I hope so too. That combination class does not sound ideal in any situation. Do they have any kind of "advanced placement" or after school stuff that he could do outside of regular classwork? Starting in 4th grade, I think, I was in the ACE program (Academic Challenge and Enrichment) that gave kids extra projects and stuff to do (but no extra work outside of the class). I stayed in ACE for writing through middle school (missed health classes in exchange). I don't know how early those kinds of programs start though.
yeah, that I don't know. it's amazing how little I know about my kids' school... :/
When Eldest was in first grade he got an 'exemption' from coloring. They were having them do 2-3 coloring projects a day, to work on the fine motor skills, and it was boring him out of his mind. He had good fine motor control, and knew his colors. So I made a deal with his teacher that he could do math puzzles instead.
They also got him into the gifted program a year earlier, and that helped a lot, both in giving him something interesting to do, and giving him a 'label' that teachers could work with positively: he wasn't being 'contrary', he was 'gifted'.
Do they have any special programs at the kindergarten level in your school district? After you ask the teachers, I would ask the parents of older students. I found that the teachers would not necessarily tell you about everything they COULD do, because it made for more work.
[QUOTE=jenn26point2;976072]He's a numbers kid... not a coloring kid.
I asked her if she thought he might be bored
What worries me is 1st grade. .[/QUOTE]
Jenn - does you're school have a program for excelerated learners? My son was tested in 3rd grade and found to have an IQ of 142. They put him into all the "challenge" programs. He still didn't do great grade-wise, cuz he was a classic genius underacheiver --- but at least he wasn't totally bored in those classes and he was with other like minded students. But it sorta sounds like you're school is kinda small so maybe thats not an option. ???
I think its great that you're teacher is so on board with the dietary changes --- I'd say embrace it 100% and see what happens :) Might be some really great things? I'm sure you'll get it all in order. Let us know how its going.
As for more fat --- YES! you should get those numbers up - I'm down again today - 181.6 --- and I'm eating 60-70% fat and VLC. Bacon for breakfast everyday -- then a snack of almond butter in the afternoon and a high fat dinner of meat and veggies. I'm feeling great! must be in ketosis cuz I'm buzzing with energy! amazing considering my life has been filled with chronic fatigue for the past 12 years! :) I'm loving this! Need to figure out how to stay in this state even after reaching goal weight! Its a FAT HIGH!
I was one of those kids that was bored in school because I was so far ahead of everyone. I flunked the first GT test I took because I saw no point in it.
My parents actually sat down with me and the teachers beginning of the second grading period each year up through elementary school, until I got into the magnet system. By that time, we knew each other and we weren't starting from scratch. They'd coordinate with the teacher and learn where I was bored and what I thought was useless or stupid. They'd then send me off to play or read while they worked with the teacher on how to keep me occupied and learning while not interfering with other students. Usually the agreement was that I'd do the boring worksheets and stuff while teach taught everyone else and then the teacher would give me one on one time with new material while they were spending an hour on one or two worksheets.
I wonder if his defiance is because of being gifted. I'd read something about it on either a Pampers e-newsletter or a BabyCenter e-newsletter. I still get one of each for both of my kids... I can't help but feel that he's beyond what they're teaching. He LOVES reading. She says that's the one part of the day where he's focused and contributes to the class the best.
Our school district is very small. There are 24 kids in Brady's class, counting him. For YEARS they didn't have a preschool program. They just recently implemented a preschool program in the last two or three years b/c the last governor pushed money to the schools (democrat). I was fearful when the current governor came into office (republican) because I was afraid he'd cut funding to the schools and we'd lose the preschool program. He didn't cut preschool funding, but he did cut other school funding and that resulted in the blended 1st and 2nd grade at our school. It's too small but not enough teachers to go around.
I have put the bug in the teacher's ear that I think he's bored with the lessons. Sure, they teach elevated math and reading, but coloring? How do you teach elevated coloring??? You don't. If a kid is bored with coloring, he's bored with coloring... simple as that. Give him something challenging to do instead. Just because he doesn't want to color in every single speck of white on that apple picture you gave him to color does NOT mean he's not "applying" himself... it just means he doesn't want to color the damn apple! Geesh...
