bothered by it but came out with a way to deal with it himself. smile


Great response!
Posted by: Isa

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/21/09 02:18 PM

ok, I have one about DS:

we have some cabinets that are locked with a magnetic key. Of course DS discovered ages ago how to open them... but a few days ago he actually was trying another of the magnets that we have in the fridge! He is just 2.5...


Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/21/09 02:50 PM

My 10 year old son has become very interested in American history and culture, especially from World War II to the present. He knows more about 80's and 90's culture than I remember thanks to You Tube videos and web sites showing popular shows, cartoons, music, toys, commercials, etc. I have enjoyed listening to them discuss 80's and 90's history and culture with his sister, who was born in the 80's.
Posted by: Mommy2myEm

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/21/09 04:38 PM

I think this is my first brag:

DD10's poem was selected from our state to a national poetry competition. We found out earlier this week about it and should know in April how she did nationally. Her teacher encouraged her to enter the competition after a classroom poetry assignment. Her classmates made a big deal about it at school (teacher was notified about the selection) which was wonderful to her self confidence.

Jen
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/21/09 08:09 PM

Wow! How wonderful! laugh
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/21/09 08:30 PM

Do we get to read it?? YAY Jens DD!!!
Posted by: Mommy2myEm

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/09 06:50 AM

Thanks for the encouragement. The reason I even posted was because it was such a nice boost to DDs self confidence. After a rough year in 4th grade she needs all the encouragement she can get.

I don't know which poem was sent, but I will post it here when I find out. She showed me 4 or 5 haikus and one more traditional poem and I'm not sure what was forwarded.

Jen
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/09 07:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Mommy2myEm
I think this is my first brag:

DD10's poem was selected from our state to a national poetry competition. We found out earlier this week about it and should know in April how she did nationally. Her teacher encouraged her to enter the competition after a classroom poetry assignment. Her classmates made a big deal about it at school (teacher was notified about the selection) which was wonderful to her self confidence.

Jen


That's great!! Its always exciting when others notice how special your kid is!
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/09 11:41 AM

Wow Jen that is WONDERFUL! Congrads to your daughter!

Posted by: jon's mom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/09 11:27 PM

Okay, here's my brag: Our son writes short stories, he's 4.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/09 02:12 AM

Originally Posted By: jon's mom
Okay, here's my brag: Our son writes short stories, he's 4.

Dang!
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/09 07:06 PM

So the topic of density came up tonight. This weekend the boys (DS3 and DS6) were watching a science show on the solar system. One of the graphics shows how Saturn would "float on a lake if there was a lake big enough." So they've been asking about density.

After talking about density a bit, DW did a good practical experiment tonight with oil and water. She had two glasses of about equal amounts and asked the boys which one was more dense. DS6 said water would be on the bottom, it is more dense. (Shows what I know!) Of course he got that right.

Then tonight at bedtime DS3 would talking to DW as they were snuggling in bed and said "Saturn is like the oil" (meaning it floats)

DS3 may or may not be gifted. If he is, it's a different type of gifted than DS6. But I was pretty amazed that he made that association.

JB
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/24/09 07:00 AM

JB,

It's very cool that your DS6 doesn't have an issue with including his little brother in these discussions. I agree that that is quite a connection for a 3 yo. Sounds like you have your hands full!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/24/09 08:34 AM

Cool! smile
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/09 08:52 AM

We had fun at the gt program 'family night' yesterday evening.

Mainly just fun playing on the floor with dd2 and seeing some things ds8 had done with his group - very cool designs for imaginary creatures which live off the coast of Japan, for one...

Then, I was really floored when the teacher came to me and said she really loved having ds in her class. I mean after getting the indecipherable results from the program progress report, I figured he was doing ok/so-so.
But she was actually like clenching her hands while telling me this - very very enthusiastically speaking about his creativity and his ideas 'are just incredible!'. I mean, ok, I knew that, but I really didn't think anyone else did. It was just very very nice to hear. ( and more than 1/2 the time I think my opinions on it are way skewed, so...)
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/09 09:34 AM

We need more brags!!

This is not my story, but something told to me by a retired USAF pilot who volunteers at a local flight museum.

The Old Fighter Pilot (OFP) sees a 12 year old girl walking around the museum. She stops to look at each plane, then sees an open-cockpit trainer from the 1940s and runs over to it. She looks the plane over carefully, climbs on the wing, and gets in the cockpit, her head barely clears the windscreen.

The OFP walks over to the plane while the girl works the controls, looking out the cockpit to see each control surface move.

OFP: "Say, young lady, do you know what this plane is?"

Girl: "Yessir, its a PT-23."

OFP:"Would you like me to show you how to fly it?"

Girl:"No thanks. I fly it all the time."

Just then the dad comes up and told the OFP that he had one and the girl had recently soloed in it.





Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/09 11:08 AM

Love it!!! Thanks Austin smile
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/09 11:40 AM

My 10 year old son and I were reading from the book "An Incomplete Education" and we were looking at the chapter called "Philosophy Made Simplistic." We had both heard of logic, ethics, aesthetics, and metaphysics but I had never heard of epistemology and I asked him if he had heard of it. He said, "ePISTemology? I don't have a clue what that is but that word sounds like it could be the study of what Dad was when Uncle B played that April Fool's joke on him."

He liked reading what the book said about epistemology, especially the part about how do we know something and how do we know that we know it.

After reading some more about philosophy he told me he thought he knew enough staple philosophy words now and quickly threw out a bunch of big sounding words that sounded good but they didn't make a lot of sense and then asked me if I had heard enough circumlocution.

He also liked the word "hypoglossal" from the list of twelve cranial nerves. He said it sounded like a description of some women's lips, only some women's lips appeared to be more "hyper"glossal than "hypo"glossal.

He also liked the Vegus nerve and made some joke about striking it rich.

When I read to him from the 20th Century book "Arriving in freight trains or dilapidated cars or on foot, the men camped..." he interrupted and said "men camped"? Wasn't that Hitler's book?

The dentist was kidding around with him and when he said something about not being sure if he could trust a person with sharp metal objects in her hand, she asked him if he thought she looked like someone he could trust. He said, "Well you Are wearing a mask" and they both joked about what would happen if she walked into the bank with that mask on. By the time the dental appointment was over, the dentist and my son had both told plenty of jokes and he forgot about his fear of dental procedures.

But my biggest brag is that he takes time away from what he wants to do to talk to his adult sister who has been calling him about 10 times a day because she hasn't been able to find a full time job and he somehow makes her feel better when he talks to her. He even let her borrow some of his own money to pay her rent. He told her how she could save money by using coupons and told her how to find them online and she is using coupons now.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/09 11:59 AM

That's awesome Lori... We work really hard around here at developing a sense of family. It's so nice when you see it start to pay off!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/08/09 05:09 AM

Yes awesome brag Lori!!!!!!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/08/09 08:50 AM

I love hearing about your son, Lori! What a sense of humour--that's hilarious.

And how sweet to his sister, too--you must be really proud of your super kid! Be proud of yourself, too, for doing such a great job as mom.

peace
minnie
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/08/09 03:09 PM

It gives my day a lift to hear about your son, Lori!

Yesterday, Mr W was repeating everything DW and I said at dinner. He seems to be on another one of those discontinuities in his ability jumps. It will be interesting to see where he is in a week or two.

Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/08/09 03:56 PM

Oooooohhhh, I haven't read this thread for awhile, I love all the recent stories!

I have that book, too, Lori. It's a good one!
Posted by: IronMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/16/09 07:50 AM

Thanks Lori - haven't read most of this thread yet - though I hear its a cheerful one !! Very cute!!

DS6 antics this weekend: created a StarWars imperial drop ship out of left over cardboard from toilet rolls that the botanical garden left outside for kids to create binoculars from. It consisted of 2 planes shaped out of pieces of cardboard - designed the same way he makes his Legos - one long vertical piece, one smaller horizontal piece - all stapled together. He had cut, stapled and hole punched a design in the wings. The small ship was attached to the larger ship by a long piece of green ribbon - hence forming the "drop ship". Just cracked me up. So much detail out of old cardboard.

This morning - I arrived at the breakfast table to find a "booby trap" created from a Spiderman toy - which is one of those paddles with an elastic and a small red ball on the end. You're supposed to try and trap the ball in a hole on the top of the paddle. He had instead attached the ball to the paper napkin holder on the table - passed the elastic band through a small vertical crack in our table (where you would insert the table extender) - and the paddle was hanging under the table. His father explained this is because they had been reading "Phatom of the Opera" chapter book and had recently reached the part about the Booby Traps.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/16/09 09:02 PM



We got back from our visit to SIL's for Easter. On the flight, we sat with a woman from Venezuela. We told her MR W understood Spanish. I'm sure she thought, "Yeah right, these crazy gringos." So, she started talking to him in Spanish and he warmed up to her, pointing things out and babbling back.

There was a mom with two kids sitting in front of us on the flight's next leg. The DS was five and chattered away like a 13 year old and the DD who was very alert and maybe two was called "Boo" by the mom. Coincidence?? Let me know.

Mr W (14mo) was making eyes at both of them and had a great time on the plane.

He spent two hours carefully watching SIL's kids then joined in with them, playing with all their games. SIL's DD is 2 and is counting to 30 and doing 30 piece puzzles. ( SIL is in full GT denial. )

For the Easter Egg Hunt, Mr W knew what he had to do right away, taking his basket, looking for eggs, etc. He filled up his basket to the brim.

Mr W took all the stuff out of the dishwasher for SIL one morning and tried to put some of it away where he thought it should go. She just let him and watched.

BIL then asked later, "Where is all the stuff? Its all over the place!!!"

LOL
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/16/09 10:41 PM

Adorable stories, Austin. Mr. W. sounds very social. How nice he can fly.

Yesterday, I stepped up to the counter to order lunch with DD 28 mos. on my hip. The man asked for our order, DD answered before I could say a word. I just paid.

The day before, she directed DH how to drive home: "There's the vet, turn here, turn here, now go up the ramp to the highway."

Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 07:13 AM

Wonderful stories, Austin and seablue! Those kids are going to keep you hopping!

peace
minnie
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 10:32 AM

Originally Posted By: IronMom

DS6 antics this weekend: created a StarWars imperial drop ship out of left over cardboard from toilet rolls that the botanical garden left outside for kids to create binoculars from. It consisted of 2 planes shaped out of pieces of cardboard - designed the same way he makes his Legos - one long vertical piece, one smaller horizontal piece - all stapled together. He had cut, stapled and hole punched a design in the wings. The small ship was attached to the larger ship by a long piece of green ribbon - hence forming the "drop ship". Just cracked me up. So much detail out of old cardboard.


That's so great! This is exactly the sort of stuff our ds does - he draws out designs for all kinds of conveyances, costumes, etc., but also loves to build things out of whatever is piled up around the house + tape.
Posted by: Mom0405

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 10:36 AM

Ahh tape:)
Posted by: mamaandmore

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 12:40 PM

My DS5 (just turned 5 a couple of weeks ago), is doing 500 piece puzzles. He has a Melissa and Doug rain forest one that he can do in less than half an hour (granted, he's done it 10000 times now).

I'm not sure that this is really a GT trait, but I still think it's pretty cool!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 12:44 PM

Originally Posted By: mamaandmore
My DS5 (just turned 5 a couple of weeks ago), is doing 500 piece puzzles. He has a Melissa and Doug rain forest one that he can do in less than half an hour (granted, he's done it 10000 times now).

I'm not sure that this is really a GT trait, but I still think it's pretty cool!


Ah, the constant repetition!! It drives me batty. Mr W wants to do his shape sorter 10 times each night - he has had it down since he was 7mos. He also has to do all his other toys at least once before bed time and he keeps bringing us stuff to do because he does not want to go to bed!!

I can forsee him wanting to do his 500 piece puzzle every night when he is 5!!!

Aahhhh!!!!
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 01:20 PM

This made me smile - DS6 and DS4 had the playdough out the other day and when I came downstairs they had "created" a DNA strand, using different colours for Cytosine (?), Adenine (?) etc. DS6 went on to explain that only certain ones will join together - it was so cute that I had to take a photo so that I can look back and smile when they are all grown up! Clearing up the mess was a different story, my boys and playdough are a very messy combination, but I couldn't complain as they had sat without leaving the table for close to 2 hours smile
Posted by: LMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 02:44 PM

DS6 solved the following problem yesterday

How many digits does a number 2^k - 1 written as a binary number have?

There are days when I seriously worry that filling out gaps in the 5th grade math (we homeschool) bores him to death.
Posted by: marieg

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 03:50 PM

DD can recite large blocks from memory almost anything she has ever read (fiction). If only she could remember to turn in her homework....
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/17/09 05:43 PM

Originally Posted By: LMom
DS6 solved the following problem yesterday

How many digits does a number 2^k - 1 written as a binary number have?

There are days when I seriously worry that filling out gaps in the 5th grade math (we homeschool) bores him to death.


Wow! That is SOOOOO cool! smile He's such an amazing kid.
Posted by: Ellipses

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/18/09 03:38 AM

In so many ways, computer ed and math should be taught together. I teach both right now. Binary and Hexadecimal are great for kids and especially when it can be explained how they are used for computer translation. When I was a programmer, I practically forgot how to use decimal math.

Using formulas in excel and showing information in charts is important also. Stats are so important today.
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/18/09 06:15 AM

WOW Lmom - that is fantastic!
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/18/09 10:28 AM

It sounds like you have your work cut out for you Lmom! That is very impressive!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/20/09 07:55 PM

Mr W helped me boil eggs this weekend. We keep the boiled eggs in the fridge on a shelf ina bowl that is on a separate shelf from the raw eggs in their store foam container.

Mr W likes to play in the fridge and is very careful when handling things. But he broke a raw egg and I hand to clean it up. He found it fascinating.

This evening DW told me that one of her boiled eggs she took for lunch was RAW!!

He must have moved one raw one to the cooked bowl when I was not looking!!!!!





Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/09 07:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Ellipses
In so many ways, computer ed and math should be taught together. I teach both right now. Binary and Hexadecimal are great for kids and especially when it can be explained how they are used for computer translation. When I was a programmer, I practically forgot how to use decimal math.

Using formulas in excel and showing information in charts is important also. Stats are so important today.


I agree 100%!!! My freshman year in college, both my calculus classes were completely computer based. I was completely lost b/c I had no real computer experience (other than, at the time, word processing programs, spreadsheets, etc).
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/09 07:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Austin
Mr W helped me boil eggs this weekend. We keep the boiled eggs in the fridge on a shelf ina bowl that is on a separate shelf from the raw eggs in their store foam container.

Mr W likes to play in the fridge and is very careful when handling things. But he broke a raw egg and I hand to clean it up. He found it fascinating.

This evening DW told me that one of her boiled eggs she took for lunch was RAW!!

He must have moved one raw one to the cooked bowl when I was not looking!!!!!







Did DW open it to find out it was raw or knew already? I bet the reaction, if she attempted to crack it open, was priceless! wink wink
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/09 09:40 AM

Originally Posted By: JJsMom


Did DW open it to find out it was raw or knew already? I bet the reaction, if she attempted to crack it open, was priceless! wink wink


He dropped one of the raw ones and saw it break and was fascinated. I am not sure when he moved the raw egg to the boiled ones as he would have to take it out of the foam container and I never saw him take the one he broke out, either. He has been around us cooking since he was 2 mos old so I think he knows which is raw and which is not. Because he does like to sort stuff, I am not sure it was a deliberate practical joke. He is very helpful so maybe he wanted to help mom.

He has been throwing stuff off the patio lately. We stopped him one day. So, his solution was to pull his lego trailer to the end of the patio where we cannot see him directly and he threw most of the 2 and 3 hole legos over board. So, he knows how to be sneaky!

Last night he was dancing around during DWTS. He did a pretty good waltz.




Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/22/09 10:02 PM

Toddler dancing is one of the great, great joys of life, Austin! (Preschooler dancing is pretty good, too--Chico loves to tango!)

Harpo is turning 8 next week, and has been discussing his celebration with me in some detail (menu, guests, and so on); he's decided he wants Italian food (he specified gamberi, salad, garlic toast, gnocchi, and a cassata torte--gotta hide the cookbooks from that kid!). Groucho (5 nearly 6) was groaning a bit about the food (he's a sausage and mashed potatoes kind of a guy), so Harpo tried to defend his choices by appealing to Chico (3 nearly 4): "what elements do you think constitute an appropriate birthday dinner, Chico?", to which Chico replied, "Selenium?"

They do make me laugh!

peace
minnie
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/23/09 04:57 AM

Minnie, that made me smile and has brightened up my day smile
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/23/09 07:46 AM

Selenium!? LOL!!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/23/09 08:09 AM

Forget hiding the cookbook, hide the chemistry books!! LOL
Posted by: Nautigal

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/24/09 08:25 PM

Here's a story that DS6 wrote last week at school--his teacher lets him go off and write when the other kids are painfully reading "sss eeee SEE sss puh ah tuh SPOT...etc."

You probably know Frog and Toad--they're an old favorite of mine and we have all the books. DS6 has gone off and written a couple to go with the old familiar ones. This is his spelling, capitalization and punctuation, not mine. The story doesn't appear to be finished yet. The pages are numbered from 1 to 32, and he says he's going to write 8 more pages. We'll see. smile

**********
Frog and Toad Together

Once upon a time...Frog and Toad were together all the time. Except 1 thing...Toad was always busy. and 1 other thing...Frog always was wanting to play. and Toad always forgot what to do. So he made a list. Frog was knocking on Toad's door. Toad answered the door. And Frog said: Do you want to come out and play? Frog asked. Frog, after I make my "What to Do" list, I can play. And Toad was starting to make a list to remember what he should do in the morning. Frog was knocking on Toad's door again. Frog, I'm finished. Toad said to Frog: Now I can play! Toad shouted. What do you want to do first? Toad said. I want to play Hopscotch, Frog said. That will be fun. So they played Hopscotch until they wanted to make up a new game. Frog, Toad said when he was out of breath, I want to play Tag. But first...We should take a rest. Ok, said Frog, as he was throwing his stone one more time. 1,23,45,67,8, Frog said. 8,76,54,32,1. Frog said again as he was hopping along. Now we can play Tag. Toad said when he got up. Well then...Frog said, You're it! Frog shouted. I'm gonna get you! Toad said after he was catching up to Frog. I want to play jokes, said Frog this time. Then Toad said: What do you get when you cross a stream and a river? said Toad, with plenty of questasition. Then Frog said, an water quake? Frog said, Knock, knock! Toad said, who's there? Frog answered, Ketchup. Toad said: Ketchup who? Frog answered: I'm gonna ketchup to you! Frog reapeated. Then Toad came up with one. What do you have when mixing a cookie and pancake mix? Toad questionally trying to say. And Frog said: you get cookie mix? Frog answerally getting in his head. Personally, Toad just wanted to make cookies for his pal. But he couldn't. So Toad had another joke. Soon he got tired of jokes. Frog, said Toad, I'm getting tired of jokes. Let's make cookies at my house! said Toad exclammitting after he and Frog arrived at the front door. Huh? Questioned Toad after opening the front door. Someone already made cookies here,said Frog after he was following Toad across the kitchen. Then Toad bumped into something. Frog bumped into Toad. Then something had him very close to the speakers. Someone turned on the speakers. Toad put earmuffs for Frog. Frog had earmuffs for Toad. Then they had some mystery cookies. And Frog was going to eat a cookie, only...Frog wasn't hungry. Toad, Frog said, I'm not very hungry. But I am tired. So they took a rest and thought all about being together. So Frog and Toad woke up. Do you want to play something indoors? Frog asked as drinking some mystery juice that was on the floor unspilled. So Toad said: Something's going on around here! Frog said, Why not come to my house? Frog asked with quastramental language. Toad had to say: Ok, we're going to your house; Frog. So Frog and Toad went to Frog's house. Frog opened the front door. That's weird, said Frog. Something is going on around here, too. Then Frog and Toad heard some voices. Suprise! Their friends shouted. Turtle said, we made this suprise stuff just for you. Toad laughed. Oh, Toad said. So that's what's happening. So Frog and Toad had fun at the party. But, Frog was hungry. He saw Toad in the dining room. Can I eat this food? Frog asked with excitement. Turtle said, sure. We're gonna eat in the kitchen anyway. So Turtle shouted: TIME TO EAT! Yay! Toad shouted. And Frog started in the kitchen. By the time Frog was finished, the party was over. Toad went home. Frog went with Toad. Toad, said Frog, that was over. I'm glad. said Frog again. Then Toad and Frog made cookies and a cake to make a suprise party for Turtle. That is a good idea, said Frog. They had a big day. 5 days later...Toad had a brain washing dream. Frog was knocking on the door. Who's there? Toad asked while he was shaking himself around. It's Frog, your pal! shouted Frog loud at the door. I'm coming! Toad was shouting also. Hello, Frog! Toad said.
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Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/26/09 10:39 PM

Nautigal, that's really, really cute. I love the social interaction your DS has captured. Funny, they sound like they are six... wink

I've been fascinated by my own DD2's social development. I think I'd love to meet your DS.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 12:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Nautigal
Here's a story that DS6 wrote last week at school--his teacher lets him go off and write when the other kids are painfully reading "sss eeee SEE sss puh ah tuh SPOT...etc."

**********


Your DS is the true Nautigal Son!!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 12:31 PM

Mr W (15Mo) was his usual self at a BBQ this weekend.

He found one woman to flirt with and ended up playing games with her.

The woman would pull her hand away as he tried to give her five. Sometimes he got her hand before she could pull it away and sometimes not. She kept speeding things up to where he was hitting air a lot.

So Mr W lifted up his right hand, smiled, and then slapped her hand with his left!






Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 12:36 PM

Master of none,

" Reserve the use of the word frozen to something below 32 degrees f."

Not everything freezes below 32 degrees F. That just happens to be the freezing point of water.
Anything that is solid is technically frozen. Think about a chocolate chip - it is a solid, but it melts when it is left in the sun right? So, if something can melt (which all solids can) then it must be able to be frozen too. (freezing and melting happen at the same temperature for each object, it just depends if you are cooling it down or heating it up)
Although it doesn't fit with how we view the world, scientifically speaking, she is correct. (Sorry to say this, as it sounds like this drives you crazy.)
We had a similar issue with our DD6 a while back, luckily she got out of the phase before it drove me too crazy. (Of course she's now onto a different equally frustrating phase)
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 12:38 PM

Cool story Nautigal. That is quite amazing, the creativity and the interesting storyline. DS4 is quite different than that. He likes his word games...but he is quite a mathy kid. He started writing a story once....but apparently tired after doing the title and picture, LOL. It was called "when they saw the rainbow" I often wonder what happened when they saw it. I guess I will never know. ; )

He also wrote a book shortly after turning 4 called "the things I love" and on each page drew pictures of what he loves and wrote about it. It was quite comical because frequently he would draw something and them comment that he doesn't really love that, that he just likes it. So most of his sentences on the pages would be something like this. "I don't really LOVE oranges, but I do like them"
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 12:45 PM

I am not sure if this is a brag or a confession...but DS4 plays Quiddler with DH and I. We play almost every night. DS is the score keeper as well. He beats us quite often...and we don't help him with words because he is too good. He will often give me suggestions with words that are better than mine...and I think I am actually pretty good. We played with a group of friends last weekend (one of which has a PHD in English) and DS won. And we do check his scorekeeping and he is correct. In fact, one time DH started to correct him and then DS explained how DH was wrong...and DS was right. And he adds our cards in his head faster than I do. He will announce how many points I have with my cards before his. It's insane. And then there are the times that he tells us about words that we don't know exist and he looks them up and he is right. Talk about humbling experiences. Word games + Math + DS = Lots of fun
Posted by: angelina2009

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 04:05 PM

I love reading this thread!

My DD2.5 is really into dress up. She is never herself. She especially loves to dress up when it's time to pick up DS6 from school.

Her latest characters are "Super why" and "Princess Presto" from PBS kids. She walks around with her little question mark reading everything she can find!

I just crack me up when people say look it's "Cinderella or a Batman" and she replies, no I'm a "Super Reader or a Super Speller". They just look at her with no response. Here is this two year old telling them to get with it! LOL!

I'm so proud of my little nerd! : )
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 04:25 PM

Shelly... I LOVE your post on DS4.
Posted by: EastnWest

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 05:01 PM

Wonderful! Super Speller
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/09 08:06 PM

Super-Spella!!

I love it!!!
Posted by: PurpleHeather

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/28/09 12:10 PM

I am in serious GT denial but here goes. DS5 just got a K'nex set that does 10 different vehicles. He had the kid K'nex for a while but this is his first time with what he calls "big kid" K'nex. He loved them so much that he sat down for 2.5 hours & did every vehicle in the kit by himself! A few of the easier ones he didn't even use the directions on. I sat with him & watched but he did all the work. I must have heard how much fun he was having 5 times. I guess it is ok to get ferris wheel now. I am sure he will love working with motors.
Posted by: Nautigal

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/28/09 03:55 PM

shellymos, that is too funny about the rainbow story! My son did that with a story about a clown a couple years ago--the title (written first) was "The Clown Who Did a Flip-Flop", and it was all about this little girl and a clown, and nowhere did anyone ever do a flip-flop. It still drives me crazy! smile

Actually DS6 is a numbers kid above all else--he didn't even get an imagination until he was nearly 5, so it's great to see him writing original stories.

So what's a Quiddler? It sounds like I might need it!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/28/09 08:51 PM

Mr W got his first real haircut today.

The barber said he'd "never had a baby who followed my instructions before." and that "he was extraordinarily well behaved" and "its like he is 5 years old."



Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/28/09 08:52 PM

Originally Posted By: PurpleHeather
I am in serious GT denial but here goes. DS5 just got a K'nex set that does 10 different vehicles. He had the kid K'nex for a while but this is his first time with what he calls "big kid" K'nex. He loved them so much that he sat down for 2.5 hours & did every vehicle in the kit by himself! A few of the easier ones he didn't even use the directions on. I sat with him & watched but he did all the work. I must have heard how much fun he was having 5 times. I guess it is ok to get ferris wheel now. I am sure he will love working with motors.


http://www.knex.com/products/

Wow!!!

I want some for myself!!!
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/29/09 06:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Nautigal
Actually DS6 is a numbers kid above all else--he didn't even get an imagination until he was nearly 5, so it's great to see him writing original stories.

So what's a Quiddler? It sounds like I might need it!


thats pretty cool that the imagination hit later. DS can be highly creative at times, but highly logical and non-creative at others. It will be interesting to see what happens in the years to come. He does like to create his own board games by revising existing board games (like chutes and ladders was transformed to 'dice and chutes' where we use multiple dice with all different numbers and go down ladders and up chutes, etc. there are much more complex rules).

Quiddler is lots of fun. I highly recommend the game. It is kind of like a mixture of scrabble and rummy. You start with three cards each and have to make a word (some cards have 2 letters on them). Then each round you get one more card up to 8 cards. You are allowed to make multiple words. You get points based on the letters used (each have different amount of points) and there are also bonuses for longest word and most words. It is lots of fun, I highly recommend it. You can get it on-line and I have seen it in a few stores as well.

Posted by: bronxmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/29/09 09:21 AM

This morning my ds6 recited the first half of the Gettysburg address from memory.
Posted by: VolcanoMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/30/09 05:23 PM

Yesterday I taught art in DS7's first grade classroom and the kids were making a Miro-like image with chalk on black paper. They were supposed to close their eyes and draw a squiggle. It was the most creative thing they had to do all year so I was excited to give the kids the opportunity. My son asked if I wanted to hear his story when he was done. I had just seen someone make a Sponge Bob character so I was very proud when he showed me his abstract spaceship. He said, "Here's my spaceship and I'm here in the cockpit. These are the stars around us and we're going to Mars (he had a big red circle like the one in the Miro picture we had talked about earlier). And now I have to add Mars's gravitational field here in gray." I love getting a glimpse of his thoughts and I wish he had kids in his school he could talk with about the things he likes - other than Star Wars.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/01/09 09:04 AM

Originally Posted By: VolcanoMom
Yesterday I taught art in DS7's first grade classroom and the kids were making a Miro-like image with chalk on black paper. They were supposed to close their eyes and draw a squiggle. It was the most creative thing they had to do all year so I was excited to give the kids the opportunity. My son asked if I wanted to hear his story when he was done. I had just seen someone make a Sponge Bob character so I was very proud when he showed me his abstract spaceship. He said, "Here's my spaceship and I'm here in the cockpit. These are the stars around us and we're going to Mars (he had a big red circle like the one in the Miro picture we had talked about earlier). And now I have to add Mars's gravitational field here in gray." I love getting a glimpse of his thoughts and I wish he had kids in his school he could talk with about the things he likes - other than Star Wars.


That's a great mental picture of the world that he he has. Does he see number and letters in color, too?
Posted by: VolcanoMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/01/09 04:49 PM

I'm not sure, but I'll ask. I think if he did, he might have mentioned it when we were reading the Number Devil!
Posted by: PurpleHeather

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/01/09 06:39 PM

OMG, my 22month old DD just matched the mandarin symbol for five on Ni-hao, Kai-Lan. (think multiple choice, which one matches) She had not shown a lot of GT traits yet but that seems to be changing. Heck, she was barely talking till just recently. Still she gets very jealous if I practice writing with DS & not her. She makes the tightest most precise little scribbles, they are almost letter like. DH swears he has seen her manage an a & an e. This has the makings of a very wild ride!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/05/09 07:15 AM

I had a big heart swelling I am so proud of my daughter moment last night. DD 2 1/2 has always been a little shy out in public and though she has been coming out of her shell a little at a time she still seems to hang back and follow other kids' leads. She has some friends her age and I notice that while around them she dummies herself down in her verbals... shortening her sentences to 2 or 3 word sentences b/c that is how they talk but she still has fun with them. Last night we went to dinner at a restaurant that has a playground out on the deck. When we got there there were 2 girls that were quite a bit older than DD playing on the equipment but when she went out on the playground they were headed back to their seats. DD of her own choice ran over to them and asked if they would be her friends and then asked if they would come and play with her. And they did. It was so exciting to watch her out there holding her own with the kids that were about 8 to 10 years older than her. She hanging out with them I noticed her vocabulary was in normal range for her ability so no dummying down and her physical ability as she tried what they were doing seemed to increase. I guess she just needed someone to show her some new tricks.

So mommy was very proud of DD ... that was a huge step for her to go out of her way to ask them to be her friends and play with her.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/05/09 09:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Katelyn'sM om


So mommy was very proud of DD ... that was a huge step for her to go out of her way to ask them to be her friends and play with her.


That is great!!
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/06/09 03:56 AM

Katelyn'sMom what a lovely post and a big achievement for your DD! smile
Posted by: Mia

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/12/09 08:11 PM

Holy NWEA MAP growth, Batman!

DS-almost-7, first grade, had his MAP testing over the past week, and I asked him about it today (he had his last one, math, today). I love that the computer screen flashes the score when the kids are done -- DS remembers stuff like that and he happily reports back. laugh

Last spring math: 190 (>99 percentile for Kers, 86-87 percentile for first graders)
This spring math, according to DS: 225!? (>99 percentile for second graders, 97th percentile for third graders, 83-84 percentile for fourth graders!)

Last spring reading: 178 (97 percentile for Kers, 66-68 percentile for first graders)
This spring reading, according to DS: 206 (this one's not as impressive as the math -- >99 percentile for first graders, 90th percentile for second graders)

Assuming he's reporting accurately (he did last year wink ), I'm impressed! Go get 'em, DS! And here I was thinking I should show him some example questions (he wasn't interested and I didn't bother pushing it).

Take *that*, public-school-that-wouldn't-put-him-in-first-grade-math-last-year! mad No wonder he's happier at school this year -- he's actually learning while he's there. Fancy that, learning at school!

I'm a proud mama. cool
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 05:35 AM

YEAH Mia's DS!!!!! I"m glad he's in a good situation now!
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 05:51 AM

Great news Mia smile
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 06:06 AM

That's awesome! So glad he's happy!

Neato
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 07:12 AM

Great job!
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 08:39 AM

Hooray Mia's DS! (And lucky you that he remembers the scores on the screen so you don't have to wait for official results!) smile
Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 09:44 AM

Yay Mia! He really rocked those tests.
Quote:

DS remembers stuff like that and he happily reports back.

Even better! I'm being patiently impatient waiting for DD7's results. whistle
Posted by: Mia

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 10:27 AM

Thanks, all! I thought it was a pretty good showing.

Watch him be wrong -- I'll feel really dumb! smile
Posted by: elizabeth4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 10:27 AM

I'm feeling like homeschool was the right choice for us today. Two months ago, I removed DS11 from 5th grade PS--he was incredibly unhappy in class with little challenge academically (our district is very rural and it is a poor fit).

Today, he began 8th grade Algebra on Aleks. He completed 6th grade math in little under 6 weeks online on Aleks. I decided to skip him over 7th grade and move him directly into Algebra due to high math Explore test results. We began this morning thinking we can always move back if it doesn't work. But guess what? He loves it! He assessed at 40% knowledge already and thinks it is really fun. Yay!

I just want to say "see?" to our school district who very reluctantly agreed to accelerate him to 7th grade math before I pulled him out. It probably wouldn't have been challenging enough anyway.

Times like this just confirm what you know as a parent, don't they? smile
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 11:00 AM

Congrats, Mia! Those are some great scores. I'm so glad the new school is doing much more for your DS.

Elizabeth4, WTG! Already has 40% knowledge of Alegra! I think that was a great move for your DS.


I'll give a quick couple:
*Last week I had DS6 take the free math assessment that a few us got from the Homeschool Coop-- He got 5th grade scores in the numbers strand and high 2nd in both fractions and measurement. This is after learning no new math concepts in over 9 months. I was actually surprised at the measurement score since DS6 has never been formally taught about ounces, gallons, pints, etc. This made me very happy since even without proper math instruction this year he still has maintained a lot of his previous math knowledge.

*The other brag is for me. smile I was told by our district GT coordinator at a district wide-parent meeting last week regarding the schools minimal GT program that I was "making waves" at the district administration level and that I should continue to fight for GT education. Even if it doesn't help DS6--it may help to pave the way for other HG+ children.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 01:10 PM

It sounds like it's time for a celebratory group hug! Yay to all!

laugh
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 01:58 PM

{{{{{{{{Big Hairy Arms}}}}}}}}

According to my son, gorillas are the best huggers!!
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 04:18 PM

elisabeth4 - YEAH!!!! Sounds like great confirmation for you!
Posted by: Mia

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/09 04:21 PM

Yay, elisabeth4's ds and Crisc's ds! Looks like it's the time of year for good assessments. smile

Crisc, that's awesome that the GT coordinator is encouraging you. Keep it up! I'm starting to think I need to go back to our public schools at least to encourage them to start thinking GT.
Posted by: fangcyn

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/22/09 10:39 PM

DS7 and I went to an amusement park today. This is maybe the third time ever he went on the boat ride. As the guide introduced all the miniature buildings along the shore, ds, my very outspoken extrovert, announced, "This is made from 120,000 bricks," and "this one is made from 82,000 bricks," and "this one is made from 138,000 bricks." (I am making up the numbers. I don't have the kind of WMI ds has) People in the boat started making comments of how knowledgeable ds was, while his introvert mother, me, was trying find a place to hide.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/01/09 08:18 PM

Last Friday, the babysitter had just left and DW had to answer the call of nature. She and Mr W were in the bathroom by the front door, when the babysitter came back. She came in and saw DW sitting there.

Mr W looked at Mrs E and DW, who were staring at each other, and said, "UUUUUUHHH OOOOH"



--
DW took Mr W (16mo) to the mall Saturday.

There was a huge banner in front of one of the stores.

Mr W looked up at it, pointed at each letter, and sounded each one out.

I notice he looks very closely at every printed thing he sees now.

--

He asked a question in front of a close friend this weekend, who was talking about cars. "What is a Mercedes?" and my friend just about fell over.








Posted by: TMJ

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/02/09 06:58 AM

DS3 had been talking to Grandma on the phone, using the speaker. As they started to say their goodbyes, DD16mos ran in and frantically asked "Push the red button?" [Are you hanging up?]. Before I could respond she grabbed the phone and said "Bye Grandma. Now I need to say goodbye to Ye ye." A bit confused, my mother then asked who DD was talking about. DS3 helpfully explained to us that "she means she wants to talk to Grandpa - Ye ye is chinese for grandpa, you know. It's what Kai-lan calls her Grandfather and she really loves that show."

Well, of course! Makes perfect sense for a 16mo to use a Chinese term (from a TV show she watches once a week) in a completely english-speaking household... to DS3 it does, at least crazy
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/02/09 08:32 AM

Mr W loves Kai-Lan as well.

He says "Ni-Hao" to every Oriental person he meets.

Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/06/09 07:51 AM

Frenchie has taken to pointing out rhetorical figures to the lads when he's reading them stories (can't keep an old English major down!). Last night, their novel included examples of a chiasmus and a synecdoche, so he explained those. Chico (still not quite 4) thought it would be fun to combine the two, pondered a moment, and came up with "Daddy's a good soul, a good soul is Daddy," which I thought was a pretty creditable attempt for his age! (Not to mention very apt personality analysis!)

peace
minnie
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/06/09 01:46 PM

Minnimarx and Austin - your kids just wow me everytime I read a new story! Good souls all around smile

We have a pretty good one - ds8 put up his first ROCKET today at the novaar launch, which they do about every month or two in a nearby field.
I think he was pretty pooped from the hike he took with boy scouts this morning (another nice first for him and dh, actually!) so he was getting a bit cranky towards the end.

He built the rocket from an estes kit about 2 months ago and we've been waiting for another launch date. The first go was perfect, straight up, very high and the parachute popped perfectly. I don't think he really understood that it was a bit of an achievement for an 8 year old to do all this pretty well on this own...The folks running it were asking a few questions, 'Did he build it himself, etc.' They had a nice certificate they were able to give to him for his first official launch.
He had a bit of a hike on the first launch, but the second one, came down nearly in his lap and everyone thought that was really great! He thought it was wonderful he didn't have to take another hike wink
A very fun time, a nice bunch of people. Very encouraging.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/06/09 06:14 PM

we went to the Western Washington state CTY awards today, and were quite surprised to find DS9 listed as being one of the recipients of the 2009 Top of the Country Award for Quantitative, grade 3.

we had no idea! (well, we knew he had only missed one question) and DS9 was quite proud of himself, which is good because we had the Saturday morning lazies and almost didn't go.

I do wish we'd known to ask for the 4th grade test, as this was so obviously easy for him (took the whole thing in 40 minutes, max) oh well!

This is actually a very interesting situtation for me, as I find it difficult to call people and let them know, as I'm sure there would be some comparisons with their kids ...
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/09/09 05:30 PM

Nothing great, but......
Our math teacher informed my daughter on the last day of school that she should join MATHCOUNTS next year because she got the highest score in the grade (of 300 kids) on the MAP test in Math..... I say this is great because we come from a district who repeatedly has the highest scores in the state on TAKS tests, and things of that sort, so having the brightest kid by a fairly large margin in those situations is mighty exciting! But she refuses to join mathcounts cause she thinks she will be called a nerd frown
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/09/09 05:36 PM

[quote=Mia]

Oh, another brag, DD13 can now successfully solve the Rubik's Cube in about a minute!!!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/09/09 06:28 PM

Congratulations to dear children of Bassetlover, Barbara, and Chris! Lots of happy news this week!

Those rockets sound really fun, Chris--how great that the people were so nice, too, and that he had such a good time.

peace
minnie
Posted by: DorothyS

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/09/09 06:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Bassetlover


Oh, another brag, DD13 can now successfully solve the Rubik's Cube in about a minute!!!


Time to buy the Rubik's Cube 4 x 4. My son was so excited to start work on that one once he solved the 3 x 3.
Posted by: JoAnnQN

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/11/09 04:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Bassetlover
Oh, another brag, DD13 can now successfully solve the Rubik's Cube in about a minute!!!


That's cool! Even with a how-to tutorial, I haven't been able to solve the Rubik's Cube. I was pretty happy as a kid to solve the pyramid, though.

For my brag...my 7 year old just completed his 3rd and 4th grade final exams. He earned a 97.5% on both (missed 1 problem on each) even though we only officially did half of each year's curriculum. That means he's passed three years of math this year. He's been teaching himself everything fractions and decimals which are the core components of his 5th and 6th grade math curriculum. He's anxious to get to algebra. LOL
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/11/09 10:01 PM

Rockets are so much fun!!

The multi-stage rockets are awesome to build!!
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/09 08:26 AM

Originally Posted By: DorothyS
Originally Posted By: Bassetlover


Oh, another brag, DD13 can now successfully solve the Rubik's Cube in about a minute!!!


Time to buy the Rubik's Cube 4 x 4. My son was so excited to start work on that one once he solved the 3 x 3.



I know your right! And she's been begging me for it, but none of the stores have them! I'll have to get it online.
Posted by: BKD

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/16/09 08:38 PM

I know this is pretty small biccies on this site - but where else can I say it! - we discovered yesterday that DSjustturnedfive can read his own story books. There's a library reward program that offers tattoos and stickers for books read, so he sat down and read it out to us. I knew he knew some words, but not to the extent of "luckily he had glue in his back-pack" eg. DS6 obviously feels a little under pressure - so he sat down at breakfast this morning and read out Captain Underpants. He didn't get every word, but then I would have fallen over if he'd managed 'orthopaedic'. So why did this only happen yesterday/today? Sometimes (reasonably often?) I feel like just flopping my head down on the desk and giving up. My children are driving me crazy.
Posted by: tory

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/21/09 04:33 PM

I'm very excited and encouraged.

My DS7 who grade skipped from 3 to 4 eleven weeks ago has just received his first report card. He had a bit of a time transitioning and has struggled with the organisation and self-management.

His report shows he is performing at the 'expected' level for year 4 across the board!! (Even in Italian, which he is 12 months behind in).
The teacher was restricted in her grading because he had not completed many tasks (is rapidly improving this too). He also received lovely comments from the teacher and principal too.

I'm especially proud because he didn't just skip - he skipped into a 4/5 class of gifted children (high output, no revision etc).

Yay for my DS.
(I love that I can come here and brag).

Thanks
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/24/09 06:57 AM

DS5 (close enough since he's almost 5) is really into math. I decided to get him a workbook recently since he is so into it and I was asked by his psychologist to "expose him" to more math. So I got him the 2A singapore mathbook. I asked him to go through it from start to finish and not skip all around. I went to look at it a week later and he says "uh oh mom...I just wanted to say that I skipped to excercise 62" He went to the end of the book and did the work. Apparently the book is way to easy for him. I even skipped to different parts of it and showed him word problems involving multiplication and said "look, this one is more difficult" and he read it quickly and answered it. So now he has gone to 2B, which I think is pretty easy for him too. He is really into factors and fractions lately. And when I was so excited that he finally liked a cartoon on TV, I found out it was about Math (cyberchase). LOL. He keeps things interesting.

DD2 talks constantly now in sentences. She corrected my grammer the other day. she saw a boy as we were driving and she said "I see the boy" As we passed I repeated "you see the boy?" and she said "no...I SAW the boy" yikes. Looks like I am in for some fun with her as well. AND she just turned 2 and has recently decided to potty train herself. It's quite bizarre because we haven't been doing anything other then showing her a potty and giving her pullups. In fact, I had been wanting her to hold off until I can potty train her this summer as I will be home with her, but she didn't want to wait. She loves to go on the potty and hates to get wet now (she especially loves to get an m&m each time she goes).
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/24/09 07:15 AM

Tory - great news! That is such a relief, I'm sure smile

Shellymos - has your son checked out 'crashbox'? It is pretty fun for quick math puzzles, verbal puzzles, etc. (tv show on hbo)

Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/24/09 08:17 AM

I will have to check that out Chris, I don't know lots of things that are on TV so that is helpful. I think we tried out Cyberchase because I heard someone else on here say there kids liked it (although I didn't know it had to do with Math). He also apparently has watched the local homework help show when he is waiting for us to pick him up. LOL, that would be so incredibly boring to me, but whatever floats your boat. ; )
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/09 11:02 AM

DD13 got published in our paper, out of 1000's of entries!
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/09 12:38 PM

Awesome! Let's see the article!!
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/09 12:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Breakaway4
Awesome! Let's see the article!!

