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  1. Time Left: 2 days and 3 hours

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  2. Looking for Jr. & High School Science curriculum recommendations for a gifted child who wants to either become a scientist or mathematician. Would like curriculum to be biblically sound and heavy on the math. Any recommendations?
  3. I'm very thankful for WTMF community! I'm seeking wisdom from parents of any 2E kids who have experience with this scenario: 1) DS (or DD) homeschooling through high school to college; 2) highly gifted, loves learning, willing to work hard; 3) but is "low energy" (like many Aspie/ASD), needs plenty of down time alone; 4) considering pursuit of admission to top tier STEM colleges; 5) is very capable of the LEVEL of work that requires, but parents have doubts about ability to handle QUANTITY needed to be a competitive applicant; 6) Christian (student and parents). Ultimate goal is to most glorify God and benefit man, by best use of God's gifts. Specifics - DS finishing 10th grade. 11th grade is "make or break" year if he's going to load up on dual-enrollment, AP, etc. Given 3-4 subjects, he could handle all of them at a high level - math, science, writing, reading, foreign language - literally anything. His only time-consuming extracurriculars are Boy Scouts (starting Eagle project this summer), church service and youth group. He's not a kid with a spectacular "hook". Stellar academics and test scores, his ability to write quality essay answers on apps, and just being a good kid that adults really enjoy are his strengths. DS and I had a conversation about "big fish in small pond" at college, garnering more attention, opportunities, professor relationships, etc., vs. being around more resources and people as smart or smarter than himself at a top-flight place. He wants the latter. Dilemma: he will be happier the next 2 years if we don't press his curriculum too hard, meaning no more than 2 DE or AP classes at a time. I think he'll be happier long term (college and career) if we push him beyond his comfort zone for 2 years. He's not lazy, and doesn't have a traditional learning disability (he can read, write, type, etc. quite quickly); he's just inefficient and has a true neurological need for more down time than most. Our counselor believes DS is on the autism spectrum (though no formal diagnosis), but it's a close call. Any experience to share? Wish you had pushed a little more or less? Did he/she land in a college that is/was too easy or too challenging? If you did push, what effect did it have on your home? And one more thing - did you have DS/DD report to Student Services on campus for any "disability" assistance? We're starting to feel like we're obsessing/idolizing these issues. Once 11th grade starts, we won't have much room to course-correct.
  4. It's a school for gifted kids. From what I've read it seems like my homeschooled son would fit in well, if he can get in. Anyone have any thoughts to share?
  5. Help. We have a bright kid, who has previously tested into gifted pull-out program in school. He may have inattentive ADHD, or possibly processing speed or executive function issues. But he needs time, considerably more time, to complete his work. Like sometimes 2-3 or even 4X. He just moves slow, even on non school tasks. I already help with organization, and cut back on number of problems assigned. But what now? We've reached a point where this may not be enough. I truly hit a flipping point this morning, it's very hard to also put so much of my own time in and it's stressful to constantly keep trying to be on schedule. Do we change curricula? Do we try to redesign specifically to fit his needs? We are way behind where we should be. We have completed full neuro testing and currently waiting for feedback appt next month. But what if the main recommendation is extended time, how do I talk about it not being enough? How do you know when an academic load is reasonable? We are only in middle school now, and I am truly worried about moving ahead.
