I know most parents think their child is gifted BUT.... I think my 3 yr old is. I have check and rechecked checklists on signs of a gifted child and the only criteria he doesn't meet his lack of need to sleep. I have a hard time getting him to sleep but when he finally falls asleep he will sleep from 7.30 to 7am and will also have between 2-3 hours sleep during the day.
I have been having a lot of trouble with him being naughty. He is forever getting into things and doing things he knows he shouldn't and I am quite positive he does it out of boredom. If he has your attention or he is fully engrossed in something he is fine. But when he gets bored which is usually when I am trying to do housework or look after the other two boys he gets into trouble. He loves to role play, whether it be playing the role of another person or an animal. His attention to detail in mimicking another person is exceptional. He is very curious in knowing Why? But on things like why lighting is formed etc. I only have to tell him once or twice and he remembers and will blow other adults away with his knowledge and understanding of things. I am constantly being told he is like a little old man in the way he speaks. He uses adult phrases in context and uses descriptive words like amazing, fabulous, delicious, extremely, etc. His story telling ability is astonishing. Other adults and myself or usually astounded by the stories he tells. I could keep going but I will get to my point now.
He is quite shy at kindy and I don't think he is being "challenged" (for want of a better word) enough. He loves to know how things work and he loves being creative with his imagination but because he is a little reserved at kindy it is hard to give him the opportunity to reach his potential. I am against pushing a child into anything but I would love to know how to feed his hungry little mind without going overboard. I have a 21mth old and a 10week old I need to amuse also.
Any advice on activites or books I should read or any other resources I should explore would be greatly appreciated.