Well, I'll have to take out all mentions of her name, and, she wants to edit it, because she feels that the paper "messed it up." (apparently they inadvertantly changed a question mark to a period, which changed the meaning of the sentence.)
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/09 12:54 PM

DS18 (I never seem to mention him, even though hes gifted)
knows a bunch of programming languages and works on them a lot everyday.
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/09 01:50 PM

Oh, also, DD13 is learning German.
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/06/09 11:50 AM

Gave GS9 my college "Western Civilization(to 1500)" (NO! It was NOT 'current events' when I went to college!). You'd have thought I finally gave him a DS!
Posted by: Val

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/12/09 05:21 PM

This is a slightly different type of brag for this thread, but I'm exploding with maternal pride for my DS7: yesterday he passed the swim test at the local pool, which allowed him to go into the deep end and use the slide.

To pass, he had to swim the front crawl continuously for 15 meters (face in the water, with breathing to the side [not front]). He's been talking going down that slide forever, and he'd been working really hard to try to pass. He failed three times in June/July and was scared of failing again, but he didn't give up.

We all cheered for him when the lifeguard on duty said he could go get a deep-end wristband. The other lifeguards all know him and they all cheered and made a big deal of it.

It was one of those moments, you know? I'll still be smiling about it when I'm 85.

Val
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/12/09 05:32 PM

Aw! That's fantastic, Val! Definitely bragworthy!

Thanks for sharing that. You made my night! laugh
Posted by: newmom21C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/13/09 04:20 AM

Do you mind if I join in?

DD6mos used her first 2 word sentence this weekend, she signed MILK MORE. smile

She also has been enjoying untying a bow that I have on my shirt. Not sure if it's really on purpose but she sure is fascinated with it!

Oh, and she's started humming herself to sleep, it's the sweetest thing.
Posted by: Val

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/13/09 10:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Kriston
Aw! That's fantastic, Val! Definitely bragworthy!

Thanks for sharing that. You made my night! laugh


Thanks. I'm still getting good vibes over it!

Val
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/15/09 07:33 PM

I returned home from a trip today.

Mr W was happy to see me.

Later, he climbed up in my lap, tapped me on the face, and said, "You cannot go away no more." He did it three times.



Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/19/09 10:16 AM

DS5y8m just finished ALEKS Level 4.

Shouldn't this thread be called the Ultimate Ulp! Thread?!
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/20/09 05:29 AM

I was asking DD6 if she wanted e-g-g-s for breakfast yesterday spelling out the word so that DD18months wouldn't understand and want one too instead of the food she was already eating, and when DD6 said yes, DD18mnths chimed in with "Mommy - e-g-g-s " and shook her head yes with a big grin, telling me she wanted some too! She was so pleased with herself it was funny.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/20/09 08:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Kerry
I was asking DD6 if she wanted e-g-g-s for breakfast yesterday spelling out the word so that DD18months wouldn't understand and want one too instead of the food she was already eating, and when DD6 said yes, DD18mnths chimed in with "Mommy - e-g-g-s " and shook her head yes with a big grin, telling me she wanted some too! She was so pleased with herself it was funny.


Food is such a funny thing!!

I promised Mr W (18mo) chicken and ice cream yesterday on a road trip. He had two thighs and fell asleep. I forgot about the ice cream.

When we arrived at home, he grabbed my hand, took me into the kitchen, asked to be picked up, pointed at the freezer, which I took him to. He opened the freezer door and reached in for the ice cream package.

The ice cream in this case are the vanilla ice cream cone "drumsticks" but this one has the mini-ones in it it which he had not had.

I picked the peanuts off over the sink and then handed it to him.

He took one look at the mini-cone and his face just looked puzzled then he burst into tears and ran off. I then had to explain to him these are the minis and showed him the package. He gave me a smile and took his cone.

This kid is no one's fool.





Posted by: Speechie

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/21/09 12:48 PM

How neat to have a "safe place" to be able to celebrate our kid's accomplishments!

My little guy, Nick, is 23 mos and is beginning to sight read several words. We were driving by some shops and he started saying, "EAT" over and over. I asked him if he was hungry, he said "no". Then I realized that he was reading the sign on a billboard that said, "eat" on it...he also was reading 'stop', 'go', 'play' and some other small words...it 's really cool to be able to express this here without anyone IRL thinking I'm nuts, or pushing my kid to read. Amazing how their minds just unfurl puzzles...
Posted by: sittin pretty

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/09 09:25 AM

Not sure if this is a brag or a lament (which is pretty typical for parents of gifted kids) . . . This was my morning:

My morning began an hour before we normally get up with my DS18mo screaming in his crib. I ran in (assuming something was very wrong). When he saw me, he smiled and said, "Want breakfast please." Still groggy, I stood there for a minute and he looked at me (like I was stupid) and said nicely, "Now, mommy!" Uh, ok.

While still in the chaos of the am getting ready for school time, my DS4 actually finished earlier than the rest of us so he sat on the couch and began looking at some materials that I have purchased to use in his homeschooling this fall. When the rest of us were finally ready to leave (approx. 30 minutes later), I asked him to put down the book on stories with critical thinking activities (1st-3rd grade). I casually asked, "Did you read one of the stories in that book?" "Was it good?" He told me that he "finished the whole book and the authors thought they were being clever but, actually, they weren't."

I think I'll need to start the caffeine much earlier in the morning to keep up. smile
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/09 11:10 AM

My twice exceptional 11 year old son with motor dyspraxia, who has a high verbal IQ but lower performance IQ, was able to learn and play a two page piano song written at what his piano teacher estimated to be a late intermediate level. The piano teacher said this song would even be challenging for her high school age student. I think my son's performance IQ would suggest that he might not be capable of this, yet he did it. He did it because he wanted to do it badly enough and was willing to practice as much as it took to do it.

I reminded my son that he somehow learned to read without being taught at 2 1/2 even though he had undiagnosed vision issues that made it difficult for him to read for very long, and he managed to read at a 5th grade level at age five even though he could only read a paragraph before his eyes got tired and he had to rest his eyes. I think he was able to do this because he didn't like books written at the lower levels and he really wanted to read the books he liked.

I think this success gave him the confidence to try other things that were difficult for him in the past. Because he had such difficulty when he was younger in manipulating small puzzle pieces he never wanted to do jigsaw puzzles and I didn't force him to do them. He had Legos when he was younger but he wouldn't work with those either. For the first time he put together a Lego car with small pieces by himself. He had a little trouble with dropping some of the smaller pieces but he didn't give up and now he wants more building sets.

A few weeks ago, I was a little worried when we talked to the neuropsychologist about college plans and she said something like "He has a high verbal IQ, but which IQ score do you use to predict how he will do in school?" I think we found our answer. He is capable of higher performance even with his motor learning disability. He just has to want to do it badly enough and he needs the freedom to learn in the way he learns best.

Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/09 11:45 AM

Kudos to DS Lori, tell him from me that's terrific!! I've listened to many painful renditions on violin and I understand how hard mastery is! Great Job!!
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/09 10:00 PM

Love this thread! I finally finished reading all the posts and can't believe how amazing these kids are. Here's my little brag:

My DS3.5 is currently obsessed with the solar system and outer space. He knows all the planets by name and order, plus a lot of facts about each one, and about other things as well, such as comets and asteroids. Most of the books out there still list Pluto as a planet, so we've had quite a few discussions about how it's not an official planet any more (he's very sad about this). A couple of weeks ago, he came up to me and said, "Pluto isn't a planet, it's a comet. It's made of ice and rock and it's not a planet so it's a comet."

Just thought it was neat how he took what he knew about Pluto and comets and came to his own conclusion.
Posted by: Val

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/26/09 11:22 PM

(Trillium, great story.

I was kind of sad when they reclassified Pluto too, until I realized that what we call it doesn't actually change anything. Pluto is still Pluto, regardless of what some committee decided. Now I feel better about it. wink )

-----------> And now for tonight's story...

DD4 just lost a tooth. It had been loose for a while, and her elder brothers have been coaching her on what to expect from a tiny person called the tooth fairy ($2).

We put the tooth into a plastic sandwich bag and told her to put it under her pillow. Her brothers told her that the TF would take the tooth during the night and would leave her some money!

But DD thought about it and she was dubious about this plan. In particular, she couldn't work out how the tooth fairy would know to visit us ("How will she know to come here if the tooth is hiding under my pillow?"). So she thought about it some more and decided to make everything more transparent by taping the plastic sandwich bag to the sliding door that leads to the balcony outside her room. As an extra precaution, she also taped a note to the door (Daddy helped with spelling):

"TOOTH FAIRY

Please come and see my tooth.

Don't forget the 2 dollars.

smile "

We'll definitely be saving this note for, like, ever.

Val

Posted by: BonusMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/27/09 01:53 PM

Ha! Great story, Val!

The last tooth DS lost was quite a bit larger than the others he had lost, so he wrote a note to the TF pointing out its size and saying he thought it was worth $5 instead of the usual $1.

smile

For the record, he got $2 for it. And yes, we'll be saving that note forever too!
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/09 08:03 AM

DD3 - my ND child (or so I thought)... the following happened at dinner last night:

DD: "I know what 0+2 is".
Me: What?
DD: 2
Me: Uh... (she giggles). What's 0+3?
DD: 3
DH: What's 0+5?
DD: 5
DH: What's 1+2?
DD: 2 (whew - not whew in that way... but, she IS really normal, right?)
DH: No, look 1+2 (holds up 1 finger on one hand and 2 on the other)
DD: Duh, Free (3).

The DUH part cracked me up!

We've (sadly) NEVER really worked on math with her (that's what we get for ASSuming she was the normal one)... apparently we need to start, huh? I know this doesn't equate to genius or even giftedness, but I honestly had NO idea she even understood what the word "plus" meant!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/09 08:40 AM

I think zero is WAY harder conceptually than plus, although that's pretty great too!! Wow.

A few weeks back my ds9 had a little disagreement with an older friend, and then later Dh about whether infinity times 0 is zero or not. Ds held firm that there was no answer, despite my DH explaining several different ways about how nothing of anything is nothing, therefore zero.
I had to look it up, I wasn't sure...turns out there is no answer, infinity just doesn't work that way. I was surprised, especially about how ds stuck to his guns.
Doesn't equate to genius either, but certainly interesting!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/09 08:57 AM

Originally Posted By: chris1234
I think zero is WAY harder conceptually than plus, although that's pretty great too!! Wow.

A few weeks back my ds9 had a little disagreement with an older friend, and then later Dh about whether infinity times 0 is zero or not. Ds held firm that there was no answer, despite my DH explaining several different ways about how nothing of anything is nothing, therefore zero.
I had to look it up, I wasn't sure...turns out there is no answer, infinity just doesn't work that way. I was surprised, especially about how ds stuck to his guns.
Doesn't equate to genius either, but certainly interesting!


Good intuition!! Quantity has a quality all to itself!!
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/09 09:50 AM

Our daughter is helping GS10 get ready for his 4-H dog show next week. She picked up 2 pages, double-sided, with questions all about dogs-- breeds, care & feeding, showing, etc. She gave them to him last night and less than a half hour later he came to me and asked me to ask him the questions. We were moving right down the page when daughter came into the room and said, "J, have you read all those already?!" She was stunned that he had read all of them, not to mention he remembered all the answers!
I've been real low-key about saying anything to her about his mental ability. She has 8 & 6 year old girls and I really don't comparisons that result in hard feelings.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/09 02:15 PM

Good for you for being sensitive to your DD, OHG. Not that I'm surprised, of course, but it's not always easy. smile
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/09 06:50 PM

Do you know this book, Chris? Charles Seife, "Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea," Viking, 2000. Very cool! (He talks quite a bit about the relationship between zero and infinity.)

This isn't much of a brag, but it cracked me up, and thought maybe it might make somebody else chuckle, too:

I was weeding the vegetable garden this afternoon (I am in a losing battle with the redroot this year), and Chico (4) came out to join me, Tilley hat on head, comic book under one arm, little red Adirondack chair in the other hand. He plunked down his chair, opened his book, and said, "Mummy, I'm just going to sit here, read Little Lulu, and eat snow peas until my gizzard bursts!"

Maybe you had to be there.... crazy

peace
minnie
Posted by: Dandy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/09 10:34 PM

If I shared this anywhere else but here, I'd get shunned by our community for certain.

My son and his teacher come out of his classroom together one afternoon a few months back (3rd grade) and the teacher says, "Your son taught the class about the square root of negative one today!" My son brought it up when they were working with the series of squares on the multiplication table.

Another child asked about taking the square root of -4 (or something like that) and the teacher demonstrated on her calculator that it would result in an error... just like dividing by zero.

Well... not only was my guy confident (brave? stupid?) enough to contradict the teacher, but also willing to bet against the calculator.

On a lark, he and I had discussed it a few weeks earlier when he was practicing math with negative numbers. No, he didn't figure it out on his own (that would be REALLY scary), but he did fully grasp the concept and can use it in simple problems like (2i)^2 = -4 and so forth.

The teacher said she'd forgotten all about it and was tickled at being reminded by a 3rd grader.

I'm still constantly amazed at what he can process.
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/09 10:54 PM

That's cool, Dandy! smile

I have a little anecdote that's more of a laugh than a brag:

Today DS6 needed to have a blood test done. When it was his turn to sit in the chair he said, "I'm not too thrilled about this...I think I'm going to want my memory modified!"

The phlebotomist laughed and told him that she would be happy to do that as soon as the procedure was done. She said she would take him to a little room and he would wake up and wonder why he had a bandaid on his arm.

I was glad she went along with his fantasy, it seemed to distract him and no tears were shed smile
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/04/09 01:38 AM

I am so thrilled with Wolf(almost 5) today! He had been having some problems with ones and tens columns and carrying (not in his head, just on paper) and so we practiced with pennies and dimes (if there are more than ten pennies after they are added you change ten in for one dime). He picked it up really quickly and then added 1,234,567,890 + 1,234,567,890 all by himself. He was so pleased with himself. AND he seems to have figured out where to put the commas now! A good day.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/04/09 02:40 AM

Thanks Minnie, we will check out the book. And I like the story about your pea-pickin' little one.

As usual all these stories are fun and exciting!

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/04/09 09:57 AM


Mr W got to go to Ikea for the first time last weekend.

Inside, DW and W found a set of those wire tree toys. Mr W has loved these since he first saw one. He enjoys moving all the buttons over to one side then pushing them all back over. The really large ones keep him enthralled for hours.

Mr W and and 3 year old boy were working the toys. Mr W would solve one, then go to the next. Then he got to the toy the 3 year old was on. Mr W desperately wanted to play with it, but stood by, waiting for the 3 year old to finish.

The 3 year old then noticed that Mr W had a pacifier. And he immediately reached out and tried to yank it from Mr W's mouth.

With his teeth clenched onto the pacifier, Mr W pulled the 3 year old's hands off him, and very clearly yelled, "NOOO! Bad Boy!!"





Posted by: alli-cat10

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/09 06:49 PM

Not really a "brag" but more of a cute/funny moment. Shopping in Cosco with DD4 who currently has a summer cold. DD4 sneezes loudly. I say bless you. DD4 very loudly--"Mommy I think I have the Swine Flu--I have all the symptoms." Me "no it is just a cold." DD4 "No mommy I am pretty sure it is the swine flu." The aisle cleared out pretty quickly. If only it was in the check out line. We have got to work on timing:)
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/09 06:54 PM

A couple of Groucho-isms for the week:

As I mentioned on the other thread, I am trying (lamely, in several senses) to put together a woodshop for the boys (it will go better--I hope--once I can walk properly again!). They had seen a sign on somebody's playhouse that said, "Boys' Club, No Girls Allowed"; they thought they'd like to have a sign for their shop, but they didn't want anything like that ("Why have a sign like that? Girls are nice!" say my little bunnies). They've been reading about the English Civil War lately, and Groucho decided what should be on their shop sign: "Cavaliers' Woodshop; No Roundheads Allowed!" This cracked us up.

Tonight while I was making supper, Chico and I were amusing each other by making funny faces. Groucho caught one of mine (it was meant to be a gingerbread man, don't ask me why), and he said, "Goodness, Mummy, you look like something from a horror movie, or maybe even a wine critic!" This also cracked me up.

peace
minnie
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/09 07:24 PM

Cathy, Dandy, alli, Austin, Wyldkat, great stories!

Long live the brag thread!!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/09 10:04 PM

Great stories all!!
Posted by: theshapeshifter

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/06/09 09:57 AM

I don't know if this is really a brag, or more of a 'that was weird, right?' kind of thing, but... Recently, I injured my foot and decided to go in to ER and get it x-rayed just to be certain I hadn't broken anything. DH and DS (*just* turned 2) came along and amused themselves wandering around the hospital corridors while I waited to get my foot looked after.

First off, they had to go out to the main lobby to find a juice, and DS was able to navigate back to where they'd left me... DH would just say 'okay, now where do we go?' and follow him. This is in a big, old, labyrinthine city hospital where I'm sure adults get lost all the time.

But what was really freaky was that on another of their wanderings, out of several dozen nondescript, lookalike closed doors they passed, there was ONE place that DS stopped and insisted "Go in there? We go in there?"... at the breastfeeding clinic where I'd taken him twice, at six and eight days of age. Those were the only times he'd been in that building at all, prior to my foot injury. (And yes, the BF clinic's door was closed and it didn't have any pretty pictures or mum-and-baby posters or anything enticing outside). It defies my imagination that he could possibly have remembered the place, but it would be an equally odd coincidence.
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/09/09 07:52 PM

A couple pages back I mentioned GS10 reading 4 pages of questions about dogs in preparation for showing. He won his age group for showmanship, smile , the judge had to ask him a question that was not on the pages to stump him! He would have had a perfect score in showmanship otherwise.
Did you know an adult dog should have 42 teeth? GS10 now knows it, haha.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/09/09 09:28 PM

DD2 has recently started surprising us with things. I just realized last night that she can count objects now. Before she would "count" and just keep going, but I watched her discover it last night and I thought it was pretty great seeing how quick she figured it out as she pointed to items in a book. It was also pretty neat because while I hate getting the "he is so smart" comments about DS5 that he gets ALL the time, I actually felt quite happy when DD was getting a haircut yesterday and the hairdresser was surprised at the things that DD was saying and the things that she knew since she had just turned 2. She commented "wow, she is a really smart little girl" I think it is the first time I have heard someone say that about her. I hear how cute she is all the time, but it made me happy to hear that it's not all about DS (even though it has always been hard to miss with him).

And she is getting quite the personality and is so creative and funny. Today she had a big reaction on her arm from a bug bite and she was laughing pointing at it telling us that there was a little frog with glasses on, on her arm. (At first we were a bit concerned she was hallucinating since she has been sick with a high fever since yesterday...but she wasn't that hot at the time when she said that. And then we were a little concerned again 5 minutes later when she randomly said "where did the music go?" when there had been no music playing, LOL). She makes us laugh.

Posted by: oli

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/13/09 10:14 AM

During few weeks I have been amazed with DD and puzzles. 2 mo ago she was just getting into jigsaw puzzles and still needed me to help her with them. Then she suddenly mastered the 9 piece, 2 weeks ago 12 piece and now last night I saw her doing two 24 piece ones without any help. Those are really not that easy anymore, of course adult can do them easy but they do require some thinking compared to 9 piece ones. She is 25mo now. It looks so easy too, like it would be normal for a 25mo old to do.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/13/09 11:12 AM

That's great Oli! DD2 hasn't quite gotten the jigsaw type puzzles down yet, although she likes them and does great with other puzzle type things. I think it is neat that some kids do the puzzles so early. DS5 likes to go on jigzone and do puzzles on there from time to time.
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/09 11:42 AM

I was very proud of DS6 yesterday. He was playing with his friend, D, from across the street. D is also 6 and will be starting first grade in Sept. Anyway, D wanted to read the instructions for a game they were trying to play and became frustrated because he can't read well yet. DS said, "Don't worry, D, I'll help you read it." After DS read it, D said, "Reading is so easy for you!" and DS said, "It's easy once you get the hang of it."

This is a big deal for me because in the past we have had trouble with DS bragging and comparing himself to others (out loud...) Could all those talks we've had about the issue finally be sinking in? smile
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/09 12:45 PM

Oh, I love stories like this, where the kids demonstrate that they are growing kinder and more considerate of others! Thanks for sharing, Cathy A.! smile
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/09 01:32 PM

Wacky sense of humor(for a 10 yr old):
Grandson & I left the dentist office this morning. We were a block off the main route to a hospital and we heard lots of sirens. GS10 looked around furtively, and whispered loudly, "they're on to me. Let's get out of here!" hahaha, I love his sense of humor!
A few weeks ago(I don't think I posted this), another farm woman was talking about raising organic livestock, and their vet from Greenville. GS10 started giggling and said, "That's funny". I knew right away the connection he made, but the other person didn't. So he laughingly explained, "organic vet, from Greenville; get it?" He's a veerrryyy punny guy!
Posted by: MsFriz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/09 01:47 PM

One day, while swinging at the park, my DS4 silently watched his shadow follow him underneath the swing for what seemed like 5 or 10 minutes and then remarked, "I think my shadow is me in another dimension." The casual observer might have thought he was just zoned out, but he was actually deep in thought the whole time. It was one of those occasions that made me stop and wonder what other amazing things are going on in his head that I don't even know about.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/09 11:30 PM

The other day Wolf(5) was showing grandma RedRemover (on bubblebox.com, btw he's done all the levels and the adults have had problems with it!!!). He clicked on level 1 and said to her, "Let me show you level 1 so you can get an idea of the concept." Grandma was a bit stunned by that...

Bear(2.5) was watching us talk about the ants invading our house. He told us quite matter-of-factly, "Ants are a type of bug." Now the ant - bug concept didn't phase me, but even I did a double take at his using the word "type"!
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/09 11:44 PM

Oh! One more wonderful thing to mention, I took the boys to the zoo today and they were perfectly polite and respectful to all the animals. No screaming at or chasing birds to make them run, not tapping on tanks, no inappropriate behavior of any kind!!! I am so proud! (Personally I wants to strangle several other children for their bad manners and disrespectful behavior, but I refrained. Yay for me. LOL)
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/18/09 06:23 AM

WTG, for great behavior!!

DS6 went from not swimming at all to now swimming in the 10ft area of the pool we belong in just a weekend. I was very impressed. It started last week when DS6 asked me the "secret of swimming". I told him to keep his arms and legs moving at the same time. smile
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/18/09 07:58 PM

I LOLd at your GS's comments, OHG. I share his love of puns. He sounds like such a fun kid to hang out with. smile
Posted by: S-T

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/18/09 09:01 PM

This thread is still going strong! Yah! I have loads to read an catch up.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/19/09 03:20 AM

Originally Posted By: MsFriz
One day, while swinging at the park, my DS4 silently watched his shadow follow him underneath the swing for what seemed like 5 or 10 minutes and then remarked, "I think my shadow is me in another dimension." The casual observer might have thought he was just zoned out, but he was actually deep in thought the whole time. It was one of those occasions that made me stop and wonder what other amazing things are going on in his head that I don't even know about.

Great story! Ds9 has remarked many times about how the swing is his place to really think, about everything (for one thing no body bugs you, I guess). His office, lol!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/19/09 09:34 AM

This AM, I told DW I would get the "Y-O-G-U-R-T" ready for Mr W's breakfast.

He looked at her and said, "YOGURT!!!!! YES!!"

Posted by: hkc75

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/19/09 11:29 AM

I have been pretty preoccupied with discovering DS7 LOG that I have been purposefully denying DD3s giftedness. She just turned 3 mind you and was a preemie. Yday she came running up to tell me that her imaginary friends were using the "A-word" and could I please put them in time out. *rolls eyes* I really can only handle one kid at once. HELP! Anyone else have this experience. LOL
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/19/09 11:46 AM

Originally Posted By: MsFriz
It was one of those occasions that made me stop and wonder what other amazing things are going on in his head that I don't even know about.


It's quite amazing isn't it. Whenever DS5 is quiet and staring I know something is going on in there. He does a lot of great thinking in the car...and he frequently catches me off guard. Like this morning he had a great idea to build a miniature golf course in our back yard...he even drew up the plans for this. Usually he is thinking about math and word game things in his head.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/19/09 11:49 AM

Great stories, everybody! I do love those "deep thought" times--very special.

peace
minnie
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/09 04:46 PM

Okay, so this was a good one today. We're in the checkout line at Wegmans (grocery store) and DS6 says "Dad! They use the binary system here!"

"What? Where?"

"There!"

"I don't see it."

"See, the checkouts. The light [in the isle] on means that it's open. When the light is off, they are closed! It's binary!"

"Uhh... yeah, you're right!"

JB
Posted by: Dazed&Confuzed

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/09 06:14 PM

OH I love it JBDad!!!
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/09 06:29 PM

Hee hee! That's great!
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/09 06:42 PM

how does he no the word binary? that a cool thought he had.
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/09 06:55 PM

We talked about different number base systems a while ago. Basically he "gets" the idea and could do math in just about any base. (Murderous maths also stretched his mind with the Mayans base 60 math.) He did a double key code for his mom that went alpha to binary to alpha. Murderous Maths have been a home run with him... Love that book series.

JB
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/30/09 10:17 PM

Funny and wonderful!
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/31/09 05:32 AM

Originally Posted By: JBDad
We talked about different number base systems a while ago. Basically he "gets" the idea and could do math in just about any base. (Murderous maths also stretched his mind with the Mayans base 60 math.) He did a double key code for his mom that went alpha to binary to alpha. Murderous Maths have been a home run with him... Love that book series.

JB


I will see if my library has those. Thanks for the tip.
Blush (non mathie) what's a base system? Do I need a math dictionary?
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/31/09 06:36 AM

Wow Dottie, you have opened whole new worlds today. I was always pretty good at Math...but knew nothing about this binary and base system stuff. I just found this cool site that has lots of cool links on it. I am excited to see new stuff that DS5 can learn as he is soaking stuff up pretty quick. I showed him square roots, exponents, and plotting yesterday on the x,y axis as he found it on one of computer things. After a brief explanation...he got it and got them all right. It's crazy.

Here is that site I just found if anyone is interested. It looks pretty cool. Well, cool for DS that is. "cool" is relative.

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.bases.html
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/06/09 08:04 PM

I just want to say how wonderful my kids are today.

They both love to read. I take them to the library every week. They are very content to look at book or play on the computer. This summer, I baby sat a child and thought that would be great for him too. I knew he didn't go to the library much. Well, he was bored even when I played games with him. Sometimes I think all kids are like mine but this was again a reminder.

I was telling my Friend the reason my kids like to read in we have always gotten cosy with them and made it fun. And we have always said if your not tired look at books at bed time. She then told me she did the same. Then, I felt a little bad, and said well it must be their personality too. But again it made me realize what a gift to have such simple pleasures.

Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/06/09 08:21 PM

Originally Posted By: onthegomom
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I was telling my Friend the reason my kids like to read in we have always gotten cosy with them and made it fun. And we have always said if your not tired look at books at bed time. She then told me she did the same. Then, I felt a little bad, and said well it must be their personality too. But again it made me realize what a gift to have such simple pleasures.


Very Wise OTGMom! If we want to be 'politically correct' then we pretend that it is all about what great parents we are, and not about that each child is born their own person (some more so than others, no doubt) I was awfully smug for years, until I realized that it wasn't about me. I don't know how the other moms put up with me! Good news is that you can congratulate your friend for being a responsive parent and giving her child more of what they like, with are reasonable amount of what they need.

Lately a friend explained to me very simply the 'recipe for raising a coordinated child' I smiled and said: 'Great!' but I didn't believe a word of it. I think it is worth is to make the effort, but, well, mostly I think it's sweet when parents who don't know, just don't know.

Smiles,
Grinity
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/07/09 05:57 AM

thank you for your kind words.
Posted by: JBDad

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/07/09 06:20 PM

Okay, so generally I don't like to go on and on about DS6. Already did that last week smile However, this weekend was a great weekend for us. Played lots of chess, played a lot outside (great weather), played on the computer (Evolver math game), etc.

So bedtime reading for the last couple of nights has been a short essay from Isaac Asimov. If you didn't know--I didn't but happened to marry a lovely wife that has a lot of his books--he wrote lots about various non fiction topics, including math. DS has "discovered" one of mom's books, a collection of essays. We've been reading "The Imaginary that Isn't" about i (square root of -1). Yes, I am a geek and yes those genes did pass into said son. Hey, it's his bedtime. If that's what he wants to read, then we'll read it. [to be clear: the vocabulary is very advanced and I am reading it to him. He reads along silently]

This particular essay goes on for a while before it gets to the "good stuff". Tonight was the night that it got there though. You have to read all of it to get the story, but the short of it is that while in college a philosophy professor challenged Asimov and said that basically mathematicians were "mystics" because they believed in imaginary numbers. He then goes on an on in great length (details omitted) and then describes two dimensional space as a function of the x-axis being your normal number line and the y-axis being the imaginary line. I'm not even through reading that sentence when DS proclaims "I get it!" and then jumps out of bed and draws me a number line and then puts i "on top" and says minus i is on bottom. This was all a set up by the way to show the reader that imaginary numbers can be used to show directions just like a compass if you use that x-y system to be your compass. So he's already jumped to "yeah WEST x WEST = EAST" meaning a negative x negative = positive. The fun part will be tomorrow when we finish up! smile

Let's say... I was impressed/stunned/dumbfounded and glad I have a technical background!

JB
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/07/09 06:24 PM

Jbdad - that is great!

Asimov's books are so well written!!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/07/09 10:03 PM

Wow, JB, that's so exciting!

Do you know Don Cohen's books? He's at www.mathman.biz . I wonder if his stuff might interest your son--there's the main book (Calculus by and for Young People age 7 and Up), and one called something like "Changing Shapes with Matrices" that was well-loved here (and that sounds like it might have something to do with what you're currently reading). (Sadly [well, sad in this context, anyway], I am Humanities Woman, not Math Woman, so I'm not sure whether this really relates to what you are discussing! But on the off chance that he might like it, I'm willing to risk the public humiliation!!!)

peace
minnie

PS And good on you for reading him what he likes at bedtime!!
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/08/09 03:24 AM

Yea, JBDad, what fun! I think we may have to track down a copy of that book :-)
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/08/09 07:59 PM

It is nice to have this place to talk. My DD who will be 2 and 1/2 has decided she is going to be "an orthopedic surgeon" She has a "surgeon kit" and "performs surgery" on us all the time. She uses technical terms and act out each step. It is wonderful.

She also says over 2300 words and her sentences are on par with 6 year olds, can count to 25, and understands that numbers go with quantities. She is asking to learn to read and is doing a wonderful job mastering the phonics sound of the alphabet. I would say she has this about halfway mastered.

I can't discuss this with hardly anyone not on here. I have a board I am a member of wit other moms that all have children of siilar age. And whenever I post anything about what my child does that is advanced, not in a bragging way, but just sharing because I think it is cute. It is ignored, no responses at all. So I have stopped. I am glad to have this place.
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/09/09 06:02 PM

That's cool! amazedmom wink My DS has always been interested in medical stuff too.

I had to laugh just now when I overheard this snippet of conversation between DS6 and his friend from across the street (also 6), "Metacognition is not a food!" Lol...I have to remember to ask him later what he thinks it is! Where did he get a word like that?
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/09/09 07:05 PM

GS10 took the Star reading test the first week back to school. I can't remember exactly what his reading level was at the end of 4th grade, but he jumped between 3 & 4 grade equivalents over the summer, to 12.8 grade equivalent! Isn't it amazing what a kid can learn when school gets out of the way? grin

DH said again that we should look at accelerating him. But GS is a hugely social child, and it's taken a lot to get him accepted by his age peers. He has 3 super good friends in his grade level now, I don't want to start over with that. Besides, even though I've had some frustrations with his teachers over mundane tasks, he continues to put an increasing academic level between himself and most of his age peers.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/09/09 07:19 PM

Wow amazedmom! That's incredible! It is nice to be able to post here and know that people appreciate things and don't think you are bragging.
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/10/09 07:45 PM

Just another brag smile
DD 2 and 1/2 has memorized 2 500+ word books and loves to recite them including doing voices and inflections. It is so funny to watch smile She has been memorizing easy small board books since she was about 1 but these are much longer smile

Just had to share
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/10/09 07:54 PM

amazedmom- i have a similar issue with a "mommy" board i belong to. i once started a heated argument (not on purpose of course) for stating that DS is on the special needs spectrum and that it was not fair that those that have learning disabilities, etc, got the special attention & education they needed, yet DS couldn't get what he needed. Apparently *I* was stating that kids with learning disabilities shouldn't be in school and then had a list of numbers for all kinds of private schools, etc to contact... *sigh* It's really nice to be able to come here and feel good about being able to brag about your child. smile

your DD sounds amazing!
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/11/09 12:20 AM

amazedmom, are you absolutely sure she's memorised these books rather than reading them? (Could be either, of course, or a mixture, but I'm one of many parents who didn't realise how much my DS could read because I was assuming it was entirely memorising, when it wasn't! He certainly *was* memorising, but I think that was how he taught himself to read - comparing what he'd memorised with the marks on the paper.)
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/11/09 05:29 AM

ColinsMum - DS was the same! So I say he was reading right before he turned 3 because I wasn't sure exactly when it went from memorizing to reading. But I DO know that we figured it out right before his 3rd birthday. But who knows how long beforehand he was doing it!
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/11/09 05:58 AM

My twice-exceptional son was similar in early reading ability. I am sure he started out my memorizing words but before he turned 3 I know he was really reading because I could spell out the words without him even seeing the words on the page and he could identify them. I could spell out the words in newspaper comics when he was three and he could not only identify words spelled out for him that he had seen before, but words that I was sure he had not seen like the word surgery and especially.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/11/09 01:59 PM

Originally Posted By: ColinsMum
amazedmom, are you absolutely sure she's memorised these books rather than reading them? (Could be either, of course, or a mixture, but I'm one of many parents who didn't realise how much my DS could read because I was assuming it was entirely memorising, when it wasn't! He certainly *was* memorising, but I think that was how he taught himself to read - comparing what he'd memorised with the marks on the paper.)


Mr W is able to pick out words for specific things. This is not reading, but its the last step. Based on this, I can believe that other kids are reading at an early age.

Posted by: BeckyC

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/14/09 09:31 PM

I just have to brag a little bit - my DD (she'll be 7 this week and in 2nd grade) has begun to write a "book." She has all the chapters outlined in her mind. Now, of course, Chapter 1 is only 1 page long, but I'm still impressed.

It's a pretty clever story too - She merged the Harry Potter characters with Pokemon. Apparently, in this book Harry Potter and his friends play pokemon.

She is typing it out as her handwriting is not that great. I'm not sure how, but she had all the punctuation, capitalization, etc. pretty much correct. It must be all that reading she's done and she has "inferred" correct grammar! smile
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/15/09 10:34 AM

Originally Posted By: BeckyC


It's a pretty clever story too - She merged the Harry Potter characters with Pokemon. Apparently, in this book Harry Potter and his friends play pokemon.


Harry Pokemon!!!
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/15/09 10:43 AM

DS5.5 had his first fall baseball game. Played SS for the first time. Made 3 outs on his own and got the game ball! BUT, most impressive was watching him get the ball, looking at the runners and making the decision as to where to go/throw, etc, without the coach even saying anything... most boys, whether they are athletic or not, don't get that part until a few years later, at least in a live game situation!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/15/09 10:50 AM

Originally Posted By: JJsMom
DS5.5 had his first fall baseball game. Played SS for the first time. Made 3 outs on his own and got the game ball! BUT, most impressive was watching him get the ball, looking at the runners and making the decision as to where to go/throw, etc, without the coach even saying anything... most boys, whether they are athletic or not, don't get that part until a few years later, at least in a live game situation!


Wow!

Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/15/09 11:10 AM

I finding something interesting about my DS9 in sports...He likes to play these key positons. In soccer he loves the goalie. In baseball he played catcher alot and wants to be a pitcher. I'm thinking this might relate to his "Foreman/Leader/Bossy" part of him. I think some kids might be feel too pressured in these spots? Any thoughts?
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/15/09 02:29 PM

My 2 and 1/2 year DD just few through the pre-school file folder games I bought her....She's now doing the kindergatren ones and told her dad the other day when he praised her uring it "don't say good job. There's no reason" She also figured out the other day "a square can become a diamond if you turn it on it's side" and "mama, an oval is also an ellipse" So proud.
Posted by: Mommy2myEm

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/21/09 07:27 PM

I posted a thread about Hooked on Phonics, but I wanted to brag here as well. This weekend we opened the Kindergarten Hooked on Phonics package and DS had fun playing some of the alphabet games on the computer. He then wanted me to read the books, but I asked him to read them to me instead. I was so surprised when he read the first 4 books! Most of the words were 3-4 letters long, but for a kid that I thought barely knew the alphabet, I was very proud of him. Just like DD, he went from not interested in reading, to reading beginner books overnight.

Jen
Posted by: tory

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/22/09 11:22 PM

I just have to brag...
My DS7 (accelerated from 3 to 4 earlier this year) has just received his results in a national assessments competition. He did the year 4 tests and....

Spelling - High Distinction (>99%ile in our state)
English - Distinction (>92%ile in our state)
Maths - Distinction (>93%ile in our state)

He was disappointed in his science (one of his strengths) but it was the first test he did and made some simple errors.

I'm so pleased for him!!
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/09 01:20 PM

DD 2.5 just sounded out her first word today all by herself...."RAT" I am so proud, she the promptly crashed and feel asleep sitting up on the couch....i guess the new skill wore her out. LOL
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/09 02:01 PM

great story. that's so cute
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/09 10:26 PM

My little Bear has been going to Music Together classes for 8 weeks now. He has thrown tantrums about going, refused to talk to anyone in class, refused to take off his shoes (can't leave without shoes...), refused to get off my lap, refused to join in the dancing part or let me join in (sensory issues and transition issues there), etc... Luckily the teacher has a son with Downs and is very understanding with sensitive kids.

He LOVES the classes though and eventually separated from me enough to get instruments and put them away.

This last class (8) I made a deal with him. If he got to bring brightly colored giraffe then he would take off his shoes (prior to this I had managed one shoe off for one song). It's a big deal because shoes aren't actually allowed in class. Well he did it! He made it through the whole class and actually participated and talked to the teacher and everything!!!!!!!!! {happy dance} The teacher finally got to see the Bear that I know!

He was horrid to be around the rest of the day. It totally took it out of him (wish he had just passed out! lol), but he did it!
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/24/09 08:07 AM

Not much of a brag, but funny nonetheless.

Our DS9mo started daycare last week. His caregiver told us he keeps crawling to the bookshelf to "read" book instead of the toy box.

Last night, DH was using a stuffed animal to tickle DS, DH, and me one at a time. DH and I giggled when the stuffed animal tickled us. When it’s DS’ turn to be tickled, he pushed the stuffed animal my way so his dad can tickle me instead of him.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/24/09 09:13 AM

My DS9 yesterday got a new thicker book from the school library.
He said at least with this book, I won't be done with it the first day. He was done with it the 2nd day. LOL. He said the bigger books are better because he likes more details. I thought that all sounded very mature. How nice he has such appreciation for books.
Posted by: Edwin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/24/09 09:19 AM

Ok, my first brag. DS7 who just went back to public school this year. He has been accelerated to thrid grade, and is kind of the new kid. (He did attend this school 1/2 day in K). Normally he is slow to make freinds, and kind of goes with the flow type. He signed up to run for a school leadership position. Postmaster (I have no idea what it means) but he has to run for office in a school wide election (Only thrid graders can run for this position). He had to get 20 signatures supporting this, and will need to make a speach. I thought I had a shy little boy, that found it hard to speak up. Its nice to see him drive this. He went out and found 20 students to sign, many that he didn't know. I can't wait to hear what he wants to speak about. DS17 also has volunteered to help him with the two posters they allow. Its great to see him stepping forward and getting involved.
Posted by: oli

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/24/09 09:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Edwin
Ok, my first brag. DS7 who just went back to public school this year. He has been accelerated to thrid grade, and is kind of the new kid. (He did attend this school 1/2 day in K). Normally he is slow to make freinds, and kind of goes with the flow type. He signed up to run for a school leadership position. Postmaster (I have no idea what it means) but he has to run for office in a school wide election (Only thrid graders can run for this position). He had to get 20 signatures supporting this, and will need to make a speach. I thought I had a shy little boy, that found it hard to speak up. Its nice to see him drive this. He went out and found 20 students to sign, many that he didn't know. I can't wait to hear what he wants to speak about. DS17 also has volunteered to help him with the two posters they allow. Its great to see him stepping forward and getting involved.


That is definitely bragworthy ! Will you update us how he does. It taked so much courage to run from new class and to be younger than others.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/24/09 10:04 AM

Edwin - that's great. In DS5.5's school meeting today, I was in a bit of shock when the asst principal said he was so outgoing and friendly - he's not shy... I wasn't sure we were talkin' about the same boy! LOL.

Good luck to him!
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/02/09 06:40 AM

DS received his "can read 200+ sight words" award on day one in 1st grade! Of course, he would've been able to do it day 1 in pre-k, but we're still proud all the same!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/02/09 08:29 AM

A couple of funny conversations we've had recently: I went to check on my ds9 as my dd3 was falling asleep. I whispered to her, 'I'm going to check on ds.' She said, 'Does check on mean 'read to'? Because I don't want you to read to him!'.
Ack! She is just a little firecracker!

Ds9 read a short bio of Einstein the other day and I guess he's been thinking about it, because he asked, 'What made him a genius? Can anyone be a genius?'. I thought, oh boy, well, I'm glad you asked that question!!!
It was a great opportunity to talk about having a different kind of brain, but also about working hard to really see what one could do with the gifts one has. I went on at some length and figured I'd probably lost him along the way, but he kept up, asked some follow up questions and sounded really interested. Good thing I've been reading (just a little) on the matter of giftedness!
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/04/09 08:05 PM

Earlier today Bear wanted chips and was allowed to have the last of his dad's. He ate some and then said, "I won't eat them all cause if I do daddy will be sad. I would be sad if someone ate all my chips." He went to try to give the rest to dad, but he was told it was ok to eat them. It was so cute. He's only 2.7 and I thought empathy like that didn't kick in till later?

Also due to Wolf, dad and I being tired of doing Starfall for him, this evening I taught Bear how to use the computer mouse so he could do it himself. He gets a bit frustrated because he has trouble moving it slowly, but for the most part he's doing great!!!
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/05/09 10:09 AM

Originally Posted By: Wyldkat
Earlier today Bear wanted chips and was allowed to have the last of his dad's. He ate some and then said, "I won't eat them all cause if I do daddy will be sad. I would be sad if someone ate all my chips." He went to try to give the rest to dad, but he was told it was ok to eat them. It was so cute. He's only 2.7 and I thought empathy like that didn't kick in till later?

Also due to Wolf, dad and I being tired of doing Starfall for him, this evening I taught Bear how to use the computer mouse so he could do it himself. He gets a bit frustrated because he has trouble moving it slowly, but for the most part he's doing great!!!


dd is 2.5 and always is telling me things like that. She will tell me that daddy will be sad if she does xxxx and the other day she told him "I'm sorry daddy, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings" when she thought she must have. None of her friends are doing that yet, so I think you are right, it typically doesn't start till later.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/06/09 05:14 PM

Is there an expration date on bragging? I just thought of something fun to share. This started four years ago.

