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smehmood wrote:
Sep 11th, 2017 10:45 pm
How did you teach him do addition, spelling and math games? It's impressive for a 4 year old.
Thanks
He's very intellectual and loves numbers/letters.

My sister-in-law is a JK teacher and he would go once a week into her classroom and hang out with the JK's last year.

I started first showing him on his hand (using fingers) how to count/add.

Now he recognizes the numbers and can do simple addition/subtraction using either an iPad or pen/paper.

He's also able to write his name, my name, my wife's name and is little sisters name. (mind you it isn't the prettiest...LOL).

In our living room we have an eisle type thing with a huge white board and use dry erase markers.

My mom is also a retired JK teacher and usually does learning activities/things with him.

He is somewhat addicted to the TV so any chance we can get him away from watching NetFlix...we do.
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kanewtz wrote:
Sep 12th, 2017 9:02 am
He's very intellectual and loves numbers/letters.

My sister-in-law is a JK teacher and he would go once a week into her classroom and hang out with the JK's last year.

I started first showing him on his hand (using fingers) how to count/add.

Now he recognizes the numbers and can do simple addition/subtraction using either an iPad or pen/paper.

He's also able to write his name, my name, my wife's name and is little sisters name. (mind you it isn't the prettiest...LOL).

In our living room we have an eisle type thing with a huge white board and use dry erase markers.

My mom is also a retired JK teacher and usually does learning activities/things with him.

He is somewhat addicted to the TV so any chance we can get him away from watching NetFlix...we do.
Smart boy, you should have him assessed and enrolled in the gifted program; when the time comes.
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vkizzle wrote:
Sep 12th, 2017 11:10 am
Smart boy, you should have him assessed and enrolled in the gifted program; when the time comes.
My fear is he will become a serial killer as he lacks empathy and is quite intellectual...

He starts school tomorrow, so I'm sure the teacher will asses/test him to see where he stands among his peers.
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How advanced is the iPad Mini 2?? Would it hold up?
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Well got an iPad Mini 2 for a great price. Hope he enjoys it!
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I love how basically every parent says they won't get their toddler an Ipad and then they do it anyway. No advice for you. My 4 year old plays outside and with friends, and we have books that teach educational things and games. I will save the kid's eyesight while I can.
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Mindy82 wrote:
Sep 18th, 2017 1:24 pm
I love how basically every parent says they won't get their toddler an Ipad and then they do it anyway. No advice for you. My 4 year old plays outside and with friends, and we have books that teach educational things and games. I will save the kid's eyesight while I can.
You'd be suprised how much time they get with tablets in school?
My kid's school revolves around technology and they have daily journals that is either recorded or uploaded with an Ipad in the classroom; on an app for parents to see daily.
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Mindy82 wrote:
Sep 18th, 2017 1:24 pm
I love how basically every parent says they won't get their toddler an Ipad and then they do it anyway. No advice for you. My 4 year old plays outside and with friends, and we have books that teach educational things and games. I will save the kid's eyesight while I can.
You obviously didn't read the first line of my original post.

Awesome that your 4 year old plays outside with friends. Mine does too...we should get together and discuss that more. Perhaps even bake hero cookies to distribute to all the other 4 years old playing outside.

Secondly, he has books and such. There is nothing wrong with introduction technology to him. As I said, he has learnt a great deal from the iPad already in regards to mathematics and linguistics.
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kanewtz wrote:
Sep 12th, 2017 8:01 pm
My fear is he will become a serial killer as he lacks empathy and is quite intellectual...

He starts school tomorrow, so I'm sure the teacher will asses/test him to see where he stands among his peers.
Keep up with the social and the empathy part, specially if he is gifted. Both mine were readin full novels by 4 , and multiple and division by 5. The oldest has tested in the top 99 percentile, so acedemically there is no concern. However, socially it is hard fo her to relate so guess what we spend a lot of time on? My hint with technology, especially with introverted, gifted kids, is be extremely careful, as it is an crutch for them to rely on. It starts to become a 'calming/coping' mechanism, and they don't learn to cope with it. After a little time, they start to use it more, and they are more prone to become addicted to it, where they start to become Irritable.

It is very easy to over rely on technology especially for challenge for bright kids. I have gone as far as finding challenges, and then printing them out and mounting them on card stock.
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Exactly. They get plenty of time already in schools.
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Mindy82 wrote:
Sep 19th, 2017 7:11 am
Exactly. They get plenty of time already in schools.
So, what's the problem to use at home also?
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vkizzle wrote:
Sep 19th, 2017 11:02 am
So, what's the problem to use at home also?
They are toddlers ffs. Why screw up their eyesight now? It's not necessary.
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Mindy82 wrote:
Oct 2nd, 2017 2:29 pm
They are toddlers ffs. Why screw up their eyesight now? It's not necessary.
Do you have facts that looking at a tablet affects their eyesight?
I mean, we're not talking about hours on end!
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vkizzle wrote:
Oct 2nd, 2017 2:39 pm
Do you have facts that looking at a tablet affects their eyesight?
I mean, we're not talking about hours on end!
Based on what our paediatrician and optimistrist advised us, the back light on tablets and laptops aren't great for kids (adults too). It does put a stain on their eyes and the backlight impacts sleep patterns. My kids are avid readers, and use their laptops to download books that cannot easier get in paper copy. Both the dr and the optimistrist recommended getting a proper ereader, as they don't have the same lighting and it is better for their eyes and sleep. I don't know how much is safe or not, but there are studies that do show this information too. We are extremely careful with or kids eyes because due to genetics (not computer use) they may have lots of problems in the future.
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vkizzle wrote:
Oct 2nd, 2017 2:39 pm
Do you have facts that looking at a tablet affects their eyesight?
I mean, we're not talking about hours on end!
My sister and her husband are both optometrists (sister is also part-time university professor) and are both quite adamant that it does affect a child's eye sight. My niece did not watch TV until she was 5. Now the problem was every time she went to a restaurant with a TV playing she would be completely fixated on it and not pay attention to people around her or to her food.

So does it affect their eye sight? Most likely.

That being said and being aware of all this you need to weigh the good and the bad. In our case my wife and I chose to let our 1.5yr old daughter watch TV and we got her an iPad (with strict time limits). We make her watch youtube videos in 3 languages and she watches educational TV shows on netflix. Strictly because of this she's 20 months old and can understand the 3 languages (not speak them but for example if we say "recoge tus juguetes" she knows to pick up her toys) and she can count clearly from 1 to 13 in 2 of those languages. That's entirely because of the TV shows and iPad.

So yeah...pick your poison.
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