Kfamily Posted July 20, 2012 Share Posted July 20, 2012 (edited) Sorry, my thoughts are rather scattered and it shows in this post...:confused: ETA: Sorry, this is long too... I'm not sure if my younger dd fits the gifted description....she's very bright and motivated (and has some very unique characteristics)....but I've never had her tested and I'm not sure where she fits.... This is part of the reason I'm not very active on this particular board...I've never been completely sure I should post here... I'm trying to sort out some thoughts I have about her, and I definitely have no one here (IRL) that I can talk with about this. I would love if I could safely share my thoughts here. I want to do everything in my power to help my dc learn everything that they would like. Is it typical for any of your dc to want to learn about something...and then choose materials that are completely out of their range intellectually with which to learn it? My dd does this and I'm trying to understand better why she does this. Why does she choose books/resources that are too difficult for her when she could choose to start at a beginning level and learn from here? I guess I'm trying to figure out what draws my dd to the more difficult books even though she has some trouble understanding them. Some examples: My younger dd has been interested in astronomy for a while now and I do plan on teaching her astronomy this fall for science. She recently added the ideas of time and space to her area of interest. Madeleine L'Engle books provided the inspiration for this addition. We've watched many documentaries about astronomy and will watch many more for certain. Because of her new interest in time and space she's been reading Einstein's Cosmos by Michio Kaku. She's still working on this despite the fact that I'm certain many ideas are going over her head. She admits that she doesn't understand everything (and she does come to me for certain words and we look them up together....but they are often words that I know little about myself and would need more time and study to better explain to her) but insists that she is enjoying the book. I have noticed that she reads small sections at a time and needs complete quiet for her reading. I think its great that she approaches it this way and completely encourage her to do it this way. She just ordered Parallel Worlds by the same author (along with War Horse, the book, and The Black Stallion...:lol:) so she intends to read more, I guess. I've decided to add physics to our study of science this year to give her some background, especially since she has had no study of physics yet. I'm hoping some basic background will help her a little. My question is really why does she choose to learn about it this way. Why does she choose these books? In her defense, we could find no books in our library system on the subjects of time and space written at a child's level. I found her in the adult section looking through the books they had on the subject. She picked Einstein's Cosmos. I thought she might not really enjoy reading it and would lose interest, but instead she sticks with it. And then ordered another book by the same author. And this is in keeping with the way she approaches learning, so I shouldn't be surprised. I know the rapid learning growth comes and goes and it had been awhile since she had had one, so I think this may be why I've been caught off guard. She has always loved animals, and her recent passion has been for whales and dolpins. She researches and reads and keeps notes about her passions for the moment. She's insisting she wants to read Moby Dick. Her father tried to gently suggest she wait to read this book but she seemed determined that this book would not be too hard for her. *(We (dh and I) are not the type to restrict her reading habits or make her feel as if something is too hard for her...he was just suggesting she might should wait until she was older...I added this so that others reading this don't assume we restrict her...we definitely know what she is capable of....) I'm just trying to sort out what goes on in her mind when she chooses to go for everything in such a big way. We've agreed that we will read some advanced books together....her challenge books to help meet her needs in this area. I've also worked very hard and feel good about some new literature approaches for her that will incorporate rich literature that is age appropriate and yet add heavier discussions with it. We'll be studying and adding to some books by George MacDonald, Anne of Green Gables (with Evangeline...one of her chosen challenge books), books by Tolkien (she's already read The Hobbit and LOTR) and some others. Is motivation the key ingredient here? Is there something about how she learns that I'm missing? (This is highly possible...:lol:) I'm just not sure if I'm ever keeping up with her. I felt as if recently we had settled on enough material to keep her challenged and now I'm trying to catch up again. I find this all confusing because she's not overly accelerated in math (she's been picking up speed again after slowing down for awhile). She has always done well in math, but she isn't learning algebra like some children we read about here on this board. I have been planning some more movement in math (she's currently getting some basics down...getting quicker at her facts...etc.) and have Hands-On Geometry, Patty Paper Geometry and Singapore Challenge Problems. Is this normal for her to try to take off big bites of knowledge long before she has a base to really understand it? Does this question even make sense? :lol: Is the drive to know more more powerful than her actual abiltiy? Does this even make sense as a question? Any suggestions or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks! Edited July 20, 2012 by Kfamily Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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