Is your child "gifted"?

United States
September 18, 2007 12:09pm CST
How do you tell? And what should be done differently if they are?
4 responses
@elemental69 (1562)
• Ireland
18 Sep 07
My eldest son was able to spell and write his own name before he was two, He has just turned 8 now and spell words such elemental and unfortunate, and a lot of words that i cant even spell lol!! And all of these words they havent even got to in school yet. He is top of his class in all his subjects and sometimes helps other kids in his class if they are a bit behind. His teachers in his school have said to me that he should have extra work to do at home, but I dont want to burden him down with extra work in case he gets bored with school. He has already told me that his teacher goes too slow for him.I wouldnt do anything differently at all. I still let him go at his own pace. If I start to treat him differently then he would think that there is something wrong with him, and I dont want to change him.
• United States
18 Sep 07
I think you're right on the money. This is how I've been handling mine, too-feeding them information when they seem interested and trying to stay out of the way.
• Ireland
18 Sep 07
Exactly!!! Childrens brains are so much like sponges, they absorb everything. If we could wring them out we would have a flood lol!!!! My son is always reading, asking questions, and his favourite tv show is how its made!!! I think sometimes we forget how young they are. Even when they are so bright.
• United States
18 Apr 08
Ahh element, if he's saying the teacher is goes too slow for him, then he is not going at his own pace. Maybe offering some extra's would keep him from getting bored. My brother was rejected at school and pushed into the trouble-making crowd, because the teachers went too slow for him. So he found other ways to keep himself busy. It was sad. Now he is a wonderful man, with an excellent wife and kids and a career that is taking off. BUT my pulled him out of the system in 7th grade, and allowed him to finish school at his own pace. Best wishes with your son. You know him best, follow his cues not your own worries.:)
• United States
18 Apr 08
My dd is "gifted" and the only thing we did was support her interests. She has books for her favorite subjects and we did activities and field trips. We just lovingly supported/support her. I kind of figured she was gifted when she could talk in complete sentences at only a year. She's done almost everything early academic wise. Physically, she doesn't seem to be as coordinated as most kids her age. She entered school a year early and just started the gifted program this spring. Why schools wait so long is beyond me. She'll be starting fourth grade next year.
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
18 Sep 07
i dont know if its classified as gifted or not, but by 2, my daughter could read numbers and do simple math. but i let her be too. she loves jigsaw puzzles too and was building them by 11 months. at 2 she was building 24 piece puzzles. she is lefthanded and only time will tell.
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
18 Sep 07
i dont know if its classified as gifted or not, but by 2, my daughter could read numbers and do simple math. but i let her be too. she loves jigsaw puzzles too and was building them by 11 months. at 2 she was building 24 piece puzzles. she is lefthanded and only time will tell.