When DD was 2 she would not accept she had a 4head. She said it was a 2 head.
When she was 3 she would not accept she had a 4head. She said it was a 3 head.
When she was 4 it was ok to have a forehead and she has been sticking with that story. We just rolled with it. Thinking of this makes me smile.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/07/09 12:34 AM

Yesterday we were heading out for dance class with ds9 and dd3.5. She exclaimed that we'd left her bag of cars at Aunt's house!! I told her we could stop by on the way back, and asked her to help me remember when we were going home.
About 5 minutes after we got in the car to drive home, about a 30 minute drive, she reminded me to go to Aunt's to get the cars!! I said, 'Wow, great memory, but I might forget if you don't tell me when we get to the mountain. Can you remind me again?'
The second we turned onto the mountain road, she reminded me again. And we went through the same routine, I asked her to remind me again when we were closer, so just as we were turning onto Aunt's road, which also leads to our house, she did so. I was pretty amazed! Each time I said this I thought, no-way is she going to remind me, and we'll probably get home, she'll realize she doesn't have her cars and I'll have to go back and get them...
Very surprising.

I love the 2, 3 and 4head story!! Too funny!
Posted by: Taminy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/07/09 07:42 PM

I loved this one today:
My DD complained that elementary school teachers spend too much time telling kids they have to do something because they'll have to do it in middle school. Says she:
"We should just get to live in the present. If we have to live in the future all of the time we'll never get to actually experience anything!".

(now I guess I have to stop telling my fifth graders that they can't wear their coats in class b/c it's not allowed in middle school.... blush )
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/07/09 11:38 PM

Some of you probably remember my horror stories about how Bear doesn't deal well with new things/change/pretty much everything. Wolf went to his dentist's appointment today and we made Bear watch. He was told he would have to do this sometime. He said very adamantly, several times, "No, I NOT!"

Anyway he wanted a toy out of the chest, but we told him he couldn't get one without getting his teeth checked. That upset him a bit, but he eventually put the toy he'd chosen back. Then much to our surprise he walked over to the chair, climbed up into it and asked for the sunglasses (to keep the light out of their eyes). The hygenist looked at us and asked if we wanted her to do him as well. We just nodded in mute shock, figuring as soon as she touched him it would be over. He sat through the WHOLE process of getting his teeth cleaned, flossed, flouridated and inspected and got to go home with a toy. It was a miracle!!!!
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/08/09 01:46 AM

A successful dentist visit! I loved this story smile
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/08/09 09:50 AM

A week ago I told DD 2.5 that the opposite of up is down.....well since then she has been comming up with opposites to everything, she totally grasped te concept without any explination.....it amazes me, the ones she comes up with. LOve it.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/08/09 03:30 PM

Yay opposites!!! I hope NO isn't the opposite of everything yet! LOL
Posted by: BigBadWool

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/08/09 03:37 PM

DS just turned 4 is learning about the Continents. The other day I was asking him to name them and he said "Europe". I said "that's one, what else?" He said "Eur-down" and just started laughing. He is a card, that one.
Posted by: skyward

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/09/09 08:19 AM

DD4.9 recently finished reading Prince Caspian. She recieved a Little House on the Prairie book from a relative and was reading it before bed. Two days later I was cleaning her room and noticed her book mark was on page 204. We asked her if she read it all herself and she said yes and told me she was also reading the Magicians Nefew, CS Lewis. She is really enjoying reading in her room before bed. She is a funny kid she has glasses and her room is always covered in books and papers and random things she has built with legos. She is very confident and one of our friends told us she should be a project manager because she is always telling everyone what needs to be done including the adults! I am really enjoying her personality and seeing her grow.

Also DS2 started sounding out words and reading some small board books. He has started drawing shapes and writing a few letters. Both of the kids are pretty into spiderman this week. DD2 is calling himself Peter Parker and DD4.9 is Mary Jane. The baby has been refered to as Laura lately due to the Little house on the prairie book.


Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/09/09 09:37 AM

Originally Posted By: BigBadWool
DS just turned 4 is learning about the Continents. The other day I was asking him to name them and he said "Europe". I said "that's one, what else?" He said "Eur-down" and just started laughing. He is a card, that one.


LOL LOL LOL thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/10/09 07:06 PM

Wolf was bored with spelling so I quizzed him through ten weeks worth and of the "official" words he missed 4 out of 60! We were pretty impressed. Needless to say we are skipping those weeks.
Posted by: Min

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/11/09 07:30 AM

My DS7 was getting upset when his twin brother was playing with a same-aged boy on our block and was not joining them. We talked about it one day at bedtime and he said he was just 'never ready' and things like that. He always wanted to play with just the two of them and wasn't doing well getting used to a third being added to the mix. He was never excluded, but wouldn't join in and was feeling left-out. We talked until he was more comfortable that he wasn't being left-out and could go join in whenever he was ready. I didn't ask his brother to change anything about playing with his friend. DS is not exactly shy, except at first, but is slow to accept changes. I am similar and refer to it as an 'inertia' issue, but I digress.

Two days later, the boys were eating lunch and his brother was planning to go and play with the other boy right after. Before going he stopped, turned around, and asked asked DS if he was ready to play, then offered to wait a few minutes if it would help. To my utter amazement, DS asked for 5 minutes, which his brother agreed to, and then all three friends had a full afternoon full of full-participation play!

This may be a bit of a subtle 'brag'. I am so very proud that they both compromised and completely solved the difficulty in a way I hadn't suggested.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/11/09 07:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Min

This may be a bit of a subtle 'brag'. I am so very proud that they both compromised and completely solved the difficulty in a way I hadn't suggested.



That is a big deal because it's one little step in the right direction. Your a caring loving Mom who pays attention. How wonderful you were aware and could help the kids.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/14/09 07:05 AM

A funny from Chico (4): he's written "a murder mystery about cosmologists who get shot, and it's called 'The Big Bang!'"

peace
minnie
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/14/09 07:06 AM

Min, that's wonderful! You can be so proud of both of them--it's a lovely story.

peace
minnie
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/18/09 05:58 PM

I been tellling my DD6 for years that she is a "Can Do Girl!" to help encourage her to feel good about being capable.

Today she was doing a dance. I said that looks like the can can. She said they call it that because when you raise you hand and kick it's like you are happy you can. I thought this was wonderful thinking.


Today, she was reading to me and read 50,000 correctly. I was very surprised.
Posted by: Irisheyes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/09 10:27 AM

My first brag. This just happened and it was one of those moments that caught me by surprise.

I was sitting having lunch with dd5. She seemed lost in thought.

Me: What are you thinking about?

dd5: I'm just thinking that I really like my life.

Me: What do you mean?

dd5: Just that I'm lucky I have such a great family. A nice house. We live in a really good state with a children's museum and a zoo. I go to a great school. We go on field trips. I'm really lucky.

Me: (silence)

dd5: Thanks for picking out such a nice house for us, mom, and choosing for us to live here.

Me: (eyes full of tears) You're welcome.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/09 11:16 AM

Wow!!!!! How did she gain such appreciation. I think that is very remarkable.
Posted by: Irisheyes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/09 11:25 AM

Thanks, onthegomom. She has always been a sensitive kid, but I have no idea where this came from.

Honestly, when I asked "what are you thinking?" I fully expected the answer to be, "Can I have a cookie after lunch?" smile

They never fail to surprise you.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/20/09 12:11 PM

Irish - that is an awesome story about your DD5!

Minnie - love the puns. Adorable.

My brag is about my DD2.75 and the food chain. After a big rainstorm we found a 3 inch potato bug floating in our fountain. DD adores these bugs. But after a full day of carrying it around in a cup, we concluded the bug was indeed dead. The next morning, the potato bug was lying on the patio, swarmed by tiny ants. "Get away, ants! Get away from my potato bug!" DD yelled. She wanted to play with it.

I explained that ants eat dead bugs and were likely very excited to find this big one. DD picked up the bug with a toy shovel and put it in the garden saying, "There you go, ants. Enjoy your bug meal." A drowned slug showed up in the fountain, too, so DD immediately delivered it to the garden, saying, "Here you go, ants! Here is a dead slug for you, too."

Phew.

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/20/09 06:38 PM

Mr W took the paper behind the couch last Sunday.

He pulled out the advertising circulars.

Then sat there reading each one. He would hold it up, "read" a page, then flip to the next.

When DW went back there to throw it all away, he threw a fit and pulled the papers from her hands and restacked them.





Posted by: Truscifi

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/22/09 09:25 AM

Ds5 has an aunt named Azalea. We are on vacation this with with her and her husband, and were walking through the town we are staying in when we saw a hom decor shop called Azalea's Wild Interiors. Ds immediately started cracking up and pointed to it, saying 'Watch out Aunt Azalea, you've gone wild in your interiors!'

He kills me sometimes. smile
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/22/09 07:25 PM

LOL! That is great!

Today Bear put together the alphabet train puzzle at Wolf's Martial Arts class and knew all the letters and pretty much the correct order. I was a bit amazed. Bear is 2 years and 8 months now.
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/22/09 07:36 PM

DD 2.6 read the words Boo, Rat, Cat, Bat today!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/09 07:44 AM

Mr W rode in the back of my truck today to day care.

The local NPR was discussing Soupy Sales, who just passed away, and they played the first few lines of his hit song, "The Mouse"

Mr W then joined in and belted out the lines - complete with the right intonation - from the back seat!!

"HEEEYYYYYYYYY, DDOOOOO THE MOOOOUSEE! YEAH!!!!!"





Posted by: lanfan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/09 08:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Wyldkat
Wolf was bored with spelling so I quizzed him through ten weeks worth and of the "official" words he missed 4 out of 60! We were pretty impressed. Needless to say we are skipping those weeks.


Maybe we could get our spellers together. During a conference for our 3rd grade dd her teacher showed us the spelling evaluation tool they use. They give the kids 75 words to spell which are chosen to show proficiency. The number right is supposed to translate into grade level. So 30 wrong would be a score of 45 hence 4th grade 5th month. DD got all 75 right. Teacher said, good for her, the rest of the world has spell check :-)
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/23/09 11:10 AM

Originally Posted By: lanfan
DD got all 75 right. Teacher said, good for her, the rest of the world has spell check :-)


LOL! Perfect, literally!
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/25/09 07:21 PM

So proud....DD 2.7 just in the past week has begun to recognize numerous words...she has recognized her name and dad's and mine for months, but this week she started pointing out BOO, IN, THE, END, IT, IS, STOP, OF! I am just so proud. All of this in just a few days!
Posted by: BonusMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/09 07:28 AM

As DS8 was getting his shoes on this morning, he tightened up the laces. He said, “see, I got these straightened out myself, because I was patient. Patience pays off. Hee hee, PPO. No, wait – Patience Oozes Out! Tell Daddy I made that up and called it The POO Method! Ha ha ha!”

Posted by: theshapeshifter

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/09 07:46 AM

DS (27 months) has been full of clever-but-hilarious comments lately. My two favourites:

1. He called our attention to an airplane flying over and I asked him how many people he thought could fit in an airplane.
DS: Maybe... ten.
Me: Do you think they could fit a hundred people in an airplane?
DS: How 'bout we go on a airplane and count all the people? When we get our rocket packs, we fly up in the air and catch up to that airplane.

2. At the park yesterday, I was insisting that he go feet first down the big slides (it's enough for me that he's already mastered the 'age 5-12' section of the playground, LOL) despite the fact that an older girl next to him was going headfirst. Very helpfully, the girl chipped in that you have to be a bigger kid to go headfirst because you have to know how to put your hands out and stop yourself before hitting your head. I asked her age, she said she was 4, almost 5, so I told DS that when he's 4, we can think about trying the slides head first. So, on the way home, this ensued:

DS: I think I got ahead... now I'm four!
Me: Haha, no, you're not four yet, you're still two. When you're four, you'll go to kindergarten. [we have junior K here that starts at 4]
DS: And when I'm three, I go to preschool. And when I'm five, I go to the playground! And when I'm a car, I go in the road!
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/27/09 08:55 PM

DS3.5 (almost 4) has learned how to whistle. Some of his tunes are even recognizable. smile
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/28/09 12:41 AM

Yay kids!!! I really love this thread!

I am not sure if I am in shock or if I am elated. Today I played Battle ship and Bingo with Bear (2.8). He read the Bingo chips (B-1-0 rather than B-10, but still...) and picked out the numbers and letters for Battleship. But more astonishing than that was that he was looking at a pile of crayons, pointed and said, "So big!" I looked over and written on some of the crayons was the brand name So Big!!!! I was speechless!
Posted by: Dandy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/28/09 02:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Trillium
DS3.5 (almost 4) has learned how to whistle. Some of his tunes are even recognizable. smile

Time, then, to open a box of Saltines and have some good old-fashioned, sputtering fun! whistle
Posted by: mamaandmore

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/28/09 03:23 AM

DS7's obsession with building things has finally paid off in real world understanding. We were on vacation last week and we went to several historic sites with various kinds of non-motorized machines and contraptions. DS would read the plaque in front of it to see what it was and what it was used for, then he would quietly study it for a minute and then suddenly yell put "Oh, I get it!" and explain the mechanics behind whatever the thing was. I loved the shock on people's faces when they actually paid attention to what he was saying.
Posted by: kec

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/28/09 03:52 AM

I also really enjoy this thread. The children are all so creative.

My DS8 (in two days) can be quite punny. We were talking about a book he had just started and he said the king died mysteriously. I said it sounds like foul play was involved and asked him if he knew what that meant. His almost instant reply was "Of, course I do, I'm a turkey!" (A name I call him when he is pushing all the right buttons.)
Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/29/09 06:51 PM

Not something ds6 said, but something his teacher relayed to us at a meeting this week. She said that in class, if the kids are struggling with something, they can ask to "phone a friend" for help. She said that they always "phone" my son smile
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/29/09 07:22 PM

DS5.5 is suddenly into writing creative stories. He has written about frogs and a lonely man one (which was sad & shocking) and several others at school. He loves creative writing, and apparently he has quite a creative mindset!
Posted by: zarfkitty

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/29/09 08:11 PM

DD10 had to make vocabulary cards for the parts of a plant - to turn in, not for study.

On the "pollen" card, she defined the male reproductive cell as required and then added, "It also makes me sneeze. Is this why I'm allergic to boys?"

Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/09/09 09:55 PM

DH was taking ice out of the freezer. Bear (2.8) said, "Ice is frozen water. How long will it take to melt?"

AND he's busy teaching himself sign language with on starfall.com with no help from any of us!!!
Posted by: Cathy A

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/10/09 07:37 AM

This is more funny than a brag, but this morning I overheard DD and DH talking about the metric system. He was explaining that a kilogram is 1,000 grams and that the prefix "kilo" means 1,000.

DS chimed in saying, "And a kilo-Teddy Graham is a 1,000 Teddy Grahams."
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/10/09 07:44 AM

Too cute Cathy!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/10/09 07:57 AM

That is cute.
Posted by: JewelsJC

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/10/09 10:12 PM

I remember my two year old DD looking at her mylar helium balloon the morning after her birthday party. She was staring at it and pulling on the string making it bounce up and down. I asked her if she liked her balloon...and her reply was simply. "It must be filled with something lighter than air"

I think I just sat down and said.."uh-huh"

:-)
Posted by: Dandy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/14/09 11:40 AM

Our dearest, most precious son... with stacks of gifty accomplishments and totally cool test results has done something that tops everything else.

He finally... FINALLY learned to tie his shoes (effectively).

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
Posted by: kimck

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/14/09 01:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Dandy
Our dearest, most precious son... with stacks of gifty accomplishments and totally cool test results has done something that tops everything else.

He finally... FINALLY learned to tie his shoes (effectively).

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!


LOL! Love it. Glad we're not the only family whose kids are NOT precocious at shoe tying. :-) Those darn velcro shoes are so handy.
Posted by: CAMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/14/09 02:54 PM

Dandy- Can you send him to my house to teach my son? He tried ridiculously hard this summer and never got it to work in under 10 min! He did learn to ride his bike without training wheels though- his other important summer goal!
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/14/09 05:56 PM

We can all ties shoes here...getting them do DO it is the big struggle. Shouldn't a fourth grader be embarrassed to ask his Mom to tie his shoes?

Way to go Dandy's and CA's little ones! Shoe tying and bike riding are big milestones that really make them feel so cool and grown-up. :-)
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/15/09 05:43 PM

DD 2.8 has become obsessed with mazes, so much so that I laminated 30 so she can use a dry erase marker on them, she did them all through twice in one sitting today....and for the past week...she has been demostrating addition

"mommy, there are 2 people in this car. Me and you. One person is in daddy's car" (this is when we took seperate cars the other day to dinner) "2 people plus 1 persone equals three people"

and

when I asked her how many animals were in the picture she said "3" I said and if another pig came how many pigs would there be. She said "4"

and

today she walked up to her dad and said "1+1=2 daddy"

She has also been rhyming like crazy....she wil sit in the car, say a word and then say as many rhyming words as she can. The on to another word. She does this while driving, while walking around the house...She even came up to me while I was lying on the couch and said "couch rhymes with grouch" smile

She is absolutly amazing me lately.!
Posted by: JenSMP

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/16/09 06:56 AM

This is more humorous than a brag, but this morning, ds was in a negative mood, and he said, "This is going to be a terrible day. I just know it." I told him that I firmly believe you shouldn't say negative things like that out loud because it makes them more real and they are more likely to come true. He didn't miss a beat and replied, "Today is my birthday! I can't wait for my party!" LOL (It's not even close to his bday!)
Posted by: Wyatt

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/16/09 07:18 AM

Jen - your DS helped me start my morning off with a laugh. Too funny. Clever boy. grin
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/16/09 08:38 AM

My 11 year old son, who did musical theater since age 4 and really enjoyed singing with a group where he only occasionally sang solo parts, usually only one or two lines because he was a little shy about singing solo, was asked to do a lead singing part in song from the musical Annie for the county 4H talent show. He was so worried the night before and also backstage that he would not do well, but there wasn't anyone else in the group who could do it, so he was determined to do his best. He did very well and his group won second place. I was very proud of him because this was another fear that he overcame. For some reason speaking or acting in front of a large group did not bother him, but singing by himself made him nervous. I wanted to show the video to his acting teacher but we found out later that day that she had died in her sleep early that morning. She was only 38 years old and she had an 11 month old baby. She and the musical theater group were such a big part of our lives and we are still in shock.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/16/09 08:50 AM

Congrats on the singing part! Hope he does more.

So sorry about the teacher.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/16/09 09:56 AM

That's awesome Cricket!! My DS plays the violin and like yours has had sound sensitivities forever. He has learned that an instrument can be played softly and enjoys it. And like yours he plays the pieces he is learning on the piano as well. Wonder why?
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/16/09 11:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Lori H.
My 11 year old son, who did musical theater since age 4 and really enjoyed singing with a group where he only occasionally sang solo parts, usually only one or two lines because he was a little shy about singing solo, was asked to do a lead singing part in song from the musical Annie for the county 4H talent show. He was so worried the night before and also backstage that he would not do well, but there wasn't anyone else in the group who could do it, so he was determined to do his best. He did very well and his group won second place. I was very proud of him because this was another fear that he overcame. For some reason speaking or acting in front of a large group did not bother him, but singing by himself made him nervous. I wanted to show the video to his acting teacher but we found out later that day that she had died in her sleep early that morning. She was only 38 years old and she had an 11 month old baby. She and the musical theater group were such a big part of our lives and we are still in shock.


Lori... first, bravo to your DS. Your heart must have swelled when he was up on that stage. To see them tackle their fears is such an amazing thing to watch and be a part of.

Secondly, I am so sorry to read about his acting teacher. That is horrible! It reminds us that life is precious and not to take anything for granted.
Posted by: Polly

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/09 12:23 PM

I just feel impressed by my DS2.5 today ...must boast about his glueing acumen! I cut animal pieces at his request, he pasted. He made a turkey with a big fanned out feather-tail, probably 30 feathers he put on it, and then a dinosaur complete with femurs and tibias, ribs and a jawbone among the more usual parts (5 legs for example). Seems to me they look like things I did in early elementary school. He refuses to draw (too frustrated at how it turns out) so at first I was just thrilled he was so into an art project. Then I got thrilled that I could frame these things and give them to his grandparents as gifts. Then I got worried they'd think I'd "helped" beyond doing the cutting. That's what they said when I told them about a poem/song he made up a while back, told me I must have made suggestions. Grrr, how could they say that? Say, maybe I'll just keep the art for our wall, there's an idea!

Polly
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/09 02:54 PM

DS had his 4 year old check-up today. When the nurse weighed him, she said, "31 pounds." He leaned over to read the scale (digital) and said, "No, 30.8!"
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/09 04:26 PM

Today DD6' teacher saw me at a faculty meeting (I teach at the same school) and told me that her puppet show was great! So good in fact that she was going to ask the other 2nd grade teachers to let her do it for their classes. laugh
She has been reading Charlotte's Web and made a barn stage and puppets of Fern, Wilbur and Charlotte. As far as I knew that was it - make the project and bring it in. But when the teacher asked DD if she would tell the other kids about her project she went for it! She told them all about the book, why she was doing this project (it is her differentiated reading), who wrote the book, the main characters and the idea of the book. She then made up a puppet show on the spot about her three puppets.
She was so excited to tell me about it after school. It was great to see her so amazed that she could make up stories so quickly and do so well talking infront of the whole class.
Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/09 05:36 PM

Very cool! DD5 dressed up as Wilbur for book week today and she would have loved to have seen your DD's show. I'm reading The Good Pig with her now and one of the advance praise quotes is:
Quote:
Move over, Wilbur, there’s a new pig on the block. Sy Montgomery has conjured a pure classic for the animal lover’s soul. Poetic, insightful, funny, and deeply moving, The Good Good Pig is as hard to define as it is to put down. Who else but Sy Montgomery could introduce you to a hog and give you a such glimpse of heaven?”
–Vicki Croke, author of The Lady and the Panda

A follow on show perhaps? smile
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/19/09 08:00 PM

Ok, I just gotta, 'cause well, 'cause...

A couple of days ago, my DS7mo decided he REALLY wanted to get this one person on the subway to smile at him. The Target was being a tough cookie about it, and he looked like he was fairly good at being a tough cookie, all things considered. Finally, The kidlet leaned WAAAAAAAY over, practically into his pants (which were at about knee level anyway, so 'ya know) and said "Hi!" while waving vehemently, upside down. He got his smile. He hasn't said hi otherwise, or waved, and I have no idea what it was about toughboy, but it sure cracked a lot of people up.

Today, he also turned the pages of a paper book gently. Which was less amusing, but very exciting nonetheless since he's a big bookworm in the no-really-he-ate-it sense smile


-Michaela

Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/09 02:25 PM

That's so cute, Michaela!
Posted by: JenSMP

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/09 03:03 PM

Oh my gosh, I could read these forever!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/28/09 01:37 PM

Chico (4) asked me who the Grinch was a couple of days ago (he'd heard some kids talking at the playground--we have had a few Dr Seuss books around here at various points, but never that one, for some reason). I explained that the Grinch was an unhappy person, who couldn't stand other people being happy, and wanted to spoil their happiness.

He thought that over for a minute, and then said, "Oh, you mean like Iago?"

I think Harpo must have been telling him Othello stories, because neither Frenchie nor I have been...

peace
minnie
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/01/09 12:57 PM

Got to brag somewhere!!!!

I'm always talking about the first grandchild here, GS10. I convinced our daughter to have her oldest tested for the gifted program at school since she just moved to our district for this school year. GD8(9 in 3 days!) tested gifted! (But, I already knew she would!) I suspect GD6 is also gifted, but our district doesn't offer services until the third grade so they don't test until the end of the second grade. I also suspect GD10weeks is advanced, she's mimicking faces and sounds already.
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/01/09 01:18 PM

Sounds like you will be a busy busy grandma OHGrandma! :-)
Posted by: Mewzard

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/09 03:59 AM

DD2.11 has learnt to recognise her name after 3 pre-school sessions, she goes 2 mornings a week. Then i catch her and DS5.5 spelling thier names. She can get up to the 3rd letter before DS gets annoyed that she is going so slow and finishes it for her. Her name isn't phonetic either.
Posted by: kec

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/09 03:48 PM

My DS8 is interested in food and food science (he loves the set of Good Eats/Alton Brown dvd's we just got.) I was experimenting with new types of chocolate and gave him a piece to taste. I asked what he thought and he gave me the so-so gesture with his hand and then asked what I was going to use it for. I told him that I was going to make truffles with it and he replied "oh, I can see it would be good for that application." I think I am creating a food snob.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/09 03:51 PM

that's amazing. that makes me laugh. Thank you for sharing.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/09 06:08 PM

Awww Michaela... that is a great story. Talk about determination!
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/04/09 07:56 PM

Master of none, as far as I know, night vision goggles only work with things that are radiating heat. Nice try though for late night books wink
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/09 07:36 AM

Originally Posted By: master of none
Scary stuff! The kids asked for night vision goggles for Christmas. When asked why, they said so they could read in the dark. Does anybody know if you can see clearly enough to actually read with night vision goggles? Does the page light up or does it have to be a heated page to show up?



There are two types of devices - one works on infrared and the other works using ambient light.

The latest generation of NVDs that use ambient light allow you to read quite well. There has to be enough ambient light for them to work right - you cannot be in a totally sealed room. They are not cheap. Under a starry sky, or even an overcast, you can see very well. Depending on the light present, you may need a suppressed LED to read stuff. But, in most urban locations, you can read quite well with them.

I have not worked with the IR systems in 20 years.

Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/09 12:38 PM

I just posted this on my usual baby group, but I toned it down, and that's not enough, I'm too excited!

DS7m walked!! Not well, yet, or anything, but it's been building for about a week, and yesterday he stood up off my ankles and walked a bit over a meter to get to a shoe display, and he did similar things several more times after.

My little critter!!
-Michaela
(thank goodness for semi-anonymous webforums)
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/09 01:37 PM

congrats! that's so exciting.
Posted by: bianc850a

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/05/09 09:23 PM

My dd9 joined a FLL team last Jan.

Today, they won the regional championship and have been invited to the World Festival in Atlanta.

This is such a neat group of kids.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/06/09 03:52 AM

just to chime in that I wish our children were closer since your son sounds like my DD3 and it would be great for her to have someone close to her age to talk with...

I remember last year whe she was two we were at the park and she ran into other children her age and said,"Lets sit down and have a conversation" and they all just stood there blankly.
Posted by: jojo

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/09 03:53 PM

I'm feeling most sheepish to be even writing in this thread, but I just can't help it! I'm overjoyed by Miss 8's school report. It's awesome. Quick reminder...

Last year, Miss 8 was languishing in year 2, mainly a C/B student and quickly gaining the reputation as a bit of a troublesome kid. Her teacher suggested we have her hearing tested, etc. And I know you know where that testing lead us...

Yesterday she got her year 4 report, mainly As (!) and some Bs (!) The only average grade was for writing, and that's certainly not surprising. But the real delight is that her effort (ranked rarely, sometimes, consistently, outstanding) has now clearly shifted away from rarely and sometimes, to mostly outstanding and consistent!!!

You never know if you're doing the right thing with acceleration, because the tangible feedback isn't immediate. But 12 months down the track, I can confidently say that we did the right thing. My child is thriving and the teacher says she is a joy to teach!!! What heaven!!!

Happy mum...

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/09 08:36 PM

The cat is out of the bag. Mr W (23 mos) walked up to another kid in his current daycare, pointed at word on his shirt, and said the word.

I thought he was sight reading - this weekend he was looking at every sign in the mall and has been taking newspaper and magazines and looking at them. For instance, at the barber, he grabbed a "Car and driver" from the magazine rack, climbed up in a chair, and leafed through it. He counts things out loud now.

He is into much older kids. He had a sleepover recently with a 3.5 year old and they sat up until very late talking.

His eyes move so fast sometimes, I cannot track what he is looking at.

We found a Montessori school that will put him in with 3-5 year olds. He starts next month.



Posted by: hhugh

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/09 09:07 PM

Deep breath...Hi! I have only posted a couple of times and have mostly been lurking, but I am so excited tonight I need to tell somebody somewhere!

DD7 has been having issues with a neighbor-girl who is also a classmate and good friend. They have been arguing, and the other little girl has come off the bus in tears a few times. Her mom called this evening to "discuss" it, and how her DD is sensitive, and crying ("why is __ so mean to me?") Now DD can definitely be bossy (very bossy) but (granted I'm her mother) she doesn't seem malicious or mean, so I wasn't sure what exactly was going on. Another mother told me that her daughter has had problems w/ the other girl, too, and that my DD stood up for her DD.

DD told me that she gets so mad at this girl b/c she doesn't like the way she treats other kids ("and she's always mean to the kids who are shy, or just embarrassed b/c she's yelling at them!") So, whoa, that's quite different than what it looked like coming home off the bus...

More long story, but her teacher called tonight and said DD is a wonderful child. She confirmed the DD was being completely honest that she is standing up for other kids. Teacher described the other girl as a bully that gets upset when DD stands up to her. She said DD is strong-willed, and often her voice might be the loudest, and she can work on her tone, but her behavior and words are completely appropriate. I am SO PROUD of my girl for standing up for other kids! I am so proud of her honesty and integrity!

I received some more good news from the conversation: DD got into the gifted program!! Her teacher stressed that it was top secret as the official results have not been sent out yet(I guess it's ok on an "anonymous" forum, however ;))

I'm too proud to go to sleep.

Holly
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/08/09 04:33 AM

Austin, it's been fascinating to 'see' Mr W growing up through your posts here.
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/08/09 04:33 AM

Holly, you have a good kid!
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/09/09 09:26 PM

Wolf just earned his yellow belt in his Little Dragons Class! He wanted this SO badly and he is SO proud.
Posted by: Dandy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/09/09 11:40 PM

I hunted around and couldn't find an "Ultimate Irony Thread," so I'm tossing this here.

My son, the speller of all spellers (at least in his little universe) has run into a mental block with one word recently.

He made this cute little sign for his desk:
"Genuis at Work!"

I'm still laughing. He even doubted me when I called him on it. So I made him look it up in the dictionary. Poor guy.
That'll be going into his "permanent record" at home, and will likely haunt him for years & years & years to come.
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/09 12:36 AM

Lol, that'll teach him to boast!
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/09 08:22 AM

The first sign DS1 does every morning is "book." He can sit quietly in his crib for 10 mins "reading" while I get ready for work.
Posted by: Catalana

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/09 09:02 AM

Oh, I love the "Genuis at Work" sign, that is just the sweetest. And I love hearing all these stories, I think it just goes to show how amazing kids are and in so many different ways.

My son, a huge Star Wards fan, when he was six, wrote a series of 3 books called "Attack of the Oompazhans." Oompazhans were a creature he made up that played a pivotal role in the battle of the Clones. He worked and worked on those books and I thought it was pretty great.

But a more recent proud moment came when one of the girls in his class, who struggles a bit, called him a "Math Machine." That part isn't so shocking, but the great thing was simply that he turned the compliment around and said "I'm pretty good in math, but you are an amazing draw-er." (apparently he isn't gifted in grammer ;), he meant artist). That made me feel pretty great.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/09 07:30 PM

Dottie- great on the algebra.

Here mine for the day. My DS9 loves monopoly. He had no one to play with so he just played two players. So, he was king of the money and all the land. If he lost he could still win. He just talked himself thru the whole game and had a great time. I call that adapting. It's a little cute and funny too.
Posted by: tofu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/09 08:57 PM

Haha, that's brilliant, onthegomom. I bet he gave himself a great challenge too. wink

I just blogged about this and my blog is private, so I wanted to share it here;

My 4 year old blows me away sometimes, he is always throwing surprises out there.

He surprised me as a baby because he would smile at people when he was just a couple of months old. I remember one of the mums from my oldest sons school commenting on how he smiled so young and how he smiled every time she looked at him. I would have had to see it to believe it myself, but he really did and it was the cutest thing (and sometimes, it felt a little strange, because he seemed too young to be doing that).

This is the same kid who taught himself to read somewhere between the age of 2.5 and 3 and then one day, just decided to let the rest of the world in on it (much like his older brother).

Today he gave me another one of these nuggets that I'll have to relay to him one day. I was taking a bath in the master bathroom and he came bursting in (because, you know, nothing is sacred), holding a laptop. The laptops are cumbersome and heavy for him and consequently, he isn't allowed to carry them around, so I told him to go put it on my bed, to which he replied "but I want you to get me to Poptropica" (Poptropica is a web game that all my boys like), "I can't do that right now, my hands are wet and I don't want the laptop to get damaged". Off he went to put it on my bed.

A couple of minutes later, he comes back (he had obviously just opened the laptop, booted it up and opened a copy of Firefox) "how do you spell Poptropica?". I kind of giggled to myself at the hilarity of it all, here is my just turned 4 year old asking me how to spell something, so that he can type the URL into the address bar of the laptop that he has just booted up. It was amusing, since he is only four, but he seemed so self assured, that I decided to humor him. I began to spell it out; 'p', 'o', 'p'.... "I already did that part", he said (at this point I'm thinking, "really?"), "I just want to know how to make the 'trr'", (Ok, now I'm really impressed!), "ohh ok, it's 't', 'r'" I reply. He gets the information from me, turns around and heads back into the bedroom thanking me as he goes. As I relax back in the bath trying to comprehend what just happened, I hear "It worked!". I get out of the bath, head through to the bedroom and sure enough, he is sitting on my bed, playing Poptropica!

Total chin on floor moment, I had NO idea he knew how to open a copy of Firefox AND type in a URL AND spell. None at all, I mean, he JUST turned four years old in September!

I really need to watch this child more closely. crazy
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 12:02 AM

Tofu, that's fantastic. And what a great "natural consequence" for him of his concentration and perseverance!
Posted by: TMJ

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 01:20 AM

Originally Posted By: tofu
I really need to watch this child more closely. crazy


Indeed you do, Tofu! smile

Your post reminded me of a funny/scary moment when my DS was a few months off his 3rd birthday. This particular day he asked to use the computer I told him he could only play for about 15 minutes as I needed to do some banking. When I came back into the office, DS ruefully informed me that he was sorry he couldn't help me more but he just couldn't remember the numbers. My attention was then drawn to the fact that he had my bank login page up, had correctly typed all characters of my customer number, and had entered most of the password! The latter apparently had stumped him because he was typing by memory of where my fingers went (touch typing)... Never a dull moment with these kids wink

Very proud of DS this week - He randomly decided that he wanted to learn to jump rope and... has practiced for an hour or more every afternoon! He has set a goal of 20 jumps in row without catching the rope and is determined to get there. DH and I are thrilled for our little perfectionist, as he is persevering with this and has not had one tantrum about it being too hard. It's been an absolute pleasure to watch and encourage his effort smile
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 05:03 AM

Originally Posted By: tofu

Total chin on floor moment, I had NO idea he knew how to open a copy of Firefox AND type in a URL AND spell. None at all, I mean, he JUST turned four years old in September!

I really need to watch this child more closely. crazy


Really really closely tofu. Once, I found my then just turned five year old not only signed on the to computer without my knowledge but signed into my Ebay account (how did he get the pw???) and bidding on a video game! What impressed me (or terrified me) was that he was bidding competently. He told me "I just need to keep bidding one dollar more and then I am the winning bidder again." Needless to say computer security was heightened intensely - computer security from a five year old! Watch out tofu!!!! LOL


Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 05:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Dottie
Algebra, what algebra? Holy cow Onthego, that was from page 1 (of 61, ROFL!!!) That was last year (no wonder I couldn't remember!)


oops. I thought I was commenting on the current post. Enjoy the flash back.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 05:42 AM

My DS started the computer early too. When DD started I was surprized it wasn't as easy for her. Probally a year later, I realized she should of been using the mouse on the left side. LOL Oh well,she still does the computer mouse with her right hand despite being a lefty. That's good adapting.
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 06:48 AM

Just a funny note since we are talking computers. DS8 talks a lot. The other day he was playing a role playing game online that allows you to chat with other users and I could hear the keys chattering away. I went and sat and watched and he even talks(types) non-stop while he is playing the computer game! It totally cracked me up. Whatever drives him to talk is not inhibited by the keyboard.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/11/09 09:36 PM

Bear was assessed this morning for the tantrums and sensory issues he has and of course he was a perfect angel, didn't let them see the demon baby, but that's not the brag...

The assessor is coming back next week because in the cognitive section he "surpassed everything she had brought with her." They were also very impressed with his imagination. At least we aren't fooling ourselves about him being smart!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/09 03:28 PM

DS6 was reading the menu that was posted on the board at the little place we go to for lunch sometimes. I was at the counter doing our order. There was a man and a woman listening to him and commented on his reading when I walked over to our table (really small place) I thanked them and the man said to DS "you must really like to read" to which DS said "It ok, but math is better." Poor man should have known when to quit... He asked DS what he was learning in math and that was all it took for DS to launch into this whole dissertation of scientific notation and algebraic functions and on and on and on.

The look on their faces was priceless. Thank heaven the guy didn't ask about science. LOLOL I definitely don't have a low profile kiddo!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/09 03:40 PM

Less a brag, more a funny...

DS8 was working on the Plato Physical Science curriculum today, and they were dealing with the elements. He said--with a gleam in his eye--"I'm going to list off all the elements I can think of: hydrogen, helium, surprise..."

I was tickled! laugh
Posted by: tofu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/15/09 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Kriston
Less a brag, more a funny...

DS8 was working on the Plato Physical Science curriculum today, and they were dealing with the elements. He said--with a gleam in his eye--"I'm going to list off all the elements I can think of: hydrogen, helium, surprise..."

I was tickled! laugh


Hahaha, brilliant! That element of surprise is a tricky one to remember. :P
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/17/09 08:49 AM

The weirdest thing....

My son has been tinkering for the past several days with something that he's not sure he wants me to see. He keeps saying it's not right yet, it's not finished etc. He told me he'll let me see it when it's done.

Last night I was cleaning off his desk putting stuff away and came across his "tinkering". I think my son is "discovering" Pascal's triangle for himself. To the best of my knowledge he hasn't been exposed to it yet. There are lines and numbers all over the page that have been erased several times. How I ever ended up with such a "mathy" kid?

There are times when he really does scare me......
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/17/09 12:10 PM

Kriston,

The element of surprise! Took me a minute, I admit it. LOL
Posted by: vicam

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/18/09 07:47 AM

mine is in third grade and just picked up a moh's hardness scale and used it to determine minerals. as far as i know that isn't even intoduced until grade 6. how did he do it.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/18/09 08:20 AM

[quote=BWBShari]Last night I was cleaning off his desk putting stuff away and came across his "tinkering". I think my son is "discovering" Pascal's triangle for himself. To the best of my knowledge he hasn't been exposed to it yet. There are lines and numbers all over the page that have been erased several times. How I ever ended up with such a "mathy" kid? quote]

I have no idea what that is. How did you know what this is if your not Mathy? He sounds amazing.

My kids have figured some math ahead of school too and it's kinda strange. Why are they even thinking about it? It's like math is developmental like naturally learning to walk. But walking is something they see done.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/20/09 06:48 PM

He was in basketball for 2 years outside of school but they didn't play games. 3rd Grade is the 1st year for basketball at DS's school.

*******************Today was 3rd game of the basketball season and DS just scored his first shot!*********************

Wow did that feel great and his team mates really were excited for him. There is something special for him being part of this team with his class mates. This one shot is a big boost to his confidence. I feel very thankful.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/22/09 06:05 AM

this morning I just realized that DD2 knows all her letters! I felt kind of dumb because I knew she knew about half of them...but I saw her naming a bunch this morning and DS tells me "yeah mom, she knows all of them" and then proceeded to show me by quizzing her. I was shocked (and feeling a little bad that I hadn't noticed earlier but she barely ever plays with letter stuff) She was having so much fun with it! I am surprised by this because letters and numbers aren't big interests to her like they were my DS5. He knew his letters and numbers much early because that was his thing. DD2 would rather put on a princess outfit or build something.
Posted by: jesse

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/28/09 09:23 PM

Child did a spelling test 2 grades above current grade, just for fun. 8/10. Heh smile
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/29/09 12:33 PM

Discussing Charlie and the Chocolate factory with dd3, and she was describing the Violet Beauregard character, and really expressing shock about her turning into a blueberry. I said, 'You know, her name is Violet!', although I was pretty sure she would not recognize that as a color. She said, 'Yes, her name is Violet, and she turned violet!'. I asked her if she knew what violet meant, and she immediately said, yes, bluish-purple.
Oh, and this funny thing happened yesterday - she was bugging my dh with a toy that say 1 phrase over and over. After stopping for a while she pressed the button one more time. Dh was starting to ask her to stop and she just pipes up, 'You know, according to my research, this makes NOISE!' And just cracked everyone up.
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/30/09 08:42 PM

DD 2.9 got several 48 piece jigsaw puzzles for christmas. we knew she could do 24 piece ones by herself, but today she quickly did one of the 48 piece puzzles with absolutly no help, and she was totally goofing off during the whole time talking about snowbellies. She told me a snow belly is a belly that is covered with snow, and prehaps it would be white since snow is white. LOL. Which was totally random since the puzzle was of types of transportation LOL
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/31/09 12:13 PM

My DD3 just amazes me with the words she uses casually: concentrate as in "please be quiet so I can concentrate on my activity!", taunting "why were the reindeers taunting Rudolph?", version "Do you like my version of this nursery rhyme...(then makes up a poem), flatulence "HA, sorry. That was flatulence....(wild laughter), structure "I am going to try that climbing structure" (said at the park at two to another child who looked at her blankly... and conversation "Let's sit here and have a conversation together" said at two to other children who also looked at her blankly and so on.
Posted by: Irisheyes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/31/09 01:25 PM

I love those Twinkle Toes. That really took me back to when my dd (now 5) really started to speak. For over a year she seemed to just be collecting nouns (bird, spoon, book) - but refused to speak in sentences. Then when she hit 22-months, she said her first real sentence, "Get her out!" (referring to her new baby sister placed in a baby seat she coveted). Less than a month later, she was spouting off sentences like, "Want to get out of the car and go to the beach with mommy and daddy."

My dd ended up with a vocabulary like your dd's. Your post reminded me of one early sentence that really struck me. She was 23-months standing by a row of occupied swings at a neighborhood park. Her eyes filled with tears (highly emotional kid) and she turned to me, lip trembling, and said, "I am waiting my turn. I am being patient." That's one I actually went home and wrote down.
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/01/10 02:17 PM

TwinkleToes- ok seriously do we have the same kid. OMG they are so alike. DD amazes me to with her vocabulary....words like distracting as in "Daddy your TV is distracting me while I am trying to read my book. Turn it off" and attempting "Go away, I am attempting to hide." and concentrate " Be quite I am trying to concentrate on my work" and fascinated "I am fascinated by Christmas Lights" LOL. She has also done the "lets sit down on the bench and have a conversation" luckily it was me she said it too LOL. It is amazing, and other kids just look at her blanky and have no clue what she is talking about. I write down a lot of things she says because they just blow me out of the water.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/05/10 10:18 AM

Mr W (23 mos ) and I were at the Mall over the weekend. While in line to pay for something, he was counting out loud and pointing at words on signs and saying them. The woman in front of us heard him and turned around to see him in my arms. She was clearly shocked and asked how old he was.

It is like another switch has tuned on. He will spend a long time looking at words on everything now. I got him on Starfall for reading this weekend after a long hiatus and had to drag him away after an hour. He wanted to go over the words constantly.

We took him to the movie theater to see the Princess and the Frog before Christmas. He sat enraptured all the way through the movie, laughing and saying, "Uh Oh."

He had not seen my family in a year but remembered everyone. He watched King Kong with my dad. It is the one with Naomi Watts. At the end, Kong starts to falter, and at that point, Mr W said, "Bye Bye Monkey. Bye Bye." My dad and MIL were floored.

His intensity is formidable. Sometimes he gets so upset, but we just get down to his level and tell him to use his words to tell us what he wants. This is working well.

There are a lot of bright kids in his Montessori school, and he is having a blast and cannot wait to go every morning. I just wonder how long he will be that way. I think he is six months away from being on par with all the 5 year olds.

At that point, we may have to look for a private tutor to spend time with him while at Montessori. He loves the social aspect. I wish we knew some other parents kids like him who lived near us.







Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/06/10 03:16 PM

This isn't precocious, but it was soooooooo sweeeeeeet!

