I have had a number of people comment that my 22 month old DD is smart/advanced for her age, from complete strangers to her carers at daycare (she only attended 3 sessions so I couldn't discuss it further with the director like I'd wanted to).
Today I took my older DS to the GP and when DD began chatting away to him he suggested getting her "tested" (I'm assuming he was referring an IQ test?).
What difference would it make if she was tested and it was discovered she was "gifted"? It would feel strange for me to go around telling her future teachers this... would I need to do that? I wouldn't want to put that sort of pressure on her, if that makes sense (to have to live up to certain expectations).
How do you get the test done? Should I bother?
Is this within the normal level for her age group? I'm kind of guessing she's ahead with her learning but what constitutes actually having her go through tests?
Off the top of my head, she:
-Knows all of her colours, can recognise and name them when shown different colours.
-The same with numbers, she can recognise and name them by sight, from 1-10. She can count up to 10 and tries to go further but gets confused.
-She recognises some letters of the alphabet (W, C, B, O, S) and points them out on signs when she see's them.
-Can name most animals and almost any object she is shown. For eg, I show her a picture of a shoe/tree/fish/house/kite/ etc, she knows what they are called.
-She has a very large vocab and understanding of words. She talks in sentences and can engage easily in conversation. For eg: If I'm in another room, she calls out "where are you, mum?"
If she's watching a certain cartoon, she knows what's coming on next and will say "Night garden coming on in a minute".
She walks past strangers and says "sorry" in the right context if she runs into their path etc.
She asks for whatever she wants.
"Have some cheese, please? Get a little bowl?"
"go to the park?"
"go to nanna's house today?"
"make a bottle?"
"mum, what did you say?"
She has just started drawing shapes. She will draw a circle and name it.
She just seems to understand everything. DS had a friend stay over for the weekend and if she hadn't seen him for an hour or so she would say "where did Brayden go now?" (Brayden is the friend, another thing is she remembers the names of everyone she meets)
Yesterday she was playing in the backyard and DH had been sitting out there with her and when he started to head back inside she called "wait, dad! Come back! Dad come outside, too?"
He was blown away. She speaks like 3 year old but she's not even 2 yet.
DS was identified as gifted in grade prep (by his teachers) and took part in philosophy classes with older students throughout primary school. He sat an entrance exam for a select entry programme at high school. Even still, I do not recall him being at the level that DD is at now until he was at least 2.5 years old.
My question is, is this common? Is your almost 2 year old doing these things?
Has anyone ever had a gifted toddler? How did you determine this? How were they tested?
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