Anyone else have a gifted kid who is just not interested in academics?
I have a third grader who I always knew was clever but who has never been into academics. He is the perpetual "Jack of All Trades, Master of None" kind of kid. He just spent the last week youtubing how to build a bow and arrow and then figured out how to cut down bamboo in our yard, get twine, cajoled me into buying him arrowheads on Amazon, and made a pretty cool, working bow and arrow. He then converted it into a crossbow using part of a clothes pin and some other parts. A couple of months ago he wanted to learn to skateboard and watched some skating videos. He had a skateboard and I bought him the protective gear. For a month he went to a skateboard park and got pretty decent at dropping in and skating around. Then he suddenly decided he was done and moved on to learning to rollerblade. He plays sports for a season like baseball, soccer, basketball, does a great job (he is quick, competitive, and aggressive when playing) but by the end of the season whines about going to practice although once I drag him there he seems to have a good time. By the end of the season he gets asked to play continue playing on all stars or on a club/travel team but doesn't want to keep playing. In the summer he was interested in how it works to own your own business and spent a month asking questions like how do employees get paid, how do you go about hiring people to work for you, etc. That lasted a month and he moved onto something else. It is fine that he wants to try several things and has a lot of interests, however, I worry that he just doesn't have that "stick to it" quality that is so important in life.
In school, he figures out the bare minimum he has to do in order not to be kept in for recess or for the teacher to notice and then doesn't do anymore. He likes to be read to at night but doesn't often like to read. His spelling was atrocious but is now majorly improving after doing Apples and Pears spelling A and we are midway through B. When he has listened to his brother do Beast Academy he will listen in and shout out a correct answer but then go do something else as he has no interest in continuing. I kept thinking he will eventually be interested in academics but he really isn't. I have though about homeschooling him, but getting him to do any academics is difficult so I am not sure how well it would work out.
So I had him assessed and found out ....he is gifted but is academically underperforming. We should have saved our money. Anyone have a gifted kid who wasn't interested in academics in elementary school but eventually took off academically?
Edited by Nart, 08 January 2018 - 02:19 AM.