  6. I have a 6 year old son who is highly literate and a very deep thinker. He is also extremely emotional. A good day for us is one where he only has 2-3 tearful meltdowns. This is our second year homeschooling (he's in 1st grade this year). we only spend a couple hours each morning on school work and it is not all desk work. I have been very careful to not give him work that is too difficult for him because we suffered last year when I challenged him too much. I let him do a lot of self-directed learning as he is an avid reader and is fascinated with history and science, so we take things he's interested in and explore them in-depth. Overall, he is happy with what we do and how we do it. Many of our meltdowns come when he realizes we are not going to give in to some demand he has. I will try to reason with him to a point, but at the same time, he is 6 and not super-logical in matters where he is very opinionated. he really struggles with letting go of things (wants to keep tags on his new clothes because he can't bear for them to be thrown away, can't stand to throw/give anything away). He can get along with other kids really well and has a blast when we get together with kids his age, but if he does something "wrong" he will burst into tears and beat himself up over it saying he's the worst kid in the world. He is also EXTREMELY indecisive. when he has to make almost any decision (i.e. do you want to drink milk or water?) he will frequently end up crying because he feels like whichever choice he makes, he will be missing out on something else. I have a very hard time keeping myself calm when he erupts in his emotional explosions. He tries hard to control himself and some days are better than others. I really haven't pursued much as far as researching what to do. I don't know if therapy is the answer or if just educating myself would be more/as helpful. I am looking for recommendations for resources for me to learn how to better handle this. My husband (a black-and-white, engineer-type) especially struggles with these outbursts and realizes he just doesn't understand, but wants to know how to help our son. What go-to-book or resource would you recommend starting with for dealing with our son's emotions. I don't know if it's because he has so many thoughts he just doesn't know how to handle them or what.
  7. A CC group is starting nearby, and I have the opportunity to enroll A. for next year. Looking over the materials, I had two concerns: 1. We are not Young Earth Christians, so some of the history facts are different. 2. I think A. may not be challenged by the program. Math facts are the obvious place where he's far ahead of the CC materials, but it is a general concern I have. It doesn't seem like there will be other children similar to A. in terms of acceleration, but I hear they are a very sweet group. any thoughts? and thanks in advance!
  8. Older dd is 6. She is a hard worker and plenty smart. She is of Kindergarten age, but finishing up 2nd grade math and 1st grade phonics. Younger dd is 2. Though not talking a lot, she is identifying letters and sounds. Last night, she picked up a penny off the ground and identified it. There are other things that point to her being able to blow us all out of the water in her problem solving abilities. Loverboy is concerned that the time will come that dd2 will pass dd6, and that this will be more likely and more evident with homeschooling. I believe this is inevitable because usually younger siblings DO pass older sibling in some skills (but not in others). I know this is entirely possible because I was also a second child who could beat my older sister in chess, take math classes a year earlier than she did, and solve a rubik's cube in high school. My question is: How can we set up our family NOW to help both girls reach potential without having the older one feel discouraged and give up? What words and practices do we need to start using NOW. Things I believe: 1) I'm less worried about intelligence than in what you do with it. 2) We're luckier than most. Loverboy always felt that his brother were better at school than he was. (One graduated h.s. with a 4.3 GPA and as best soccer player in the state). And yet, he is the only one who earned a PhD. Working hard makes a difference. Thanks in advance!
  9. My older son, 15, is twice exceptional (gifted with learning disabilities), and I thought other parents might find it helpful to know how we've navigated college/dual enrollment with those disabilities. In short, we've found enormous support but accommodations don't solve everything. I'm glad to answer questions on this list, off list, or via my blog. Accommodating Disability, College Style
  10. I have been recruited to start a book club for gifted tweens/teens, and I am starting to plan it out, but I need a few suggestions. First off I have to designate an age for the book club. We have several teens in the group (including my twins who are 13), so I want to include teens, but others have suggested we allow kids as young as 10 in the group. My concern is that the teens may feel that the group is too young for them if there are younger kids, and I also worry that some of the books may have subject matter that the younger kids aren't ready for. At the same time though it is a gifted group, so many of these kids are reading higher level books which perhaps deal with more mature subject matter. If you were me what ages would you have for this group? Question 2 deals with the booklist. I was thinking of choosing the first book, and then getting feedback from the students on the other books we read? Do you think that would work? I wonder if it would be more of a headache for me trying to get everyone agreeing on a book each month? On the other hand I want the kids to feel that they have a say in what we do, so I might give it a try. As far as the first book goes does anyone have any suggestions for a book? I want something that will grab the kid's attention, but I want it to be relatively unknown so it is not a repeat read for anyone. Thanks for any feedback. :001_smile:
  11. We've had this curriculum on our shelf for a year and a half. I bought it because this was exactly what my accelerated math learners needed, a self-pace with measured progress and limited drill problems. We'd been bogged down by spiral math for too long and my extremely math-minded kids started to say things like, "I hate math." "Math is boring." OH no! Not in my house!! ;-) We took a month-long break from math at first just to clear the air of the old curricula. When we started back up in this math, we found our place, but need so much practice with the multiplication facts. I feel like we've been on fact drills forever and can't make much progress. On top of that. I feel overwhelmed being the one to choose the next topic of study. To be honest, we've made very little progress and we need to get back to the swing of math. Does anyone use this successfully and how do you choose which topics to address next? I've just purchased some Life of Fred books to hopefully give us a framework. Who knew that I was the one that needed more structure?
