Math enrichment

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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 6:06pm

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for math enrichment for my middle schooler. I'm NOT looking for anything competitive, or any drudge work. But, I feel l ike he has some talent and I wonder if I should be doing anything to develop it. He just took the AMC8 math test, with almost no prep, and got the highest score in his middle school. Now, he was nowhere near perfect, and there are a score of really competitive kids at our local college (a math group there) who nailed the test.

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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 7:20pm

How about a 24 club? My eldest really liked it. It's not complex math but good for math minded kids with quick recall. Maybe a chess club would feed that part of him too?

I forgot part II-

as far as a 24 club, I've never heard of that. What is it?

Chess *would* be good (I don't play, but he seems to really like it and I think he's okay at it) but the MS scheduled it the same morning as math club and honors orchestra. Sigh... do they think?? Talk about drawing from the same pool! As it is, he only makes 20 minutes each of the first two, so he could hardly split it three ways. :(

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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 7:13pm

What is middle school range in your area? I ask because I'm surprised that pre-algebra is as high as the school offers. Our middle schools are 6th-8th with algebra an 8th grade standard (though a good start middle school in pre-algebra... they offer through algebra II.)

I didn't phrase that well. He's in pre-algebra now, with Algebra I next year, and Geometry in 8th (here, algebra is not an 8th grade standard, so he is two grades ahead, or "gifted"

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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 5:26pm

What is middle school range in your area?

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Sun, 12-25-2011 - 10:06pm

Would he get into origami? This movie, along with showing the art of it, also shows the mathematics. http://www.amazon.com/Independent-Lens-Dr-Erik-Dem​aine/dp/B002NWRMO0/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8... (It is called "Between the Folds" - really amazing, our library had it and my kids loved it.) One of the guys got his doctorate based on the math in origami.

You guys all have such interesting suggestions!!

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Sun, 12-25-2011 - 10:02pm

My kids really enjoyed books like "The Number Devil", "The Man Who Counted", etc. Also Kin Platt's "Sinbad and Me"

I put the first two on hold at our local library, but the third does indeed seem hard to find. Amazon has copies for over $100-

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Sun, 12-25-2011 - 9:53pm

Has he seen the "Life of Fred" books? They are pretty fun reading, have practice problems and show real life types of situations (as much as a 5 year old college professor can be real life, anyhow.)

Yes, we have them through Beginning Algebra. I have thought about getting the Advanced Algebra, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to stray too much from his (ds11's)

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Sun, 12-25-2011 - 9:48pm

Ds is 11 and in 6th grade (doing pre-algebra in school, which is relatively easy, but the highest level at his MS). The book sounds great - I want to keep him challenged but in an engaging way. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Sun, 12-25-2011 - 9:30pm
Would he get into origami? This movie, along with showing the art of it, also shows the mathematics. http://www.amazon.com/Independent-Lens-Dr-Erik-Demaine/dp/B002NWRMO0/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1324866395&sr=1-2 (It is called "Between the Folds" - really amazing, our library had it and my kids loved it.) One of the guys got his doctorate based on the math in origami.

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