DS8mos signed "I love" at me today. I signed "I love you" back, and he went ballistic and kissed me. Now if only we could teach him to kiss w/out TEETH wink We're having a mini-language explosion today... he also signed "bathroom" in time for me to get him there smile

Michaela

Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/07/10 11:49 PM

My little Bear 2.11, the one who hides what he can do academically as opposed to his brother who was happy to be put through his paces and breathed workbooks, actually read a book to me today!!! It was a one sentence a page type book and admittedly I sort of tricked him into it by starting the first few sentences and trailing off so that he would finish them, but we KNEW he could do it. Whenever we asked him to read he said that he couldn't and we responded with, "Yes you can" since we knew he could since we had caught him reading a word or two prior to this.

Not only that, but he actually did some math for me today too!!! Basic stuff, 1+1, 1-1, 3+1, but he did it out loud so I finally had proof he could.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/10 09:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Wyldkat
Whenever we asked him to read he said that he couldn't and we responded with, "Yes you can" since we knew he could since we had caught him reading a word or two prior to this.


Why do they do this?

Mr W will go off with a book and mouth the words. When we find him, he closes the book, smiles at us, and acts like he is playing. Little stinker!
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/10 11:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Austin
Originally Posted By: Wyldkat
Whenever we asked him to read he said that he couldn't and we responded with, "Yes you can" since we knew he could since we had caught him reading a word or two prior to this.


Why do they do this?

Mr W will go off with a book and mouth the words. When we find him, he closes the book, smiles at us, and acts like he is playing. Little stinker!


There are probably lots of reasons they do that. But I think the biggest reason is toddlers still want to be babied. The smarter ones recognize if they can read they might be treated more like an adult and lose out on all those comforting things they are used to, and love. I read very early, but one of my favorite childhood memories is when mom tucked us into bed and read us a story. I still loved being read to when our 6th grade teacher read 'Johnny Tremain' to us in class.
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/10 11:32 AM

Originally Posted By: OHGrandma
Originally Posted By: Austin
Originally Posted By: Wyldkat
Whenever we asked him to read he said that he couldn't and we responded with, "Yes you can" since we knew he could since we had caught him reading a word or two prior to this.


Why do they do this?

Mr W will go off with a book and mouth the words. When we find him, he closes the book, smiles at us, and acts like he is playing. Little stinker!


There are probably lots of reasons they do that. But I think the biggest reason is toddlers still want to be babied. The smarter ones recognize if they can read they might be treated more like an adult and lose out on all those comforting things they are used to, and love. I read very early, but one of my favorite childhood memories is when mom tucked us into bed and read us a story. I still loved being read to when our 6th grade teacher read 'Johnny Tremain' to us in class.


Doesn't just apply to little ones. DD7 definitely downplays what she can do and even resists learning. I think she feels she can't compete with DS8 and also she LOVES being the Baby of the family. I am working really hard on trying to bring her out of this.
Posted by: no5no5

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/10 01:17 PM

DD has only ever hidden her ability to read when she's around someone who will make a big deal about it. I don't think it's a coincidence. Right now, she's hiding her math abilities, and I'm pretty sure it's because she can sense that I'm really interested in knowing where she's at in that area. (It's just a matter of curiosity on my part, and I know I need to work on that.)

I've always treated DD as though she could read, and acted like it was totally normal, so I think there was no reason for her to hide it from me. smile I just wish I'd done the same for math. Ah well, hindsight and all that.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/14/10 09:08 AM

We drove past the florist shop and DD6 notice the Valentine themed window. She said "why are the Valentine decorations up?" I responded, "It's a month to Valentine's day." DD said I think they should do Lincoln Birthday 1st. My DDs birtday is on Lincoln's Birthday.

I think she needs a Lincoln book for her birthday? Anyone have a suggestion?
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/14/10 10:19 AM

Originally Posted By: OHGrandma



There are probably lots of reasons they do that. But I think the biggest reason is toddlers still want to be babied. The smarter ones recognize if they can read they might be treated more like an adult and lose out on all those comforting things they are used to, and love. I read very early, but one of my favorite childhood memories is when mom tucked us into bed and read us a story. I still loved being read to when our 6th grade teacher read 'Johnny Tremain' to us in class.


Very, very good point. Mr W loves the attention for sure.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/14/10 12:19 PM

wow Amanda, they do sound similar. Now she will comment on someone's expression as in, "Did you see the expression on his face?" and will talk about a "massive pile of leaves" etc. When she tells stories with puppets she narrates things as if she is reading a story...
(said in a cute little voice) Then the mother duck exclaimed,"Come out of the water immediately, my dear babies. Danger is approaching" Then the baby ducks all swam quickly to the shore and waddled in a perfect line to the edge of the woods where a slinky snake slithered through the mud..." she goes on and on like this and another child her age picks up a puppet and just looks at her and says "QUACK QUACK QUACK." Granted, sometimes she will just make weird animal noises and be very very silly with other children, but when she gets into her storytelling mode, I am often quite surprised at the depth of her stories and the complexity of her sentences for a three year old.
Posted by: Mama22Gs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/14/10 01:09 PM

Originally Posted By: onthegomom
I think she needs a Lincoln book for her birthday? Anyone have a suggestion?


My DS enjoyed the David Adler "Picture Book of..." biographies when he was young. Actually, we all enjoyed them.

http://www.davidaadler.com/the_picture_biography_series__holiday_house__9353.htm

HTH
Posted by: genosnickers

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/10 01:53 PM

DD13 got her ACT scores back and it looks as if she got a national award in English and in Composite. It's really odd though because all of her scores flip floped. When she took it in 6th grade she made DYS scores for 7th grade reading, science, and composite, but now just made it in english, math, and composite. I wonder how that happened.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/19/10 05:34 PM

congrats! very exciting.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/02/10 09:37 AM

Mr W (24 mos) still has his pacifier for sleeping.

This morning he was asking for it while flipping through his books.

"I want my B! Where is my B?" he said.

"W-, do you REALLY want your B?" I asked?

"Yep!" he said.

"I'll show you your B!" I replied.

I grabbed a book of his that had a letter on one page with objects on the other. I flipped backwards from F, saying
"That is not your B!" each time.

When we got to the B page, I said, "There is your B!"

He just cracked up and said, "DAD!!!"

Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/03/10 08:04 PM

Here's a cute story. I was just reminded of this by reading another thread. When DD was about 4 or 5. We did alot of car time. She would play architect. She would ask me what type of building I wanted then we would brainstorm for ideas together. Usually these were themed place like a whole building just for kids to go and have fun- jumping room, icecream shop ect. I still have a collection of these somewhere. I should look for those. I hope someone here tries this too.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/04/10 11:07 AM

today my DD3 brought home a bear she painted at a pottery place and I asked her what she was going to call him and she said, "Ursa minor" and started laughing vigorously and then said, well, he is a little bear! I don't think her joke would be appreciated by most three or four year olds...
Posted by: Cecilia

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/04/10 01:40 PM

DD just turned 5..."Mom, I've been thinking a lot about it, and I believe in the Big Bang Theory"... Said at age 4 "Mom, I love you more than atoms" Also at age 4 "Mom, I'm extracting DNA from the cat" (Poor cat!!!) "I feel so bright that I don't even need a light!" "So what is the VERY last number? If there actually is infinity, than my hypothesis is there never will be a last and that is SO COOL!!!..." Oh, the joy of these little ones...LOVE all of your posts everyone!!! It's great to share with people who UNDERSTAND lol smile
Posted by: Dandy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/06/10 01:35 AM

Originally Posted By: onthegomom
My DDs birthday is on Lincoln's Birthday.

I think she needs a Lincoln book for her birthday? Anyone have a suggestion?

My favorite kid's book on Lincoln:

http://www.amazon.com/Abraham-Lincoln-Bicentennial-Ingri-DAulaire/dp/1893103269
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/06/10 05:55 AM

thank you, I'm in luck they have it at the library!
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/06/10 07:31 PM

We played the word for a letter game today in the car with mr W. (24 mos)

"What word begins with A?" we would ask him.

"Apple." so goes his response.

etc.

...

All the way to L.

"What begins with L?"

"Lonesome."


I don't know what to say.

frown
Posted by: Polly

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/06/10 07:57 PM

Mr. W sounds like a delight to be around!

Have you played, "I see something that starts with" as a car game? Right around then is when I noticed DS liked to play that one, we would usually start with I see something that starts with M, and he would say Mommy.

My favorite of the week here was a few days ago DS2.8s squats down over a book with "World" in the title and says, "Look I am sitting on top of the world".

Polly
Posted by: Roni

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/06/10 08:05 PM

I just want to share this moment with my 16-mth old DS:

Yesterday, I told Buddy that we were going to visit a pet store and look at fish. We read a couple books about fish and talked about them. About twenty minutes later, I grabbed a pile of laundry to throw into the wash before we left and noticed that the house was really quiet (BAD TODDLER SIGN). When I found Buddy, he was in the bathroom, and he had put every toy fish he owns into the toilet.

"Buddy, you know that we do NOT put toys in the potty. No toys in the potty."

He said, "Mama! Fish need water, Mama."
Posted by: paynted28

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/06/10 10:51 PM

My 4 yr old likes to make people laugh. So when an aunt talked about being allergic to cats, my daughter replied, "I'm allergic to stinky booties." She also told me the other day that something she heard on television was asinine.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/07/10 06:56 PM

Did they ask for his ID? LOL
Posted by: paynted28

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/07/10 07:08 PM

Mine is a visual person. She has remembered all the commercials. When she was two she would name them when they first came on. Geico, Chili's etc. Now she is into infomercials and "As Seen on TV." Every time her puppy has an accident she says, "Mommy, we need a potty patch." And when I am cooking she thinks I should buy a ChopIt.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/10 07:25 PM

Wolf (5.6) just read the book "Flat Stanley" in less than 1/2 hour. It was his first "official" chapter book and I had no idea he could read that fast a comprehend it all!!! I went through and asked him a ton of questions and he answered all of them. I know he is reading about early 3rd grade plus or minus half a year, but he's never really gotten into a book like that before.
Posted by: paynted28

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/10/10 04:35 AM

So, this is really just a tribute to the creative solutions our little ones come up with. My 4 year old has had a little bit of an attitude this month. She got in trouble a couple days ago for calling me stupid. She almost said it again yesterday but stopped herself and replaced the word stupid with her new word "furley". So all day I had to hear about how "furley" everything was. She loves making up secret adjectives. She thinks I can't figure out what they mean:)
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/10/10 08:45 PM

I'm not sure how much of a brag this is, but it was very funny and I wanted to share.

Bear was on Starfall and his stuffed cat was the one using the mouse (with his help). He's a secret reader and I was trying to trick him into reading for Grandma so I asked if Kitty could read the text on the page. He said, "No, Kitty isn't real." He wouldn't even pretend. I can't even trick him into it!!! LOL
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/11/10 07:25 AM

DD7 approached the school librian yesterday to ask for some above grade level books. WOW am I proud of her! (I appreciate her self advocacy becuase DS9 wouldn't do this.)

Last night, she was reading A Little Princess by Burnett for 9+. It's amazing how quickly she has progressed.

this is my favorite thread. I can't go around saying this stuff to many people I know. thanks.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/19/10 10:52 AM

DS is the top student in a 600+ student math contest. He has one more test to do and then the winner is determined.
Posted by: Baseballmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/19/10 01:46 PM

My ds7 read Matilda by Dahl in two days took a accelrator test passed with 100% Then enjoyed the movie later on that night and loved the comparing and contrasting afterwards. The satisfied smile on his face and the excitement in his laugh was mesmerizing.
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/20/10 12:13 PM

DD7 (just had her birthday!) asked my DH if atoms could be cut in half. The interesting part was the long intellectual discussion that followed. Is this my kid? And where did this man (DH) learn about all of this, she is truly her fathers daughter. So glad she asked him and not me, she would have gotten the short version. smile
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/20/10 09:33 PM

Mr W was counting out loud in his bed last night.

1-2-3-4

2-3-4-5

3-4-5-6

4-5-6-7

And so on up to ten as the starting point.

I am becoming convinced there is a lot going on in his mind we do not know anything about.

Posted by: BigBadWool

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/10 06:28 PM

That is one of the reasons I still love my baby monitor (even though DS is 4 now). You hear some pretty cool stuff sometimes.



I have one. We were at a restaurant with some friends and the kids were playing in one of those rooms with the slides and stuff. There is also a huge globe in there. It is a 'kiddy' globe in that it is quite simplistic but, DS still loves it.

I went and got DS because we were all going up to get some ice cream and walked by one of the dads. He asked me if DS was mine and I said yes. I was thinking "oh no, now what did he do?" The guy said, "He is amazing!" I kind of looked at him like, OK?? He said, "He was in there telling me all the countries and where they should be on that globe in there!" I just laughed and said, "yeah, he likes countries."

His speech must be getting a lot better. 8)


Of course, we let them go play again and then I got comments he was knocking kids down. (ooops...he is really big for his age and I think sometimes he doesn't realize it. He is like a great dane that thinks he is a lap dog, ha ha.)
Posted by: Zanzi

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/10 07:47 PM

I was reading DS 4 his favorite Poo bear story.

"Poo bear fell 10 feet to the branch below.."

"That's 120 inches!"

"Yes, that's um right...then he fell 30 feet to the next branch.."

"That's 360 inches!"

Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/21/10 11:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Zanzi
I was reading DS 4 his favorite Poo bear story.

"Poo bear fell 10 feet to the branch below.."

"That's 120 inches!"

"Yes, that's um right...then he fell 30 feet to the next branch.."

"That's 360 inches!"


Lol, I remember my DS doing exactly that. Maybe it should get added into those "you know you have a gifted child when" lists - much more informative than when they believe in the tooth fairy :-)
Posted by: Zanzi

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/22/10 03:14 PM

The only way to get him to go to the toilet is to give him a 'maths challenge'. It's harder than you'd think to come up with them, considering you need to know the answer yourself. We've moved to algebra but I feel like I need to start multiplying fractions, in which case I'll need to hide a calculator in my back pocket so I don't look like I'm clueless.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/22/10 07:23 PM

Took the lads to the optometrist today for their annual checkup. The doctor asked Chico (4) if he wanted to look at letters or pictures (I didn't tell her he could read already); he said, "well, that depends. Do the letters have serifs, or not?" which I found amusing. Then when she was taking a picture of the back of his eye, he looked at the green and purple flashes and said, "oh no, alien probes!"

Groucho (6) insisted on reading the letters, not one at a time, but as "words". After several strings of pretty miscellaneous consonants, he said, "what language is this? Hungarian? It at least looks like something Finno-Ugric to me."

Harpo (8) just did his usual quiz about how every single machine in the place worked.

I'm glad the doctor puts up with us! She's a bit eccentric herself, which is very nice.

Lots of great stories since last time I was here! Hello and welcome to all the new folks!

peace
minnie

Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/23/10 03:14 PM

Grandad was over... the one who was dad of the PG dad of my kid... that one...

He spent about two hours taking pics of DS doing things he's been doing for months and being surprised by how early he's doing things.

I *will* loose my mind if DS is smarter than his dad, but I think it's more likely that some of my family's physicality is what's actually showing. I noticed that he was not surprised that DS is into numbers or is talking, it was mostly fine motor stuff that threw him.

In any case it was pretty funny. (esp since grandad keeps telling us how we're doing everything wrong ;))

Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/23/10 08:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Zanzi
The only way to get him to go to the toilet is to give him a 'maths challenge'.


LOL!

When Mr W starts squirming I launch into "what word begins with the letter.." and I have his total attention.
Posted by: matmum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/10 01:41 PM

Don't know if this belongs here as it's more about my feelings.

Some of you may remember about DD having a chronic medical condition and moving away to university 2 months ago. Well she drove home yesterday for a flying visit and I am just so proud of her. I have always been amazed by her confidence and adaptability but what really struck me this time is her focus. Perhaps it's due to the fact that a lot of kids her age these days don't really know what they want to do. She loves doing Psychology and has said she will do either an honours year or postgraduate study, I was half aware of her desire to do that, and then she said she is determined to join the armed forces, most likely the army, and use her skills there.
Posted by: Tiz

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/10 01:56 PM

Pleased to hear how well your DD is doing matmum smile
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/05/10 10:23 PM

DH and I realized, within a day or two of each other, that DD 3 yrs 2 mos knows simple addition and subtraction.

I asked, "If you have two apples and one orange, how many pieces of fruit do you have? What if you also get a banana, then how many?" She got all my little questions correct.

DH told her a bed time story about five magic jumping beans. While describing in great detail people eating a bean and having some big adventure, he paused to ask, "Do you know how many beans were left?" DD said, "Two! Who's going to get them Daddy?"

We're surprised because we have not attempted addition and subtraction at home before.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/06/10 06:08 PM

Great story, seablue! You have to read her "Anno's Magic Seeds" now!

peace
minnie
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/07/10 11:23 AM

This is not so much a brag, as an observation of amazingly different thinking! My DS7 has asked for more math books, more math books. I was talking with him about it today and said that when I was little I would never have asked my parents for more math books. He couldn't understand why and I commented that he really loves math. He said, "No, I NEED math." I asked him if he needed math as much as food and he said, "No, I need math WAY MORE than food." Wow, strange and cool, and I just cannot keep up with him....Nan
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/08/10 05:41 AM

Originally Posted By: NanRos
This is not so much a brag, as an observation of amazingly different thinking! My DS7 has asked for more math books, more math books. I was talking with him about it today and said that when I was little I would never have asked my parents for more math books. He couldn't understand why and I commented that he really loves math. He said, "No, I NEED math." I asked him if he needed math as much as food and he said, "No, I need math WAY MORE than food." Wow, strange and cool, and I just cannot keep up with him....Nan


LOL!

A little Erasmus!

http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/erasmus.html

"One of the most famous and amusing quotes from the noted scholar and translator Erasmus was, "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.""

Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/08/10 09:51 AM

I was watching a dinosaur show with my planet-crazy DS4 and commented, "See that man? He's a REAL paleontologist!"
DS4: "Wow, I want to meet him one day!"
Me: (thrilled that he might be developing interests outside of space) "That would be so cool!"
DS4: "Yeah, I could tell him all about planets!"

Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/08/10 11:59 AM

Austin, Haha!! I have heard that quote! Thanks for the link! Nan
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/10 02:21 AM

Trillium, very very funny!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/10 02:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Zanzi
The only way to get him to go to the toilet is to give him a 'maths challenge'. It's harder than you'd think to come up with them, considering you need to know the answer yourself.


Just noticed this one, all the stories are funny/great, but this one is just to die for. laugh

Ds9 has come to grips again with multiplication (obviously not a brag, just a relief, as he did great last year then proceeded to dump all that stuff from him brain over the summer.) Now every thing about math is easy again, just like the 2nd part of last year. Fractions ("mom it's like arm wrestling with a baby!"), decimals, etc. He was feeling pretty yucky all last week and still went to school with some encouragement, aced his various tests, and felt better at the end that he hadn't just tummy-ached out of them. He came home from his gt class the last couple weeks really excited about getting to do the lego engineering project (like a center he gets to choose to work on for several weeks), and also this week, they did some forensic science stuff, talked about and examined their own fingerprints and stuff like that.
Dd3.5 is becoming a bit of an inventor of both words (Soctopus was her latest really funny one) and things; she has a great vocab so to amuse herself she changes up the words she already knows. The other day she grabbed a plastic bag I had in the car and put her arms through the handles like a backpack, announcing that she had on a parachute! It really looked cool and I was pretty surprised (of course setting off all sorts of alarm bells, child playing with plastic bag!!).
Posted by: adhoc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/10 08:53 PM

Boodle (3.5 months) is still having a hard time controlling his hands, but he's figured out other ways of getting what he wants. Sometimes he'll cry until we help him walk and then he'll "walk" himself over to the object he wants and wrap his mouth around it. We had a meltdown when I wouldn't let him mouth the power cords in the outlet.

The other day his favorite toy (a stuffed dog in floral print) was on his legs while he was in the car. He couldn't reach it, so he lifted his leg up until it rolled to him. The first time, it rolled off the carseat so my husband put it back on his legs. Then he lifted both legs and it rolled more evenly and ended up right in his lap (where he happily put it in his mouth!)
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/10 06:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Zanzi
The only way to get him to go to the toilet is to give him a 'maths challenge'. It's harder than you'd think to come up with them, considering you need to know the answer yourself. We've moved to algebra but I feel like I need to start multiplying fractions, in which case I'll need to hide a calculator in my back pocket so I don't look like I'm clueless.

LOL, that is hilarious! Sounds so much like my DS5, he always wants us to give him algebra problems while in the car. It does take a lot of thinking because if I give him an easy one he solves it in seconds and I have to think of another one (plus he tells me to give him a harder one) and if I give him a hard one I have to figure out the answer in my head first(while I am driving of course) and then try to remember it. Sometimes I get distracted and he tells me the answer and then I have to check and see if he was right. Makes car rides not so relaxing. Thankfully when I put classical music on that usually gets him singing and humming and slightly distracted. : ) On long trips we thankfully have a whole basket of mind puzzles and math stuff to keep his brain nourished.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/16/10 08:41 AM

DS6 comes home yesterday to say he's moved another level in reading. He's at the highest level in the entire first grade. He's at a higher level than many second graders too! Thank goodness he's not still in K!
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/16/10 03:45 PM

Originally Posted By: shellymos

LOL, that is hilarious! Sounds so much like my DS5, he always wants us to give him algebra problems while in the car. It does take a lot of thinking because if I give him an easy one he solves it in seconds and I have to think of another one (plus he tells me to give him a harder one) and if I give him a hard one I have to figure out the answer in my head first(while I am driving of course) and then try to remember it. Sometimes I get distracted and he tells me the answer and then I have to check and see if he was right. Makes car rides not so relaxing. Thankfully when I put classical music on that usually gets him singing and humming and slightly distracted. : ) On long trips we thankfully have a whole basket of mind puzzles and math stuff to keep his brain nourished.


For our car rides I am commissioned with handing out questions in all areas and you would think after 44 years and being an educator I could think of many questions...but I get brainlocked after a while...guess I should look at it as anti-alzheimer's training. :-)

Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/10 09:44 PM

Wolf was at martial arts today and the instructor asked the kids what fun things they did over the weekend/since last class. Other kids said things like played with friends, went miniature golfing, went to the beach, etc... Wolf raised his hand and said "I started writing a..." he looked at me for the word, "script for Star Wars!!!" His instructor seemed a bit startled...
Posted by: kec

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/10 05:31 AM

My DS8 has not been much of a reader. He loves us to read to him, but has only recently been reading on his own. His school announced a read-a-thon for MS, and my son was so thrilled with the idea, he came home from school and started reading a book. That was on March 8 and as of this morning he has finished seven books, with a total of about 1,300 pages!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/10 07:17 AM

Way to go, DS of kec! Three cheers for you!

peace
minnie
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/10 08:45 PM

Just gotta:

DS1 played the piano...well, ok, not really. But he was goofing around with a keyboard at the science center that makes oil do odd things, and he started using my hand to randomly smack at it (I think it was playing duck sounds or something at the time). Anyway, I was getting tired of the dischords, so I wrestled my fingers into thirds, so it would at least sound less bad. And he grinns at me with this lovy little "Oh, THANK you" face, and then starts using my fingers to play little patterns smile


Adorable lil thing! (He was really trying to get me on his side today... apparently he started planning tonight early wink
Posted by: Jonas

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/28/10 07:13 PM

DS6 and I were at the library today. I asked him to pick out what his next topic that he wanted to read about was going to be. He informed me he wanted to read about WWI and WWII. I told him that we'll check out books on WWI first and then move onto WWII another times if he so chooses.

While we were at the library he began reading one of the books. When it was describing the allies and the Central Power forces beginning to fight and the amount of armies involved he said to me, "Wow, it's like a million rhinocerouses are going to ram another million rhinocerouses."

Never will I look at the beginnings of WWI the same way!
Posted by: Mathboy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/31/10 05:57 PM

New here, but can't help to share:-)

DS4 got up one morning as asked me, what numbers 11 can be divided??
I answered: "only 1 and itself, and nothing esle"
"What about 12?"
"Not only 1 and itself, but also 2,3,4,6"
"Oh..."
Then DS started to look for numbers only divied by 1 and itself,even he didn't know we call them "prime number"
Soon he figured out most prime numbers within 100.
Later afternoon, he asked me:
"Mum, is One prime number too?"
"Probably not"
"Why??"
"Hum...you got me, I don't know."
Posted by: elizabethmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/31/10 08:22 PM

OK, I will.

DD6 took a fifth grade benchmark test for language arts and got about an 80% or so. She didn't know the term "narration". Otherwise, she did really well. So this is why she is bored in school. Huh.
Posted by: MegMeg

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/01/10 04:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Mathboy
"Mum, is One prime number too?"
"Probably not"
"Why??"
"Hum...you got me, I don't know."

Don't know if you're actually looking for an answer to that question, but here it is anyway! laugh

One used to be considered a prime until pretty recently in the history of math. It turns out that various things (including the "fundamental theorem of arithmetic") work out more neatly if you define the primes to not include 1. Wikipedia sez: "the prime numbers have several properties that the number 1 lacks," so excluding 1 is the more sensible, natural definition of the primes.

Makes me want to smack the math teachers who told us smugly, "It's because a prime has exactly two different divisors, 1 and itself." And then they would give us a "gotcha" look, like they expected us to be impressed with the profundity of this insight. They didn't get it that they were just repeating the definition, without any justification.
Posted by: Floridama

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/01/10 05:05 AM

I think you should put some paw prints down for the answer HeHe
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/01/10 06:32 AM

Originally Posted By: master of none
dd8 is laying a plan to out the Easter Bunny: 3 of her friends are going to trick the Easter Bunny into giving a writing sample. They are going to write a question and leave it for the EB. Meanwhile, they are collecting samples from their dads to compare.




Write opposite handed! wink
Posted by: BonusMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/01/10 10:09 AM

Originally Posted By: JJsMom
Originally Posted By: master of none
dd8 is laying a plan to out the Easter Bunny: 3 of her friends are going to trick the Easter Bunny into giving a writing sample. They are going to write a question and leave it for the EB. Meanwhile, they are collecting samples from their dads to compare.




Write opposite handed! wink


That's what my cats do when they leave notes!

grin
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/01/10 10:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Jonas


While we were at the library he began reading one of the books. When it was describing the allies and the Central Power forces beginning to fight and the amount of armies involved he said to me, "Wow, it's like a million rhinocerouses are going to ram another million rhinocerouses."

Never will I look at the beginnings of WWI the same way!


Great story! And the leaders were just as near-sighted!!!

Yesterday Mr W (26 mos) went with me to watch DW play. He spent much of the time flirting with everyone and kicking a ball around. He then said hi to all her teammates using their names.



Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/01/10 05:51 PM

I love all these stories, especially the read-a-thon, prime number discovery and easter bunny graphology! grin

I am venturing a brag about DS 8.0 mos. because he has been standing for 30 minutes at a time for a month now. Yesterday I caught him on video pulling himself up to stand in the middle of the room. Not his first time to do that, but it's suddenly commonplace enough for me to film easily, and he just squats up, down, up down, like a weight lifter. (DS is adopted and started out behind the 8 ball, so we are delighted with his vitality.)

Posted by: Floridama

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/02/10 05:35 AM

So proud of my DS3! He has been a secret reader for while, any time I would catch him reading he would shut off.
Finally yesterday, he brought me a book and told me to sit down because he was going to read me a story.
I guess he finally found the confidence he needed, to show me his talent.
I knew he could read some, but I was very surprised at how good he was, he only got stuck on one word and did not get mad when he needed help.
Posted by: Mathboy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/02/10 04:38 PM

seablue
Congrates!!
Early walking indicate giftness!!
My son stand up and learned to walk by holding coffee table, walking without assistant at 10 months, running arround at 11 months,
I only realized that his early motor skill matters later I found he is advanced in reading and numbers too

Enjoy your lovely DS:-)
Posted by: Mathboy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/02/10 04:45 PM

Show off my DS4's interest in music!!

Since we got him piano, he is so into it, always wants to play. He can sit there hours to read his piano book and watch the DVD, and self taught himself quite many simple songs.
He was in group music class with ten similar age kids, but he is away ahead of them, maybe because he pay so much attention on it, and practices it hours everyday, his log tern spam is amazing!!

My colleage said he is very jealous because his DS not very much into music:-)
Posted by: 07upsydaisy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/10 10:59 AM

I just joined today, so I'll first introduce myself...

I'm Lynn and I have one child; a son age three.

He is reading level two books, can count to 100 and identify any number up to 100. He is starting to write letters and numbers. He has a great vocabulary and sentence delivery. He knows the days of the week and months of the year and uses four and five syllable words. He's able to tell time on the hour, half hour and quarter hour. Some of his favorite things are dials and gauges. He loves his compass and he sleeps with a pocket watch that belonged to his great-great grandma.

He's a sweet and outgoing little boy. Always talking up a stranger! (yikes)

I haven't put him in preschool yet. He's not potty-trained and has some trouble with physical things like riding a bike. He's no athlete! LOL Hopefully when he's enrolled, he will pick up more physical skills. smile

Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/10 08:47 PM

Originally Posted By: seablue
I love all these stories, especially the read-a-thon, prime number discovery and easter bunny graphology! grin

I am venturing a brag about DS 8.0 mos. because he has been standing for 30 minutes at a time for a month now. Yesterday I caught him on video pulling himself up to stand in the middle of the room. Not his first time to do that, but it's suddenly commonplace enough for me to film easily, and he just squats up, down, up down, like a weight lifter. (DS is adopted and started out behind the 8 ball, so we are delighted with his vitality.)



Nice!! smile
Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/13/10 07:01 PM

My son is 6 - will be 7 in June - currently in 1st grade. His teacher is doing reading assessments this week - she was blown away - he is reading and comprehending at 4th grade level. She is going to continue testing his reading, and see how high he goes. Until recently, he was struggling with the comprehension part - but once he figured that he had to remember what he read, he did fine smile His teacher knew he would take longer than the other kids for his assessment, so she kept him after school for an hour one day, then brought him home to me when they were done - she's really enjoying having him in her class smile
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/14/10 11:24 PM

Wolf had to answer what his favorite part of school was today. His answer? Learning! laugh
Posted by: Dace

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/15/10 05:44 AM

This may seem weak to you all but this is new to me and I don't really have anyone to brag to IRL....without getting a *look*.

My 7 yr old just went thru intelligence testing and score at the 99.9 percentile. Her official classification is Highly Gifted :-)

She just seems like a normal, but bright, kiddo to me!

I am very hopeful for her future and am already working on upping her exposure to more educational things. Yesterday (on her own) she spent a couple hours happily playing math games online...working on multiplication and fractions. I had to make her shut it down.

I am so proud of her!
Posted by: Mommyj2

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/16/10 08:00 AM

DS9 usually dreads the school day and comes home saying it was BORING and uninteresting. Yesterday was a bit different though...he said "Well, I learned something today. They're finally making a step in the right direction with me. I actually learned something about long division I didn't know before." He cracks me up!
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/18/10 10:09 AM

My 11 year old son finished the last of three musical theater performances last night. My son played the Hercules part in "Zero to Hero and he sang "Go the Distance." He also played Baloo singing "Bare Necessities" in the musical theater group's Disney animated musical revue. He had about a week to learn the Baloo part when one of the actors couldn't do it. It was challenging because he had to learn the lyrics, the choreography, and the dialogue quickly and with motor dyspraxia the choreography is harder for him to learn, especially when he has to sing and dance at the same time--but he did it and he did it well in his solos and in all of the 17 other songs he had parts in. He was able to do it even though he had to wear the brace during all rehearsals. I don't think anyone watching the show would describe him as uncoordinated. He is not the best dancer, but he did it well enough. His timing on Bare Necessities was really good and he was able to time the acting and dialogue and the singing to fit the music. His "parents" came in late for their part when he sang "Go the Distance" and he handled that well also, cutting short his dialogue and making it fit the amount of time he had before he had to start singing again. He also handled his shoe coming off during a dress rehearsal by quickly kicking it behind a group of kids in the scene and shoving his foot back in the shoe before anyone else noticed. He did not break character or seem anxious about it at all. I can't believe how much his confidence has grown the last few months. There are five girls who are close to his age in the group and they seem to like him. One of the girls used the word "cute" to describe him. He always hated it when I used that word to describe him. He seemed a little embarrassed when two of them hugged him after the show, but I also noticed that he doesn't want me to hang around as much any more.

He said the girls were surprised to find out that he is several months younger than two of them. They all thought he was older.

He had more trouble than usual falling asleep last night because of all the excitement, so he spent half the night reading history.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/19/10 03:54 PM

Wow Lori, what a great story!! Sounds like he is having a ton of fun and stretching himself into new territory! Awesome. smile
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/19/10 05:04 PM

Congrats! Lori. That a lot to be proud about.
Posted by: crazydaisy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/19/10 07:18 PM

I remember my daughter and I reading the book "Scranimals", with poems in it. It's poems of fictional animals mixed with vegetable, very cute, very clever. She was about three years old. A couple days later she came out and said, "It's interesting that he chose a dodo as the animal on the last page of the book, after all, they are extinct, aren't they?"

That was one clue in many as to what I was dealing with.

When she was two, she announced with absolute clarity, that she found her room, "completely disasterous!"

When she was four, she found me out in the garden and told me "she'd just been reading about plate techtonics and found it fascinating."

What a character!!! She's a wild and exciting ride, this one!
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/20/10 10:25 AM

DS drew a happy face.

I'm not actually sure he INTENDED to draw a happy face, but at 367 days old, getting a circle that was both round and closed is kinda... well... cool. Getting two dots and a curve inside and in the shape of a happy face was beyond cool, intentional or otherwise. His computer-illustrator-mom-who-can't-draw-on-paper-to-save-her-life was amused smile

Otherwise he's just been scribbling like a normal 1 yr old, so this is probably another one of his reading-ahead moments and it'll be a year before he does anything else recognisable smile

He then refused to even stand still without hanging on to something until his nap. (He walks all day when he wants to). The little nutcase.
Posted by: intparent

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/20/10 12:27 PM

D14 just e-mailed, she won a trophy from last weekend's Quiz Bowl tournament for getting the most questions right of all the freshman in the tournament. Funny, since in the car on the way home she claimed she hadn't known the answers to a lot of questions.
Posted by: snowgirl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/20/10 12:51 PM

One of my first graders is doing long division. He just loves math - his whole face lights up smile

(I confess I bragged at a cocktail party, as part of a conversation about schools, and I've felt guilty ever since. To a teacher no less. I should have come here first!!!!!)
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 06:48 AM

My son singing as Baloo in Bare Necessities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYwdPhcsn...=PL&index=2

As Hercules in Go the Distance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3S3UDaWA...PL&index=14



Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 07:34 AM

Bravo Lori's son! :-)
Posted by: ebeth

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 08:00 AM

He is really wonderful, Lori! What a great voice and stage presence!
grin (applause, applause!)
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 08:13 AM

wow! what great confidence. Is this a school play?
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 08:24 AM

Yesterday DD was crying that some kids made fun of her for still liking PBS kids TV shows. I told her, you know it's really a wonderful gift to be able to enjoy simple things. Some people don't like to go for walks, but something so simple can be wonderful. I think your perfect just the way you are. I'm sorry they missed seeing that about you and hurt your feelings. She went from crying to shining.

Today I get to feel like a great Mom.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 10:50 AM

Awww onthegomom ... thanks for sharing that. Really is a great post.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 06:27 PM

today my DD who is three going on four used the word "soporific" then tried to talk to a two year old about molting at the library. Yesterday when someone said they needed to get inside because they were going to melt, she said, "Don't worry. I'm a solid--ha ha" Okie dokie. I can see why her preschool teacher said she seems a little out of place in her classroom.
Posted by: Lan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/21/10 09:59 PM

Writing's been a weak spot for my DS8 who's a bookworm. My husband keeps telling me all that reading will eventually reflect to his writing. But I wasn't sure when it's going to happen. Thanks to my threat and persuasion, my hubby has helped my son write a paragraph almost every weekend since this school year started. English isn't my native language, so I wasn't comfortable afterschooling writing with him.

Anyway, my son showed a paper to me this afternoon and I couldn't believe he wrote the following story by himself at school without my hubby's help.

The Pirate Who Met a Giant

Once upon a time a pirate named Jack set foot on a misty island. He called to see if there were villages he could find to rob. There were no call backs but one. It was a giant. He said, "Fee fi fo fum who sets foot on my island!" Pirate Jack said back, "You scurvy giant sucm, you shall not have this island!" Then Jack found the giant and dueled and fought until the giant fell down and said, "I'll surrender since you defeated me." Jack said, "Good, now you can leave now." The giant went away and later Jack left the island to steal from villages far away. That was how the story began.

We gave him a ton of compliments. His confidence in writing got boosted 10 times at least today. Hope days of frustration in writing are behind us.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/22/10 05:40 AM

Lan- That's a great story!!! how wonderful your DH is helping him with writing.

I think frustration is part of creative. I was just reading a art teacher book that says let the kids be ok with not liking some of their work. Even Adult Artists might like 2 out of 5 drawings. Not liking work sometimes could promote progress.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/22/10 08:46 AM

I love this, TwinkleToes!! Thanks for my morning chuckle--she sounds like a fun kid!!

peace
minnie
Posted by: matmum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/22/10 05:07 PM

DS(16)'s school was approached by the local council and asked if DS could assist the men with the mathematics in a course they were required to do on water and waste water. DS was happy to do this and did three 2 hour sessions with them. He came home from school yesterday with a lovely letter from the council thanking DS for his excellent assistance and informing him that all the men had passed the course. YAY DS.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/23/10 11:09 AM

that's great matmum!!!
Posted by: Lan

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/27/10 08:51 AM

onthegomom- Thank you! It wasn't easy to get DH involved in afterschooling but he's been more willing to help these days since he saw the result.

That's relieving. I still remember the absolute frustration when the art teacher in 2nd grade told us to draw whatever we wished to. I just stared the blank paper feeling my brain became totally blank. DS has the same tendency and gets a panic attack easily with writing and drawing. I try to divide them into small steps so he won't be overwhelmed with the frustration. I was happy to find out these days he actually likes writing although it's still hard for him.
Posted by: Licorice26

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/30/10 12:42 AM

DS4 read a little French to us today for the first time - the third language that he can read.
Posted by: matmum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/30/10 01:06 AM

WOW! How wonderful.cool
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/30/10 10:39 PM

DS4 brought me a stack of mixed-up bills (all fake, sadly!) and said, "Here's a hundred dollars for you!" I figured he had just picked a random number, but when I counted the money, it was indeed $100. smile I can see that there's still a lot of play money left in the drawer, so he must have counted out the amount he wanted to give me.



Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/02/10 01:02 PM

DD3.5 was at a birthday party for a school mate yesterday and her little friend was very upset that his lovely dinosaur pinata was going to get a beating. He refused to hit it himself, even throwing the stick away from everyone and proceeded to have a major meltdown about it where his mother had to hold him down. DD clearly saw all of this happening but it didn't stop her from taking her turn at the pinata. When it finally did break open and the candy was picked up; they tossed the pinata over the edge of the yard (where there was a ditch) and informed the poor little guy that it was the dinosaur's grave. He stood there for a little while looking at the carcass of what use to be his dinosaur and was clearly still upset. DD walked up to him and put her little hand on his back giving him a little rub and talked to him for a little bit which seemed to calm him down and they headed off to have birthday cake together. DD really has such an awareness and high empathy.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/02/10 07:49 PM

That is such a lovely story, Katelyn'sMom! What a wonderful, kind, sensitive little girl--good for her, and good for you, for raising such a sweetheart.

peace
minnie
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/02/10 07:51 PM

Wow! That's fabulous, matmum--how wonderfully affirming for your son, and good on him for doing such a terrific job!

Lots to celebrate around here lately--hooray!

peace
minnie
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/04/10 12:18 PM

DS5 patiently sat and watched a friend try to solve a puzzle on cover your tracks (a thinkfun game that he was borrowing from DS). DS didn't give advice or tell them how to do it and then when they got a little frustrated he said "It's okay, I get stuck on that level too sometimes." : )
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/04/10 02:33 PM

Today was the day for Mr W (27 mos) to hand out flowers to his teachers. All we told him at home was that he had to pick out flowers to give to his teachers.

He was very upset that DW put the flowers up front in the car where he could not hold them. We thought he would have a massive fit at school when he had to give them up.

Instead...

When he got to school, without us telling him, he grabbed the flowers from the car, went inside, and on his own, gave flowers to several people - not just his teachers. And he gave every recipient his 50,000 watt smile and his infectious happy laugh when they took the flower.
Posted by: Mathboy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/04/10 05:33 PM

DS4 1/2 did a few long division last night
like 1057 divided by 3, he enjoyed and asked for more:-)
Posted by: RachaelC

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/06/10 06:47 PM

I just need to brag about my maybe gifted "baby" for a minute. She is 11 months old and told me today "steam is hot". (she saw steam coming from a dry cleaners) Whaaa???

She also knows most of her letters by sight and says the letters and sometimes will add a list of things that begin with that letter, ie last week she said "D, dada, doggy". Funny thing is when she sees the number 8 she INSISTS it's a B even if we tell her it's not.

Her latest 3 words: Umbrella, Hammer, and Doctor. Ok so they are not perfectly clear, but close family can understand her and signs them too, so we always understand.

WooHooo, feels so good to say all that stuff out loud! I have to keep it from my friends since they are not very supportive frown.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/07/10 04:16 PM

Wolf(5.8) just figured out division in his head with no real prior explanation! He had to figure out the factors of 60 and said, "Well, 3 goes into 6 twice, but then there's the zero." I jumped in and showed him how it works on paper and he got it immediately. He was so proud of himself and can't wait to tell his ISP teacher the next time he sees her.

Speaking of which, his teacher copied out the last page of his last fractions book (the first in a series of four books our school system uses to bring remedial high school students up to speed) and brought it to the high school math teacher. (I love her sense of humor!!!). She showed it to the poor unsuspecting teacher who looked it over and said, "Looks like the kid has dyslexia." Wolf's teacher said something along the lines of, "That's not the problem, the number reversal is age appropriate. The student is 5." High school teacher's jaw hit the floor according to Wolf's teacher. She added, "You're going to be seeing him in a couple of years." To which the high school teacher responded, "Nope, he'll probably skip right past me." She was curious what Wolf's teacher did with a kid like that. I think the response was, "I'm not sure, but it's working so far." LOL!
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/07/10 05:43 PM

Now *thats* the way to make the point wink

<giggle>
Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/10/10 06:59 AM

I received this from Nathaniel's (he's 6, in 1st grade) teacher, and just had to share !!! He was tested recently for the school's "gifted" program, and passed with flying colors smile

""" I haven't seen the individual tests, but the composite scores are certainly more than impressive! Nathaniel is an amazingly gifted child in so many ways. Academically he is more advanced than any child I have ever taught. But even more than that, he is a delightful person. He is funny and he understands humor. (I love having someone in the room who gets me!!) He is kind and caring to other people and has a deeply empathetic nature. Watching him help some of my students who struggle warms my heart. He does not judge others who may not be as bright as he is, instead, he is happy to help with a word, share a strategy, or encourage. Nathaniel's behavior is appropriate for his age, he readily accepts challenges, and is just a wonderfully well-rounded individual. I am so lucky to know him, and you as well"""

Needless to say I'm a very proud mommy - and what an e-mail to get on Mother's Day !
Posted by: Mama22Gs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/10/10 07:26 AM

The other day, DS8 asked me if I could explain pi to him. He thought he was being tricky, and said it would take forever to explain because pi never ended. I told him I could explain it in a single sentence. (pi = the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference.)

