Poppies. You may or may not have heard this term before. It’s used widely in the gifted community for children that stand a little taller than the rest. The flowers that grow a little faster. However in our current educational system, support for Poppies can be limited. The Poppies are “trimmed” to match the rest of their peers and are not encouraged to work and grow beyond them. Some states have a designated Gifted IEP to provide additional support for those children. Others ofter additional gifted services after approved testing – often at a certain age or grade level. And still, others offer nothing. A concerned teacher may provide enrichment activities for a student that warrants the attention or even advise them to help other students. Only you the parent can judge what’s acceptable. We know our children better than anyone. The isn’t a post about Poppies however. It’s a post about the weird things Poppies do.
My Poppy (untested. And it will stay that way for now due to personal choice) is advanced in almost everything. Except for being a kid. Some days you can not distinguish him from any other child. He plays with his Hot Wheels, watches Blue’s Clues and gets in trouble for throwing in the house like any other 5 year old kid. But other days…things around my house are “special”. Today was one of those days.
My son is in love with numbers. He started counting at a very early age and picks up math concepts easily. For example, I was teaching him place value (per his request) and the flip chart stopped at the millions place. My child (of course) wanted to know what was next. Not a bad question. Just an involved question. I gave in. “A Billion”, I told him. I knew what was coming. “What’s next?” “A Trillion” “hmm, a Trillion…What’s next?” No matter what distraction technique I used at this exact moment there was no point in fighting it. We were going to have this discussion whether I liked it or not. So here it is. If this comes up in your household, just give in and refer to this blog post.
One Billion – 1,000,000,000
One Trillion – 1,000,000,000,000
One Quadrillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000
One Quintillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
One Sextillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
One Septillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
One Octillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
One Nonillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
One Decillion – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
One centillion – This one is just for fun. The last named number in English.
So after ALL of this. After researching numbers I cannot comprehend. I get this, “So Mommy, what’s the number before Infinity?”