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    Originally Posted by somewhereonearth
    Originally Posted by Nautigal
    Just what, exactly, does she think a 6-yr-old would be willing to accept, as a bribe, to learn math if they didn't want to already? (And could you please share it with me so I can get my DD to stop being silly and learn her math?)

    --Yes, we put an M&M on his nose, and if he answers the question correctly, he can toss it into his mouth.--

    I think I would be inclined to include all of those comments as a recommendation from his teacher -- he's top of his class, but he can't sharpen his pencil, he can't manipulate his ruler smoothly, can't work easily with his compass, and takes a while with his protractor. Oh, and he only solves equations for candy. laugh

    The teacher thought that we were buying him toys for doing beyond grade level math work. Even though he used to send her "math love notes" about once a week, she still couldn't believe that a child could do what he could do and more importantly, that a child his age would WANT to learn the advanced level math.


    We got that comment from s high level administrator in our district. "no child this age (he was 6 at the time) is capable of those complex thoughts"

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    Firstly, I do want to stress that I have little respect for a teacher like that - nitpicking for the sake of it has always irked me having been on the receiving end of it from borderline cretinous teachers as a kid myself. With that said, a sharp pencil or very fine tipped pen is pretty useful especially for drawing nice graphs, plans and geometry exercises.

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    Have you suggested to his teacher that she let him do his work with a pen, instead? (Thinking of people who do crossword puzzles in pen....)

    My DD uses a 0.5mm mechanical pencil because it is always 'sharp'. We use HB lead. They can be purchased in packs of two and probably in bulk fairly cheaply.

    I use one myself and love, love, love it - I even feel Mathy once I am holding one LOL

    Best thing since sliced bread IMO

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    For my kids, a mechanical pencil is an incentive, in itself! laugh

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