  12. Hi all: Sorry for the delay. I compiled the resource list, as promised. I provided non-referral Amazon links when appropriate. Apologies if this is not appropriate. Since I have a toddler daughter (18 mo. atm), I add most to the Toddler section and not much about the rest. What my wife and I did was to keep her interest up in reading and math using books and toys. Hence the list. Kindly add to the list and I will add them. The list might be a bit disorganised, please make suggestions too. Some of the items came from others, most notably from quark. Thanks. Resource list Parents' materials Books (general): The Well-Trained Mind Punished by Rewards Unconditional Parenting The Schools Our Children Deserve Education Nation Creative Homeschooling A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children (must read for parents of gifted kids) Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students Genius Denied Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted The Drama of the Gifted Child The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide Parenting Gifted Kids Smart Parenting for Smart Kids Raising a Gifted Child Guiding the Gifted Child Books (about infants/toddlers): Bright from the Start Raising Confident Readers Your Child's Growing Mind Brain Rules for Baby Nurture Shock Einstein Never Used Flashcards What's Going on in There? Baby Play Gymboree Parenting with Love and Logic (Updated) Websites on various topics (From quark's post below): Various Definitions of Giftedness Gifted Development Center National Association for Gifted Children Gifted 101 (from Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page) Identification & Characteristics of Gifted Students Gifted Children at About.com Gifted Development Center Identification (from Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page) Ruf Estimates of Levels of Giftedness by Deborah L. Ruf Testing & Assessment (from Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page) Twice Exceptional and Social-Emotional Challenges Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia(from Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page) Eide Neurolearning Blog SENG Uniquely Gifted General Gifted Homeschooling & Parenting Resources Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Homeschooling Gifted Children at GoMilpitas Parenting Gifted Children (from Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page) Website (others) Getting Started with Primary Source Research Aristotle Circle Rainbow Resource Books on Homeschooling Gifted Kids A search through online bookstores will yield many titles on handling the educational needs of gifted children. The following books count among the few (at present) that address homeschooling gifted kids. A Case of Brilliance by Rebecca Lange Hein And The Skylark Sings With Me by David H. Albert Creative Homeschooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families by Lisa Rivero Educating Your Gifted Child by Vicki Caruana Gifted Homeschooling Curriculum The following publishers and web content providers are examples of companies that provide resources for homeschooling gifted children: Art of Problem Solving (Math) Garlic Press Key Curriculum Press Prufrock Press Royal Fireworks Press Singapore Math Thinkwell What Does Homeschooling a Gifted Child Look Like? Blog list from Gifted Homeschoolers.org Talent Development Programs A sampling of programs designed to nurture academically and artistically bright students. Davidson Young Scholars Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth THINK Summer Institute (for 13-16 year olds) UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program (summer program) Early High School & Early College Resources (Free) Online High School Courses & Curriculum Materials (from Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page) Articles bookmarked at the Davidson Institute website Toddlers materials Books: My Very Own Big Dictionary (Abridged) My Big Animal Book Big Board Books Colors, ABC, Numbers Sandra Boynton books (e.g., Greatest Hits Vol 1, Vol 2, Big Box, etc.) Eric Carle's books (e.g., My Very First Library, Mini Library, Very Little Library, Brown Bear & Friends, etc.) Dr. Seuss Board Books (e.g., Little Blue Box of Bright and Early, etc.) Best Behavior Series (e.g., Teeth Not For Biting, Hands Are Not For Hitting, etc.) Baby Love The Wonder of You I Love You Through And Through Good Night Moon On the Night You Were Born Time for Bed Best Toddler Books (many of which have been already listed above) Books (Religious): The Story of the Lord's Prayer Early Readers Bible Day by Day Begin-to-Read Bible The Rhyme Bible The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers Flashcards: Numbers and Counting Animals Colors and Shapes First Words Educational