I am officially done with my strategic communication class. Submitted my paper and my instructor responded (from his iPhone) that he got it. I can officially wash my hands of that class and hope for a 95 on that paper to hold my 95% in the class, keep my A and my GPA. The last time I took a class with this professor, I got an A-... i know, pish posh, but when you're pounding for a 4.0 GPA, an A- kills ya... It's my only less than A class since starting the program, out of 9 classes taken... Yeah, I'm probably one of "those" students who would cry over a B. Sorry... I don't know why I'm still concerned about it. I learned there is no honors program in the graduate level, so it's not like I'll get a pretty stamp on my diploma that shows I overachieved... but I still strive to do well. I suppose that's a good thing.
Food is eh. I have done really good Monday through yesterday. Last night I ended up eating two large bowls of rice chex cereal... *sigh* As a result, up to 186 today. Boo... I really need to get it under control. Maybe since Brady has shown little interest in the cereal and is now eating eggs and sausage for breakfast, I can just get rid of it and not buy anymore.
Eh... time for our weekly 4-week calendar review at work... we get to look over the calendars for the next 4 weeks, see what is coming up, what is missing and plan accordingly... *sigh* it's gonna change tomorrow, so why bother??? lol
I have class tonight, so it's going to be a late night. I hope everyone has a nice one.
My second-born child was/is truly hyperactive. We chose to homeschool to be able to control his environment and keep him off the mandated drugs. He went to public HS starting in his Jr year. He tested as "average" across the board when he took the ASVAB (?) tests as a junior in HS. It was a triumph in my eyes! He's now 33 yrs old, and aside from continuing behavior issues (sigh), we all survived.
In my husband's children, the youngest, the twins, were 11 when I married him. He was custodial father of four. All extremely high IQ. The boys, especially, were difficult with school. We finally determined two things - they were bored. Beyond belief. And, they were lazy. If a concept didn't immediately realize itself, they would throw up their hands and declare it "too hard" to learn. It took some serious follow-through with them, and teaching them actual study skills.
Getting them into AP classes, and hounding them about finishing and [I][B]turning in[/B] [/I]homework, improved their results immensely.
They are all grown up now, and out of the house. Doing very well, too.
Last two days I have been under 1200 calories, so I lowered my calorie goal to 1200. At 70% fat goal, I'm meeting the goal. However, my protein is too high. Carbs are right on below 30 gm both days. So VLC - Check. Fat at 70% - check. Protein at or below 60 - oops... 20 over yesterday and 10 over today...
Wait... carbs were jacked yesterday. I ate easily 4 cups of chocolate rice chex and at least 1 cup of milk - prolly closer to 1 1/2 cups. So, carbs were messed up yesterday. They're great today though. If I keep it up, I'll get there. :)
[QUOTE=jenn26point2;974490]I have heard that, actually. I've had two friends adopt a more paleo-esque lifestyle at home with their cooking simply because of stuff I've posted on Facebook. One has gone from cooking from a box to cooking from scratch. They haven't adopted the no-grains policy, but they have done most of the rest because it fits with their lifestyle. I'm confident that as a mother and as she reads up on the theories and studies, she'll make that leap to grain free as well.
Another, last I spoke with her, which was a few weeks ago, she was making a gradual but definite switch to Primal simply b/c of my weight loss and what I've posted on Facebook.
Word is getting around and I know my "pushing" is making a difference in some lives, but not as many as I'd like to see. It's a slow process, but I'm impatient. ;)[/QUOTE]
Cool, isn't it?
And yes, get rid of the evil Rice Chex... I was a nasty mother. No sweet cereals allowed. If I bought them, they went out in school lunches in SMALL containers as dessert. I told them they weren't getting candy for breakfast. Nasty, nasty mother. :)
[QUOTE=Judg;976766]Cool, isn't it?
And yes, get rid of the evil Rice Chex... I was a nasty mother. No sweet cereals allowed. If I bought them, they went out in school lunches in SMALL containers as dessert. I told them they weren't getting candy for breakfast. Nasty, nasty mother. :)[/QUOTE]
Mom was the same way. Sweetest cereal we got was Honey Bunches of Oats or Raisin Bran. Except in HER cabinet, there was always a box or 3 of sugary sweet kids' cereals we weren't allowed to touch. I actually think that a has a large part in why I'm much more sensitive to sweet than many of my peers: there wasn't as much added sugar in the house growing up.