While I was explaining, DS6 insisted I explain to him, too, and was far more excited to discuss it than DS8. DS6 then got a bunch of different things for us to measure (e.g., cake pan, plates) and test whether we could ALWAYS determine what the circumference would be from the diameter. It was amazing to see him be able to do the multiplication, and understand the concept.
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/10/10 08:47 AM

Originally Posted By: NCPMom
I received this from Nathaniel's (he's 6, in 1st grade) teacher, and just had to share !!! He was tested recently for the school's "gifted" program, and passed with flying colors smile

""" I haven't seen the individual tests, but the composite scores are certainly more than impressive! Nathaniel is an amazingly gifted child in so many ways. Academically he is more advanced than any child I have ever taught. But even more than that, he is a delightful person. He is funny and he understands humor. (I love having someone in the room who gets me!!) He is kind and caring to other people and has a deeply empathetic nature. Watching him help some of my students who struggle warms my heart. He does not judge others who may not be as bright as he is, instead, he is happy to help with a word, share a strategy, or encourage. Nathaniel's behavior is appropriate for his age, he readily accepts challenges, and is just a wonderfully well-rounded individual. I am so lucky to know him, and you as well"""

Needless to say I'm a very proud mommy - and what an e-mail to get on Mother's Day !

You should be proud - what a lovely email to get!
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/10 07:21 AM

I don't know if this goes here, but it's more of a "story" than a "brag"...

DS6 came home yesterday and stated his teacher asked all the kids to assess the job her and her co-teacher (he has 2 part time teachers) are doing. He told her that she was doing fine except in math and that she really needed to bump them up a few levels since they are only adding and subtracting right now (DS is doing multiplication and simple division on his own). Oh to be a fly on the wall to see his teacher's reaction!!!
Posted by: amazedmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/10 01:25 PM

DD has been able to sound out almost anything for some time now...but lately she is wither doing it completly in her head or just knows the words now. This week she read snuggle, google, and several other words I know she has never read without stopping to sound them out....I have seen reading go from sounding out everything to automatic for her in the past week....and it has been really cool to see
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/10 02:29 PM

LOL .. love it JJMom's. And really ... good for him. A sign that he will not be a quiet participate in his education.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/14/10 05:12 AM

He may be "louder" than I am... and another bragging moment. He did really well on his CRCT (achievement test). His teacher said he made a perfect score on the reading portion.

And for those of that remember, DS6 is a perfectionist, so I have him playing baseball to keep him grounded and so he understands he doesn't have to be perfect at everything. And bam, this year he made all stars! WHAT? On to find something new he's not so good at!!! wink wink wink

Today is proud momma day in my house! smile
Posted by: Cawdor

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/15/10 02:07 PM

My 6 year old just showed me how he built his first FM radio with the Snap Circuit set he has ... It was about 24 pieces to put together from just a picture.

It has volume control and a rudimentary channel scan
Posted by: Nautigal

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/17/10 06:53 PM

I forgot to post the message from my Mother's Day card from DS7--just saw it again and had to share. Only here would anyone understand this. smile

Quote:
Happy Mother's Day! You are great, you are nice, you are as graceful as love x 6 / 9 x 6 (to the power of)7,657!


Actually written with divide sign and superscript, but I can't make it do that here. LOL!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/17/10 08:15 PM

Love all the new brags!

JJ: it sounds like you have a well-rounded son there and making the all stars' team is a big deal. I remember my cousins and the joy and accomplishment they felt when they made the team.

Cawdor: You will have to let us know what his next project is ... can only imagine he will be looking to do even more complex ones after the radio!

Nautigal: Thanks for sharing the mother's day card. I love her choice of power. It made me giggle.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/19/10 04:32 AM

Yes, great stories, love the one about Bear's work wowing the high school teacher, Wyldkat!

We visited the family night for the gt pull out program my ds9 is in, and got to view the various centers he's been working on, and the group roller coaster project. He learned a lot about gears and built a cool target game with a lego engineering center which he really enjoyed. He is now speeding through a Mythology center to wrap up the year on a 'high' as mythology is a big favorite for him. He is very excited and doing really well. Best of all his anxiety about being perfect at school has substantially subsided, I am not sure why, but he is much much more relaxed if he doesn't get an 'A' on something.

Dd4 is becoming a very polite reasonable little girl, compared with the last several months of 'No No No', so I am really proud of her maturity and willingness to listen more and more often. It is such a relief.
Posted by: AutumnButterfly

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/21/10 06:20 PM

I was pretty impressed when my 5 yr old finished the first two 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' books in a week each...until he finished the next two in a day each! He's a little dismayed that he needs to wait until fall for the next one.
Posted by: LadybugMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/22/10 08:33 PM

Ds6 told me today he wants to study spiders when he grows up so we looked up what that was called. Arachnologist. I asked him if he wanted to write that down. Of course, he didn't because he hates to write. Dd3, as usual, chimes in and says that she wants to write it (she is really excited about it too) so I get out a piece of paper, write the word out and she proceeds to write ARACHNOLOGIST on her paper as if she writes such words all the time. I am completely floored by how much she loves to write things. It's tough when you have one that absolutely hates doing something and then to have little sister come along and do things with such ease - they are both really smart but she is going to give him a run for his money.
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/22/10 09:43 PM

DS4 and I have a game where we'll go back and forth for a while like this:

"I love you"
"I love you too"
"I love you three"
"I love you 40 million" etc...

Usually it's just random numbers until we get to billions of googols or infinity. But yesterday, it went like this:

DS: "I love you 11"
Me: "I love you 22"
DS (catching on): "I love you 33"
Me: "I love you 44"...

We went all the way to 198 before I had to skip ahead to a million--mental math was never my strong suit. :-)
Posted by: Azuil

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/24/10 06:36 AM

I really like this idea because I'm finding the same problem!

I'm proud of my almost 5 yr. old daughter's ability to do so many things. It's great that she is sitting at my husband's computer perusing the Nick Jr. website for games while I'm bragging about her here! :o)
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/10 05:41 AM

This isn't much of a brag, but I can't find the "kids say the darnedest things" (or whatever it was called) thread any more...

We went to a military re-enactment event on the long weekend, and at one station, people were teaching children semaphore. When it was Groucho's turn (he's 6), the gentleman asked him what he wanted to spell, and Groucho said, "Well, 'nonchalant' has always been one of my favourite words." For some reason, this really cracked me up!
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/10 07:06 AM

My 12 year old son and I went to a homeschool spelling bee yesterday. He was nervous not because he didn't know all the words, but because he competed at state level a few years ago and misspelled what he thought was an easy word. He had never misspelled the word before. He called what happened a glitch. He was worried that it might happen again. He told me he would much rather sing a solo on stage than do this, but he decided to try it.

When they finally called his group up on stage there was no outward sign of anxiety. Instead, he seemed to exude confidence. There was no glitch this time. He won. He conquered the glitch and he had a nice trophy to add to his collection.

He also found out that he got the part of Mr. Mayor in Seussical. He was very happy about it and I wish I'd had the camera when I first told him. He said he didn't really want to play the part of the little boy, even though he liked the song "Alone in the Universe" that he auditioned with. He was in the age range to play JoJo, but he just doesn't seem like a little boy any more after the last growth spurt. He is almost as tall as I am.

Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/10 07:54 AM

This past weekend was our dance recital for DD (3 1/2). She has been in ballet and tap for the past 2 years but this was to be her first real recital on a stage, with lights and production. I've been a little nervous about it, especially since she invited all the grandparents and in the past she was literally deer caught in headlights. Boy what a difference a year makes. Saturday was dress rehearsal and the only day we, the parents, were allowed to record. She was great; did all of the routine. The next day was the actual recital and she fell asleep in the car right before we got there so I was concerned that she wasn't going to do as well. She did wonderfully and though she was technically better the day before; we really saw her personality on that stage. She was super excited for the jump and almost jumped at the wrong time but realized her mistake and transitioned back into the routine with no problems, but you could see the excitement building on her face and when it was finally time to jump she was beaming from ear to ear. I couldn't be prouder of her.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/10 08:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Trillium
DS4 and I have a game where we'll go back and forth for a while like this:

"I love you"
"I love you too"
"I love you three"
"I love you 40 million" etc...

Usually it's just random numbers until we get to billions of googols or infinity. But yesterday, it went like this:

DS: "I love you 11"
Me: "I love you 22"
DS (catching on): "I love you 33"
Me: "I love you 44"...

We went all the way to 198 before I had to skip ahead to a million--mental math was never my strong suit. :-)


This made me grin from ear to ear! DS6 and I still do this too!
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/10 12:00 PM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx

We went to a military re-enactment event on the long weekend, and at one station, people were teaching children semaphore. When it was Groucho's turn (he's 6), the gentleman asked him what he wanted to spell, and Groucho said, "Well, 'nonchalant' has always been one of my favourite words." For some reason, this really cracked me up!


I love it! That's funny, that sounds so much like something my random DS (almost 6) would say. He always seems to say really funny things that come from who knows where. I actually started that kids say the darndest things thread forever ago and was looking for it the other day because I had a few good ones. I guess I will have to start it again sometime.
Posted by: flower

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/26/10 12:49 AM

We were at the park, DD20months and there was a bike and she wanted to get on it and ride it. I told her it was not ours so we could not ride it and she said, "ask" Also this morning she was playing with the fridge magnets with HIT, HOT and HAT. I don't think she completely gets it yet but shes being a sherlock holmes and trying to break that code!
Posted by: Zanzi

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/26/10 01:05 AM

My DS4 loves a game called Meeblings where you can make your own levels (he's made about 150). He'd be delighted if anyone would care to play a few. Some solve themselves.

http://www.meeblingsworld.com/Aquax
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/26/10 07:58 AM

DS7 asked me yesterday if he could read me "the following narrative." I giggled silently to myself hearing that phrase and later I asked him if I could read HIM a narrative. He said, "Actually, I prefer expository writing." Being so long out of school myself, I had to ask him what that meant...:) Nan
Posted by: vicam

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/28/10 07:40 AM

Yeah some positives.. Last night was our elementary achievement fair. It was a chance for the kids to present research projects they have worked on since February. The kids were positively judged and given comment sheets. It felt so good for my DS with tourette's to get such great comments about his presentation. He was complimented on his in depth knowledge of subject- cats. He spoke clear with minimal stutter/ticcing. Even made eye contact. Several adults who he works with came specifically to see him and his project. They all had positive things to say and how much they look forward to working with him. It was interesting that the one teacher who he has the most problems with wasn't there. He received a badge from Math Olympiad. It was just great to see academics celebrated, even the Superendent was there. Go smart kids.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/28/10 11:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Katelyn'sM om
This past weekend was our dance recital for DD (3 1/2). She has been in ballet and tap for the past 2 years but this was to be her first real recital on a stage, with lights and production. I've been a little nervous about it, especially since she invited all the grandparents and in the past she was literally deer caught in headlights. Boy what a difference a year makes. Saturday was dress rehearsal and the only day we, the parents, were allowed to record. She was great; did all of the routine. The next day was the actual recital and she fell asleep in the car right before we got there so I was concerned that she wasn't going to do as well. She did wonderfully and though she was technically better the day before; we really saw her personality on that stage. She was super excited for the jump and almost jumped at the wrong time but realized her mistake and transitioned back into the routine with no problems, but you could see the excitement building on her face and when it was finally time to jump she was beaming from ear to ear. I couldn't be prouder of her.


Hey, very cool! We are going to dance recitals for our ds9 and dd4 in a couple weeks; ds has been working hard on ballet and hip-hop routines and this will be dd's first recital, she is very excited.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/28/10 11:40 AM

DD goes to an academy which is different then most places around here. Most places have a little studio and are 99.9% all young girls. At the academy they not only have classes running through high school but also their own production house so they put on a lot of in house shows as well as traveling ones. Just my opinion, but I think the way the academy is set up attracts more talent and especially boys. The night of DD's recital I got to see the older kids perform and I was really impressed with the boys. One boy who is around 12 or 13 was of real interest. I suspect he didn't come to class that much so he didn't have his routine down perfectly, but what he did perform you could tell he had naturally raw talent.

Good luck to your children ... I bet your son will do wonderfully since he has been practicing so much. And as for your daughter ... I suspect the excitement will be through the roof after she comes off that stage. (Not that she won't be excited before and during.)
Posted by: Licorice26

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 12:35 AM

During our bedtime routine tonight, DS2 ended up in a time out and was very unhappy. I noticed that DSnearly5 went out of bed to write something. He came back to the room and presented DS2 with a card that said "I love you", gave him a hug and told him he did that to make him feel better. DS2 fell asleep with the card in his hand. :*)
Earlier today DSnearly5 got into trouble himself and after a while he came back presenting me with a present. He had writing in his second mother tongue 8 sentences about me starting with " I love you" to "You are a heart". His spelling was the cutest inventive spelling. :*)
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 03:54 AM

DD7 is finishing 2nd grade and we just had her end of year conferences to discuss her standardized test results from the test the school took a couple of months ago. The test is called CTP4 (from a company called ERB). There are about 200 questions on the test and 5 areas they are tested in: auditory comprehension, reading comprehension,word analysis, writing mechanics and mathematics.
She only got 10 questions wrong! whistle Her percentiles were the 5th highest in the school (from 1st grade to 9th grade). smile Most of the subtest scores were 100%s. It was really amazing to see such high scores across the board. Usually when I look at test results for my students there is at least one section that is lower than the rest. I was sharing the results with a colleague who is a college counselor and he said he has never seen such amazing results.
Posted by: dlktally

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 04:01 AM

I had a consultation this week to discuss DD4 testing for entering Pre K the woman doing the consultation first words were "do you know how bright your child is" I replied we know she's bright but sometimes we wonder if she is really as bright as we think she is or are we just proud parents, to this she replies she's probably brighter than you think she is and that she tested higher than any child they had tested. She went on to say other wonderful things about DD4. Makes a parent proud and reinforces that you're not making up in your mind how smart your child is.
Now the fun begins entering the public school system.
Posted by: kimck

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 06:14 AM

DS scored overall above the 99% in achievement testing for Homeschooling this week. We did the Peabody achievement oral test so that's the highest percentile you can get. He ranged 3 to 7 grade levels ahead in every area. Just feels good to know we are doing the right thing by homeschooling, and he's not languishing! Sometimes I feel like we're barely doing school, but we must be doing ok.

He made a *BIG* math leap this year. It's especially good to have that number. I am having a really hard time wrapping my mind around what we're going to do for math next year.
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 07:38 AM

Yay, Kim! smile I dislike the time that testing takes, but I do love getting that confirmation that the kids are doing well. It's such a relief.

What are you considering for math next year? I'm at the same place. I think we'll get the AoPS book and work through it ourselves, but I'm still mulling it over.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 08:52 AM

My 12 year old son is responsible for saving the life of his dog after seeing that the "responsible" adults in the family, his dad and I, were not acting responsibly enough to take his beloved pet Lexi to the vet.

We had come home from eating out to discover that Lexi had somehow reached a container of poison mole pellets and chewed off the lid. There were still a lot of poison pellets remaining in the container so my husband and I thought she hadn't eaten any of them at first. When she vomited, my husband did see some undigested pellets, but we thought the problem was solved because there wasn't anything left in her stomach and there wasn't anything we could do anyway because the vet's office was closed for the weekend.

My son looked up information on zinc phosphide poisoning in dogs and made a very convincing argument that we absolutely had to take her to a vet. He pointed out that she had ingested a very slow acting poison so just because she wasn't showing any signs of neurological problems yet, she could still have serious damage being done to her body. He read to us all the things that could be done, like using activated charcoal, that could help reduce the toxicity of the poison. He did not give up. He was going to do whatever he had to do to get her help. He convinced me to call poison control and they said to take her to an animal emergency hospital IMMEDIATELY.

My son didn't volunteer this time to help her when she needed to vomit--twice in the 45 minute drive to the animal hospital, because he had to deal with sitting in dog vomit all the way home when we picked her up from being spayed several months ago and he got sick from the smell. So I did that, but he talked to her and made sure she was being taken care of.

Lexi is still in the animal hospital but she is doing well and we are supposed to pick her up today. The last we heard, the bill was over $700, but my son said it is a price we have to pay for not being precautious. He was willing to do without things on his upcoming vacation with his big sister if he had to, even though it was not his fault.

He asked why we would ever take this kind of risk by having this poison anywhere near our house? He thought my not knowing we had it was a weak defense. He thought it was my responsibility to know because I was the one who let her out in the backyard. Why didn't we look for safer alternatives? This kid has always asked hard questions.

By the way, I don't know if I mentioned this before, but the neuropsychologist said he might have a few executive function issues after we said time management was sometimes a problem and he often couldn't remember to keep his computer/desk area clean. Who really had better executive functioning in this case?



Posted by: kimck

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 09:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Kriston
Yay, Kim! smile I dislike the time that testing takes, but I do love getting that confirmation that the kids are doing well. It's such a relief.

What are you considering for math next year? I'm at the same place. I think we'll get the AoPS book and work through it ourselves, but I'm still mulling it over.


Testing with the Peabody is a piece of cake. It's oral, not timed and it's open ended to 12th grade level. It took about an hour in our dining room. Love it! We didn't prep at all. The tester warned us we're approaching the ceiling of this test though.

Ugh Kriston - great question on math for next year. I may start a thread on this! Right now I have Lial's College Math (which is like applied pre-algebra) and Life of Fred Algebra sitting around the house. I also have Zaccaro's Middle School Math, which looks fun. Before I had test scores, I was thinking of doing Lial's and playing around more at the pre-alg/early algebra level. But now I feel much more like we're real and rigorous algebra ready.

I know LOF gets great reviews, but the curriculum basically says
1 - hand book to child
2 - walk away and don't answer questions
And that's how it's designed to work. Which is just not going to work at this house! DS is already balking at the format. He just really likes me to sit down and talk through an example or 2 with him. It doesn't take much, but I think saying "figure it out" isn't going to cut it yet.

I am VERY interested in AoPS. But I don't feel like DS is at ready to do their online course in terms of deadlines and workload. And I'm not ready for that either! crazy I'd love to hear from someone who has used them on their own. I feel really comfortable teaching math (unlike everything else!), but I wonder how that would go.

We also have a young talented math program at a local University that starts accelerated algebra with 6th to 8th graders that is very popular with the local gifted community. I think we could do it in a year, but the work load is really heavy and kids drop extra curricular activities to do it. So that doesn't sound great either.
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/30/10 03:30 PM

As a veterinarian, I say hooray for your son!!! People come in all the time saying, "I didn't know such and such was bad for my dog/cat." Kudos to your son smile Nan
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/01/10 05:59 PM

This is kind of a brag, but kind of just a cute story about DD who turns 3 next week.

We were at a picnic this weekend and DD had 1 cookie. Then a few hours later she asked for another cookie. As I gave her the 2nd cookie I said to her "that is your last cookie...don't ask me for more cookies." Of course before she had even finished swallowing her 2nd cookie she says "can I have another cookie?" I looked at her and said "what did I say?" She replies "ummmm" and I can see the wheels turning in her head. She then responds confidently "you can only have 3 cookies." LOL. She is a bright little girl but she has a PG brother so I don't always notice some of the things she does. Lately I have been noticing more and more things though.
Posted by: EastnWest

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/01/10 10:29 PM

well done for your DS, vicam!
Posted by: MegMeg

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/03/10 06:57 AM

Last night Hanni (2 yrs 1 month) moved my magazines from a tippy spot on top of a pillow to a flatter part of the bed. "More stable," she said. She cracks me up! I just love how her little mind works.
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/03/10 12:19 PM

Today at a coffee shop, I was complimenting DS on his being very polite, including a very vague reference to his age when I heard a little gasp from behind me. A very nice woman had turned around in her chair and was staring.

"I thought he was FIVE!" she said.

wink

I guess he really WAS being polite. (mostly please and thank you, and some negotiation around what size of muffin pieces should be eaten by small boys) Politeness has been our big project lately, since I was getting tired of him hitting people and throwing food. So this is really MY brag. DS was polite, but I darned well get the credit for pointing out he SHOULD be wink

<giggle>

Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/06/10 06:15 PM

While shopping today my DD who just turned four was sitting in a cart with a squirrel figurine she talked me into buying entertaining the people in line behind us and told them it was a "Squirrel Nutkin" from Beatrix Potter. An older gentleman asked what kind of squirrel he was and she said, "An impertinent little squirrel" and they all just stopped since they were expecting something like
"a brown squirrel" LOL This really isn't a brag per se, but a cute story I only share here
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/06/10 07:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Michaela
Today at a coffee shop, I was complimenting DS on his being very polite, including a very vague reference to his age when I heard a little gasp from behind me. A very nice woman had turned around in her chair and was staring.

"I thought he was FIVE!" she said.

wink

I guess he really WAS being polite. (mostly please and thank you, and some negotiation around what size of muffin pieces should be eaten by small boys) Politeness has been our big project lately, since I was getting tired of him hitting people and throwing food. So this is really MY brag. DS was polite, but I darned well get the credit for pointing out he SHOULD be wink

<giggle>



Well deserved brag! I'm scratching my head why the woman was shocked by a young child's politeness though. My DD (3 1/2) has always had manners from a very young age: she learned to say please and thank you before she was even a year old. Now it is second nature for her and she doesn't even think twice about it.
Posted by: Speechie

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/07/10 10:51 AM

These are cute- love the impertinent squirrel comment!

I was sitting with my busy 2 yo son at the start of church services, keeping him occupied till it was time to go to the play group. He was chattering away about all of the "H" cars he had seen in the lot- Hondas, Hyundais LOL. And asked if there were any Ferraris to be seen. He was working on trying to write letters with a quiet chatter. Later the lady who was sitting in front of us came over and said she was shocked at his advanced vocabulary and knowledge of letters. She kept saying, "good luck with school he's too smart as it is".
LOL.

I also feel very proud because we were at the park today, and he had extremely good manners and self control with an older child who wouldn't share his cars. Nick went over, introduced himself, and asked politely if he could play with him. (the boy had 10 cars all to himself). The other LO wrapped his arms around all the cars and refused to play/share despite his mom prompting him. My sweet LO just kept politely saying, "please, will you share with me? I'd love to play with you and your cars?"
He never lost his temper. He didn't hit/grab/yell. just calmly walked away after I explained that the other child wasn't in a mood to share and maybe we needed to find something else to do.
I was very proud.
Oh, and he grabbed and slid down the "fireman's pole" at the park unassisted. shocked
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/08/10 05:08 AM

My DC go to a sitter's house for the summer. She is an upcoming college freshman. Her mom used to watch DC for a year when DS was about 18mos (DD was born within that year) until he was 2.5. Anyway, our sitter has a sister who is an upcoming 5th grader. Yesterday DS6 was doing multiplication. Sitter's mom asked him to help her daugther (the 5th grader), as she is still struggling with multiplication!!! DOH!
Posted by: Barbara

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/10/10 05:09 PM

my HG+ DS8 started off the school year with a total inability to spell, total reluctance to read ... and although his lexile was 392, which is average for 2nd grade, I knew he just wasn't leaping ahead as from all other evidence he could.

He just did his final Lexile assessment ... and he had jumped 500 points!!!! to 865 and mostly memorized how to spell ... and now even though he doesn't read much other than Foxtrot and Calvin and Hobbes at home, it's all good!
Posted by: Clay

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/10/10 05:27 PM

Barbara,
That's awesome. It's so great when everything clicks in their minds like that.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/10 03:18 AM

my DD who recently turned four has been reading words forever. I know she is capable of reading very "big" words and does so with no effort or very little effort, but never, ever will read a book to me and I don't push it because when I do, she gets more unlikely to cooperate. Last night I was really hoping she would read to me so I dug out a very, very simple book with CVC words etc. and put it in the pile of books we read before bed, and she reached over and picked up a much, much longer, much much more complicated book with long paragraphs and read it cover to cover for us and was quite fluent. I didn't even ask. What got her to do it was she was pretending she was me and that gave her more confidence I guess. Why had she hidden all that?????? Not sure if this is a brag, but I wanted to share it.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/10 05:11 AM

TwinkleToes- I think sometimes kids just want to figure out something on their own before they show others. Good for you being patient and letting her do this her way. Enjoy your reading time together. It's a wonderful.
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/10 06:47 AM

At supper last night, DD7 asked about choking and what causes a person to choke. My DH explained that it happened when something gets stuck in your throat and you can't breathe. She looked at him like he had three heads. "But how does your trachea get blocked when your food goes down your esophagus?" He turned to me with a look of 'you are on your own'. I began explaining that there is a flap of tissue over the trachea and she cut me off. "Oh, you mean the epiglottis! So sometimes food can get through if it is open. I get it. Thanks!"

So much for my anatomy lesson.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/10 11:08 AM

haha ... love it kathleen'smum! Soon she will be teaching you. wink
Posted by: tory

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/10 05:52 PM

kathleen's mum that is too funny!!
Posted by: adhoc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/13/10 11:37 AM

kathleen'smum - that's adorable.
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/13/10 01:54 PM

Originally Posted By: adhoc
kathleen'smum - that's adorable.
I agree! This happens all the with DS13. It's really hard for me to keep track of what he knows. Apparently he thinks I'm chronically underestimating him. ((pout))

Grinity
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/14/10 07:04 AM

DS7 had to have an ultrasound on his kidneys (long story). He was absolutely fascinated with the whole process. The tech was awesome and explained how the machine worked, what the readings meant, on and on... His 15 minute scan ended up taking almost an hour. She even let him watch her download his files. As we were leaving he turned back and thanked her again "Thank you very much for explaining it to me, it was better than the computer!" High praise indeed!
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/14/10 03:21 PM

Some friends at church had their grandson with them at church yesterday. I asked the grandma how old he was, hoping he was only 2-3 years older than GS10(almost 11). No luck, he's 16. She asked how old my GS is; when I answered, she got a shocked look on her face. She thought he was 13, and stammered around why she thought he was older, 'he acts/talks ....you know...'. I laughed, and agreed, he seems older than he is.

Later in the day, GS10 & I were talking about school. I reminded him that sometime they're going to give him material to learn that he doesn't already know. He acknowledged that, said he's still waiting, and by college or maybe high school they'd teach him something new. He is looking forward to Jazz Band, Math Club & Chess club in the fall.
Posted by: Jenafur

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/15/10 02:09 PM

My DS5 was given the school's 1st grade testing today. He got a perfect score! I mean I thought he knew the stuff, but to see it and have someone else telling YOU is something neat.
Is Second grade going to challenge him next year? hmmm..
Posted by: Treasuremapper

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/18/10 11:41 AM

I just want to express how amazed and delighted I am by these "brag" stories about your children. I feel I have gotten to know all of you better.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/18/10 12:13 PM

DS5's school decided to have him unofficially take the end of third grade state math assessment and have it graded by someone who doesn't know him and graded like any 3rd grader. They reported to me that he only got one wrong and it was due to a vocabulary term in math he wasn't familiar with. Good news too as this helped them to see that he would definitely be able to start in 4th grade math next year (even though it still will be pretty easy for him). At least now they know they don't have any doubts that he can do it. And DS really enjoyed filling in the bubbles on the scantron. ; )
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/21/10 02:44 PM

2 months ago, DS18mo started to do those Jumbo Knob puzzles. Now, he is getting bored with 12-piece jigsaw puzzles. I need to get him started on 24-piece soon.

It's so neat to see my 18-month-old doing jigsaw puzzles since I loved to do jigsaw puzzles when I was little.
Posted by: Wyldkat

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/25/10 06:33 PM

Today Wolf (5) asked me out of the blue what the Greek word for zombie is. Hooray for my normal....
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/10 10:32 AM

We bought the BBC Life series for our budding biologist. It is AMAZING in HD, coolest thing I have ever seen. She watched the first disc this morning with her atlas on her lap and was constantly pressing pause so she could look up where each animal was from. She asked so many questions, I have no idea how she heard anything that Richard Attenborough was saying.

"How do those birds run on water? Did Jesus teach them?"

"Can I have a venus fly-trap... it would get rid of the houseflies!"

And my favourite "Oh gross... WHAT is that lizard doing to that other lizard????"

I'm going to have to rewatch it tonight after she has gone to bed so I can hear everything I missed.
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/10 11:24 AM

Originally Posted By: kathleen'smum
We bought the BBC Life series for our budding biologist. It is AMAZING in HD, coolest thing I have ever seen. She watched the first disc this morning with her atlas on her lap and was constantly pressing pause so she could look up where each animal was from. She asked so many questions, I have no idea how she heard anything that Richard Attenborough was saying.

We've not gone HD yet, but yes, all the David (it's David who is the naturalist broadcaster btw - Richard Attenborough is his brother the actor) Attenborough programmes are fantastic, aren't they? Good thing is there are a lot of them... I think the original Life On Earth may still be the best for overall interest, but the photography only gets better as the years go by. I bought a boxed set for my own birthday, and it was promptly hijacked by DS-then-4, who insisted on me making a list of all the animals mentioned in the first episode. Lots of fun, lots of learning :-)
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/10 12:52 PM

Oh my gosh....wow! My 21 month old barely talks. I would fall over if he came out with something like that! Unless knowing all of the Thomas trains is a talent, his is still hiding.
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/26/10 12:58 PM

Originally Posted By: ColinsMum
I think the original Life On Earth may still be the best


I watched the preview for that and thought, "WOW!" Definitely will be getting that one, too. And you're right, it is David Attenborough. I couldn't bear to listen to Oprah on Discovery's version!
Posted by: kcab

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/27/10 04:04 AM

Not a super interesting brag here, but I won't be sharing it elsewhere outside the house. DD13 had decent ACT scores, meeting CTY eligibility for both math & humanities. Her scores were below DYS level, just barely in one area, but higher than I expected given NO prep and her impression of the test. (So little prep that *I* had to read the test info to her the night before to make sure she knew how many sections & questions & the rules.)

I'm proud of her for deciding she would try it and for going through with it and doing the test. I'm glad it turned out well too.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/27/10 04:28 AM

Originally Posted By: kcab
I'm proud of her for deciding she would try it and for going through with it and doing the test. I'm glad it turned out well too.


I agree this is really something to be proud of. It amazes me how these kids take a extra test outside of school to challenge themselves.

And good job to you as a parent. Somehow you gave her what she needed to do this.
Posted by: Mia

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/27/10 11:39 AM

Kathleen'smum -- don't worry, my DYS was barely talking at 21 months, either!
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/27/10 06:46 PM

We had a horrible year at school with a teacher who completely did not get my son and really managed to destroy his self-image. Recently we went to a bbq and ran into an art instructor he had two years ago at an arts/science summer camp. She immediately asked me if my son was with me and went on to tell me what a neat amazing kid he is and how she loved the way his mind works. She even starting telling another person nearby about him. My son went right over and they exclaimed over each other and reminisced about how much fun they had that year.

Ahhhhhhhhh both DS and I needed that. :-)



Posted by: freya

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/28/10 04:51 AM

Last week DS 4 noticed an article in the paper titled 'Invisible man wins Democratic nomination for Senate' which was about the Alvin Greene controversy. The invisible man bit piqued his interest and lots of questions about democracy followed as well as a lot of invisible man questions:-) Today he was drawing at the table on old newspapers and he noticed the same article. He called for dad, reminded him of the article and proceeded to read it aloud in full. The only word he struggled with was incumbent. He's been pretty reluctant to read out loud up until now so this is a super achievement. I never thought I'd be sitting here in Australia discussing US electoral shenanigans with my 4 year old!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/13/10 11:49 AM

Not really a brag, but fun to share:

Last night, Chico (just 5, and in the grip of a long-term obsession with space) fell out of bed; I ran upstairs to pick him up and soothe him and pop him back under the covers. Poor little lad, still half-asleep, whimpering a bit with his bumped head, whispered in my ear, "oh mummy, I love you even more than ASTRONOMY--big love, big, big love."

That has just made me happy all morning!

peace
minnie
Posted by: Speechie

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/15/10 07:26 AM

I thought it was kind of cute the other day when my 2 yo fell and bumped his knee and anxiously asked: "mama, do you think I might have a broken patella?"
LOL
He's also told DH that "You are the one in my heart, not like a drawing but a real heart like in my chest, my 'bone-heart'. I love you".
Very tender little sweet feelings stated in such a funny way.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/15/10 01:02 PM

We took Mr W (2y6 mos) to "Toys R Us" for the first time last weekend.

He took two hours walking through the store looking at stuff. There were a few things he wanted badly, and he changed his mind a few times, too. So we replaced items in the cart a few times.

He picked out nerf swords, a race track with electric controls, an RC car, and some books.

When he wants to play with the nerf swords he will give me one, then say either, "En Garde!" or "Defend yourself!" then come at me like a Sith Lord.

He loves his electric racetrack. He cannot hold the controller with one hand and work the toggle, so he presses it against his body and uses his index fingers to control the pressure. He figured it out pretty quick. He watched DW for a bit, then had the car going around the track just fine. He will let the car go around a few times, then pick a curve and max the speed and send the car flying, laughing hilariously.

The RC Car is a bit more involved, but he can move it around the house now.





Posted by: newmom21C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/15/10 01:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Austin
We took Mr W (2y6 mos) to "Toys R Us" for the first time last weekend.


I'm so impressed you lasted so long without taking him! We go often for the Thomas the train set that they have set up there that the kids can play with for free. Plus they have AC and we didn't have that for a long time... laugh
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/16/10 06:40 AM

I got to watch my 12-year-old son's rehearsal for Seussical the Musical for the first time (after being asked by my son to stop helicoptering) as his musical theater group ran through the whole show for the first time. He is playing Mr. Mayor. His solos sounded really good, his timing was excellent, his acting was good and the director had only good things to say about him in her notes.



Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/16/10 10:49 PM



Originally Posted By: newmom21C

I'm so impressed you lasted so long without taking him! We go often for the Thomas the train set that they have set up there that the kids can play with for free. Plus they have AC and we didn't have that for a long time... laugh


Well, he is very difficult.

They had this really complex miniature train system set up and he made me hold him up for 10 minutes so he could inspect it. If I had put him on top of the glass case where he really wanted to be, he would have been on all fours inspecting it until midnight. He screamed for another 10 minutes because I wanted to go look at something else.

We have to carefully think through what we do with him because he will argue with us or come back with something original.

For instance, just today he was being a handful and DW told him.

"Mr W, if you keep doing that, we'll make a trip to the bathroom and you won't like that!"

"Oh, I'll like it Mommy! IIIII WILLLL LIIIIKKE ITTTT!!!"

On other occasions, lately, he will call our bluff. We'll threaten with holding something from him. He will go get it and hand it to us then keep doing what he was doing. Or, get it and wave it around, taunting us with, "Here it is. Come get it."








Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/17/10 02:24 AM

my DD4 made a comment / joke about stalagtites and the 12 year old junior librarian stared blankly then said to me, "What are those?" and then she said, "HOW does she know THAT?" Just a typical day for us and a reminder that she isn't quite typical.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/17/10 02:24 AM

my DD4 made a comment / joke about stalagtites and the 12 year old junior librarian stared blankly then said to me, "What are those?" and then she said, "HOW does she know THAT?" Just a typical day for us and a reminder that she isn't quite typical.
Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/17/10 06:44 AM

Not so much a brag, but ds (just turned 7) was watching the news the other day, and the crawler along the bottom read "man convicted of manslaughter". Ds read it, listened to the news story, then said "that looks like 'man's laughter'." Interesting - I had never broken the word down like that before !
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/17/10 08:33 PM

Is this the place to post a funny story? I squished a spider with a shoe in the hallway. Ds (almost 3) asked if I squished a butterfly. I told him it was a big ugly spider. He grins and says, "you didn't sing to it? (doing the hands) The itsy bitsy little spider went up the water spout."
Posted by: blob

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/17/10 11:00 PM

We were watching an old episode of Universe which talked about the creation of craters from the impact of meteorites on the moon. In one of them, there was clearly a hill at the centre of the impact crater which seemed odd to me. When I said that out loud, DS explained, "Newton's Third Law, you know. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." I'm not sure if that's correct, but it made a lot of intuitive sense to me.
Posted by: Clay

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/18/10 02:35 PM

Two little brags = one good brag?

Yesterday, dd (4 yo yesterday!) called me "shareful." So, it's not exactly a word, but it was cool that she had figured out suffixes, and it's cool that she thinks of mommy that way. smile
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/18/10 07:31 PM

Clay,
That's very cute.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/19/10 06:25 AM

Clay, I love it.

Yesterday I took the baby and my five-year-old son to the pool. It was our first trip this year. Last year my son was too afraid to even float without an assistive device. This year he started out afraid and it was getting worse, with him folding up and spluttering, until I looked him in the eye and told him that he could swim if he stayed calm, since everyone could, but that otherwise he might wind up an adult who couldn't swim and was afraid of the water.

After that he was able to float. He then traveled around the whole pool holding on to the edge (it has a deep end that he was previously afraid to go into). After that he took a small, unstable paddle board and decided to paddle on his own for the first time ever, going the entire short way across the pool, and even went the length of the pool to the far deep end a few times, the last time with me out of the water. He was completely calm the whole time (I was much more afraid). He also held his breath for quite some time underwater.

He's usually very careful to the point of absurdity, and he was pretty careful in the pool too, just calm and free of fear for the first time. I was happy that he was able to simply think past his fear.

http://www.smugmug.com/IMG4515/939344039_bPhdT-XL.jpg
http://www.smugmug.com/IMG4499/939343418_6CPWZ-XL.jpg
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Posted by: EastnWest

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/19/10 11:43 AM

lucounu -

Beautiful story and beautiful pictures.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Your son's new attitude is especially poignant for me as I have recently seen my ds6 overcome some insecurities with learning to swim.

Calmness and confidence in the water are HUGE !

Congrats to you both!

- EW
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/19/10 02:11 PM

Thank you, and congrats to you too! laugh It was a great day. I was like a fish when I was very young, and I've been feeling bad the last couple of years that I didn't take him swimming enough early on to head off the fear. But as long as it's sorted in the end, I'm happy.
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/19/10 07:34 PM

DD2 has been obsessed with letters and their sounds lately, her favorites are S, O and E. She has been asking what sounds they make and how to write them, etc. and repeating them constantly. Yesterday when we were running errands, every time we went past a sign (every 2 seconds) she yelled out which letters she saw and their sounds. She even added D,N and M to her letters of choice!
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/20/10 03:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Austin

Well, he is very difficult.

They had this really complex miniature train system set up and he made me hold him up for 10 minutes so he could inspect it. If I had put him on top of the glass case where he really wanted to be, he would have been on all fours inspecting it until midnight. He screamed for another 10 minutes because I wanted to go look at something else.

We have to carefully think through what we do with him because he will argue with us or come back with something original.

For instance, just today he was being a handful and DW told him.

"Mr W, if you keep doing that, we'll make a trip to the bathroom and you won't like that!"

"Oh, I'll like it Mommy! IIIII WILLLL LIIIIKKE ITTTT!!!"

On other occasions, lately, he will call our bluff. We'll threaten with holding something from him. He will go get it and hand it to us then keep doing what he was doing. Or, get it and wave it around, taunting us with, "Here it is. Come get it."


I'm not sure if this belongs on the brag thread, but your Mr. W reminds me so much of DS13.

In 6th grade, the first month after his gradeskip and school change, a teacher said: 'How would you like a detention?'
Apparently DS calmly pulled out his planner, and said:
'What day would be good for you?'

When the teacher told us this story, he said that he was so flustered that he changed the subject and didn't pursue the detention.

We explained that DS wasn't great with decoding sarcasm, and that it's really really important that the teacher follow through on any threats consistiently. But the end of the year that teacher was DS's biggest fan, but it was rough going. Midyear the teacher said: 'I don't dislike your son as much as I used to.'

DS13 was in tears, sobbing, at age 6 because he wanted to give up his Nintendo Gameboy because we used it to disipline him, and he felt that it was unbearable to be treated this way, and yet he couldn't bring himself to give up the Gameboy. Until this minute I thought that was quite impressive.

My only advice is to praise, praise,praise, in detail and with great enthusiasm, any small hints of obedience or flexibility Mr. W shows. You may also try letting him overhear you discussing his wonderful obedience and flexibility with your wife or family members whenever he gives you the opening. I don't know if this would work, but I figure its worth a try.

Love and More Love,
Grinity
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/20/10 04:20 PM

Little man, 22 months, put together a 30 piece train puzzle by himself today. Studied the pieces one by one, no mistakes. His sister and I have put it together for him a few times but he never took much interest in it before. When he was done he pointed at it, grunted, and then did his warped version of Riverdance.
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/20/10 05:41 PM

Originally Posted By: kathleen'smum
When he was done he pointed at it, grunted, and then did his warped version of Riverdance.

Awww! That is so sweet!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/22/10 05:18 PM

I hosted a bridal shower yesterday (luncheon for 16!); the ladies stayed a little longer than I'd planned, so the lads got home before the guests left. All three of them chatted very nicely with everybody, but my favourite bit was when one woman asked Chico his name ("Chico"), his age ("5"), and if he was a good boy ("well...despite all appearances to the contrary...", followed by a wink and a big grin). I hooted, but the ladies looked a little nonplussed...I passed the devilled eggs again and poured a little more lemonade...

peace
minnie
Posted by: blob

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/22/10 06:21 PM

Hahaha!! I wish you took some pictures, MM. Tks for sharing! *sitting back and watching what you described in my head*.

Love all the stories here!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/10 07:12 AM

Took DS7 for a haircut yesterday. Tried to convince him to try something different. When he got in the chair, he turned to the woman and sid "Standard boys haircut please, mom will tell you which clipper to use."

"no chance of getting you to try something new?"

To which he replied "I have a certain image to maintain, nerds everywhere sport this cut!"

Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/10 07:25 AM

LOL.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/10 07:37 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
Took DS7 for a haircut yesterday. Tried to convince him to try something different. When he got in the chair, he turned to the woman and sid "Standard boys haircut please, mom will tell you which clipper to use."

"no chance of getting you to try something new?"

To which he replied "I have a certain image to maintain, nerds everywhere sport this cut!"



Love it! Talk about a child who knows and is clearly comfortable with himself.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/10 07:45 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
To which he replied "I have a certain image to maintain, nerds everywhere sport this cut!"


That's so funny.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/10 10:54 AM

Mr W (2y6mos) came in our room this morning.

He got on the bed, looked at DW.

He put his finger on her chest and said:

"You listen here, mommy. I am NOT going to school today. I am going to play tennis!"

(he really likes hitting tennis balls with his little kid racket. )



Posted by: Val

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/23/10 11:57 AM

LOL!

I love that.

I think I like your experience this morning better than my own:

This morning at 5 am my cat got on the bed and looked at me.

He nuzzled me until I woke up, and then said:

"Meow. RRRR-owl."

For those of you who aren't fluent in early-morning-catspeak, this means, "Give me cat food stew."

(He really likes eating cat food stew, which is smelly tinned food mixed with warm water.)

Val
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 02:42 PM

I'm not sure what's happening in our house but two nonhelping children (7&9)are become helping children. No one asked them to do this. When I came home from grocery shopping they helped with the bags. I hope writing this doesn't whammie the whole deal. I hope it contiues. I'm giving them lots of praise.
Posted by: kimck

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 03:18 PM

OnTheGo - I love that! Having considerate kids is really what it's all about.

My DS9 just got a high honors certificate in math and verbal for his SCAT scores from CTY. It's a nice little surprise to get that in the mail!
Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 04:01 PM

I shared a little of this on a different thread, but thought I'd take the opportunity to brag here, too :)Ds just turned 7 in June, and was asked the other day if he wanted to join a new soccer program that is mainly for 9 year olds. He's pretty excited about being able to play with older kids who, hopefully, get the game better than the ones he's been playing with this summer. He's not the fastest kid (short for his age) - but has the skill, so hopefully when he's teamed up with some other good players he'll be able to shine !
He is also going to be the profiled player in the soccer organisation's quarterly newsletter - exciting stuff happening around here smile
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 05:52 PM

DD14 will be performing piano at a shopping center on Saturday! She writes compositions nearly daily now, and she has more than an hour to play as many as she wants. Hopefully she will also play some of her popular pieces that she has learned by ear. She is really nervous, but me and DH know she will be great!
Posted by: momma2many

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 06:01 PM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
Took DS7 for a haircut yesterday. Tried to convince him to try something different. When he got in the chair, he turned to the woman and sid "Standard boys haircut please, mom will tell you which clipper to use."

"no chance of getting you to try something new?"

