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    Quote Originally Posted by lakshmi View Post
    I am guessing.. my kids are average... but that is what I do for them, if they want to learn something... like cross stitch.. haha. not that it is a gifted subject but if they want to dive in and make something, then we have to cram the basics.... like needle threading.. etc...
    I think this is a really good point, lakshmi -- even if the interest level in a subject is really high, if the underlying basics aren't there it's going to end up being frustrating. I think it's a good motivator, too -- learning the basics is still working towards that goal. I have this issue with DD sometimes, she wants to jump right in and do the hard stuff.
    DD, 8...8? how did that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Operetta View Post
    I think this is a really good point, lakshmi -- even if the interest level in a subject is really high, if the underlying basics aren't there it's going to end up being frustrating. I think it's a good motivator, too -- learning the basics is still working towards that goal. I have this issue with DD sometimes, she wants to jump right in and do the hard stuff.
    The things that interest him are completely self directed though. It's not like he says "I want to learn about xyz." and I have to figure out a plan to make that happen. He dives into it on his own and reads everything he can find, watches every video he can find and he draws what he learns. What I tried to do was order advanced materials in his subject of interest (astronomy). He is 7 and this was geared for middle schoolers. So far I haven't been able to teach him anything new in this subject. It is really unbelievable. He even found a typo in the book where something was supposed to be labeled "white dwarf" and the book had "neutron star". I checked online and he was correct so I notified the people at Elemental Science.

    I think I need to just let him go it alone and if he asks for help, I'll do what I can. I plan to continue with the Astronomy unit because you never know. There may be something new there for him. We're also planning to get him a decent set of binoculars for Christmas for his "star hunting". It's a lot of fun watching him as he learns things. I wish I had had a strong interest like that in something as a kid. It's very cool.
    Homeschooling two boys, ages 7 and 11

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    Hi Lynne,

    I did not read through all of the other posts, so someone may have already suggested this, but I will anyway. I have a son, also 7, that is very similar to yours and am, also, thankful that I'm able to homeschool him. His interests have always lied more with alternatives forms of energy and things that are environmentally 'green'.

    We belong to a homeschool co-op and last year he took two science classes (astronomy and geology) through there. I thought the teacher was wonderful, but it was a bit like torture to him. She was very soft spoken and they sat around a table while she talked to them, and then they would complete little craft projects based on what she was talking about. He's not much of a complainer, so when I asked him whether he liked the class, he would just look at me - with the look that only I know! When I pressed it, he would just say that it was 'kinda boring'.\\

    Anyway, I had him signed up again this year, but then had this thought of 'why'? I thought the same thing you did...he loves this other stuff and is so self motivated for it, why not build on that? So this year, I just decided to let him focus on what he loves. I've just decided to support his learning, with field trips to all different places that use various forms of energy - solar houses, places that use geothermal heat, a coal mine, etc. Last week we were at a nuclear power plant.

    But then at the end of the year, I thought I would have him work on a project that he came up with a year ago. This is not that they stop being interested in it or stop learning in May, but I thought it would be a good thing for him to work on something that displays his knowledge. He had this idea a year ago to make a board game that had to do with collecting various forms of energy, and I always thought it was such a creative idea. So at the end of our 'school' year, I thought we would actually work on creating the game. Seemed like a good way to pull together everything he's learning into one place.

    My point being is that maybe it's not his learning you should direct, but maybe what he's doing with it, if that makes sense. Is there something he could create or build with what he's learning? Something he could present to others? Or maybe there's a local astronomy club he could join? I guess I'm thinking something he could do with everything he's learning. Just an idea anyway.

    Also, about the computer programming. My son's been interested in this as long as I can remember, and had taught himself a lot about it. But I did end up signing him up for a game design computer programming class, which starts in a week. It's very hard, however, to find classes for kid's as young as good luck with that! John Hopkins CTY has a Scratch class that he'd have to test into, since it begins at 3rd grade. I thought it would be fun at first and went through the testing, only to discover that the class cost like $600. Consider the $20 book he had been using was a bit cheaper, we decided to stick with that.

    It sounds like our kids have a lot in common and if you'd like to talk further, I'm on FB under Amy Schneider Nichols.

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    Hi Amy. Yes, our boys sound very much alike. I love what you've done as far as field trips on your son's interests. That was a great idea!

    We do have an astronomy club, but it's all adults. I think when we get the binoculars and at some point a telescope, we'll take him to good spots to search for constellations, planets and stars. That is all he talks about but you can't see much from our home because of so many tall trees. I will find you on facebook.
    Homeschooling two boys, ages 7 and 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakshmi View Post
    And make sure you hit the gifted forum at WTM.. it is at least a place where folks gather.. it may not be helpful .. and sites like Hoagies.. and all that...
    Pardon my ignorance. What is WTM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fizzypop View Post
    Pardon my ignorance. What is WTM?
    Well Trained Mind. It's a teaching style. I haven't personally used it with my crew, but know some folks who have and love it.

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