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    Hi. I'm interested in hearing from parents of gifted children? How are they gifted? How advanced are they? Are they in private school? Were they gifted from the start?

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    I'm subscribing because I'm interested. I have a three year old that I suspect is gifted...but not sure. Would love to know what I am ment to do for him!

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    Well my son is in year 1 and does year 2 work, reads novels and knows just about anything to know about animals. All he likes doing is watching documentaries and doing homework. I find they need alot of support. He's now in a private school as I found the primary schools didn't want to advance him where the private schools need them to do well so can get funding. I just encourage as much homework as I can at home. You can buy alot of text books now. Just encouragement and don't let people tell you they are too young to excel. The younger the better! He now doesn't muck up at school as he's not bored. I started this topic as interested in how advanced kids are. My nephew did his hsc in maths in year 10 so years 11 and 12 he didn't have to do maths and could start some uni early. He's now engineering on ships and has a team that are building a thing to go to the moon in 3 years. He's also looking at going to London where there's a robot uni where they make like i robot and he wants to be a part of it. He's only 20! So excelling pays off if they stay interested.

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    My son is a lot younger obviously, so I'm probably don't have much that will be relevant for you. The things my son is doing that are starting to alert me are: he reads early reader books, can memorize entire stories word for word (longer children's books say 20 pages), can count forwards and backwards to sixty and can recognize the numbers (haven't exposed him past that yet), can do simple addition in his head with single digit numbers. That's all I can think of right now.
    I am getting a bit stressed about him starting school in a year and a half, just because he is already capable of the work and I am worried that he will be in a class where they are learning a is for apple for a week. I just don't know what the right move is...or if he is even really advanced for his age. I might just be easily impressed!

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    In my opinion private school is the go. If it's unable to be done you definately need a school you can explain the situation and they can give him work for his mentality. My son was at 3 schools and got in trouble at all from boredom way too easy. Now this private school they don't let him get bored. He goes to Kindy class with another year 1 boy and teaches him to read and spell and they occupy him in ways like this. You just really need to look into your options. My son couldn't read before school. Once school started within a month he was advanced in everything as it was school he was interested in!

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    Jennybaby, my son is the same. One and half years until school, and he is reading (first readers) and writing. I too am worried that there will be no challenge for him, but at the same time I want to encourage him to learn while he wants to learn! The system has lots of flexibility if kids are behind (as it should), but not for those who are ahead. Our schooling is so age based that it's frustrating. Talking to kindy teachers for him for next year and their aim is for him to recognize which letters are in his name by the end of next year, and other similar things. I wish he could just skip it and go into prep! He is emotionally/socially ready for school too.

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    my son is in year 2 (8 years old)

    Tested Reading age at 7, was 12 y7 mth
    Spelling 11year

    reader level 40 (98% accuracy)...not tested at a higher one

    Maths - Doing year 3/4/5 work

    His passion is history...he knows all the kings and queens of England, he knows about all the great empires...he is also a dinosaur fan.

    He is a ball of contradiction though...is loud and boy like and at times very immature.

    He is recognised as having a symetric development...his fine motor skills delayed and struggles with writing.

    He started reading and doing maths at 2/3 years...

    All i can say is work with them...find their area of passion and do any extra work around that. Try if you can to find their area of weakness and find ways to develop it without causing them stress. Try and find an area they find a challenge and get them involved in it so they don't lose the ability to persevere at something they find hard.

    We have just pulled him out of a private school as he was not getting any extension work...he will be homeschooled for 6 months and then start at a local school that specialises in gifted and talented education.

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    If you have access to a multiage school that is always a good option too, as having children of higher ages in teh class the teacher can give your child work that challenges them, while also providing a social environment that is age appropriate, having kids their own age to play with, work at a higher grade, and not be 'singled out' which can cause issues as they get older...

    I think my 3yr old is G & T... and I feel soo soo soo bad that I haven't done more with him... he's crying out for challenge and stimulation, and I just can't find the time! I MUST make time for him! Every day he comes up and says "Hey Mum... can you teach me to read today????"

    Oh so hate being so busy

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    Just wondering smileygirl how you find out there reading year and levels? I agree. Find what they are interested in and keep them going. My son doesn't have friends outside of school but neither did my nephew as you find they can't communicate socially due to their mental capacity and some say its even them as they feel they can't communicate wit the non gifted as such. Each is different though. Good luck to all our gifted ones

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    I Totally agree re the set up of our schooling system and age. They actually did a study somewhere in Scandinavian where they put more money and time into their gifted kids and found it boosted results across the board.
    I am not a fan of the private schools nearby our place. The school your son is at certainly sounds good. It must be a real shock for you that he went from not reading to novels in a year!

    Does anybody have info on child development professionals? Can you have your child assessed or something? Similar to what you would if your child was behind. It would be so good to speak to someone and get an idea of a plan...or be told that what he is doing is normal and nothing to stress about! Does that make sense?


 

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