To which he replied "I have a certain image to maintain, nerds everywhere sport this cut!"



i LOVE it!

last night my 4 year old quickly rattled off these letters:
debrofemit

i said, "aww...you are so cute....but that doesn't spell anything."

he said, "yes it does.....it is 'time for bed'.....backwards." really? lol.

Posted by: Clay

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 08:31 PM

Originally Posted By: momma2many
it is 'time for bed'.....backwards." really? lol.



Wow, m2m. I'd have a hard time doing that now -- let alone at 4. wink
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 08:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Bassetlover
DD14 will be performing piano at a shopping center on Saturday! She writes compositions nearly daily now, and she has more than an hour to play as many as she wants. Hopefully she will also play some of her popular pieces that she has learned by ear. She is really nervous, but me and DH know she will be great!


That's fantastic. Would you like to share how she was given the priveledge?
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 08:40 PM

Originally Posted By: momma2many
[/quote] last night my 4 year old quickly rattled off these letters: debrofemit

i said, "aww...you are so cute....but that doesn't spell anything."

he said, "yes it does.....it is 'time for bed'.....backwards." really? lol.


I think that is just amazing. I could not do that.

When my kids were in preschool they would write perfect mirror backwards sometimes. This was a little weird to me, but I was told it was normal. Anybody know if this is gifted related or just most do it? Not that it really matters. just curious.
Posted by: incogneato

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/29/10 09:29 PM

I don't know, but my DD was obsessed with mirror writing in first grade. She doesn't do it anymore.
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/30/10 08:24 PM

Originally Posted By: onthegomom
Originally Posted By: Bassetlover
DD14 will be performing piano at a shopping center on Saturday! She writes compositions nearly daily now, and she has more than an hour to play as many as she wants. Hopefully she will also play some of her popular pieces that she has learned by ear. She is really nervous, but me and DH know she will be great!


That's fantastic. Would you like to share how she was given the priveledge?


Her teacher arranged it after seeing some of her work. She is planning to enter some piano competitions in the fall and spring of this year, but she gets really nervous about performing. The center was giving out time slots for area pianists, our teacher snagged us a spot, and it's a bit of a less pressure way to practice her performance skills (if she messes up, it's not going to affect whether or not she wins something, etc)
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/30/10 09:21 PM

that's wonderful. Good Luck to her. BRAVO!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/10 04:14 AM

This isn't a normal gifted brag because, well, I showed him what to do. And besides it's an easy word with really no diagonals or curvy letters. But I'm proud of his hard work. Here's my son's very first written word- copied, not traced two days ago. He'll turn 3 in the middle of October.
http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/9344beb8.jpg
Here's a tougher one I gave him yesterday to try. It's not quite as readable, but it is his second attempt at copying words ever. It's a tough one with all the humps, diagonals and curves.
http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/3b348c21.jpg
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 07/31/10 02:09 PM

It went great! We got lot's of compliments, almost everyone who was there stopped to listen for a while (wasn't a very busy time/area, so that really wasn't too many people) but it was still a good confidence booster. Someone asked her if she'd applied Juilliard yet (she looks a few years older than she really is).
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/02/10 06:52 AM

Not really a brag in the gifted department but definitely one showing the maturity of DD.

DD's birthday is this month and we decided she was ready to have her ear's pierced. On the way over to the mall DD said in a matter of fact way that having her ears' pierced was going to hurt and then asked me if it would. I said it shouldn't but the pop sound from the gun might scare you a little. I half-expected at that point she would change her mind, but she was ready. We had to wait for others to finish up before getting her's done but DD was patient and picked out her earrings. When it was her time she climbed up into the chair and sat there by herself and waited patiently while they marked and remarked her ears for the holes. Okay ... Mommy IS a perfectionist so it took them a while. wink

When they finally did do her ears she was so still and never cried. She didn't even flinch! They thought she was in shock but the minute they said they were done she climbed out of the chair and ran over to the mirror to take a look at her earrings and then when we left the store she gave me a huge smile and said I was quiet. I guess she figured that was the mature way of handling it.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/10 02:40 PM

That's a cute story. My daughter is 7 and I know she wants earrings but is still too scared.
Posted by: MES

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/10 03:32 PM

My DD had hers pierced at six and all seemed to go fine until bedtime that evening when she suddenly wanted to go back to get the holes. In between hysterical sobs, I discerned that she somehow envisioned donut holes, or in this case "ear holes" that we had left at the store. Sorry.
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/10 03:40 PM

LOL ... thanks for sharing that MES! Too cute. So far no screams for leftover pieces, but she hasn't liked the cleaning routine since it stings for the first few days. However, she hasn't run away from the chore and takes it like a trooper and has noticed that the pain is a lot less which is proving to her that they are healing.
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/10 05:56 PM

A friend of mine shared a internet link that showed a grain of rice and other small items that magnified down to an atom, showing the atom to be the smallest thing. My dd5 looked at it and said where's the proton, electron and nucleus inside the atom? my mommy brag of the day smile
Posted by: AlexsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/03/10 06:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Skylersmommy
My dd5 looked at it and said where's the proton, electron and nucleus inside the atom?


She might like this, then: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/525347
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/04/10 11:34 AM

Originally Posted By: PMc
At the library while standing in line for Story time DS 22mos.
read a sign that said Make a splash for youth, make waves at your
library, read! Out of the corner of my eye I saw a mom elbow another and point to him, then they both shook their heads. 0ne of them said, they must come here a lot and he has it memorized.
DS had never seen he sign before.


Love this smile
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/04/10 07:34 PM

Is it okay if I just brag that I have an absolutely gorgeous kid that I'm madly in love with?

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/b62f7f7c.jpg
Posted by: Polly

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/04/10 08:35 PM

re: bystander denial of reading

Every time we go to the library DS3 reads something or other off a wall or book and it's all within earshot of the librarians. It's amazing to me that these 2 children's librarians, who know us well enough to have long conversations, nonetheless are really blind to noticing his literacy -- the very thing they are all about. Even when from the audience he reads words out of a book they are reading to the story hour kids, they just respond similarly to the person above: without pausing, "oh so you have this book at home!". Blows me away how boxed in they are by their expectations of normal.

Denial of reading ability is such a neat phenomenon... kind of analgous to a Piaget developmental stage or something... only this one is for adults, the definition would be: "a stage passed into right after open-mindedness ends". It's so common it should have a name -- could be called the "denial of ability phenomenon". Which can be shortened to DOAP. "What a doap", one could exclaim. wink

Polly
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/10 06:11 AM

I love it Polly!!!
Posted by: Lorel

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/10 06:33 AM

We've seen this too! I wonder what this says about the person who doesn't notice. Inflexible thinking? Insecurity?
Posted by: MegMeg

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/05/10 07:48 AM

I had a day full of DOAP-y comments yesterday! Nothing as dramatic as denying a child was reading, but still pretty funny. Things like:

- Way over-estimating her age, even though she's only 15th percentile in size.

- Remarking that "Girls develop so much faster than boys, don't they?" when my 2 year old is acting just like their 3.5 year old.

The rule seems to be, attribute the behavior to anything except advanced ability.
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/06/10 06:19 PM

Originally Posted By: La Texican
Is it okay if I just brag that I have an absolutely gorgeous kid that I'm madly in love with?

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/b62f7f7c.jpg


just adorable!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/06/10 09:05 PM

Thanks.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/08/10 08:50 PM

My 12 year old twice exceptional son who was diagnosed with motor dyspraxia and also has low muscle tone and endurance issues and wears a scoliosis brace and gets frequent migraines, finished his last performance as Mr. Mayor in Seussical the Musical yesterday. His timing was excellent, he performed with confidence, he sang all of his solos really well, he stayed in character and handled it well when there was a problem with the music starting early without allowing time for him to say his lines. One of the other actor's moms, a teacher, said he was good the last show they did, but he has improved even more.

During rehearsals, he was one of the first to know all of his lines and songs and the director thanked him for being "consistent" and always doing his part well. He has incredible focus and maturity and has somehow learned to pace himself and rest in between scenes so that he has the energy to do his part well. He wore his scoliosis brace for all rehearsals except the last one and was able to tune out the fact that he was uncomfortable and had pain in his feet.

He is the only kid in the group with a disability and he is doing as well or better than kids without disabilities.
I liked the scene in the play when Mr. and Mrs. Mayor send their son to a military camp where the general points out the kid who hummed in the shower, the kid who couldn't color in the lines, and the one who had an opinion. My child had all of these "problems" and our public school reminds me of the Seussical's military academy.

Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/09/10 04:45 AM

What a trooper! Way to see it through. He's been working on that for a while now, hasn't he? I'm glad to see the production was a smash hit! Hope you got lots of pictures.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/09/10 08:40 AM

Wyatt strikes again.  I told Wyatt I don't know what the baby in the belly's name is. (don't know the gender)  "Almendarez", He said, "Let me see."  He lifted my night gown and whispered into my belly-button, "You stay there baby, the doctor will get you out."
He's almost three.  I told him earlier that the doctor will get the baby out of my belly, but he figured out on his own that baby's name will be the same as ours.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/09/10 05:39 PM

We got word today that Mr W (2y6mos) will start Pre-K in 3 weeks at his Montessori School. The school director suggested it to us. ( We were going to advocate it for him, but wanted him to be fully potty trained. ) He has a blast with the much older kids when he is waiting for us to pick him up most evenings.



Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/14/10 08:43 AM

A few little brags here, one not quite a gifted brag, but still cool.
1. We got her (DD14's) schedule yesterday, we went to her locker afterwards, and looked at some of her classes. When we were leaving, she had to go to band practice, but wanted to compare schedules with her friends, so kept it, and then a few seconds later, she said "but I have it memorized anyway, so I guess you can have it." I said something about "you might know the classes and the teachers, but do you know the room number?" She proceeded to repeat back her schedule in order, complete with class, teacher, *and* room number. (okay, she missed one room number, but I still think that was *kind* of brag worthy) She then went on to tell me how much she like her locker combo because of some math thing that was over my head.
2. She proceeded on to band practice. The brag here is that she is started band with 3 years less experience than the other kids, and had to learn how to play the saxophone over the summer. She's had band camp for 8 hours a day all this week in the Texas heat, and I think she's having a lot of fun, and appreciating having something to do. Last night, the band marched in a parade and played some fun songs for us.
Posted by: OHGrandma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/14/10 12:14 PM

Granddaughter(9) just got the results of her state reading & math assessments. My sweetie scored a perfect score on the math portion, and in the upper portion of the reading. My daughter was shocked, I was not! smile
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/15/10 08:40 PM

OK, don't know if this is a brag or not but it sure was funny. I always read or have dd5 read a bedtime story at night. The other night she wanted me to read the dicionary. I said "are you sure?" and she said "yes I need to know the meaning to all words."
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/16/10 04:33 PM

Skylersmommy: That's funny because today my son made a "party" for his stuffed animals and one activity center was for dictionary reading....He set up two chairs facing each other with a stuffed in each chair and they each had an open dictionary on their lap! Nan
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/10 04:53 PM

It's not a brag, but it's a funny.  Wyatt was Skypping with Grandma and my little nephew.  When they were done talking I heard my mom calling my sister saying, "how do you turn this off?". Wyatt closed the Skyppe and shut down the computer using the start button and the log off like your supposed to.  Of course I had to call mom and tell her.  The next game show they're going to make is, "Are You Smarter Than a Two Year Old?"
Posted by: Taminy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/17/10 08:23 PM

PMc--that's so nice. I remember when DD was five and had a kindergarten ceremony in which students were called up one at a time and given something to commemorate the occasion. Afterwards her teacher made a point of coming up to me and telling me that she was the only student who thought to stop and say "thank you". Made my whole week smile
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/18/10 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: La Texican
It's not a brag, but it's a funny.  Wyatt was Skypping with Grandma and my little nephew.  When they were done talking I heard my mom calling my sister saying, "how do you turn this off?". Wyatt closed the Skyppe and shut down the computer using the start button and the log off like your supposed to.


That's so funny!

DS20mo doesn't know how to shut down computers because we don't ever shut down ours.

When DS is done skypping, he closes the laptop.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/18/10 02:30 PM

DS20mo loves puzzles, but I usually have to "work" with him on brand new ones.

DH bought a brand new 24-piece puzzle yestday. Without any help, DS finished the puzzle all by himself. That took me by surprise.

It always surprises me how much little ones can do!
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/20/10 05:02 PM

Originally Posted By: NanRos
Skylersmommy: That's funny because today my son made a "party" for his stuffed animals and one activity center was for dictionary reading....He set up two chairs facing each other with a stuffed in each chair and they each had an open dictionary on their lap! Nan


Too cute! Too bad we don't live closer the kids could have a dictionary party,lol

To add to this, she's been reading it every night this week, the other day she said "whoever wrote this book is really smart!"
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/21/10 06:36 PM

Tonight DD decided she needed to deconstruct a rainbow. She first did dashes with each individual color in a straight line and then she did what I can best describe as a ripple in the pond but reach ripple was a different color. I couldn't help but laugh at her 'deconstruction' and think about Top Chief.

And tonight when I put her to bed she argued that she still saw blue outside which is the opposite of night time. Yes but when you're in the middle of summer and daylight savings time you have to disregard the blue.
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/21/10 08:28 PM

I don't know if anyone has seen the "chocolate math" thing that's been circulating via emails and other places (google it, it's the first thing that comes up), but it might be fun for your kids to try to figure out how it works.
I didn't really know where to post this, but since I chose here, I should probably add a brag to this...
DD14 enjoyed that, although it didn't take long at all, I'm sure it would be more of a challenge for younger kids from about 8-10 or so (having said that, *I* probably wouldn't have been able to figure it out very quickly or at all, and I'm in my 40's.... but I'm our family's non-gifted person)... Anyway, after she figured out how that one worked (which was at most 5 minutes), she went to work to create her own trick of the same sort. Not too big of a brag, but still kind of a fun story, I guess.
Posted by: graceful mom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/21/10 09:11 PM

This one is more of a funny:

DS5 insists we go to the bookstore to buy a math workbook. I am browsing for books for my students and he is browsing in the math workbook section. After awhile he drags me over to his section and shows me a book he's chosen and says, " Let's get this, Math Fundamentals 1st Grade." I scan the book and it seems like he knows most of the material already so I go through a couple more books. I pick up one called, "Math for Gifted Students" and ask him if he would like that one because the work might be more interesting. He thinks about it and says, " I don't know. It's not a present is it? " Rather than explain what gifted means, I just let him buy the one he wanted in the first place.

1 funny/brag:

DS needed to figure out the number of lightbulbs in our apartment for a Dr. Suess book he got for his birthday. Even though we live in a 3 bedroom and pretty small apartment we have a ton of light bulbs! When he told me what he wanted to do I was less than looking forward to this tedious task because I thought we would have to go around and count all of them. DS ran to my room and counted seven light-bulbs and promptly says, " Okay each room has the same number and there are four rooms with 7 so what is 7, 4 times?" He couldn't do the actual multiplication for that but I was pretty impressed that he understood the concept and also a bit embarrassed at myself for not realizing that I actually had to think for a moment to realize that indeed all 4 rooms had the exact configuration and number of lights!
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/22/10 05:31 AM

Graceful Mom: I love that type of thinking and my son does the same thing. He comes up with a way of approaching a problem that is so unique and logical and I just go, "Oh!!"

I also love your DS's hesitation about the "gifted" book...he doesn't want to waste any gift points LOL. Nan
Posted by: angelsmom0605

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 04:11 AM

I love reading these every day on my to work! Makes me smile.


My 14 month old dd woke up yesterday looked out side and told me its raining. I looked out the window and sure enough its raining.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 06:44 AM

Originally Posted By: angelsmom0605
My 14 month old dd woke up yesterday looked out side and told me its raining. I looked out the window and sure enough its raining.


These kids are extra observant. They notice every little details.
Posted by: crisc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 07:54 AM

Quick proud mommy moment.

A few minutes ago DS7's school called me. I immediately held my breath because usually they call when he is in trouble and he doesn't even start school until next week!

They were calling to tell me that he was chosen as one of 2 students in his school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the next Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting. The other student is a 5th grade girl. I am so surprised that my son (normally the trouble maker!) was chosen for this honor.
Posted by: angelsmom0605

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 08:04 AM

Originally Posted By: HelloBaby
[quote=angelsmom0605]
These kids are extra observant. They notice every little details.


They are. She dosen't miss a thing. She is trying to sing some things now ring around the rosie and itsy bitsy spider so cute with the hand motions. I want her stay this age forever i am loving it.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 11:51 AM

Mr W (2y6m) loves to help cook.

Yesterday he wanted to cut stuff up.

I picked out a knife and gave it to him and told him to make cubes of the cheese. I gave him strips to cube - one at a time.

He told me he wanted four strips.

I gave him four. He stacked the strips, then cut them all the same time. (This was his invention.)

He then wanted the block of cheese.

And proceeded the cube the whole thing by doing slices, then strips, then cubes. He cut two slices, stacked them, did the strips, etc.

He can mix pancakes all by himself - even the eggs. I still do the pouring when it comes to cooking. He likes to flip the pancakes, too. We use an electric griddle as the one on the stove does not have a plastic guard around the edge and he burn a knuckle once.


Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 12:02 PM

Originally Posted By: angelsmom0605
Originally Posted By: HelloBaby
[quote=angelsmom0605]
These kids are extra observant. They notice every little details.


They are. She dosen't miss a thing. She is trying to sing some things now ring around the rosie and itsy bitsy spider so cute with the hand motions. I want her stay this age forever i am loving it.


Treasure it all. They do grow up fast. My DD just turned 4 and I was a little sad thinking where did the time go? But I definitely wouldn't go back. I love this little person she has become.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/23/10 12:32 PM

This is an old brag the hubby reminded me of last night. When our son was a tiny baby the hubby did the "wa-wa-wa" Indian pat on the baby's mouth once when he was crying to distract him and get him to stop. It made the baby so mad and he obviously thought about it because the next time my husband tried the same trick the baby started crying through his nose instead of his mouth so that it wouldn't work and his cry would be heard in all it's glory.
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/25/10 11:34 AM

Originally Posted By: crisc
Quick proud mommy moment.

A few minutes ago DS7's school called me. I immediately held my breath because usually they call when he is in trouble and he doesn't even start school until next week!



Ha ha This is my son, too. I got an email from my son's teacher on Monday the 1st day of school around lunch time and my stomach dropped thinking OH NO, not on the 1st day of school! But it was a compliment!!! Yippeeeeeeee smile Nan
Posted by: GeoMamma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/25/10 04:40 PM

My DS1 Started reading! I'm so proud. (Maybe not ultra early in this group, but early enough I don't feel like I can brag to other parents) It was a big thing to overcome his perfectionism enough to try and read a word. YAY!
Posted by: Lorel

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/27/10 01:06 PM

Yay for your ds, GeoMamma! It is so fun to watch them start to read. It really opens up the world to kids.
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/27/10 03:09 PM

Originally Posted By: NanRos
my stomach dropped thinking OH NO, not on the 1st day of school! But it was a compliment!!! Yippeeeeeeee smile Nan


2 emails from Adults at DS14's new school with compliments:
1) 'engaged' 'polite and intelligent'
2) 'learning well' 'thoughful'

and an excited phone call that 'There is SO MUCH work' but with a tone of pride.

Yippee!
Grinity
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/27/10 03:19 PM

Week 1 of High School is over! DD14 has showed major improvements in areas of organization as she has already had many assignments and has started them before they were due. She has also had to learn to keep track of time and to make sacrifices as she now has to wake up the earliest she ever has, at 6:00, in order to make it to marching band in time. The strange thing? She mentioned that she feels really happy and doesn't know why. I've been telling her for years that getting organized is a mood improver, and she never believed me....
Also, I kind of have to brag about her challenging courseload, 3 Honors, 2 AP, Band, and Speech. 2 of the 3 Honors classes will be very easy (for her at least), but rumor has it that Honors Biology is the hardest course available at the school and that majority of kids drop down to regulars around the end of the first semester. Science is her strength, so it shouldn't be *that* hard, especially if her organization skills continue throughout the year. AP Geography will be hard, as it's an AP course, but I think she will manage just fine, as she told me that the syllabus looked like stuff she mostly already knew, and the textbook was interesting despite being, well... a college textbook. The other AP will be probably the hardest of her courses, as it is a part english, part humanities, part world history type course. She's starting band with 3 years less experience than the rest of the students on her instrument (she switched from Orch to Band at the end of 8th grade), and said that she is already about as good as some of the people in her class. (granted that she is in the lowest of the 5 bands, but still, I think that is an accomplishment) Marching is early in the morning, plus games and other things after school certain days. And Speech, well, public speaking isn't her thing... So she has a difficult course load. Yes, she may struggle keeping up with the work at points, yes she still might not be as good as the other band students by the end of the year, but... wow! I get the feeling this is going to be a *good* year. (not to mention that she is combining with 2 other schools that are about all the children of engineers and such, and there are a large number of highly gifted+ kids for her to hang out with.
Posted by: dlktally

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/27/10 10:45 PM

This was the first week of Pre-K for DD when I picked her up her teacher said she had papers in her backpack and maybe DD would read them to me in the car on the way home; they were school rules, newsletter and menu for the month. I guess she realized DD could read since she read about 50 pages of her chapter book during rest time today. Today was the first day DD took her own book to school.
Posted by: TwinkleToes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/10 01:20 PM

this isn't really a brag per se, but is the sort of "cute" thing that goes on at my house with my two and four year old DDs that I don't typically share: my four year old DD wanted to find the letter Y magnet so that she could pretend it was an antibody since they have a Y-like shape. Oh yeah, she had fun pretending our dryer ball with spikes was a virus too. Then I found she had my cognitive neuroscience book from college days on the coffee table and was looking at it for fun...
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/29/10 01:33 PM

Originally Posted By: TwinkleToes
DD wanted to find the letter Y magnet so that she could pretend it was an antibody since they have a Y-like shape.


Oh my gosh, a girl after my own heart! I love immunology!!

My little guy will be two this week. He likes to spell his name on the fridge with magnets. Yesterday my dad came over to visit. He came in the house and said, "Where's Sean?" and little guy ran to the fridge and pointed to his name as proud as could be. He can't talk yet, but at least he can spell!
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/30/10 01:36 AM

Originally Posted By: TwinkleToes
this isn't really a brag per se, but is the sort of "cute" thing that goes on at my house with my two and four year old DDs that I don't typically share: my four year old DD wanted to find the letter Y magnet so that she could pretend it was an antibody since they have a Y-like shape. Oh yeah, she had fun pretending our dryer ball with spikes was a virus too. Then I found she had my cognitive neuroscience book from college days on the coffee table and was looking at it for fun...

This is just like our house, too - what fun!
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 08/30/10 08:31 AM

We are homeschooling this year dd7 & dd5, dd7 let my dh know all he had to do was give her the teacher guide and she'd figure out what she needed to know.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/01/10 07:57 AM

Not really a brag about ability, but happiness at sticktoitiveness. DS put together the first sample robot from Lego Mindstorms, Shooterbot, all by himself, though it took him a while. He seems to be picking up the visual programming environment quickly, too, though he has only recently learned a little about programming prior, and in a Java environment at that.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/02/10 02:26 AM

A quote from last night: "If you see someone throw a villain into a dumpster, that doesn't mean he's a hero. He might be a supervillain."
Posted by: kalhuli

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/02/10 11:50 AM

Here's my addition to the board:

My son, 23 months, learned (in less than a day) to say the alphabet backwards and now we're constantly counting forwards and backwards, as he loves numbers. Last night, he wanted to count backwards from 35 (which he did), so tonight I expect we'll be doing from 40.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/05/10 05:48 AM

Without any real math instruction prior to 3-4 months ago, and no math exposure beyond simple counting and other games (Punch Buggy, The Ladybug Game, etc.), my five-year-old son is now well on his way to completing third-grade-level math, at least if you go by indications of the IXL website tied to our state standards. He has completed some of the skills up to the fifth-grade level. This is not a brag so much as a sigh of relief for me, at not putting him behind by focusing so much on verbal and problem-solving skills early on.

He continues to improve in his ability to work without fear of failure. (It has been slow going at times for us, but like anything else this is a skill that can be learned.)

I installed some puzzle games on my Android phone recently. One, called "Glow Puzzle", asks you to complete a tour of points connected by paths, traversing each path exactly once. He was excited to try this, but then was chagrined when he didn't get the eighth puzzle on the very first attempt. He wandered around for a while essentially afraid to attempt it, until I gave him a brief pep talk; then he quickly zipped up to number 35, spending no more than about 30-60 seconds on each one, and completing each one on the first try. My wife and I had previously tried these and had each had trouble on a few of them (they are a mixed bag), but not him. Before doing 35 he announced that he was getting bored with it and wanted to take a break, so after doing that one he did. He can also do quite tough "Bubble Blast" levels, which take me a while, with ease. (Edit: Over at a friend's house last night, he was able to do "GalCon" puzzles on the purple level, some in under 20 seconds.)
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/06/10 08:43 AM

DS19 is really "blossoming".... I don't mention him much because he is already in college, but he is also MG (probably just MG, but maybe higher). Last year, he buckled down and got fabulous grades. He's already off to a good start for that this year. He has had a lot of (college) Major changes due to his multiple interests. He is now thinking of Minoring in one of his interests as well, which would help let him pursue more than one of his interests. (Chemistry as a minor, Enviromental Engineering as a Major, I believe is what he settled on last, but he's also tried out Physics and Computer Sciences {he's one of the top programmers in the nation, according to the FBLA contest he was in} )
This summer, he had a injury/illness of his lung which required some surgery and almost a week's stay in the hospital. He *plowed* through books on math and science.
I think coming from the reluctant reader, kid who dropped out of gifted programs because they were too much work, and performed not nearly up to his potential in high school, I think he has turned into a very fine young man laugh.
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/06/10 11:00 AM

That is a wonderful update Bassetlover! It sounds like he has really come into his own and now that the choices are his he is more able and willing to work hard. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/06/10 09:31 PM

How terrific, Bassetlover! He indeed sounds like a fine young man. It's so great for those of us with littles to hear stories about kids further along the path, too--what an inspiration!

peace
minnie
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/08/10 08:22 PM

I put this in the preschool thread but I'm a put it here too- get double mileage out of this brag. My boy's still over a month away from turning three and I wrote these words on a separate sheet of paper and he copied them by hand into a little booklet printout. I *think* that's on a level of third of the way into kindergarten or maybe something like a bright 4yr. old. ? Either way I'm impressed, again.
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Posted by: dlktally

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/10/10 03:16 AM

We are keeping our fingers crossed for our DD4 who is in Pre-K at her Elementary School. Her teacher informed us yesterday that she has talked about DD at Staff meetings and is trying to get permission for DD to go to the school library and check out AR (Accelerated Reading) books and for DD to be able to test for them on the computer. She said she will let her start on a 2.4-3.6 level. We were worried that she was just there to play and help other children. I looked up the series she is currently reading (Rainbow Fairies) and they are a 3.3 to 5.0 level so I think she will move up quickly. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/10/10 06:29 AM

DS6.5 started last week playing "Kid Chess" once per week at school. On Tuesday, when I picked him up, the chess coach overheard me saying I was there to pick up DS, and he went on and on how he has yet to teach DS more than a few basics, and is truly amazed at 1. how quickly he's picked it up and 2. how he studies the entire game as opposed to just the move (as in he's thinking ahead). He's only played chess a handful of times with me, and it's been at least a year since the last time and that's it. It was a very proud Mom moment. The chess coach is very excited to teach him more (me too)!
Posted by: AlexsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/10/10 04:14 PM

DD7's 3rd grade teacher requires the kids read a certain number of grade-level books, with a 90 or 100 on the AR quiz for that book, in order to "earn" the right to read books from the next grade level up. (So you read 3rd grade books to earn 4th grade books, and then can read howevermany 4th grade books to earn 5th grade books.) They're also limited to the number of tests they can take in a week, on the grounds that if you can read it in less than the intervening time, and are unhappy about being done so soon, you picked a book that was too short.

At pickup today, she told me DD was the first kid in her class to have earned 4th grade books.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/10/10 04:20 PM

JJsMom... My DS just started learning chess too! His teacher made the same sort of comments as yours. He loves it and recommended a book to us called "Chessersize" By Pandolfi.

It has pictures of boards that you set up, then it gives you a little blurb that says "white wins in 2 moves" It is your childs job to figure those moves out. At school they call them battle drills (maybe that's why DS loves them so much?) Anyway if your DS starts pushing to learn more,you might want to check out this book.

Maybe some day we'll hook up and the boys can play each other!
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/11/10 07:40 AM

DD is attempting to enter 3/4 of the Reflections program categories because she is so bored this weekend.. I have to say, though, the contest seems kind of annoying. She entered it last year and got the top scores (5 out of 5 points) for "journalistic quality" and "creativity" yet only got a 2 for for "Connection to theme" even though it seemed to have a lot to do with the theme... You double the connection to theme score, so her score was 14 out of 20. That was enough for "honorable mention". (better than Participation, I guess)
Anyway, DD has never been good at chess. Am I alone in this? Seems like every gifted kid I hear about is good at chess.... :P
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/11/10 08:37 AM

Originally Posted By: AlexsMom
DD7's 3rd grade teacher requires the kids read a certain number of grade-level books, with a 90 or 100 on the AR quiz for that book, in order to "earn" the right to read books from the next grade level up. (So you read 3rd grade books to earn 4th grade books, and then can read howevermany 4th grade books to earn 5th grade books.) They're also limited to the number of tests they can take in a week, on the grounds that if you can read it in less than the intervening time, and are unhappy about being done so soon, you picked a book that was too short.

At pickup today, she told me DD was the first kid in her class to have earned 4th grade books.

Sounds as though her grade skip was well-judged, doesn't it :-)
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/12/10 08:08 PM

"I'm proud of my reader Children"

I just wanted to share my experience. I was around a few of DS10's classmate's moms. They were saying it was recommended the students read a particular book over the summer. None of the boys did this and now they only have a week to read it.
The were saying how this would be hard. This little conversation made me think about my blessings.

My son read the book the first month of summer vacation with out any promting. He also read this book two years ago and enjoyed it enough to read many more by the author. DS read several books not required weekly all self motivated.

Sometimes my kids just feel average to me and then I get in a situation like this and realize how special they are. I love that my children are big readers.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/12/10 08:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Bassetlover
Anyway, DD has never been good at chess. Am I alone in this? Seems like every gifted kid I hear about is good at chess.... :P


You are not alone. DD7 has no interest in playing chess. Some of it maybe because her older brother is very good.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/13/10 05:34 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
JJsMom... My DS just started learning chess too! His teacher made the same sort of comments as yours. He loves it and recommended a book to us called "Chessersize" By Pandolfi.

It has pictures of boards that you set up, then it gives you a little blurb that says "white wins in 2 moves" It is your childs job to figure those moves out. At school they call them battle drills (maybe that's why DS loves them so much?) Anyway if your DS starts pushing to learn more,you might want to check out this book.

Maybe some day we'll hook up and the boys can play each other!


Oh thanks Shari! He has asked to play chess more than video games lately, which is huge!!! LOL

And yeah I bet both boys would love that! smile
Posted by: kalhuli

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/13/10 09:58 AM

My brag for the day is that my DS23 months has finally learned how to write the number 5, so now he can write all of his numbers! It was a big thing for him to do it, as he's been writing the other numbers for a while now, but never seemed to want to even try to do #5.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/13/10 10:50 AM

Thanks for the chess book recommendation. I just ordered it from the library.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/13/10 11:55 AM

Originally Posted By: kalhuli
My brag for the day is that my DS23 months has finally learned how to write the number 5, so now he can write all of his numbers! It was a big thing for him to do it, as he's been writing the other numbers for a while now, but never seemed to want to even try to do #5.


That's great!! My son's bane was always the number 8 for some reason. smile
Posted by: AlexsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/13/10 12:39 PM

Originally Posted By: ColinsMum
Sounds as though her grade skip was well-judged, doesn't it :-)


I'm certainly glad we did it! If anything, I'm not sure it will have been enough. Other than struggling with writing speed (which is a big enough struggle that a bigger skip wouldn't have been possible without significant support), she's breezing through the classwork. I keep thinking that the settling in period will end, and the "real work" will start soon, but maybe not?

She's not breezing through the twice-weekly gifted pullout, but her frustrations are that it's too much writing (which is the speed issue again), and boring (hard to say whether it's "uninteresting topic boring" or "I don't want to work as hard as I'm being asked to boring").
Posted by: BonusMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/14/10 08:18 AM

I had DS9 complete a self-evaluation checklist on overexcitabilities. He asked what "compulsive organizer" meant, so I explained it; he said, "so, that would be a person who keeps a really neat desk with no papers crammed in the back or anything?"

"Right."

"Oh, then no. I'm a REpulsive organizer."

laugh
Posted by: Bassetlover

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/17/10 05:21 PM

DD14 has gotten the highest score of her section (or 9 people) every single test this year in band. Why is this a big brag? The other kids have been playing since 6th grade, and she just learned how to play this summer! (9th grade)
Posted by: JaniSan222

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/18/10 11:54 PM

Hi! I'm new here, perhaps I should go introduce myself first. My DS6 told his Dad while having his hair dried after bath-time, "There's 6000 '1/100' of a second in 1 minute." I only taught him about fractions a few days prior. Also, he wanted to learn how to write 1~100 in Japanese Kanji. He learned it all in 30 minutes from his Grandma. He started reading "Charlottes Web" this afternoon and read 2 chapters out loud for me in 30 minutes.
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/10 11:20 AM

Wow, that's so cool! How does Grandma know Japanese?
Posted by: flower

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/10 11:57 AM

DD almost two made a 17 piece wood train track this morning. I started her with three pieces and went to make our lunch. When I came back she had added 14 pieces and the last two pieces joined so it was a complete track. I do not know if this is gifted but I was happy.
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/10 12:45 PM

My little guy (just two this month) makes the most amazing train track creations. The wooden track pieces are just like a puzzle to him and he loves figuring out how to go under furniture and around corners. His train obsession keeps him happy for hours. Gifted or not... it keeps them entertained and busy!
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/10 01:02 PM

More cute than brag...

DS21mo was sitting inside a plane. The plane was speeding up on the runway, and he kept saying "up."
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/10 03:16 PM

Originally Posted By: onthegomom
"I'm proud of my reader Children"

I just wanted to share my experience. I was around a few of DS10's classmate's moms. They were saying it was recommended the students read a particular book over the summer. None of the boys did this and now they only have a week to read it.
The were saying how this would be hard. This little conversation made me think about my blessings.

My son read the book the first month of summer vacation with out any promting. He also read this book two years ago and enjoyed it enough to read many more by the author. DS read several books not required weekly all self motivated.

Sometimes my kids just feel average to me and then I get in a situation like this and realize how special they are. I love that my children are big readers.


Same here! They just LOVE books, and that is a wonderful thing.

I was just speaking with a co-worker today and she told how she never felt that excited about reading until upper high school and college, but now definitely enjoys it. I can't imagine! Mom used to drop us off at the library for a few hours on a saturday and it was just the best time. lol!
My kids think going to the used book store is better than just about anything. Bizarre, but I love it too, so I guess it has rubbed off.
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/23/10 06:04 PM

We had a HUGE breakthrough with cursive writing this week! After weeks/months of struggling with her perfectionism, DD8 is making progress. I had the two DKs in the tub last night and took little man out to dry and dress him in his PJs. When I went back to help DD out, I found she had taken the bath crayons and written four three-letter words in cursive on the tiles (God, dad, cod and dog) along with pictures of each underneath. She told me "I like it better now that we can put the letters together, it is just like a puzzle trying to figure out how to connect all the letters together. I like it now!"

Complete credit to her psychologist and her amazingly supportive teacher for recognizing how crippling her perfectionism was and giving her all the tools she needed to be successful. This is a huge success for her!
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/25/10 07:17 PM

DS: "Are we allies with Russia?"
Me: "No, but we are at peace with them."
DS: "So we have a non-aggression pact with them?"

(We are currently watching "The World At War", and he has no idea yet of the post-WWII history of the region, so he just calls it Russia.)

He has come up with a bunch of interesting ideas for military inventions while watching, including adaptive camouflage and self-entrenching tanks. smile
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/25/10 09:14 PM

If my new (overdue) baby is a girl (we didn't find out) we're considering naming her Esperanza (Spanish for Hope).  My almost 3yr. old has said the name correctly, but the other day he changed it to Este-panza.  Same syllables and it rhymes so-Brag! he's learning from his phonics and he made up a funny joke!  Groan!  He's already picking on the new baby and it's not even born yet.  "este panza" means the belly.  
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/26/10 03:33 AM

Dd4 is doing really well with her k curriculum, it seems to be a good fit, and there is little complaining about getting up and going, so I think that is a great sign!
I don't even know what to make of this, though: I read every night to her, all kinds of things, but in the last 2 months her only pick has been books on space. One night having run out of 8-10 year old books on space, I grabbed my dh's old college astronomy text and read for a while on Jupiter, etc. Figured she wasn't even listening because she didn't object and then eventually fell asleep.
So I have been picking up more kid books from the used store here and there, but found a really great one on the history of the revolution in thinking about the solar system starting with Copernicus and going from there, not a kid book. I was reading along, and I thought, oh no way is she even listening, so I stopped, and immediately she says 'Keep reading!!'. Like, no way is she getting a lot of this, but who really knows??


Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/26/10 07:36 AM

My 12 year old twice exceptional son with disabilities that cause mild muscle weakness and low endurance made it through a musical theater rehearsal, a performance at a church and a performance at the state fair after walking a quarter mile to get to where they had to perform in the heat. He had very little time to rest in between practice and performances but he did it. He did all of the songs and dances and he did them well, especially his solo "Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile." He didn't appear to be having any problems at all even though he was wearing a suit coat and layers of clothing underneath because there was no dressing room for costume changes.

His pretty young homeschool co-op writing composition teacher who also teaches dance just happened to be there because her dance group was scheduled to perform after my son's musical theater group. She saw him perform and told him she really enjoyed the performance. It is easy to see why he is willing to do more writing for her than for me.

He made it through a physically challenging six hours and did well but he paid for it later. He knows that is the price he has to pay. That is the price he has to pay to be with kids who are more like him mentally, musically, and socially. He did not have the energy to walk around the fair after the performance. His foot pain was worse and he got a really bad headache so he missed out on seeing the fair this year. He had to walk the quarter mile back to the car stopping to rest a couple of times when he absolutely had to and by the time he got there the muscles in one of his feet were trembling which happens when he does too much. He felt bad that we didn't get to do anything at the fair and thought we might be mad at him because we didn't get to see it either.

He got home and had to put on his very uncomfortable scoliosis brace. His back and legs and feet hurt. Ibuprofen only helps a little. He can't use a heating pad on his back because of the brace.

We have lots of pictures and videos. He looked happy while he was on stage and with his friends. I hope when he looks at these pictures years from now he can forget about the pain and just remember the fun he had with his friends, his musical theater "family."



Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/27/10 06:32 PM

Look what I just did today...she's a Girl! laugh laugh laugh
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Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/27/10 07:18 PM

Congratulations La Texican! She's beautiful.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/28/10 06:30 AM

My 12-year-old homeschooled, verbally gifted, 2E son who has SPD, hypotonia, dyspraxia and motor dysgraphia, and also wears an uncomfortable scoliosis brace when clothing tags used to bother him, and also gets frequent migraines, got his first assignment back in his homeschool 7th-9th grade co-op writing composition class. It was his very first real grade since we homeschooled after he finished kindergarten and it was his first graded work by a professional teacher in a class that I thought he might have trouble with because of his dysgraphia and absolutely no experience with creative writing.

He made an A+. Her comments were "Yikes! Scary Story. Good job building up the suspense." He had made only one small punctuation error.

He turned in his second story yesterday and I think it is even better than the first. He discovered that he really can do well with creative writing if he types and is not slowed down by his mild disability. We had lunch with another homeschool mom who is a writer for our local newspaper. She looked at his second assignment and thought it was really good. She told she remembered having trouble writing fast enough to keep up with her thoughts and it was so much easier to do once she was allowed to type. I will never understand why some teachers don't want to allow this type of accommodation for kids with handwriting disabilities.

My son also finished the five pages of grammar worksheets she assigned, some of them at the very last minute in class during a break, and found that when his right hand started cramping he could write with his left hand.
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/28/10 07:05 AM

One more small brag. My 2E son, who hadn't been in classes with age mates since kindergarten, noticed in his homeschool co-op state history class that none of the other kids in this class read very well when asked to read out loud in front of the class from state travel guides written at an adult level. My son read as if he were reading his lines at a musical theater audition and he is much easier to listen to because of it. He seems very comfortable speaking in front of a group of people. Most of the other kids had to stop and sound out words that he has been reading for years. But he also notices that his map coloring skills are not as good as theirs and it takes longer for him to write anything in class.
Posted by: MAE

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/28/10 08:44 AM

Congratulations La Texican - she's gorgeous!
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 12:44 AM

La Texican, congratulations!

Today at his after-kindergarten daycare, DS5 was helping the facility owner's daughter do her fourth-grade math homework. Here's hoping that the public school admins see their way clear to a grade skip to first. whistle We will know by October 15th.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 12:06 PM

Congrats La Texican!!

Mr W (2y8Mos) has been composing his own lyrics lately. "Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Stoplight" is just one example. And "Daddy, Look at the Bare Bear's Booty." had him in hysterics at his own alliteration last night. This morning he came up with "Waaah" words for each letter of the alphabet, ie "O - OH NO!!" and "Z-Zats not funny!!'





Posted by: bh14

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 12:48 PM

Awwww! SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Congrats La Tex!
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 02:13 PM

Congratulations, Tex! I love the name - one I seriously wanted to use for our family! Hope you and your whole family are doing well.
Posted by: JaneSmith

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 03:24 PM

Originally Posted By: La Texican
Look what I just did today...she's a Girl! laugh laugh laugh


Beautiful - what was her Apgar score?

Kidding! Congratulations!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 03:33 PM

Thanks guys. I couldn't be happier. I have a boy and a girl. Life is perfect. I don't know her score, or even what time she was born, I was so tired when she got here. I'll find out her time of birth Friday when I go for the paperwork lol.
The hubby wouldn't let me buy towels that said "mamma's girl" and he bought the one's that say "daddy's princess" instead. And wyatt's been showing off to everyone- "that's my sister."
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 08:36 PM

DS7 has been in his new school as a 6/7th grader for 5 weeks. He got his first progress report today and is getting a B in pre-algebra, a B+ in science and an A in LA. The change has been amazing. He doesn't complain about the work load at all! He's working really hard and I'm so proud of him. Who knew that there was perserverance in there?

Brag #2... He had to write a research paper for his science fair project. He's never written more than a couple of paragraphs, ever. He has been working on it for weeks without help. He insisted he could do it himself. When I proofread the finished product I realized that no one had ever explained the term "plagarism" to my son. Being that 7 yo don't as a general rule do research papers, go figure. Anyway, I had to explain it to him and told him that he would have to re-write his paper. Instead of the complete meltdown I expected he went to the computer, opened the file and asked for my help. I read the first paragraph to him out loud and asked him to tell me what he'd just heard. Then I asked him to write it down. We went through two more paragraphs until I was sure that he understood. Two hours and three pages later, he had a new paper. It's wonderful and I wanted to bust with pride at the maturity he showed and his willingness to correct his error.
Posted by: blob

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/29/10 09:36 PM

Congratulations, La Texican!! You have a beautiful family!

And congratulations, Shari! Great to hear how well your little (not so little any more!) guy is doing!
Posted by: Cecilia

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 07:36 AM

Awwww...What a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations La Texican! smile smile smile
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 10:42 AM

Congrats La Texican! What a cutie!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 11:46 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
DS7 has been in his new school as a 6/7th grader for 5 weeks. He got his first progress report today and is getting a B in pre-algebra, a B+ in science and an A in LA. The change has been amazing. He doesn't complain about the work load at all! He's working really hard and I'm so proud of him. Who knew that there was perserverance in there?

