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iggly2 Wed 05-Oct-11 09:47:27

This is happening to me now.........

iggly2 Wed 05-Oct-11 11:47:54

I have started to notice things. His 1-2-1 at school per week has more than doubled from last year. His homework he can complete (in maths at least) quicker than me (I have A level top grade). I am beginning to realise he is actually a lot of work for school and what will happen later......

blackeyedsusan Wed 05-Oct-11 21:42:43

I am an early years teacher with experience mainly in reception/nursery and y1. (out of date experience now) I did not expect to be feeling out of my depth with teaching dd to read, half way through reception. i think it was the speed of the learning and finding enough books at each level and not having chance to think through and research/refresh my memory about reading comprehension and associated skills so that i was confident that we were covering everything needed. it was scary how fast she learnt to read, progressing a book band a month (with me) we are now expanding sideways, increasing vocabulary and understanding and things seem to have slowed down a little and are more managable.

I am dreading the time when dd comes home with work that I can't do, though I think I have got a few years yet. (because she is little rather than because i am good at maths, definately "adequate" but not good) in the mean time I have started reading around the subject again after several teaching free years.

cory Wed 05-Oct-11 22:15:31

Didn't scare me, never has. I'm an academic, I spend my working day surrounded by people who are cleverer than me (and some that are probably less clever), doesn't worry me at all if dd should turn out to be in that category. No worse than having to advise a student who is brighter than me (which you have to be prepared to do in my job). There are still plenty of ways in which I can help simply through being older and more experienced and being able to point her in the right direction.

And admitting my limitations won't do her any harm either: it's modelling life skills.

Lulworthblue Wed 05-Oct-11 22:51:10

Funnily enough for the first time tonight. It's never bothered me before but dc out calculated me (and I'm pretty darn good at mental arithmetic) with 16 x38 quicker than I could do (as a young year 2, I know there are others who are further ahead than that but I was impressed).

Has turned into a proper mathmo geek recently and thinks it's fun to make questions up then answer them hmm.

iggly2 Wed 05-Oct-11 23:25:26

It's more wondering how school will deal with it later (more musical instruments?), will he stick out?

It is the maths side with miniiggly as well Lulworthblue (I recognise that kind of question [gin]). I do not mind DS being cleverer than me and him asking questions (DH and myself have good general knowledge and 6 degrees between us-so handle this fine as a family and we love it smile). There are lots of great books so being an early reader does not bother me. It was realising how quick he was completing years worth of work (school allow him to progress very quickly-they are excellent).

iggly2 Wed 05-Oct-11 23:25:53

Opp grin!

Lulworthblue Wed 05-Oct-11 23:32:23

You are so lucky with your school. Ours doesn't cater to this at all. Luckily dc doesn't seem to mind finding things very easy (must like being right grin) so isn't bored or bothered.

Intrigued as to whether this year's teacher will notice.

I'm right in thinking that's a fair bit ahead of typical yr 2 to be doing sums like that??

EyeOfNewtToeOfFrog Wed 05-Oct-11 23:35:38

The latest for us was DD (7, Y3) reading a 600-page Harry Potter in 6 days, in addition to day trips and other activities.... and discussing it in amazingly minute detail every waking moment afterwards! smile

Proud as I am of her literary skills, I am also worried sick for her education and future (difficulties at school - a long story). sad

Then again, I used to read voraciously and had the same unusual memory as a child/young person - I once recited a couple of hour's worth of lines from a play from memory to another LOTR enthusiast blush blush blush (I was about 17)

EyeOfNewtToeOfFrog Wed 05-Oct-11 23:36:20

Cross post, sorry!

EyeOfNewtToeOfFrog Wed 05-Oct-11 23:38:33

Lulworthblue - you're absolutely right that that's pretty advanced for Y2! Mine has just about mastered the usual 2s, 5s and 10s times tables - and she's in the top set.

Love your screen name too - I have a room in that colour, LOL! grin

Lulworthblue Thu 06-Oct-11 00:00:00

You are the first person to 'get' my screen name. Ok totally off topic but what other colours did you put with it for curtains etc? I'm still decorating that room.

Back to the topic...I don't know what your circumstances are for your dd but what makes you so worried? Is it affecting her behaviour because she's bored?

Oh I had a memory like that but sadly it has all disappeared now.

Evilclown Thu 06-Oct-11 12:30:48

I have been well out my depth with ds for about 2-3 years now.
He knows it too. I have an A level maths and gcse physics.

He has to research stuff and do his maths and physics with no input from me whatsoever, other than "That staring and scared look you get in your eyes, mum, and that mmm-mmm noise you make when you try to convince me you have the least idea what I am trying to explain to you when I talk about my work."

He scares me lots. I cried, sobbed actually, when I got his test results. Although that was also the fact that I had not realised the extent of his abilities/intelligence until that point. But it was also helplessness and fright. Sheer terror actually.

What the hell would become of him?

Parasaurolophus Thu 06-Oct-11 20:46:45

I feel startled almost every day by 5-year-old DS. Luckily, he seems to have exactly the same brain as his father, who has turned out just fine. DH finds my astonishment funny and has started doing rapid factoring of large numbers just to tease me. I told him he might have revealed creepy math skills before we reproduced, but it never really came up smile

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