I'm very very new here, so please know that if I say something offensive, it is due to ignorance. I'm asking these questions because this is clearly a place of wisdom. I've lurked here a bit and it seems that I can be honest about my daughter without being called out for "bragging."
My DD5 is wrapping kindergarten at ps, and DH and I are strongly considering homeschooling next year. A major reason is that she was not challenged academically at all. Before school started, she took a STAR test and it determined she was reading at 2.3 level. She has improved in reading (although not due to anything at school) but I haven't tested her to see where she is now.
We had our P/T conference yesterday and they showed us her scores in the (ridiculous number of) standardized tests she's taken compared to her peers. To say she outperformed them is an understatement. She frequently tripled the score of the next highest performer.
DD gets very interested in a subject (dinosaurs, space, historical events) and devours and retains information about it. I remember a playdate we went to when she was 3, and she got into a huge fight with a kid who called his dinosaurs "sharptooth" and she kept correcting him with the correct names. She writes and illustrates stories. She loves to read and be read to. She is curious and is always asking questions.
I have several questions: Are these signs that she is "gifted" and how does "gifted" differ from just being bright? Is there value or a need to have her evaluated? If so, then how do you go about that? If I provide her challenging and stimulating education at home (i.e. at her ability level, not her "grade" level), is that enough, or is something more needed for a gifted child?
Thank you in advance for your feedback.