Brag #2... He had to write a research paper for his science fair project. He's never written more than a couple of paragraphs, ever. He has been working on it for weeks without help. He insisted he could do it himself. When I proofread the finished product I realized that no one had ever explained the term "plagarism" to my son. Being that 7 yo don't as a general rule do research papers, go figure. Anyway, I had to explain it to him and told him that he would have to re-write his paper. Instead of the complete meltdown I expected he went to the computer, opened the file and asked for my help. I read the first paragraph to him out loud and asked him to tell me what he'd just heard. Then I asked him to write it down. We went through two more paragraphs until I was sure that he understood. Two hours and three pages later, he had a new paper. It's wonderful and I wanted to bust with pride at the maturity he showed and his willingness to correct his error.


This alone shows the maturity level of your son. Great brag!
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 12:26 PM

Originally Posted By: La Texican
Look what I just did today...she's a Girl! laugh laugh laugh

Great Job La Tex!
Posted by: Catalana

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 01:40 PM

La Tex,

Just saw your picture, what a cutie. A huge congratulations!

My brag is that DS just got back his first test in his new math class - he got 100%!

smile
Posted by: EastnWest

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 02:05 PM

Originally Posted By: blob
Congratulations, La Texican!! You have a beautiful family!

And congratulations, Shari! Great to hear how well your little (not so little any more!) guy is doing!

BWBShari - That's what I was thinking... what happeneed to your ds6?

La Texican - What joy! Congrats!

Lori H - Thanks for sharing the stories. how wonderful for your son. learning about himself, recognizing strengths, building confidence, new experiences, and more! all good stuff!

Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 09/30/10 03:55 PM

This is the only place I can post this since my parents and sister and facebook friends can't listen to me brag anymore! My son is doing so well at his new gifted school. The teacher just told us at his IEP meeting (he's 2e autism) that he is the best student in every subject, he gets along so well with his classmates that he is the one usually chosen to be an errand buddy, and he is polite and charming. She said she looks at his paper first to use as a key for grading the other kids. My little hellion apparently only makes an appearance at recess...:)
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/01/10 09:33 AM

DS6 took his first unit math test with his 4th grade class (and really his first real test other than spelling tests). He got a 96%. I am very proud of him, but also kind of happy that he didn't get 100% as he always seems to get everything right.

And a funny story to go along with this. He has a spelling test today and his homework last night was supposed to be to study. He looked at his homework sheet and very seriously said "study? What does it mean to study?" LOL. Funny, but kind of sad. I had to explain to him that sometimes you don't get something right away and have to review it and go over it to help you learn the information. He was a little perplexed. It's not that he hasn't had things he has to work at (like strategy games and such) but academics in general has never been something he has had to look at more than once. I am hopeful as time goes on and he continues to be accelerated that he will have to study for something to learn that skill. Don't want him to be shocked when college comes.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/01/10 10:01 AM

cricket3- I agree it huge to have a teacher get your child even if others don't.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/01/10 10:38 AM

Awesome Shari, that is so great to see maturity like that and just general responsibility. It's awesome when they rise to the challenge.

And congrats La Texican, beautiful baby girl!

Cricket - that is awesome about your son's GT teacher, it also says a lot about your son. smile



Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/01/10 02:23 PM

Congrats Tex~!
Posted by: st pauli girl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/02/10 05:59 AM

Finally catching up with everyone's great stories. And the sweetest little baby pic - congrats La Texican!
Posted by: graceful mom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/02/10 05:48 PM

DS 5 went to the park today and they were decorating pumpkins using felt stickers. After decorating the front he seemed to want to keep working on it so we suggest he do what the other kids were doing and make another face on the back of the pumpkin but he refused. He then turned his pumpkin around and started to put sticker on it so we figured he had decided to put another face on it. When he was done he turned it around for us to see. He had made a row of triangles and used a smiley mouth at the end of it. We weren't sure what it was so he explains, " It's his vertebrae and this at the bottom is his coccyx."
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/03/10 05:15 AM

Congrats La Texican!

Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/03/10 05:43 AM

Originally Posted By: graceful mom
" It's his vertebrae and this at the bottom is his coccyx."


Love it!!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/06/10 08:47 PM

DS7 had to read his rough draft for his research paper in science today, out loud in front of the class. He was terrified. All the way to school he lamented his teachers decision. It would have been funny if he hadn't been so pathetic.

He did a great job according to his teacher, got a round of applause from his class and told me when I picked him up that it was about time that he "stopped being such a baby and start working on his fears".

I'm a proud momma! Wonder if this means we can revisit swimming lessons?
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/10/10 07:50 AM

More 3 yr old artwork.  He'll be 3 on Tuesday.  He drew "himself" (so he told me).  Hey, it has a head, a belly, two arms, two hands, two feet, oops only one leg, and a hat!  Then he gave me a blank paper and asked me to show him something new. I said how 'bout a boat?  Here he tried to copy a boat.  
http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/8a3d81ca.jpg

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/97dfb0c6.jpg
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/16/10 01:37 PM

That first one is interesting! I love looking at kid art. My now five-year-old started making some cute, whimsical stuff when he was 2-3, which I started recording:

(an animal he called the "snail chicken")
http://photos.smugmug.com/403571997_vvkVf-L.jpg

(tough to see because the toy was breaking down)
http:/photos.smugmug.com/403569411_Y8DY5-L.jpg

(yes, another snail, again with feet smile )
http://photos.smugmug.com/409021825_97nAs-L.jpg

http://photos.smugmug.com/440759753_3wkHj-L.jpg

(I believe those are legs, not shoulders)
http://photos.smugmug.com/410300905_ma54V-L.jpg

(a "squid monster")
http://photos.smugmug.com/487042705_gGTFC-L.jpg

(a rocket ship on a launch pad)
http://www.smugmug.com/635135163_UywaT-L.jpg

(a walking monster, with IIRC a piece of poop coming out of its butt laugh )
http://www.smugmug.com/635134731_888Ne-M.jpg

My favorite one of all from when he was 3 was basically the rediscovered form of Fritz the Cat, but I never got around to taking pictures of that, or some of the other coolest ones from back then.

Later, he started doing simple line drawings on paper, I suspect so he'd have an excuse to color them in (I don't usually let him color):

This is supposedly a picture of me-- I don't think this is my best angle:
http://www.smugmug.com/869577653_stixq-L.jpg

He initially described this as a mummy baby, but later switched to saying it was his baby brother:
http://www.smugmug.com/869577123_yhKVq-L.jpg

He first drew this one, then another picture of a very long-legged character, standing next to a much shorter fruit tree, weeping because he couldn't reach down to the fruit (I don't know what happened to that one unfortunately):
http://www.smugmug.com/IMG4333/869576833_PWLv2-L.jpg

A dancing alien:
http://www.smugmug.com/875812105_L6n33-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/869576432_ZWZbf-L.jpg
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/16/10 05:42 PM

He's got a great imagination lucounu. Using snapfish.com or kodakgallery.com you can store the pictures and eventually have a book printed as a souvenir for his wedding present. If you lay it out like a yearbook you can fit years worth of drawings nicely onto fewer pages.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/17/10 07:18 AM

Thanks, La Texican! I think his sense of whimsy and heart are actually his two best qualities, or at least the most endearing ones. That's very useful to know about the layout functions at those sites. It would be fun to start a thread on child art.
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/10 05:28 PM

My little train-obsessed DS (25 months) has fallen in love with the book "The Little Engine that Could." He wants us to read it to him constantly. Tonight, he dragged DH to the couch to read to him (he says very few words) but wouldn't sit on his lap. As DH read the book, DS took his wooden train track pieces and made a track that hung over the edge of the coffee table onto the floor. When they got to the part in the story where the little blue engine began to pull the train up the mountain he selected his blue train and two cargo cars and proceeded to drive them up his 'mountain' as he said "I dink I dan, I dink I dan!"

Unfortunately the track collapsed as he was almost to the top and he became very upset. I am still astounded that he understood the story as well as he did. I thought he just liked it because it had a train in it!
Posted by: AlexsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/10 07:37 PM

We had DD7's parent-teacher conference tonight, and got the results of her beginning-of-year testing.

STAR reading, GE 6.3
OCCT (Oklahoma benchmark - this is the end of year proficiency exam, but administered as a pre-test): Low 60s in both math and reading. As a comparison, the class average on the pretest was in the 30s, random guessing would be expected to produce 25, and the prior year's end-of-3rd graders averaged a 75 in math and 78 in reading.

The STAR was given 2 weeks after the "have to get 90% right to skip 2nd grade" test, and the OCCT 4 weeks after. She got a 92% on each. I think it's safe to conclude that they set the grade-skip bar far, far higher than "performs as well as the average kid who completed the grade to be skipped."

Also, wow am I glad we skipped her.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/10 07:46 PM

Have you gotten him a train set?

Mr W got his first train set when he was 18 months. He went nuts!

He could barely handle the speed control and it took a week for him to get the dexterity to get the train on the tracks. He'd play it for hours!!! I got so sick of it that I put it up for a few days..he finally wore out the engine to where I could not repair it.



Posted by: Polly

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/10 08:11 PM

Really fun to see the artwork. DS (turned 3 in june) refuses to draw lately (perfection issues) but he likes play-doh. Here are a couple recent playdoh things:

http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l604...nameshesaid.jpg

http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l604/polly40/worldmapwithanimals.jpg

Polly
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/19/10 08:22 PM

Polly,

I love the world map with animals!

Have you tried the crayola magic clay? DD loves it and I have to say I've had some fun with it myself.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/20/10 08:45 AM

Yep, that map is pretty cool. Austin, we had almost exactly the same experience. He was getting frustrated putting the train back on the tracks, so we wound up getting some battery-powered engines for his wooden train set, about the time we bought a slew of special track pieces on eBay and elsewhere. I bet he'd love the G-scale set even more now... will have to dig it out.
Posted by: Polly

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/20/10 07:31 PM

Thanks Katelyn'sMom, we will give the Crayola clay a try, it looks great and I would love to keep some of the things he makes.

Polly
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/21/10 05:34 AM

All the great artwork here would make a lovely coffee table book.  What unique perspectives!
You know how when babies are very young they all copy what you say just right at least once or twice.  But they're not actually talking they're just making a noise that sounds exactly like something you just said?
My little girl just sneezed again and I said "bless you" and she said "bless you" back so clearly.  So this is a brag of joy not one of pride.

And Cheers to Alexsmom for such positive test results !!!
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/21/10 05:49 AM

Another possibility is Sculpey, or a similar harden-upon-baking clay. Sculpey seems to be better than Model Magic in the finished product, and also doesn't air-dry.

Sculpey III seems to be a bit softer than previous versions, but you may still find that it is slightly too hard for your little one. You can use softener, or you can roll it into little balls (which is a good way to store it, in a zip-lock bag) and zap each colored ball for a couple of seconds in the microwave, which keeps it plenty soft for an art session.



Posted by: graceful mom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/21/10 08:12 PM

My ds was also obsessed with that book at the same age and I remember reading it so many times it drove me nuts. I love how yours was able to act it out! That is awesome.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/22/10 04:12 PM

<----One proud mommy!!

DS7 got his first report card today. 7th grade pre algebra A,
6th grade integrated science B, 6th grade Language Arts A.

Even more important than his grade are the profound changes that have occurred in his behavior. The meltdowns are gone, and he has learned to perservere when things get tough! God, I love this!
Posted by: Kriston

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/22/10 07:22 PM

Yay, Shari! Don't you love it when it all works?

Such great news! laugh
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/22/10 08:45 PM

Yea Shari!!!

Mr W listens to us talk about our jobs.

DW said, "And xxx looked at me like I had four heads."

Mr W interrupted us. "Ha Ha Ha. Mommy, you don't have four heads!"

"W, it is a figure of speech. XXXX was surprised."

"Oh, mommy, I know that, too. But four heads on mommy is funny, too!! HAHHAHAH"

Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/26/10 09:23 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
<----One proud mommy!!

DS7 got his first report card today. 7th grade pre algebra A,
6th grade integrated science B, 6th grade Language Arts A.

Even more important than his grade are the profound changes that have occurred in his behavior. The meltdowns are gone, and he has learned to perservere when things get tough! God, I love this!


Wow - way to go your ds !! That is so cool that he is proving you all right, and that he is in the right place smile
Posted by: treecritter

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/30/10 11:31 AM

DS7 made his school's "Oddyssey of the mind" team for this year! Only 7 kids per team and he was one of them!
Posted by: Mathboy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/31/10 04:37 PM

DS4 was reading a math book (for 12-13 year old), then he found a wrong answer of one math problem,and put right one aside.

His piano progress is amazing, his teacher, even she used to teach many talnet kids, still surprised about his super fast progress.

Last week, he played music BACKWARDS from the last note..really funny
Posted by: blob

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 10/31/10 06:10 PM

I'm late to the news but congrats Shari!!

So great to hear when things unfold so nicely.

Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/07/10 04:52 AM

Not so much of a brag, but a funny that other people would think is weird: I was trying to verbally describe something using regular words "up and down" "top to bottom" until I finally said "vertically" and DS7 says, "OH THANK YOU for speaking mathmatically, now I get it!" smile Nan
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/07/10 12:25 PM

DD3 is a very bright creative child, but due to her brother being my PG DS6 I often worry that things will go unnoticed with her. Well she was scribbling forever until one day I asked if she could draw a person and she said she couldn't, so I showed her how I would draw one and she proceeded to draw our whole family, and did quite well. I was floored! Well this was shortly after turning 3, so now a few months later she draws a little more elaborate pictures (today she drew a beaver jumping into water, a lion, a flower, a sun, a very well decorated birthday cake with 13 candles, and then I randomly asked if she could draw the letter M for her name. I then drew one. I asked her to draw one and she said she couldn't because there was only one M in her name and I had already drawn it, lol. So she proceeds to tell me there are other letters that she can draw, some in her name and some that are not. She then draws an A, T, I, C, U, E...and did very well with it, they looked great! The more I see how she works the more she seems like she is going to be one of those kids that just suddenly starts doing something randomly and does it well. Anyhow, I brag about DS a lot and thought I would share something about DD.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/11/10 02:08 PM

I browsed amazon and came up with a remidial software program for struggling kids 1st through 6th grade.  (math, reading, phonics, spelling, science).  The bad reviews complained that the program isn't divided neatly by grade level and that it's babyish for the ages listed.  Sounds fine for an advanced 3 yr old who can barely read.  Yesterday I heard him repeatedly chose to listen to a lesson on synonym, antonym, and homonym three times through.  Today he clicked on a review. It was multiple choice.  The computer reads the choices you scroll over.   Whenever he guesses he just hits all the buttons in order.  He didn't . He's learning!   The first quiestion was "what is a homonym?". Alike, different, opposites, two-words.  He scrolled over all the and listened to the answer choices, thinking about the right answer, and then got it!!!  He didn't know a lot of other answers.  You can tell because then he starts at one end and guesses every choice in order until he wins.  I don't know how many he got right or wrong.  I walked away.  He passed the level.  He just turned 3 last month and he just studied and passed a friggin grammar test on his own.  Granted it's educational software and it's designed to teach him, but still. .  But my three year old just studied and passed a grammar test on his own so I'm bragging anyway.  
Posted by: AntsyPants

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/11/10 06:55 PM

bragging thread? smile here goes...

DS9 just aced his first quarter at the new gifted school me moved out of state for! Straight A's. Also, he is in a higher level math class and got a 100% on the unit test today smile I'm excited to see him really challenged for the first time and seeing him rise to meet the new challenges!

DD7 also did great and made the honor roll with her A's and B's. It doesn't come as easily to her but she is growing in leaps and bounds and doing such a good job!

Proud mommy!
Posted by: sws

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/13/10 11:32 AM


Life is good. DD12 was grade skipped this year and brought home straight A's on her report card. DD10 got all A's and the highest GPA in her school (free savings bond!). DD6 got all A's and insisted on going to the bookstore so I could buy her some math workbooks (for fun). They are bright and beautiful and constantly lose their jackets, belts and shoes. They excel at math, but their rooms are disasters. They read well beyond their years, but still fight over who gets to ride in the basket, crammed in with the groceries. They are exasperating and exhilarating, and I'm privileged to be along for the ride.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/10 06:58 PM

WTG for your DS Dottie!

DS6 had his first math olympiads competition today and I got an email from the coordinator telling me he got a 4/5 right and beat all the 4th graders and tied for first place for the 5th and 6th grade teams! I love the fact that this thread exist as this is the only place I can share a cool accomplishment like this for DS smile
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/18/10 09:10 PM

Hooray, son of shellymos!

And congrats to everyone--all the recent brags are pretty fabulous!
Posted by: GreenGully

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/19/10 01:25 PM

My Ds6 (who would be i kindergarten/reception here in Australia if he went to school) is a perfectionist and melts down as soon as it becomes apparent he has got an answer wrong. But yesterday when working on an activity on a website when he got 50% correct he was thrilled and said "When I get something wrong, it doesn't mean that I am bad at maths, it just means I haven't learned it yet!"

Until mid way through this year he has never done any formal maths other than the odd conversation about numbers in the car and one grade one workbook in his stack of books. He had never seen the kinds of problems he was working on (he usually enjoys arithmetic and this was matching shapes that were rotated - the differences were quite subtle). I'm so proud that he seemingly has got past this huge barrier to his learning smile
The other thing that impressed/shocked me was that he was searching for ages for an activity using square roots. He finally found it in the grade 7 section! (I'm sure I learned about them earlier than that). He got all of the square root questions correct and the few cube root questions correct with a bit of help from me (he'd never heard of them before). But what I'm most happy about is that he is loving this stuff! I've been searching for a half decent Australian online maths program with many tears as he's found it so frustrating to get incorrect answers a he does the trial memberships. Now it finally seems worth it (even if this one isn't exactly what we are looking for, it has its limits).
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 04:07 AM

Originally Posted By: GreenGully
My Ds6 (who would be i kindergarten/reception here in Australia if he went to school) is a perfectionist and melts down as soon as it becomes apparent he has got an answer wrong. But yesterday when working on an activity on a website when he got 50% correct he was thrilled and said "When I get something wrong, it doesn't mean that I am bad at maths, it just means I haven't learned it yet!"

Hooray, congratulations to your DS, GreenGully!
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 06:33 AM

Great brag GreenGully! It gives those with perfectionist kiddos hope! Congrats to your son. That is a huge accomplishment.
Posted by: NCPMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 09:24 AM

Ds7 just finished his first ever session of swimming lessons (and out of 8 lessons, he missed 2) - he was in Level 1, and to our surprise, he managed to graduate to Level 2 !! Yeah ! smile
Posted by: GreenGully

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 01:26 PM

That is awesome NCPMom smile

DS seems to have had another breakthrough with timed maths as well. I introduced him to timez attack yesterday, and after a shaky start (and one big meltdown at the end of the day - he was tired)he kept going, is learning multiplication facts and is progressing quickly. He got up this morning (after camping out in the backyard lol) and has turned on his laptop and is playing again. We've had to negotiate a reasonable time limit on it (usually I let him do maths/educational stuff as long as he likes).

He also picked up one of his maths workbooks, on his own, and completed two pages last night. He has never done this. He haaaaates writing, especially numbers. He usually only works on this stuff if I sit with him, and he rarely completes a page. It has been a weekend of breakthroughs!
Posted by: GeoMamma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 01:34 PM

smile Great news, GreenGully!

NCPMom, that sounds great too!
Posted by: intparent

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 01:55 PM

D20 just got an email that she got a $3,000 scholarship for next semester for her college program that she did not even apply for! Just fell from the sky... laugh
Posted by: DeHe

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 11/20/10 04:50 PM

That is awesome! Congrats!! I love things like that!

DeHe
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 09:28 AM

Just have to brag to someone!

DS7 has been working on his science fair project since the day school started. It is a VERY big deal at his school. He had to write a research paper complete with all of the bells and whistles ie bibliography, abstract etc. This was all completely new territory for him. This project was very challenging and I admit there were many times I thought he was in over his head.

Fast forward to tuesday night.... Son is supposed to practice his presentation for the judges as each student is only allotted 6 minutes. Son is in a puddle on the floor, hysterical. He can't do this, why am I torturing him? On and on it went. Finally I picked him up, hugged him, then set him down in front of his presentation board. I asked him to think about all the work he'd done. Everything on the board was there because he had a question that needed an answer and he'd done that. Then I told him it was his decision, I wouldn't force him to present if he didn't feel he could and walked out of the room.

Wednesday morning rolls around and I still have no idea what he's decided. I give his science teacher a heads up and drive away. Imagine my trepidation when I am met by the principal as I come through the door to pick him up. This quickly turns to surprise when I realize she is complimenting me on what a fine presentation my son gave. For his part, he had a smile that threatened to split his face and told me that his teacher gave him a B on his presentation and that his project had gotten an A overall!

I'm just soooo proud o my little man!!
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 09:44 AM

That's awesome.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 12:43 PM

BWBShari - good job to your son!
Posted by: inky

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 12:45 PM

Love it! Thanks for sharing that with us.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 06:31 PM

Ds10 is putting up nicely with my asking him to continue with Algebra; since we started this fall to see how he would do, I figured why stop now?
He is doing really well and has even been enjoying completing the easier math in school, oddly enough.
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 07:07 PM

DD7 just finished reading the young reader version of Three Cups of Tea and she wrote a response to it for school. (she chose the book) She then brought the book, her analysis and the picture book Listen to the Wind ( the young child version of the story) to school to try to convince her teacher to let her class run a pennies for peace campaign!
She did a project on Listen to the Wind last year for school and wrote a letter to Greg Mortenson and sent all of her pennies to his organization. She got a great poster and thank you card back which has just made her want to do more. smile She recently got the magazine from his organization ( Central Asian Institute ) and this rekindled her interested in helping out. She is amazed at the stories and can't believe that a penny can really buy a pencil or that people would think that girls shouldn't be educated. She has got a jar going at home, put one on my desk at work, and is keeping her fingers crossed that her teacher will let her class do a fundraiser at school too.
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/02/10 07:14 PM

That's great Chris!
Posted by: treecritter

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/10 08:30 AM

DS7 has a student teacher in his class whose family is from Haiti. I spoke to her the other day, and she was absolutely amazed at how "worldly" he was. When I asked what she meant, she told me that they were looking at a globe, and she asked if anyone knew the tiny country that is near Cuba. Andrew was the only one who piped up and said, "HAITI!" Not only that, but he informed her that Haiti recently had a big earthquake and a lot of people were hurt badly, then there was "a flood or something" and now a lot of people were getting sick. Then he asked if they could take a field trip to Haiti to help the people there.
I was proud that he knew where Haiti was and that he remembered the things that happened there, but even more proud that he was making an active effort to help them. I've always tried to teach him that being smart is awesome, but being a good person is way more important.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/10 09:33 AM

I'm still in the new mommy stage, very proud of everything about my kids. And giddy over being a parent. I thought I wouldn't get the chance and I had my kids kind of late in life. This is horribly funny. We stayed the night in a motel in San Antonio. I washed my 2 month old in the sink. The stopper didn't work good and i lost the water too quickly. I added more, making it too cold rather than too hot. I thought I could adjust it warmer quickly. That cold water hit the baby and she rolled over and stood up and tried to walk out of the sink. (chuckling even as I type this). She has been balancing and holding herself straight to sit up, but that is the most coordination I've seen out of this girl yet.
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/03/10 09:55 AM

that's cute.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/10 01:11 PM

La Texican - that's so cute.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/10 03:22 PM

Texican, that is going to be quite a handful!!! Shari, I meant to say how impressed I was with your ds' science fair triumph, very cool! Ds10 just finished his up, praise be, and we are all breathing a collective sigh of relief!

Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/07/10 07:14 PM

Kerry, thats awesome!! Congrats to your DD!!
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/10 01:26 PM

Pretty coordinated, La Texican! I bet it was super-cute. Kerry, it's nice to hear about a little one with such a genuinely big heart.

My son, while looking for something to do on the potty recently without a book or toy handy, invented a game he calls "Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere!" The way it goes is this:

1. Any number of people can play.

2. Each round, one person starts by saying a pattern, and everyone else has to replicate the pattern (more below on that). Then the next person gets to start a round with their own pattern, which everyone else has to replicate.

3. After everyone has started a round with a pattern containing items of the current number of categories, the original starter starts a round with a pattern including one new category as well as all the old ones, announcing the name of the added category ("farm animals", "vehicles", "states of mind", whatever).

4. The first round always uses the category "colors".

5. The starter's pattern must contain at least one item of every category. Categories may be interspersed throughout the pattern in any way, and can appear multiple times. The pattern may be as long as the starter wishes, but the starter has to say it four times. If the starter messes up saying his own pattern, he's out of the game.

6. Each other surviving player then replicates the pattern, by replacing each item from the starter's pattern with a different item of the same category (items from the starter's pattern may appear, but not in the same position). The replicated pattern cannot have two of the same item in positions where the original pattern has two different items (i.e. "red blue" cannot be replicated as "yellow yellow"). The replicating player must say the replicated pattern four times. Any screw-ups, and that player's out of the game.

7. Each replicating player must come up with her own completely new pattern (this is where it can fall apart with enough players, as it's hard to keep track, but it's mostly a good-faith requirement).

8. The last surviving player wins.

Ex. #1, using just "colors" and 3 players:
Player 1: blue red green green blue (4 times over)
Player 2: yellow mauve black black yellow (4 times over)
Player 3: red blue yellow yellow red (4 times over)

Ex. #2, using "colors", "shapes" and "safari animals", with 3 players:
Player 1: blue rhino rhino triangle wildebeeste black
Player 2: red elephant elephant square lion green
Player 3: yellow giraffe giraffe circle alligator red

The fewer the players, the faster you get to have lots and lots of categories. Leave one out, and you're kaput! The thing I love the most about this game is the name, and the way he says it. He sounds like he's announcing a new product on a TV commercial or something. laugh He's an endless source of fun. I wish sometimes that I could have grown up with him as a brother.
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/10 05:09 PM

DS had his speech-language assessment today for his language delay. He is 27 months and we were offered the assessment by his ENT. Although we aren't particularly worried, we decided to go and see if they had any useful suggestions. The outcome was that, at 27 months, he has the expressive language of an 18-24 month old. Not too concerning, said the lady, except when you compare it to his 36+ month comprehension (she figured he would have scored much higher but the test only scored to that age). Given that, there is a larger gap between expressive vs. comprehension and therefore, in their eyes, maybe more reason to intervene? She was scratching her head about it when we left.

So, not sure if it is good to brag about the comprehension given the other part of it, but who cares! His sister was 3.5 before she talked and she turned out OK. In any event, he had a great time showing what he knew.
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/10 06:02 PM

DD's school had their book sale this week and she came home with a wish list of about $50 dollars worth of books! (and only that much because she ran out of space to write any more laugh ) The next day she used a bunch of her "good behavior points" to buy herself a book and 2 books for her little 2 yr old sister. The following day she spent more of these reward points to buy DH a book and this morning when I went into her room to wake her up she was already up counting her money from her piggy bank to see if she had enough money to buy me a book! It was so sweet. blush She decided she didn't so she asked her dad for a loan to buy my book. When she got home today she was excited to show DH the new poster she had bought and tell him about lending money to a friend who hadn't been able to buy anything, and then she was in tears because she didn't have enough money left to buy me the book she wanted. frown By the time I got home from work she had decided that she would give me the poster she had wanted because she felt so bad that she hadn't gotten me anything!
Put this together with my post a few days ago and I wonder how we have managed to raise such a sweet and caring little girl! She is such a special kid - I have tears in my eyes writing this.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/10/10 06:12 PM

Aww. How old is she? She sounds like she would adopt the whole world and all the animals too as her children when she grows up. How adorably sweet!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/12/10 05:51 PM

kerry, that is so sweet! We have one super sweet guy here and I definitely don't know where he came from! wink

Fun news - ds10 did place 2nd in his science fair category! He was really happy about it, but probably not as over-the-moon as me (I'm just so silly about this stuff, I know) laugh
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/12/10 07:25 PM

Kerry,

That's awesome. DD earned extra points with Santa for sure!!
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/10 01:19 PM

La Texican, she's 7, going to be 8 in Feb.
I can't imagine what she's going to do when she gets older.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/13/10 01:28 PM

Kerry - Your DD is so sweet.
Posted by: treecritter

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/17/10 11:59 AM

My first grader was the first in his class to meet his AR goal - almost a month early and reading books at an end of third grade level!
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/21/10 09:01 AM

My 12 year old son took an end of semester test in his writing composition class yesterday even though he was sick with a bad cold. The sniffles did not stop him, wearing an uncomfortable scoliosis brace didn't stop him, lack of sleep did not stop him, and his dysgraphia did not stop him even though there were several essay questions on the test. He had earned A+ on almost every writing assignment in the class and was determined to keep his A for the semester. He had earned those A+ papers even though he had to work around frequent migraines. He also got an A+ on a one-page paper he had to write in his history class last week.

Also, one week before his last performance, three of the boys in his musical theater group had something come up where they couldn't do the show. There were several last minute changes to the choreography and my son had to do more solos than he is used to doing, but he did very well.

Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/21/10 05:38 PM

Yay Lori. Give him a big old pat on the back for sticking with taking the writing class. I remember it was a new experience and on a trial basis. He gets an extra A+ in perseverance! He's doing quite well to follow a schedule, keep his commitments, and keep going with two full projects.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/23/10 04:46 AM

Ds10 earned a gift card for selling cub scout popcorn this year, and wants me to take him to the store so he can get presents for me and dh, which I thought was really sweet.
Dd4 was very funny last night, she was asking about all sorts of things as usual, and finally I said 'it's bedtime, you have too stop asking questions for tonight.' She said, 'it's just how god made me, he put too many questions in my head!'.
Posted by: Ellipses

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/23/10 07:22 AM

We have really been enjoying our BS popcorn.
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 12/23/10 08:18 AM

Originally Posted By: chris1234
She said, 'it's just how god made me, he put too many questions in my head!'.

Love It!
Posted by: Giftodd

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/01/11 12:52 AM

Don't know of this counts as a brag...

Dd5 has decided in recent weeks she thinks it would be pretty cool to be an astronaut. It's kind of cool to know that if that's still what she wants when she's big enough to make the choice for real - she actually could be!!
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/01/11 05:23 PM

The astronaut idea is big here too, except that DD7.5 wants to be an artist for NASA, so she wants to draw what she sees in space, rather than take photos of it!


While visiting family for Christmas, DD2.5 was helping me wrap DH's present. She then said that she wanted to write who it was to and from, so with very little help from me, she wrote (legibly) Daddy and her own name.
She was so excited she wanted him to open it immediately!

Then on our trip home yesterday we were in a restaurant and she wrote her name again, this time with no help from me at all!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/03/11 01:57 PM

The boy (3 yrs. Old) doesn't quite get "jobs" yet. He just gets on his Harley davidson trike and says "tell me bye, i'm going to work" and zooms off down the hallway. Or says "bye. I'm going to the HEB (grocery store) and zooms off to the kitchen. What a life. He only thinks of going to work or shopping for groceries, just like his dad.
He did get a fisher-price garbage truck for christmas with plastic recycling pieces. He put the pieces in the back of his toy F-150 pickup (even though we drive chevy). I told him "those go in the garbage truck". He said "no, look. That's not trash. There's food on them. I'm going to feed the cows." (it was a box of canned peas).
Guess that's not a brag. He has too much sense and little imagination. But maybe it's a future in agriculture. Lord, I just hope it's not bull riding.

Giftodd, maybe one day your daughter and I can sit around daydreaming of designing the starship enterprise. There's got to be something past the moon.
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/03/11 03:37 PM

DS8 has wanted to be an astronaut since age 3! But he wants to be a physicist and off-world city planner for the planet he discovers in another galaxy. He said yesterday, "I can't wait til I grow up...I have SO MANY ideas!!!" I just LOVE his big plans smile Nan
Posted by: blob

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/03/11 07:02 PM

Originally Posted By: NanRos
DS8 has wanted to be an astronaut since age 3! But he wants to be a physicist and off-world city planner for the planet he discovers in another galaxy. He said yesterday, "I can't wait til I grow up...I have SO MANY ideas!!!" I just LOVE his big plans smile Nan


Gasp. Are you sure you don't have my son, NanRos?

DS8 (as of yesterday!) wants to start a colony somewhere out in the universe. He needs plans for cities, for attracting humans to his settlement, for new equipment to combat the various gravitational/living condition issues, and is also pondering the moral hazards of subjugating a different species (if they're pre-existing). smile
Posted by: Kate

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/04/11 06:18 AM

ha ha Blob! Too bad they can't get together and discuss their out of galaxy plans. Mine assumes the planet won't be inhabited...I will have to ask him what he would do if there ARE beings there. DS is currently all about the physical layout of the city and the equipment needed to accomplish constructing it. The physicist part comes into play because that's how he's going to calculate where the ideal location is....someone else is going to do his grunt work of actually piloting him there. LOL
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/04/11 06:37 AM

Lol. At one point my son wanted to be an astronaut, then decided he wanted to be a space lawyer. As he put it, "Astronauts and space aliens need lawyers, too." After he hit 5, his perspective settled down a bit, to where he only wants to be an astrophysicist/artist/movie director/President.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/04/11 06:47 AM

DS2 loves our new robotic vacuum (roomba), but we don’t allow him to play with it.

I caught him yesterday pressing buttons on the roomba. After reminding him the 1000th time that he can’t play with it, he proceeded to hold my finger and use it to press the buttons.

I was not sure how to respond to his out-of-the-box solution.
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/04/11 05:58 PM

In keeping with the recent space theme...

DS put the right planet stickers in the right places, and there were no clues other than the text and the circular shaddows... which were all the same size/colour/etc...not even in solar system order or anything. The shaddows were captioned with short sentances about the planets, so I don't know exactly how he did it, but it sure seemed like reading of some sort or other.

This is the first time he's done something so starkly... academic. He's been rapidly getting more interested in following directions, which I guess opens the door to that kind of a performance, but... I was surprised.

On pressing with your finger: Yeah. I'm familliar with that kind of dilemma. It elicits my use of DS's name in a tone of voice REMARKABLY similar to my clearest memory of my father -- him saying my name in utter exasperation. The good news about that is that it makes me think of my dad, which always makes me smile. The bad news is that DS gets away with a lot.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/07/11 01:04 AM

Ah, I guess this is not something really to brag about, just me being amazed because I'm behind the times. Santa brought the family a Wii with the sports game and Mario bros. The first time after that the boy (3 yr old) was back on the computer he called me over to see that he found demos of our Wii games we've been playing using his firefox kid's browser. I was like, what? He knows how to look up stuff? I thought he just used the favorites and YouTube and the games they put on the home page. I bought the kid safe browser because I really don't pay attention to what he's doing on the computer. He also has a remedial education package for kids struggling in 1st through 6th grade. He showed me a page the other day with something like 40 blank stars on it. He had four or five gold stars and a few silver stars for lessons completed in language arts. And he's starting to get a few scores higher than 0 in making change. (the reward being feeding grapes to a virtual pet mouse, very motivating). I guess when he's done with this he'll be ready for epgy or Aleks or k-12 or something. It will be a while, but I'll make a post asking for suggestions when the time comes. Maybe ask for early enterance to prek because he's a late birthday.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/07/11 10:34 PM

La Texican - what package is that - the remedial one?

Mr W loves the letter games on Starfall. He spent three hours on it on Sunday.

He also thinks his own thoughts -

DW had the Womb Raider.

When I picked up Mr W, I told him.

"Mr W, Mommy had the Womb Raider today."

"No more baby in mommy's belly?" he asked.

"Yes."

"That means mommy can pick me up now!!" he said.





Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/11 12:46 AM

http://educational-games-grades-k-3-review.toptenreviews.com/elementary-advantage-2011-review.html

I put that link because it had The review I liked. The one that complained that the student could just poke around and it wasn't divided neatly by grade level. Amazon doesn't have reviews on the 2011 version. One of the older versions has Carmen Santiago on it. The program is common. It's at walmart and best buy.

If you haven't got Supermind and Mightymind magnetic blocks yet, they've been a big hit here. Just make sure you don't lose a single piece or the puzzles no good. It buys me close to an hour of peace to put him at the kitchen table with it. Just have to put it up and only give it to him sometimes.
Posted by: gratefulmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/08/11 06:41 AM

I've never posted on the "brag" thread, but this one is kind of fun for us...

Our K-8 homeschool charter has been really great, and started a school-wide spelling bee (the first step in the Scripps Challenge) at our request. DS6 is technically only a 1st grader and the regional competition is for Gr. 3-8, but the school opened it to 1st graders to let him participate.

The first round was a written round, using 500 study words (evenly spread from grades 1-8). Everyone who scored 25+/35 words on the written moved to the "finals." About 30 participated, and DS6 was 1 of 8 who moved up. In the final round, he came in 4th after spelling "raisin" too fast. He was bummed to come out b/c he knew all the words, but forgot to slow down. (We were secretly just as happy that he didn't come in 1st, b/c it's good for him to do well at something but still not be the best, esp. against some GT 8th graders!)

Anyhow...we just learned that in the first round of spelling, amongst the 30 kids (all 3rd-8th grade besides him), he was the only one to get a perfect score. Apparently, the teachers and director were all buzzing about it. It was great b/c everyone knows where he is academically, but few get to see him in action. I'm hoping this will help us to open even more doors in terms of activities/curriculum I'd like the school to implement.

Next step, he wants to do a geography bee. I guess we're off to study rivers! smile smile

Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/12/11 04:22 AM

Originally Posted By: HelloBaby
DS2 loves our new robotic vacuum (roomba), but we don’t allow him to play with it.

I caught him yesterday pressing buttons on the roomba. After reminding him the 1000th time that he can’t play with it, he proceeded to hold my finger and use it to press the buttons.

I was not sure how to respond to his out-of-the-box solution.


So cute!! (and I really want one of those!)


Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/12/11 08:22 AM

Grateful Mom,

Isn't it funny that we are the only group of parents that actually find failure to be a good thing? But congrats to your son none the less, I'm betting next year he'll slow down....
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/12/11 10:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Austin
"Mr W, Mommy had the Womb Raider today."




AUSTIN!!! I somehow missed seeing this earlier (haven't been around that much lately). Congratulations to you, your wife, and Mr W!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you're having a lovely time with your new baby! Is it a boy or a girl? Such joyous times--I so miss having a little tiny guy to hold (though the big guys are pretty great, too)!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/14/11 08:20 AM

The hubby told the boy to tell me, "bye mom. Me and dad are going to look at the pretty girls". The boy told me they were going to look at the happy girls. The hubby tried to correct the boy, but he said, "Well I want to look at the happy girls.".
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/15/11 12:23 PM

Dd4 has been improving in reading and especially in spelling out words based on how they sound. Today we were playing a game where I was asking her to write out simple " -at" words, so of course dh has to come in and ask her to spell "splat", which I thought was a bit unfair, but she totally nailed it! Not huge, but kinda hard!
What I am most pleased to see however is her fondness for a good eraser -- it has cut down considerably on her throwing the whole notebook and pencil across the room when she notices that she got a letter shape slightly wrong! shocked
Also, I think the eagerness to discover more words has her less stressy about the 'perfection'. (I hope!)
Posted by: aculady

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/15/11 01:47 PM

Chris1234,

We used magnetic letters to play spelling games because it helped take the fine motor component (which was and is a problem for my son)out of the equation. All he had to remember then was how to spell the word. He was younger than your DD, but we played one game where we took turns making words for each other to spell out and to read phonetically. He would delight in giving me loooong chains of consonants to "sound out" just to hear me sputter and contort my face. It was a great way to build word family/pattern recognition, though, because it was very obvious if I was only changing the initial letters, or the final letters, or the central vowels. She might like something like that in addition to the writing games. Sounds like she is really moving ahead in lots of ways, including the all-important decreasing perfectionism!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/16/11 06:12 PM

Thanks, Aculady, that is a great idea, I had sets of these for ds but they've sort of floated away, so I should get another magnetic set, or a foam one for the bath....

Have to add another brag on ds10; we took a bit of a break on the algebra, but today he was back at it and simplifying his first polynomial expressions.
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/17/11 12:40 PM

Originally Posted By: minniemarx


Hope you're having a lovely time with your new baby! Is it a boy or a girl? Such joyous times--I so miss having a little tiny guy to hold (though the big guys are pretty great, too)!


Its a girl. She is way more active than Mr W was at the same age. Especially from 1130 pm to 230 AM. ugh



Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/17/11 07:48 PM

Ugh is the word...hope you'll be sleeping better soon!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/18/11 12:39 AM

Congrats Austin!! (hope you're not up right now wink
Posted by: Adrienne

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 07:11 AM

Had to add to the brag thread this morning.

DD10 (skipped this year to 5th from 4th) did her first speech in Social Studies. She got an A, 110%!

Gotta celebrate the small accomplishments along the way.
Posted by: JJsMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 10:52 AM

Nice!

And congrats Austin!

DS7 is in a chess program after school. It was his first time (fall session). They had their trophy ceremony Tuesday. He came home with a First Champion trophy (which means that he won one of the class tournaments) and the Sportsmanship trophy, which is the one that made me MOST proud! smile
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 11:18 AM

DD3 found some word flashcards the other day with pictures and was playing with them. I know she isn't reading or anything, but she does know her letters and sounds and everything. I randomly put 2 words in front of her with different starting letters and would ask her which one was "bird" and she would pick out the right one. I did this a bunch of times and then added 3 or 4 and she still got them right. It was so cute to watch her say "buh buh BIRD" and then pick it up. DS was reading before 2 and he just knew how how to read...so I have never gotten to see this stage before of figuring it out and sounding it out, it's kind of fun. When she was 2 I guessed she would probably be reading around 4...I think she may be right on target.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 11:37 AM

Great stuff, people. shellymos, I really like these flash cards, and they're super-cheap: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0938256815
Posted by: Mama22Gs

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 02:13 PM

My stepfather (married to my mom for 25 years) passed away unexpectedly last summer, and my mom spent the Christmas holidays with us. DS9 wanted to make something special to make her feel better. He wrote the most beautiful and touching poem for her that talked not just about my stepdad, but how last year was horrible and now it's gone and that the new year would be better. I wish I could post it here, because it is absolutely beautiful, but it's understandably private. I am proud and amazed that at such a young age, DS is able to understand someone's feelings and express himself so well.

The funny part was that my mom cried really hard when she read it for the first time, and DS got scared he had done something wrong. He learned a good lesson about grieving that day.
Posted by: Momtogirls

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 02:28 PM

This is more of a freaky memory story than a brag... When DD was two she had to go to the local children's hospital for ear surgery. We went once for a consultation, and then back up a few weeks later for her surgery. When we pulled into the parking garage, she started saying colors, "red, blue, green, etc." Each level of the garage was color coded and she was naming the color of the next level. She got all six levels correct, naming each color before we got to it. The little twerp memorized the colors in the parking garage after one visit! We knew she was a smart little girl, but this was the defining moment when she really freaked us out!
Posted by: seablue

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 01/21/11 02:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Mama22Gs
My stepfather (married to my mom for 25 years) passed away unexpectedly last summer, and my mom spent the Christmas holidays with us. DS9 wanted to make something special to make her feel better. He wrote the most beautiful and touching poem for her that talked not just about my stepdad, but how last year was horrible and now it's gone and that the new year would be better. I wish I could post it here, because it is absolutely beautiful, but it's understandably private. I am proud and amazed that at such a young age, DS is able to understand someone's feelings and express himself so well.

The funny part was that my mom cried really hard when she read it for the first time, and DS got scared he had done something wrong. He learned a good lesson about grieving that day.


This is really a gift. So incredibly sweet.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/11 06:15 AM

Well this is partially a brag on DS6's school...and partly for him. He is in 4th grade math this year and we were told at our last conference he will be completing 5th this year as well and then moving to 6th grade next year. On his homework assignment last night the math coordinator wrote that he is already ahead on the 5th grade work and and his homework was a few enrichment word problems and to "play with hexidecimals" which quite honestly I didn't know what that was until I asked DS and he explained it and started converting numbers into binary and hexidecimal. smile I just thought it was really cute that was his homework, and so glad to see the school challenging him some. They are also now giving him 4th grade ELA now too and will hopefully write it into his plan for next year.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/11 06:17 AM

These are great brags above...I wish there was a like button next to the posts that I could click on smile
Posted by: Irisheyes

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/11 06:28 AM

shellymos,

That's an awesome brag, both on the school and your son. Thanks for sharing it!