toys: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle Magna Doodle Leapfrog Tag Reading System Media (DVD): Your baby can read (I know there's much controversy, but it works with my kid) Hooked on Phonics Learn To Read Brainy Baby (e.g., ABC, 123, Animals; only these I found pretty good) Sesame Street 123 / Learning About Letters Websites (mostly for 3+ y.o.): National Geographic for Little Kids PBS Kids Cool Math (pre-K and up) Wonderopolis (mainly for kids' parents) Fun Brain Whyville National Gallery of Arts (NGA) Kids Funschool (mostly educational games) Starfall Apples 4 the Teacher BBC Dance Mat Typing The Kidz Page Exploratorium (looks more targetted for pre-K and up) Kids Know It (maybe pre-K and up) Nick Jr. (mostly educational games) Zula Patrol (mostly educational games) Discovery Kids Curriculum: California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework Adventures for Toddlers Mississippi State University Curriculum for infants&toddlers, 3 year olds, 4 year olds. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families (Zero to Three) Enchanted Learning (some free materials) Scholastic Student Activities (contains materials for pre-K and up) Books for kids McGuffey's Ecletic Readers Websites for kids Make Me Genius BBC History for Kids Learning Games for Kids Hi all, Firstly, I apologize if it has been posted before. However, I'm wondering if there's any resource list (book, website, media, etc.) that help accelerated learner in anyway. Something like those posted in the Bilingual Forum. Maybe I can help with the organization. Per subject or per age group, etc. Plus, if some tips / tricks can be thrown in, they would be handy. Thanks.
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    Hello, I am new here on this forum as well as new to homeschooling. i have a almost 8 year old in 3rd grade and a 5 year old in 1st grade. Both my kids are ahead of their class. We had to get our younger one tested to let her start Kinder at age 4. My older daughter tested at advanced level in STAR testing. This year we decided to sign them up with a charter school where they go to school for science and history twice a week and I home school them 3 days/week. They have already mastered about 40% of their math and a lot fo their language arts curriculum at home and I am planning to buy the next grade level curriculum around Christmas. They are very eager to learn and enjoy studying overall. What i need to know is, If I want to get them tested, what are some good but not very expensive tests that hold value? If I sign them up for one of the talent searches like JHU, what value does it hold? I am not sure if those tests simply mean testing and getting results or if they can benefit with taking those. I would love for them to participate in competitions because I know they thrive on those challenges but I don't know where to start. I am in CA and don't know if there are programs they could sign up for close by. Any advise is highly appreciated. TIA
  14. Well, I am not doing so great with my curriculum choices this year. My DD is really only happy with IEW. Math, Latin, Spanish are ok. BUT- she is not enjoying this year. Breaks my heart. This is only my second year. UGH. Choices are hard. I keep going back to Oak Meadow. My DD is a gifted VSL who is crazy creative. Would she like it? Also, when I am looking at the lesson plan samples, when they show "Lesson 4" is that the lesson for the week? So, are all the books broken into 36 lessons? Thanks!!! :)
  15. DS is an avid reader and knows plenty of science this way. He's into the Horrible Science series, a bunch of other similar looking ones that we found at the bookstore, DK books, and science magazines that have come our way. I have to admit that I've had bouts of industry and inspiration with regard to experiments, followed by long periods of inertia, and these are catered very much to the interest of the day/week. He's very math and science oriented and has picked up a lot by observing and experimenting on his own. But he has gaps because we've never actually done any grade based curriculum. Going through one now will be largely repetition however. I've read through the archives and see the logic of eventually starting on highschool/college type texts. But I can't help wondering- will he be missing out on the fun pick-and-shovel, hands on experiments that the elementary curriculums promote? Is there a good curriculum to provide this intermediate bridging? I was looking at Science Fusion (it's on sale at HSBC). How is this working for the families using it? Is it fun at the grade 6-8 levels? The attraction for me is that it appears quite hands-off :). Any other recommendations will be appreciated :). BTW, he just started on Derek Owen's Physical Science course and is loving it.
