Walking-Iris Posted September 15, 2012 Share Posted September 15, 2012 (edited) I usually don't post in this sub-forum, but I have some questions I hope you parents could help me with. First, I'm not entirely sure how I *feel* about terms like "gifted" or "accelerated." I'm not sure how much it would change what I do with the kids each day. And I don't think I would pursue official testing necessarily. My main question is how you *knew* (without testing---just parent instinct?) that your child may be gifted? And at what age? My dd, who just turned 2 this past July, is an enigma to me. My oldest ds is on the spectrum and very bright and my 5 year old is also bright, but I can't look back on their toddlerhood and remember any thing out of the ordinary. (Other than my oldest having some speech issues and showing signs of being on the spectrum). There wasn't anything that seemed different than other 2 year olds. My dd on the other hand seems exceptionally bright for a young 2 year old. She recognized and could say the name and letter sounds of the alphabet when she was 1.5. She is still extremely interested in letters and will point them out to me and say "abcs" and then point to one specific letter and say it's sound. Unprompted. I bought a set of HWT wooden letters pieces and received them this week and the day they came I opened the package and set them on the table and I kid you not---without any word from me right away she made several letters. "Mommy a Q, a D, a H, a A, a X." I had to tell my 5 year old and even my 9 year old what the wooden pieces were for. She just knew after looking at them for a few seconds. She's pretty bashful around others but at home she's a chatterbox. She sounds like a 2 year old, but she speaks in complete sentences. Long complex sentences. She didn't use baby signs for long. She remembers things that had happened days ago. She's highly observant. She can't be tricked. She's also pretty persistent. She can play games with us properly-- Memory, Qwirkle, Candyland, Blokus, Operation---she actually sits with us and plays them. My boys would have upended the board and tossed the pieces and likely wouldn't have got the concept of there being a purpose to the game and taking turns. I'd expect most two year olds to play randomly with game pieces, right? She can make a C-rod stair and correctly put pattern blocks on the right spaces to make a bee or some other animal. She loves to look at books. She asks us "What's that say?" She knows colors and basic shapes. She sort of counts--1 2 3 8. The older boys are always irritated at her because she is always taking something apart or trying to do what they do. Basically she causes a bit of mayhem. She has little to no interest in toys made for babies or toddlers. I've actually started including her where I can and made some tot busy bag type activities for her because she is not content with toys. She seems happier if challenged. My dh and I have had long talks at night about her lately. She just stops us in our tracks sometimes with what she remembers or observes. And she's not hard to discipline, she's sweet, but sort of hard to handle with her persistence. And sort of ornery. Plays tricks. Jokes. I'm really familiar with sensory issues and spectrum signs because of my oldest. She doesn't show anything like that. Nothing concerns me there. She has a great sense of pretend play and imagination. I'm just wondering if this is "homeschooling normal?" Could having older brothers around and listening to us talk with them during school stuff be making an impression? Is this a girl thing? I'm not the type to overly analyze what my kids do. I think all children are pretty brilliant. There's just something---something that causes me pause here. Mainly how did you know? And did you know at 2? And what if anything do I *do* about it? Edited September 15, 2012 by Walking-Iris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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