It is really great - not only that he being so wonderfully challenged - but that the school seems excited about it, too!
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/09/11 07:03 PM

Originally Posted By: PMc
DS 28 months spent the last few days in the hospital for a severe
Asthma flare up. When he was discharged the nurse removed his
ankle alert band and he turned to the group of nurses, techs, etc
who had come to say goodbye, took a deep bow and said "I'm free
at last".


hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Love it, PMc! (Bet you were glad to have him home, too!)

mm
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/10/11 07:32 AM

I scored !!!!!10!!!! Calvin and Hobbs books from good will at $1.oo each. I still can't believe it. I almost felt guilty taking all of them, but I know they will go to good use. If laughter is the best medicine, DS will have plenty.
Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/10/11 07:37 AM

WOW OTGmom...that's Awesome!! Congrats to you!!
Posted by: intparent

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/10/11 10:43 AM

What a deal! Use those super skills to look for Foxtrot next, that is the other series my gifted kid LOVED.
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/12/11 03:23 AM

Ds10's report card came out a bit better than expected! He usually does well, but I thought he definitely had some rough spots last quarter with missing assignments and organization.
He also got his review from gifted class and is doing very well there, it is wonderful to see.
The teacher has a dialogue with students on paper as they progress through different projects and it is interesting to see he is moving into more bold thinking, even a fun relationship with the teacher. It is usually hard to tell from the outside how things are going so it is always a pleasant surprise to get a glimpse like this.
I need to send her a sincere note about how well SHE is doing with him! wink

Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/12/11 06:49 AM

I'll post my giddy new mother brags. My princess(4m) has started to roll from her back to her side. She holds her legs straight up in the air, then throws them to the side, pauses, then turns her top half. Then she looks up, face beaming with pride. Seemingly saying, I did that!
Posted by: chris1234

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/12/11 01:16 PM

Beautiful, La Texican, congrats of the bundle of energy!! laugh
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/17/11 06:07 AM

This is more of a funny story and less of a brag. We went to a restaurant last night which has a great outside space with a huge play area for the kids. DD (age 4) and a little boy were trying to one up each other and he decided to climb a tree. DD turned to the playground rules and said "Hey, you can't do that! It clearly says No climbing trees!". My husband asked if I read her the rules ... uh, no. Thanks to her being a sneaking reader we really have no idea how much she can read.
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/17/11 06:37 PM

Today, we were leaving the respirologist -- only the second time we've been -- and from behind the stroller, I asked the alergist "which way?" and DS said "Right, Left, Down." This was not only correct, but his first ever usage of both "left" and "right."

The alergist chuckled, said "smart kid," and gave him an extra sticker.

Actually, she gave him a lot of stickers over the course of about 5 minutes when he was actually awake (he was alseep for the actual test). It was maybe no less impressive the way he played her for stickers... when she offered him a sticker, I said "just one," she said "you can have as MANY as you like!" He said "Ummmmmmm..." and made a really big show of trying to pick JUST ONE -- so that finally she handed him all the ones she caught him looking at. I like the respirologists. They're great folks.

Oh: and the REAL brag!!!! NO POSITIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

-Mich.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 02/20/11 04:09 PM

I was arriving in the parking lot at a local pet store, located in a strip mall, with DS5, when he said, "That's taking things entirely too far." I shot him a quizzical look, and he said, "With babies." I hadn't noticed it yet, but next to the pet store was a new store called "buybuy BABY".
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/03/11 08:55 AM

DD 8.5 was asked to do an extra project over spring break. It involved researching a prominent local historical figure to tie in with the class's unit on black history. This is her teacher's first foray into 'liberating the curriculum.' It has been a slow start to enrichment, 100% related to DD's crippling perfectionism. After a week and a half of torture (MY torture, because I had to practically sit and hold her hand the whole time and encourage her that she could do the research and do the typing, etc.), DD presented to the class yesterday and brought home two notes praising her efforts from the teacher and the principal. She gave a brief presentation and then quizzed the class about what she had said. They earned puzzle pieces for correct answers and then the put together a puzzle of the lady's picture. She did enjoy making the puzzle herself, so that part was a plus. Apparently, the class loved it!

DD tells me last night that it was so much fun, she can't wait to do it again. GREAT! CAN'T WAIT! (this is going to get easier... right?)
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/06/11 09:48 AM

Originally Posted By: CFK
There seems to be a lot of new posters on the board and many seem to have voiced the same comment - that they can't share their children's accomplishments with anyone. So I think it's time for a brag thread!

What wonderful amazing things has your child done lately that you can't tell anyone? Boast away in all your glory!


I'll start: We withdrew DS11 out of the 8th grade this month and enrolled him in high school. He just got back his first ever high school assignment and got an "A"! It's a small thing I know, but confirmation for me that more acceleration was needed.

Who's next? (and I expect much more boasting details from all those posters on the "isolation thread"! Here's your chance!)


Ok. But I'll probably only tell this here, you know, to a few hundred of my closest friends and strangers (and the hubby). I thought it was cute and funny. I was nursing 5mo and 3yr old was pestering, giving her pretend cookies, pretend medicine, making compulsory random<squeak> (squawk, shriek) sounds and hopping on the bed. The girl was temporarily miserable, gassy, and hiccuping, trying to nurse herself back to sleep. I swear she said as clearly as I do "Get. Out. Of. Here." not yelling, but pausing crisply after every word. She sounded just like me. She didn't make the two t sounds, that's all. But I don't enunciate all that sharply.
She has spells where she does non-stop pre-verbal baby babble. And sometimes if she's in a singing mood and I'm replaying her YouTube songs for her to coo and croon along with we'll hear something approximating a word or two from the song now and then. And I remember the boy clearly said "goodnight" at this age when we said it first. But the girl just appropriately used a full sentence in context. I probably won't even put that in a journal, but I really wanted to share.
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/06/11 11:05 AM

DD8's 3rd grade class is involved in an analogy competition thing called word master. A few times a year they do 20 analogies in a certain amount of time and the top 5 scores go onto the next level of the competition. The first time she did it she scored 16/20 and was in the top 5 of the grade. The second time they did it she scored 18/20 and was the high scorer of the school!
She loves analogies and has been using them for years, so it is fun for her to be able to show her ability in school.
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/06/11 05:40 PM

DS knows his letters... just not the ENGLISH ones... oops wink
-Mich
Posted by: adhoc

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/11 01:58 PM

Just got this text today from my husband. Apparently my husband and son are at Barnes and Noble by the bargain books in the kids section. My son (15 months old), is playing with a pile of Mickey Mouse books and notices that 3 books down in the same pile there's a Princess book. All of a sudden, he starts going to other piles and lifting up the first three books to see what's underneath. After 5 to 6 times of doing this, he stops ... we're assuming that he came to the conlusion that the Mickey Mouse pile was a fluke.

And then yesterday he was walking up and down a slope over and over again. He would walk up the slope and then clap - he was so proud of himself that he could do it. He would then walk down the slope, and turn around to do it again. It really seemed to us like he was practicing and working hard to being able to walk up and down slopes without falling so much.

It's really fascinating to see how much he likes to challenge himself and work at things. That's definitely an aspect of his personality that I want to keep around.
Posted by: deacongirl

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/09/11 02:15 PM

So dd3 was writing some numbers and scribbles, holds it up to show, I wasn't paying attn. and was like, "oh, that's nice"--dd10 goes, "Mommy--she wrote the date!"--she had written 3-6-11, at the top of the paper by her name. Maybe this isn't that unusual? I don't know? (Her giftedness seems to show more in the problem solving area--i.e. how do I get the cookies from the top of the fridge) But I was pretty impressed! Later found out that the teacher had just started explaining to the kindergartners in her class how to write the date that way.
Posted by: frannieandejsmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/11 03:23 PM

We started a solar system project last night. We are reading all sorts of books (on each planet) and building a model. Today we started the model. I am amazed at how interested both kids are and how quickly they have picked up the information (ds is 5 and dd is 7)

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Posted by: flower

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/10/11 03:37 PM

A few months ago I received my first text from my husbands phone that my 2.3 DD at the time had composed, it said Himo for Hi mom. I am so sad because the other day I erased it by accident. Yesterday she spelled her six letter name on the keyboard!
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/11 09:06 AM

I recently did a certification exam for my job... a really big deal, as I would have to give up my job if I failed. 8 hours of misery with oral, written and practical components. It was more stressful than I had imagined and I was really worried whle waiting for the results. DD 8.5 overheard me telling a friend that I hoped I passed because I was never going to do it again. She told me later that night that I should never say that because I was not a 'giver-upper.' She said that, otherwise, I would be a poor role model for her. How could I tell her that she needs to try hard and never give up if I was going to do it myself? Then she told me that she had faith in me. What a dressing down she gave me. I was totally humbled at the end of it and all I could do was apologize.

I found out this week that I did pass and she was more excited than anyone else. She told me that I was her hero. I want to wrap that up and keep it forever. I swear, I want to be just like that child when I grow up.
Posted by: jenner

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/12/11 11:57 AM

Kathleen'smum:
Oh my. That is just wonderful--thanks for sharing that!
Posted by: flower

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/14/11 09:18 AM

My dd13 asked to have a "family meeting" to discuss rules and chores. She showed up to the meeting with three different power point presentations that she downloaded onto a variety of "computer" like things so we could all follow along. She had research on the various topics such as make-up. etc. She led a two hour meeting on what her chores should be, what her freedom should be in regards to make-up, clothes and shoes, and what the consequences should be for not following through etc. I have to admit it was one of the most pleasurably Sunday afternoons in quite awhile.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/15/11 03:24 PM

He put racing stripes on Doc Hudson's hood.
http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/64a41ef1.jpg
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/15/11 04:08 PM

DS5 was watching the original Willy Wonka movie the other afternoon and when I walked in the room, he said, "Mommy, I figured out Charlie's percent. It's one fifth percent."

For those of you who haven't seen the movie recently, there's a scene where Charlie's math teacher is teaching the class about calculating percentages, using the number of Wonka bars the students bought out of 1000 bars total. I think one kid had bought 100, one had bought 300, etc. Charlie said he'd only bought 2. His teacher said that wasn't enough to calculate, so he made Charlie change his number to 200 to do the calculation.

I asked him to explain how he did it and he said, "Well, 100 is 10%, 10 is 1% and 2 is 1/5 of 10, so he had 1/5%. And 2000 would be 200%" smile

I'm pretty sure they haven't covered percentages at school yet, so he must have learned it from the teacher in the movie. Gotta love those educational programs. wink
Posted by: newmom21C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/19/11 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By: flower
My dd13 asked to have a "family meeting" to discuss rules and chores. She showed up to the meeting with three different power point presentations that she downloaded onto a variety of "computer" like things so we could all follow along. She had research on the various topics such as make-up. etc. She led a two hour meeting on what her chores should be, what her freedom should be in regards to make-up, clothes and shoes, and what the consequences should be for not following through etc. I have to admit it was one of the most pleasurably Sunday afternoons in quite awhile.


Wow! She sounds like a kid with a very good head on her shoulders. I love hearing stories about teens like that! smile So did she end up getting what she wanted?

Originally Posted By: PMc
Ds 2.5 went through a Solar System obsession around 18 months, learned the planets in order, the phases of the moon and much more. Last week the theme unit in his science class was space and he was thrilled.
On his weekly report his teacher wrote; we have enjoyed hearing
DS's knowledge of the Solar System ,it is quiet extensive.
Also he gets extra credit for theme related attire.


Oh, what was his attire? We also had a phases of the moon obsession awhile back. We used to have to make them out of playdough all the time. grin Now in our new apt we can't see the moon at night and we have a very grumpy toddler because of it!
Posted by: newmom21C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/19/11 07:36 PM

Originally Posted By: PMc
Ds always insists on dressing the part for whatever he is obsessed with so he has a collection of space related Clothing.
The first day of the unit he chose a shirt with the space shuttle
on it, day number two he wore a shirt with a picture of the earth
wearing sunglasses, and the next two days he wore shirts with
different depictions of the solar system.


That's really cute! DD would love those types of outfits but I've never found many cool planets/sun/moon for girls. She did have a pair of shoes with the planets on them but they're too small now and she had a water bottle with planets/stars on it but that got moldy. frown So instead she has a ton of dresses gifted from the relatives...

Originally Posted By: PMc

Using the playdough for the phases is a great idea! I'll have to pass that on to DS's teachers, I am sure they would love it!
Sorry your DD can't see the moon, DS would be grumpy too, it's
part of his bedtime rountine.


Seriously, don't feel too sorry for her! We live extremely close to a major airport so she can see all the planes landing/taking off from our balcony. Add to that there's a bus station within viewing distance so we have plenty of eye candy for her. laugh
Posted by: Chrys

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/19/11 07:44 PM

DD brought an "brain test" to her doctor's appointment yesterday for him to complete. It was actually a pretty good grid perplexor about our cat's nicknames and food preferences. She had planned it all out in her head, used a ruler, and her best handwriting. I'm so glad he thought it was funny.
Posted by: Trillium

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/19/11 08:13 PM

Quote:
DD would love those types of outfits but I've never found many cool planets/sun/moon for girls.


How about one of these?

http://www.thespacestore.com/sosytforgi.html
http://www.thespacestore.com/litforgi.html
http://www.thespacestore.com/gimesosptand.html

smile
Posted by: newmom21C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/19/11 10:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Trillium
Quote:
DD would love those types of outfits but I've never found many cool planets/sun/moon for girls.


How about one of these?

http://www.thespacestore.com/sosytforgi.html
http://www.thespacestore.com/litforgi.html
http://www.thespacestore.com/gimesosptand.html

smile


Awesome, thanks!
Posted by: Clark

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/11 05:17 AM

Wow! 110 pages in three years.

My 15-yr. old son did an astrophysics project relating to star formation. He was 1st in the Siemens Competition and 7th in the Intel Science Talent Search. His project included computer programming in IDL and sophisticated statistical analysis, both of which he had never done. Actually, he's never done any computer programming and this is his first science research project since elementary school.

Being with his intellectual peers at these wonderful competitions has been exhilarating for him. He's heading to college in the fall and is looking forward to more good times ahead.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/11 06:30 AM

Hooray for your son, Clark--that's so great!

And welcome to you--we're glad you're here.
Posted by: Clark

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/20/11 07:10 AM

He determined that he put in about 800 hours on his project. He loved it! He got the chance to spend three weeks at Princeton working on the project. He loved academia and now wants to be research professor.
Posted by: Pru

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/11 01:13 PM

Wow, these are amazing and fun stories. I'm going to have fun going back and reading them all.

DD7 gifts seem to be in language arts, but this one always impressed me and had more of a "wow" factor to me than anything related to language.

At age 5 she disappeared into her room for a longer time than usual and emerged with a complete working, two-player foosball game--you know, the one with the soccer players on a crossbar--made from cardboard, paper, tape, pens, toilet paper rolls and sticks (literally, twigs).

Apparently her inspiration came from being at her friends house where they have a real foosball table.

Fragile though it was (it only had two players on the field as well), it totally worked and was actually fun to play. Besides the obvious design and materials challenges, she figured out the feet (toilet paper rolls cut up) were needed on it for stability and also to allow the goals to be cut out and inset so the ball stayed in the goal when scored.

I think part of the wow factor to me was realizing had I the same time and materials I don't think I could have done as well.
Posted by: TrishnotChris

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/11 04:30 PM

Although he is more than capable, DS10 hates to write which has consistently brought down his Language Arts grades and test scores. Before a recent statewide test, his teacher asked them to do their very best. He loves his teacher and "tried his best." He received a higher score on that portion of the test than any of her other students in the past 20 years! Now we have the proof to remind him that yes he CAN do it when he tells us he's no good at writing!
Posted by: onthegomom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/11 06:34 PM

Good for him!!!! Writing is so important, as is carries over to so many subjects.
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/22/11 09:38 PM

A couple of months ago dd (just turned 8) who loves to play kids games online was getting very frustrated that she couldn't go that far with the game because she had to pay money(more so that we would not pay money for her to play the game to that extent).
She anounced to us that she will be making her own wedsite with games she would like to play and would make it fun for anyone who would like to join. My husband has been helping her set it up and build the website (all her ideals) when she (and dh) finishes it up I'll post the site for all to see...so far it is very cute. I suggested to her to put some boy stuff in there to appeal to a bigger audience,lol will see if she does, it's looking pretty girly so far
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/11 01:36 AM

How creative! I'm very interested to see.
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/11 05:43 PM

I forgot to give the baby sitter the key, so they were locked out for three hours, late at night. (Ok, that's _not_ the brag!)

The babysitter is constitutionally incapable of underballing anyone's capacity for anything. She asked DS (almost 2) what he would like to do. So they went to the playground untill she was too cold, at which point she told him she was too cold, and could he show her how to get to the pizza place (which she knew was walking distance from our house, and that he often picks up pizza from on our games night, but which she had never seen before). It's about 5 blocks from the park, on boring residental streets with exactly one corner store per corner with very few exceptions.

He did. He took a wrong turn at one point and apparently said "oopsie," so she asked if he'd taken a wrong turn, and he said yes, looked around, and got back on track.

Did I mention this was the first time this particular person has ever babysat for us?

We arrived home in terror, having discovered the error, to find them trotting happily down the street with dinner for us (!).

Apparently they both found it all VERY funny.

-Mich
Posted by: HowlerKarma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/11 07:24 PM

That is funny, Michaela. grin

__________________________________________

DD is working on a persuasive essay on Romeo and Juliet.

She's to assign blame for the deaths of the pair, and then spend a few pages backing it up with evidence.

Since she's a stellar debater, this is actually rather entertaining for her-- if not particularly challenging, since the entire play is definitely "old news" to her. (She first read-- and we first took her to SEE R+J at OSF when she was just seven-- this is a kid that KNOWS some Shakespeare...)

So she upped the challenge by presenting DUAL arguments-- one from the twenty-first century adolescent viewpoint... which she regards as rather trite, actually. Rather "Twilight" if you think about it, as she notes. Not particularly compelling if you happen to not be in the midst of adolescent angst yourself. Which hardly explains the enduring popularity of the work.

The other perspective is that of Shakespeare's audiences. That is, the perspective of the average European of ca. 1600 London. This would include the philosophy of marraige as a contract and property arrangement, not a matter of the heart, and one which was indubitably best arranged by one's elders.

In this instance, she squarely blames the two protagonists for their own fate. Basically, all would have been well if not for their "foolishness and headstrong immaturity."

Juliet, at least is a creature of action; of course this doesn't turn out very well, and she really comes off as something of an ungrateful spoiled brat whose parents may have encouraged this by overindulging their only child...

Romeo, she characterizes as "inherently weak; his immaturity allows him to be pulled into a swirling vortex of deceit and blood" by the conniving and equally immature Juliet. After all, he's a pretty fickle guy when you get right down to it-- he goes to the party in the first place because he's looking for ONE girl that he's pining for, and winds up with one who is ripe for ANY boy that her parents don't approve of...

Their poor parents are really powerless in the face of that.

grin Gotta love an HG kid.

Dad even suggested a title. "Love Stinks."

He quipped that someone should write a song... ROFL....
Posted by: newmom21C

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/11 08:01 PM

Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma

The other perspective is that of Shakespeare's audiences. That is, the perspective of the average European of ca. 1600 London. This would include the philosophy of marraige as a contract and property arrangement, not a matter of the heart, and one which was indubitably best arranged by one's elders.

In this instance, she squarely blames the two protagonists for their own fate. Basically, all would have been well if not for their "foolishness and headstrong immaturity."

Juliet, at least is a creature of action; of course this doesn't turn out very well, and she really comes off as something of an ungrateful spoiled brat whose parents may have encouraged this by overindulging their only child...

Romeo, she characterizes as "inherently weak; his immaturity allows him to be pulled into a swirling vortex of deceit and blood" by the conniving and equally immature Juliet. After all, he's a pretty fickle guy when you get right down to it-- he goes to the party in the first place because he's looking for ONE girl that he's pining for, and winds up with one who is ripe for ANY boy that her parents don't approve of...


Oh man, I must be in the wrong century because that's what I'v always thought. blush I've never been able to stand Romeo and Juliet and instead of finding the play romantic I always get annoyed by the characters and how flighty their choices are. I do like his comedies but I've just never been able to enjoy Romeo and Juliet...
Posted by: HowlerKarma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/23/11 08:43 PM

She's now added Tracy Chapman's Fast Car as an additional perspective; that Juliet may have been looking for ANYONE reasonably malleable and attractive in order to get a ticket away from her destiny.

In other words, she feels that things probably wouldn't have turned out as wonderfully as Juliet would have had them. In ten years, she might have wound up pretty mad that she was the one wearing the pants in the family... LOL.

She observed that the real tragedy is that the vastly entertaining Mercutio isn't around for the last act; she'd have been much more interested in his take on things than the smarmy guilt-ridden ending. wink

Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/11 02:52 PM

I took DD8 to school with me today because her teachers had a work day. I was teaching my honors physics class about light and it's properties and was asking a problem about microwaves(also a type of light wave even though we can't see it). Before I could finish my question DD raised her hand and asked "Mommy, are you talking about the microwaves in the ovens or the ones that are in outer space?" When I said they are the same kind of wave, her reply, "oh, that's right, I forgot" sent my class into spasms because they are still having difficulty accepting that. She then continued to participate in class as if it were her own!

Now, why is it we have her in third grade?????????
Posted by: HowlerKarma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/11 03:27 PM

I love it!!


(reminds me of when my then-6yo DD attended the practices for a grad student in my group who was preparing for her dissertation talk... she kept asking questions about whether the relationships in figures 'had mechanistic explanations, or were they just correlative at this point...' blush )

I finally told her that she had to be quiet, but the grad student (who had known her since she was two) just laughed and said "no way-- she's right. I'm glad she said something."

Still, I learned not to take her into doctoral seminars with me. wink



Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/25/11 08:02 PM

Oh, Michaela, that's so funny!

I take it you will be hiring this fabulously unflappable babysitter again? smile
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/26/11 06:15 AM

(Hmmm, let let me think about that one... ok... YES.)
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/29/11 08:50 AM

My DS8 is wonderful, lets start there. He is also emotional, pig headed and a pain in the butt. You all know what I mean.

About two weeks ago, he morphed into someone I don't recognize. All of a sudden, his room is clean, he has stopped debating everything and is the posterr child for fabulous!

This morning, as i'm making the rounds getting everyone dressed, I find DS8 helping DS5 get his shirt on. I finally had to ask "what's going on with you? Where's my son, the cranky one?" He laughed at me and said quite simply "I've decided it's time for me to grow up." With that he turned back to his brother.

Did they put something in the water or what? I LOVE IT!!!
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/29/11 08:57 AM

High five Shari!
Posted by: jenner

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/29/11 09:00 AM

BWBShari,

Umm, you sellin' any of that water? We could sure use some over here! smile
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/29/11 09:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Kerry
I took DD8 to school with me today because her teachers had a work day.... Before I could finish my question DD raised her hand and asked "Mommy, are you talking about the microwaves in the ovens or the ones that are in outer space?" ...Now, why is it we have her in third grade?????????

I'm so proud that she raised her hand!
And great question, BTW

Smiles,
Grinity
Posted by: HowlerKarma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/29/11 09:10 AM

Originally Posted By: jenner
BWBShari,

Umm, you sellin' any of that water? We could sure use some over here! smile



No kidding....

whistle
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/29/11 11:04 AM

Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma
Originally Posted By: jenner
BWBShari,

Umm, you sellin' any of that water? We could sure use some over here! smile



No kidding....

whistle


My kingdom for an ounce....!
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/31/11 12:02 PM

DD 8.5 won a 'building' competition at school today. Her teacher is trying so hard to find new activities to incorporate in the class to engage DD and let her shine. Today they had twenty minutes to build a tower from straws and connectors and then were graded on height, sturdiness, originality of design, etc. DD and her partner got 190 points and their tower was one meter higher than all the others (second place was 127 points). Such a small little brag, but it is HUGE for her. She is flying high and so proud of herself. She put a lot of thought into building a sturdy base and strategically taking straws out of bottom levels to add to the top to make it higher. Just listening to her talk about it made me wish she could get this engaged and excited about school on a regular basis. Sounds like her teacher is starting to figure her out, though.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/31/11 02:48 PM

How did I miss the water? Can we get it in the water tower? Three cheers for having fun at school Kathleen's mum.

Here's my brag. My draw write now book came in the mail yesterday. How old's the boy, 3.5.
http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/9814a638.jpg
He loves George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, although he would only recognize someone who's president if they had a podium with a presidential seal.
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/31/11 03:36 PM

La Texican, those are awesome smile
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 03/31/11 04:09 PM

Thank you. I only drew the pencil one. Lil' copycat drew the marker one. It feels good to brag.
Posted by: Breakaway4

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/02/11 09:37 AM

Went to see DS math teacher yesterday over frequency of missing homework assignments. DS is grade-skipped one grade and also in advanced math which means he is two years ahead age-wise(9 years old in sixth grade class). Teacher says that no other student comes close to DS in class and he is only one not stumped with word problems. And I thought his big strength was verbal!

Ahhhhhh feels nice to brag a bit....
Posted by: Lori H.

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/03/11 08:02 PM

My 12 year old son finished his writing composition assignment, to write three poems, early even though he had a really rough week and started wearing a very uncomfortable brace at night when he already had trouble sleeping. I didn't even have to encourage him to finish. He wrote two of the poems in the back seat of the car on his iPhone. Motor dysgraphia doesn't seem like that much of a problem for him any more since he can do his writing anywhere using his iPhone or netbook. He has maintained a high A in the class since it began last fall and he is one of the youngest students in the class.

He also made it through a difficult three-hour musical theater rehearsal with a bad headache and back pain. He had missed the rehearsal the week before because of a migraine and he could not miss this one because they are performing at a local TV station in a few days.

I am very proud of my son because he used to be sensitive to clothing tags, but is somehow managing to work through his pain and do what he needs to do to get the job done and do it well.
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/04/11 02:03 AM

Love hearing these brags!
Here's mine: DS is signing up for a writing class at CTY for the first time ever! I hope he get in!
Grinity
Posted by: Austin

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/04/11 01:05 PM

Originally Posted By: PMc
On a recent trip to our neighborhood bookstore DS 2.5 said
Hey I need a reference atlas. A teenage girl that was standing
next to us said, OMG you are too smart! DS flashed her a big
fake smile, batted his eyelashes and said, "Yes and I am
handsome too.


Mr W did pretty much the same thing.

Some teenage girl said he was cute.

When he got home, he looked in the mirror, said "YEAHHH.. I am cute!"

If I lose him in the mall, I just find the nearest group of teen girls - he is in the middle of them, making them laugh.

He recently started a new sport and the coach is a teen girl and he tried his tricks on her. It took him four sessions to realize that she did not appreciate his goofing off!
Posted by: RobotMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/06/11 06:51 PM

DD8 came running up to me when I got home from school today to tell me about what happened in Spanish class today. It is the end of the third term and her teacher was talking about grades and that she gives a prize at the end of the year to any student who doesn't have to take any retests all year. She then went on to praise DD for doing such a great job in class all year, that she has had "perfecto" on all tests and quizzes (none of which we knew were happening because she's never studied for any of them at home wink ) and it looks like she will be getting the special prize!
Linguistics is one of DD's "things" so she was so proud of herself and so excited that her teacher would use her as an example for the whole class. She was grinning from ear to ear. smile
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/06/11 06:58 PM

Originally Posted By: PMc
On a recent trip to our neighborhood bookstore DS 2.5 said
Hey I need a reference atlas. A teenage girl that was standing
next to us said, OMG you are too smart! DS flashed her a big
fake smile, batted his eyelashes and said, "Yes and I am
handsome too.


absolutely adorable smile
Posted by: LotsOtots5

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/11 09:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Grinity

Here's mine: DS is signing up for a writing class at CTY for the first time ever! I hope he get in!
Grinity

YAY, best of luck to your ds smile

This is from my 5 yo not gifted identified boy (hope that's ok).

At the dinner table...
ds: Mommy when I grow up I want to be a giant lollipop. I could lick myself, but only once a day. Because if I licked myself too much I'd accidentally eat myself and be in my own stomach. How's that possible??!

me: reeeeallyy????

I was just speechless but in side LOL'ing like a crazy person!!! Kids are nuts!
Posted by: aculady

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/11 09:43 AM

LotOtots5,

Sounds like your kiddo might enjoy 1,2,3...Infinity by George Gamow. Maybe now, maybe when he's a bit older. It depends on what his reading level is. I think I read it when I was around seven or so. It covers a lot of fascinating math topics, and was my first introduction to topology. There is a section where it talks about the fact that, from a topological point of view, you can look at the human body either as a tube that is completely surrounded by everything else in the universe, or as a universe of its own that surrounds everything else.

Posted by: LotsOtots5

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/07/11 10:22 AM

Thanks smile
K, I admit, I had to look up topology wink

He is just learning to read but at least I can read the book and maybe we can talk about it. He is definitely my "deep thoughts" child, so fun!!
Posted by: herenow

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/08/11 08:22 PM

Today dd and I were doing an errand that took a bit of driving. We were having a nice long chat full of the questions that kids are famous for -- e.g. why can't we see through clouds, are there spaces in your body between the organs, are the capillaries all squished together, how can the government shut down, etc, etc. But then it got a little quiet and I thought "she's probably reading something" when suddenly she bursts out in dramatic song. She was singing her sister's recital piece from 2010 -- in Italian. She sure got my attention!

I was joking with her about it and she said that she'd been singing it to herself during her timed multiplication test today. I said "what do you mean during the test?" and she responded -- mom, I don't need my brain to do those tests, so it was nice to have something to think about while I was putting down the numbers.

lol. Thanks for indulging me!

Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/11/11 07:00 AM

DS7 finished the ALEKS chemistry course today. There's hard stuff in there, and he really had to stick at it. He had, of course, a lot of help and parental explanation along the way (we've both learned more chemistry in the process too!) but he didn't get or need help in the final assessments: he really has mastered the material.

In fact, had I realised just how much chemistry there is in that course that I had never learned doing it until age 16, I don't think I'd ever have let him start! And he did struggle, both with his need to keep going through the dry stuff and, occasionally, conceptually; e.g. he had the same struggle with understanding how to use moles in calculations and convert between grams and moles that I remember having around age 14, along with the rest of my class - but the next day, he'd got it. Several times I suggested that he should just give it up, and a few weeks ago we even ended up doing problem-solving HTTSKWL-style on the white board, with the problem being "ALEKS is often hard and boring but Colin doesn't want to give it up so near the end", but he ruled out my suggested solution of "just give up anyway" immediately. (A dose of extrinsic motivation in his suggested form of grape tokens per topic done got him over the hump - interestingly, the tokens are still lying around rather than having been swapped for grapes.)

I feel slightly sad that I can't shout this from the rooftops at my IRL friends, but that's what this thread is for, right?
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/11/11 10:38 AM

That's awesome. I'm sure a lot of the chemistry in that course would make my head swim.
Posted by: Dana29

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/12/11 02:51 PM

I love your post, it reminds me of how my daughter multiply's by adding it all up every single time! OK 6 sixes...! Its because they understand the fundamental concepts not just memorizing and spouting smile
Posted by: Katelyn'sM om

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/30/11 07:22 PM

Sometimes I'm still in shock by how much these kids absorb. They really are sponges. DD is not only learning French, Mandarin and Spanish but she is also learning sign language and boy has she learned a lot in a short time. But since her Spanish teacher is teaching it to her, she associates it with her Spanish, so as she goes through the alphabet she says it in Spanish. This is the same for the other signs such as Thank you, Mama, Papa, etc.
Posted by: DeeDee

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 04/30/11 08:42 PM

Colinsmum, congrats to your DS! Is the ALEKS chem course good? We had looked at that and considered it for DS8, but weren't sure about the level, time commitment, and quality. Does it start from absolute basics, or is there a level of presumed knowledge? Would you please tell more?

Thanks,
DeeDee
Posted by: sittin pretty

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/08/11 08:06 PM

My Mother's Day card said-
"I love you more than all the leptons in the universe"

Not really a brag- just thought you all would appreciate it.
Don't think it'll be a big seller for Hallmark though.
Posted by: minniemarx

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/08/11 08:53 PM

Love it, sittin pretty!

Happy Mother's Day to you!
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/11/11 05:11 PM

More funny than braggy:

DS2 woke up in the middle of my history class(long story about babysitters skipped), announced loudly that "there's a lot of planets outside," and went back to sleep.

The prof said "yes, indeed" and went back to teaching dead languages.

-Mich
(Can we have a "funny stories I just can't tell everyone" thread, most of mine aren't really brags, just cute kid stories with one wierd element that makes them a bit less tellable.)
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/11 07:42 PM

The top line he traced.  The second red line he copied while I coached him using HWT words. 

[IMG]http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/13e41cb1.jpg[/IMG]

This he did on his own.  He just recently learned how to write # 5.

[IMG]http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/e4b6c38e.jpg[/IMG]

I'm not sure if I showed you the astronaut yet.  We're working our way through a how to draw book.  The print letters I can just just tell him and he'll write them, he already knows how.

[IMG]http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad296/Hablame_today/88c3e4b4.jpg[/IMG]

So, not a huge brag I guess since he's following instructions, but I'm a very proud Mamma.  He was 3.5 last month.
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/13/11 08:14 PM

I want to share another cute brag.   I noticed a while back that ds always creates a mixture between the words "empty" and "nothing" whenever he has a reason to use either of these words.  "nenmpty", "numpthing", "nempting", "netty", that's all I can think of.  He knows about the number zero.  It is obvious to dh and me that he is doing this intentionally.  For one thing he uses variations.  When he misunderstands a word he mispronounces it the same way each time. 
 
Posted by: Floridama

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/20/11 05:09 AM

YEA!
Our sensitive & fearful DD (almost 9), finally decided that she no longer needs a night light. smile
That thing was so bright; I'm certain my electric bill go down.
Posted by: GeoMamma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/24/11 07:12 PM

I had my baby on the weekend!

A little boy, born at home as planned, He's 7.4 pounds, and gorgeous, if I say so myself! We are all doing really well.

So now I have three beautiful boys under 5 smile
Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/24/11 07:29 PM

Congrads Geomamma!!!
Posted by: Nicole2

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/24/11 07:33 PM

That is an accomplishment! Congratulations!
Posted by: BWBShari

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/24/11 07:56 PM

With our first year of crazy skipping in (5 years)DS8 presented his report card to me. As a part time student he got a B in Language Arts, a B in geometry and a C in integrated science. All three of his teachers commented that the quality of his work was an A, organization....not so much, which pulled his grades down. I'm so proud!!! I can't believe this crazy idea actually worked! My son loves it and is already planning for next year!
YAY for our side!
Posted by: MumOfThree

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/24/11 08:11 PM

Congratulations GeoMamma!
Posted by: MidwestMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 07:18 AM

Congrats on the new baby!
Posted by: MidwestMom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 07:19 AM

DD10 decided to explain Mendelian genetics to DD8. They figured out the eye color genotype for everyone in our extended family (I had to help them find pictures of some of the more distant relatives) and then calculated how likely the phenotypes of each group of kids were.
Posted by: HelloBaby

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 09:16 AM

Congrats Geomamma!

You will be extra busy from now on.
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 09:36 AM

Originally Posted By: BWBShari
With our first year of crazy skipping in (5 years)DS8 presented his report card to me.... My son loves it and is already planning for next year!
YAY for our side!

Great News Shari!

Great news Geomomma!

Grinty
Posted by: Chrys

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 10:02 AM

Congrats Geomamma!

We have a new baby too!
Posted by: ColinsMum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 10:30 AM

Congrats Geomamma! Lovely to hear about a homebirth, too, they're too rare. Enjoy your mini-boy-hoard.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 11:39 AM

Congratulations!!
Posted by: herenow

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/25/11 01:53 PM

Happy Baby Day! Geo-mamma!! Congratulations to your lovely big family!!
Posted by: GeoMamma

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/27/11 04:58 PM

Thanks every one! smile

And congrats to Chrys too!
Posted by: kathleen'smum

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/27/11 05:03 PM

Happy new babies, GeoMamma and Chrys!!!!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 05/28/11 08:42 AM

Kiss the babies Chrys & Geomom! High five ds Shari and buy him an ice-cream cone for me. MidwestMom, kids will be kidsz. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Michaela

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/03/11 04:55 AM

Ok, THIS is a genuine brag.

Every year I build a model ship. This year, he got all excited and demanded that we start. After an aha moment of "oh, I see, we build it upside down" he proceeded to remind me of the major error I made last year, and how I SHOULD have done it. Ok, the kid is two years old, and he remembers my boatbuilding mistakes and how to fix them... from last year?!?!?! That's just cool.

Posted by: shellymos

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/03/11 06:16 AM

I haven't been on in a while, but finally got a couple minutes recently to check things out a bit. Lots of business going on and health stuff. But wanted to share a brag about DS6 since I haven't shared with anyone outside our family yet. DS6 won the highest score for Math Olympiads on his 4th grade team and also that same week had an essay published in a local kids magazine about MLK. We are so proud of him. He was so cute with the Math Olympiad as he got a little plastic trophy and was trying to clean it off and shine it up and came home and decided to make a trophy shelf (he has one other from t-ball last year). I wasn't sure how he would react so it was nice to see him feel proud of himself and his work.
Posted by: Iucounu

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/03/11 07:21 AM

shellymos, that's great! What an empowering experience!
Posted by: susandj

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/03/11 07:36 AM

Wow, shellymos, that's fantastic!! Congratulations to him x 2!
Posted by: Madoosa

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/04/11 01:47 PM

I did post in the pre school section with pics, but have to brag about DS2 - who I always feel I neglect since DS4 is very intense. anyways - DS2 started reading this week, AND writing words and numbers AND colouring properly and doing dot - to - dot's. okay I'll admit I never gave him any, but he asked for them and now I am seriously floored at his abilities.

Oh, he also pointed out to DS4 that after 84 comes 85, 86, and then 87. laugh

So proud of him!
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/10/11 07:47 PM

Michaela! That's Genuinely very brag-worthy.

Espy8.5m old.  Yesterday she just felt like showing off to me.  She said neh-neh-neh and did nosy-nosy with me, which I showed her.  I said Aww.  She said "heh" and bumped her forehead to my forehead.  (which I didn't show her but I guess Wyatt did).  Then she put her eye to my eye and said eye.  Then later this morning she blew a kiss to me and did the same three things again.  Then she stuck out her tongue and grabbed it and said very clearly "I got your tongue." Then she said "I love you.  Morning.". I taught her I love you already only.  This evening she said I love you Mamma.  I've been trying to get her to call me Mamma.  She's made the sound crying, but this is the first time she used it as a name.  She's starting to toddle, letting go of things for a step or two.  Even letting go with both hands to bend down and pick things up.  Bursting with love and pride while thinking, "you were just born yesterday."
Posted by: Giftodd

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/10/11 10:37 PM

It has been apparent to me that dd5 has had the capacity to learn how to tell the time for a while now, but she's just had no interest. Her teacher told me this was one of the reasons she didn't think she was much ahead in maths. Then today she saw a watch she really wanted. It was a decent watch and so not a very cheap one and I told her she couldn't have a proper watch until she was prepared to put the effort in to learn to tell the time (she's had other cheap watches but never paid them much notice).

So she then proceeded to tell me the time on all the watches in the store (all of which were set to random times). Cheeky little thing. Anyway, now she has a new watch...

Posted by: Skylersmommy

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/10/11 11:17 PM

lol, love this.. she sounds just like my dd6....she'll let you know what she knows when she want to, or when the need arises, and not a moment before smile
Posted by: sydness

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/11/11 07:20 AM

When DD5 was 2, maybe 3...She wondered WHY she couldn't eat the shells on the peanuts...so, I told her that there were chemicles on the shells that killed the bugs so the bug wouldn't eat the peanuts. Later that night, I found peanuts on all the windows of our 1780 old federal (lots of spiders). I said...Sydney. Why did you put all these peanuts on the windows, while I was clearing them off. She replied "NO! Leave them there! They will kill all the spiders and we won't have spiders anymore!" At five she is only a little over a year advanced for language and math is right where it should be...but she is so incredibaly creative! I will always remember that one!

AND at two, she built a house in the kitchen using anything she could find. It wasn't as pretty or as stable as her other ones, but she was going to accept it anyway...She said. Mommy Look! I'm the princess of cacophany! Seriously, she did! lol
Posted by: Madoosa

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/11/11 07:38 AM

Originally Posted By: La Texican
Michaela! That's Genuinely very brag-worthy.

Espy8.5m old.  Yesterday she just felt like showing off to me.  She said neh-neh-neh and did nosy-nosy with me, which I showed her.  I said Aww.  She said "heh" and bumped her forehead to my forehead.  (which I didn't show her but I guess Wyatt did).  Then she put her eye to my eye and said eye.  Then later this morning she blew a kiss to me and did the same three things again.  Then she stuck out her tongue and grabbed it and said very clearly "I got your tongue." Then she said "I love you.  Morning.". I taught her I love you already only.  This evening she said I love you Mamma.  I've been trying to get her to call me Mamma.  She's made the sound crying, but this is the first time she used it as a name.  She's starting to toddle, letting go of things for a step or two.  Even letting go with both hands to bend down and pick things up.  Bursting with love and pride while thinking, "you were just born yesterday."


awwww that is such a precious stage smile
Posted by: La Texican

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/11/11 08:31 AM

Is this Socratic or critical thoughtful:

Wyatt recited "Humpty Dumpty to my grandfather, then asked me a question.
Wyatt: was it his wall?
Me: I think it was the king's wall.
Wyatt: what was he doing up there?
Me: that was a good question.  What was Humpty Dumpty doing on the king's wall just before he fell?
Grandfather: wiggling.
?

K.  I'm off to write the screenplay.  Just thought I'd like 2 share.
Posted by: sydness

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/11 04:40 PM

My 5 year old daughter memorized the first chaper of the secret garden...junior addition...many people don't even have the attention span to watch the whole vidoe! even though she does a GREAT job reciting it! lol
Posted by: Grinity

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/11 05:58 PM

DS14 finally returned from his first year of boarding school (9th grade sub-two) and his goal was to maintain a GPA over 95% so that he could get the highest honor roll level.

He did it! He got a 96.5 GPA in his classes for the final trimester, which is heavily influenced by finals. Last year he could barely bring himself to study 3 hours total for finals. This year he set up 'on-line flashcards' 2 weeks in advance to learn vocab words for the English final, and worked though 5 pages of Physics problems to prepare for this Physics test. He got an 100% on his Physics test - the teacher had to introduce a curve to help out the rest of the class.

His may seem like a strange brag for a YS kid, but with his ADD getting the level of focus and and perspective-taking to get in the high 90s really says a lot about his work ethic, his willingness to follow the teachers' lead, and his engagement with the material. When he was young, I expected learning to be fun, but now he has matured into a kid who can do the job, fun or not. (as long as it's a little bit fun! Which it is!)

Plus he learned how to run a couple of miles for fun and and fitness, and he discovered that he enjoys casual basketball games. He's looking forward to trying out for the basketball team next year, and one the teachers is supporting him to start a 'Settler's of Catan' playing club, since it was quite popular this year after DS introduced it. His best friend at school wrote in his yearbook that DS was the person who taught him the most this year. Aww.

And the school facilitated his participation in service programs. They sponsor a Special Olympics, and set him and his best friend up to do weekly play-vists with a local 4 year old with special needs.

I'm bragging about my son, my son's school, my DH for following my lead, and ME - for finding the school and being willing to send DS there - SuperBrag!

Grinity
Posted by: frannieandejsmom

Re: The ultimate brag thread - 06/12/11 06:04 PM

Grinity

AWESOME job! And congrats to your son.


Sheila
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