  16. I have had several encounters that leave me scratching my head, and would love for you all to weigh in with your opinions on the matter. I have been extremely lucky to meet several homeschoolers with similar aged kids in my area. However more than a few have, within the first 2 minutes of meeting me, informed me about how advanced their child is. It just seems strange to me. A recent conversation went like this. Me - "Hi there, how old is your son? He looks about the same age as my daughter." Them - "Oh he is six, how old is your daughter?" Me - "She is six too! It is so nice to meet a neighbor her age. Did he have a fun year in kindergarten this year?" (Maybe the kindergarten part was out of line, but it was the end of the school year and I was trying to keep the conversation going.) Them - "Oh we homeschool and even though he should be in kindergarten he is reading on a 6th grade level and doing 4th grade math." Me - ":001_huh: Wow that is wonderful! We homeschool too, we are working on flushing the potty when you are done and chewing with your mouth closed. (no I didn't say that last part but I was kinda thinking it)" This has happened several times now with different individuals. It always makes me feel uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, I am really proud of my kids, they can do some awesome stuff. They all have areas where they work ahead of grade level, and they all have areas where they struggle (for example my 3 year old can recite all the presidents, but can't remember her colors :lol:). But I don't typically advertise their triumphs within the first few minutes of meeting someone. So is this sort of thing status quo and I just need to get over my hang up, or would you be scratching your head too? Meredith
  17. My son will be entering 1st grade next year. I would really like for him to be apart of Target (the gifted program) at our local public school. His kindergarten teacher ( at his classical Christian school) said she would suggest that he be part of any advanced programs in 1 st grade. He is smart but I really do not think he would be considered gifted. I am considering getting the Cogat bundle from Critical Thinking Co. to prepare him for the test in September. Here are the contents with space if anyone wants to add less expensive options (prufrock etc): The critical thinking co. = Less expensive alternative -Mind Benders® Book 2.... -Can You Find Me? K-1...... -Building Thinking Skills® Primary".......... -Mathematical Reasoning™ Level B".......... -Math Analogies Beginning.................. -Thinking Skills for Tests Workbook..... -Thinking Skills for Tests Guide............ Any experience with these books? Are they worth the time? Would the Developing the Early Learner books be beneficial? I figure it is worth a try. If he does not get accepted to Target, he will at least get some good practice with critical thinking. I know that moms have strong feeling about prep for tests like this....please don't throw any rocks. :leaving: Any equivalent books that can be recommended with prufrock? Would the Developing the Early Learner books work for any of this?
  18. My son will be entering 1st grade next year. I would really like for him to be apart of Target (the gifted program) at our local public school. His kindergarten teacher ( at his classical Christian school) said she would suggest that he be part of any advanced programs in 1 st grade. He is smart but I really do not think he would be considered gifted. I am considering getting the Cogat bundle from Critical Thinking Co. to prepare him for the test in September. Here are the contents with space if anyone wants to add less expensive options (prufrock etc): The critical thinking co. = Less expensive alternative -Mind Benders® Book 2.... -Can You Find Me? K-1...... -Building Thinking Skills® Primary".......... -Mathematical Reasoning™ Level B".......... -Math Analogies Beginning.................. -Thinking Skills for Tests Workbook..... -Thinking Skills for Tests Guide............ Any experience with these books? Are they worth the time? Would the Developing the Early Learner books be beneficial? I figure it is worth a try. If he does not get accepted to Target, he will at least get some good practice with critical thinking. I know that moms have strong feeling about prep for tests like this....please don't throw any rocks. :leaving: Any equivalent books that can be recommended with prufrock? Would the Developing the Early Learner books work for any of this?
