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LisaMed1 Thu 14-Jul-16 15:03:13

Yesterday came downstairs to find my nine year old watching a YouTube video about Thermodynamics. He is just as likely to be watching videos of minecraft, football or funny cats.

Discussion with his form tutor at parents evening, and from previous similar evenings - my nine year old already has mastered the study topic between it being announced and them actually starting it. One year the form tutor had to check something ds had told him about obsidian and vulcanism. Ds was right. Yr two he had come across a maths thingy (I don't do numbers) on YouTube before he had been taught it in class and happily explained it to the teacher. He was right.

At the moment it looks like he is learning more from YouTube (far from reliable) than school. I'm not getting anywhere with school trying to get him pushed more. I'm not even sure he is gifted and talented, so being cheeky posting here.

Any suggestions? He's going to stop engaging with school soon.

irvineoneohone Thu 14-Jul-16 20:55:04

Have you tried Khan academy?
It has lots of tutorial videos and I feel safer than let my ds watch you tube on his own.
My ds learns maths, etc. on these sites on his own, but still enjoys school.

EarthboundMisfit Thu 14-Jul-16 20:57:44

I don't have G&T kids, I just saw this in Active, but I came on to say Khan Academy too. He might enjoy Crash Course to begin with.

irvineoneohone Thu 14-Jul-16 21:19:49

Yes! Recommend Crash Course, MIT+K12, and NOVA Labs for science loving kids.

LisaMed1 Thu 14-Jul-16 22:40:23

Thank you so much!

Really appreciate it.

tbh as long as it is age appropriate I just let him get on with it. I'll let him know the Khan Academy exists then see if he gets hooked. He just relaxes to stuff.

I've tried to stop him getting too far ahead of school. I'm beginning to wonder why.

Thanks for the help.

EarthboundMisfit Thu 14-Jul-16 23:03:20

Yes, don't worry about that. There's a lot of stuff in the world to learn about!

irvineoneohone Fri 15-Jul-16 08:30:27

I won't stop my ds learning ahead, but also make sure he doesn't neglect school work as well.

Only time he complained about school work was when he was in yr1, and put onto computer everyday to do times tables, while the teacher taught the class. I think I'm lucky, he doesn't find anything boring, even he knew the topic pretty well already.

JustRichmal Fri 15-Jul-16 09:39:33

We also discovered crash course and love it, so I thought I'd put the linky. I would say if your ds watches it, it is more advanced than primary, but great fun. So do not let him worry if he does not understand it all.
There is Hegartymaths, but that covers the curriculum from KS3 onwards.
I too find Khan Academy good. Dd tends to watch the videos if there are bits of maths she does not understand, but if you sign up it will assess where dc is at with maths and automatically set a program for learning.
I was wondering if anyone could suggest any other videos on youtube suitable for an older child who likes maths and science, (GCSE, A level sort of level} preferably with a linky, as I'm a bit lazy not that excellent with the internet.

irvineoneohone Fri 15-Jul-16 10:21:42

justrichmal, I haven't got a clue about the levels, but have you expolored science content and partner content on Khan?
They seems to cover everything except for MFL, up to US grade 12 . (They recommend duolingo for MFL.)

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Tomorrowillbeachicken Tue 14-Feb-17 09:40:06

My son (5) isn't old enough to search independantly but probably will as he gets older. Had to google/youtube for him in the past as he waanted to know about the sun or atomic clocks etc.

Dixiestamp Thu 16-Feb-17 02:21:54

What is Khan Academy, exactly, as it potentially sounds like the kind of thing my DS would like. He's always watching videos to learn more and particularly loves science, geography and history.

irvineoneohone Thu 16-Feb-17 13:58:09

Dixiestamp, khan is totally free self learning website, so there's nothing to lose to register. You have to make your own account, and make child account inside your account, if child is underage.
It's quite fun for you too, you can learn everything on the site yourself. And you can make separate account for each children. It covers vast subjects, also there are partner contents to explore.

Dixiestamp Thu 16-Feb-17 23:05:00

Brilliant- I'll take a look. Thank-you!

corythatwas Tue 28-Feb-17 14:40:45

The trick is to teach him how you can learn from both school and the outside world, as a positive thing.

After all, if he grows up to be an academic child and wants to get into a competitive uni, those are exactly the kind of qualities they are going to be looking for: somebody who doesn't just sit down and open his mouth when he is being spoon-fed but goes above and beyond and to either side.

Don't let him (or yourself) see this as something negative. Knowledge is infinite. There is always room for a bit more. Countries and animals and plants and periods of history that are not covered by the school curriculum; maybe join a wildlife society and take part in wildlife surveys, or an archaeological society or something. There are c. 10 000 languages in the world - that should keep him occupied for a while.

corythatwas Tue 28-Feb-17 14:42:23

Don't let his thirst for knowledge be defined by the school curriculum: make sure you explain to him that there is no such thing as "mastering a topic" because there is always more to learn.

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