  19. Hi, I am brand new to homeschooling and feeling overwhelmed by the choices. I'm looking for recommendations for a 2nd grade curriculum that is good for gifted children (quick learner, reads above grade level, etc) along with suggestions for a Kindergartner that is an average learner. Things that are Important to me: 1. Christian based 2. Affordability 3. Easier for a 1st time homeschooling mom to figure out. Should I go with 2 separate curriculum or try to combine? I thought about Heart of Dakota, but not sure if that would be a good choice?? Should I get different subjects from different places? Or try a all-in-one curriculum?
  20. Hi there. My boys want to be homeschooled again (have been in PS almost 2 years) I'm letting them finish the year at PS and am now looking at curriculum for the fall. DS starting grade 5 is gifted in math . . . what curriculum is best. Would the exploring series General Science appeal to a science minded child? What writing and language program would you use? My DS in grade 3 in the fall is looked after . . . I'm pretty sure I know what to use. Many thanks for your help.
  21. Hi all! I'm new to the board and trying to find someone to help me fully understand my DD's IQ test scores. She is 7 (almost 8) and was given the WISC-IV Short Form to see if she qualifies for the Highly Gifted & Talented program at her school. She does qualify but I'd like some guidance to help me in terms of what I should to be asking for at her school beyond just plopping her into the "gifted" room. (We have a "school within a school" model where one classroom at each grade level is designated as a Highly GT room where all HGT* kids are placed and then GT** kids are also placed if there is still room. By 4th grade the classes are 100% HGT kids, so we're fortunate she identified this year and we don't have to worry about 3rd - 5th grade in terms of placement.) *HGT = 98th percentile and above **GT = 90th percentile and above In searching for help in understanding what some of this means I'm finding that our report isn't written the way the samples online are written and it's confusing me. Here is what the report says. Verbal Comprehension: Similarities - 13 Vocabulary - 14 Comprehension - 12 Perceptual Reasoning: Block Design - 12 Picture Concepts - 13 Matrix Reasoning - 16 Factor Scores Verbal Comprehension: Composite Score = 138 Percentile = 99 Confidence Interval 95% = 129-142 Perceptual Reasoning: Composite Score = 123 Percentile = 94 Confidence Interval 95% = 114-129 General Ability Index: Composite Score = 136 Percentile = 99 Confidence Interval 95% = 129-140 Interpreted Intellectual Ability: Very Superior Range Interpretation: "Monkey" scored within the Very Superior range of cognitive functioning on the WISC-IV Short Form, with verbal skills within the Very Superior range and nonverbal skills within the Superior range. She demonstrated strengths in concrete verbal reasoning and vocabulary development. A relative weakness was noted in practical social judgment (although still within the Average range for her age). In nonverbal subtests, she demonstrated a significant strength in abstract reasoning, a strength in conceptual reasoning, and a relative weakness in visual-motor coordination (although still within the Average range for her age). Questions: 1. I understand why we weren't given her FSIQ (they didn't test her on all the criteria they use to determine that score... right?) but I'm wondering how close the GAI score of 136 is to what her actual IQ might be? I just understand that scale better. I mean if her IQ is 136, I'm actually a little scared of her! :tongue_smilie: 2. Can anyone tell me what %iles her individual scores fall in? %iles make more sense to me. For example; is 16 a really, really high score for Matrix Reasoning? What %ile would that be? 3. In the interpretation they said, "A relative weakness was noted in practical social judgment (although still within the Average range for her age)." Which test measured "practical social judgement?" Is this something she needs help with? 4. Same question regarding "a relative weakness in visual-motor coordination (although still within the Average range for her age)." So, I've figured out that she's smarter than me :tongue_smilie:! I just feel that I need to understand this so that I can advocate for her. If I don't know what to ask for I can't be an active participant in her education. What needs to be in her Advanced Learning Plan? (because her ALP for this year is a joke. Seriously.) Any help, insight etc would be greatly appreciated! :001_smile: ETA: Just for reference if you're going to advise me about what she needs academically, I also have these scores. I understand these because the written reports were very clear. CogAT (verbal): 97 CogAT (quantitative): 85 Ravens (visual/spatial reasoning): 95 (These are her scores from the testing done while she was in 1st grade last year. Her scores this year were invalid because the examiner had a very heavy accent and Monkey couldn't understand him, and had a full blown panic attack, her scores were a huge anomaly, that's why they gave her the WISC-IV this year.) The following were given during a study we participated in and her school would not accept them, which I totally understand but I think they give insight into her areas of giftedness. WIAT-II Age Based Standard Score %tile Classification Written Expression: 123 94th Well above average Spelling: 113 81st Above average TEWL –II Standard Score %tile Classification BWQ 117 87 Above Average CWQ 121 91 Above Average GWQ 123 94 Above Average CELF-4 Standard Score %tile Classification ELI 136 99 Upper extreme range
  22. I've been reading some of the previous posts on here and have found a ton of information. I've seen where many people have had their child tested as being "gifted". Who does this testing? How did you know? My DS is 6 and DD is 3 (almost 4). Both are very bright and catch on to concepts very quickly. DS is currently doing 1st grade work in every subject except science, which he is doing 2nd grade. He loves math and finds it super easy so I find I'm going at a much quicker pace to try and challenge him a bit more. I'm reluctant to move to the 2nd grade level book until we finish the 1st grade one because I want to make sure he doesn't miss any important concepts. So far he's made a 100 on every math quiz & test in the book so I know he's still not being challenged enough. He plays a lot of math games online and typically they are 2nd grade level. Would you consider a child to be gifted simply because they are more advanced in a couple of subjects? I've never considered our children gifted, mostly I feel the other children we are around are not given the opportunities and encouragement for learning. Should I have our son tested to see if he is gifted? What is the purpose of the testing (other than the obvious fact that you now know)? Any comments welcome.
  23. Hi Everyone, I've homeschooled (using TWTM ) my gifted daughter (who is now 11) from the start and have written a detailed post about lessons I've learned. I hope you find it helpful: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/12/homeschooling-gifted-child.html I'd love any feedback or info about your own experiences in this area. Thanks, Holly
  24. Hi Everyone, I've homeschooled (using TWTM ) my gifted daughter (who is now 11) from the start and have written a detailed post about lessons I've learned. I hope you find it helpful: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/12/homeschooling-gifted-child.html I'd love any feedback or info about your own experiences in this area. Thanks, Holly
  25. I want to start of by saying that I in no way intend any criticism of anyone here. I ask because I am truly not wanting to remain ignorant of this subject any longer. What exactly classifies one as a "gifted" student? To me the term gifted refers to someone who has a higher than average IQ and seems to excel in most things in life, and perhaps even has some areas of knowledge where that person seems almost genius. I have been privileged to know a few of these people in my life and they are, to say the least, inspiring. I have heard of and talked to the parents of some children who have been labeled as gifted, but also have learning disabilities and social anxiety issues. It turns out they are just far above average (for their age group) at math, or spelling, or piano, etc. They are not (and I mean no disrespect at all) what I consider to be inspiring. My oldest can play something on the piano by listening to it one time. I have a friend who's 10 year old is doing calculus. They are of average ability in all other academic aspects of their lives and do not possess any social anxieties. Are they gifted or just gifted in those particular skills? Has the term gifted been marginalized? It seems everytime I talk to moms at the park or zoo at least a few of them tell me that their child is gifted. When I was in school it was very rare for someone to get labeled as gifted and when they were it was plainly obvious that they were indeed far above average. As I said before they were advanced in all academic areas, were socially adept, and usually excelled in most things. So, help me understand this. Obviously my understanding of the term gifted has always been incorrect, or it has indeed come to mean something else over the last 20-25 years. What are the criteria, at present, for being considered gifted?
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