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(I'm going to focus on how to help her, rather than determining if she's gifted according to an external set of criteria.) Whether your daughter is considered "gifted" according to the person/methodology used to test this, go ahead & TREAT her as if she's gifted. In other words, do what you're doing now: spend time with her, help her find things she ...


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I'm a parent governor in a UK primary school, with a daughter just started reception and another daughter higher up the school, who was reading before she started reception (so I've been in a similar situation). I've been a school governor for about 4 years so I have a pretty good idea how British primary schools work. We're in England; from your profile ...


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I'm not sure the difference between gifted or not is important to your actual question, which seems to be how to keep your girl learning and wanting to learn. Your primary concern, that she will be bored of school and hate going, happens even with non-gifted students. Right now, everything she learns is fun - like a game. Learning is "playing", and she ...


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It's most likely too early to tell. If you could tell, it would depend greatly on how she is learning the things she knows. Children's brains at that age have an extraordinary capacity for repeating things they observe, but mere remembering and repetition doesn't mean true understanding is happening. For example, if she is learning to read new words from ...


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I was "gifted." By the second grade, I was so bored with school that my teacher thought I was learning disabled! Fortunately, my school principal was wise. She tested me, then immediately skipped me to the next grade, then a few months later transferred me to the hardest teacher (the "mean" teacher, LOL). That helped a lot (for a few years, anyway -- ...


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Yes, there are downsides to the lack of exposure to other activities: The child may not get exposure to societal conventions or norms outside of their area of expertise. The child may not develop other skills, and thus lack options if they ever stop pursuing their current interest. Increased demands/expectations on a child that may have heightened ...


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The widely used WAIS intelligence test has a version for children that can be taken from the age of 2 and a half; any professional psychologist should be able to administer this test. Also, if there are no special schools for gifted children in your area, try to find a school that allows bright children to skip a year. It's a simple but apparently effective ...


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For a highly intelligent person, especially a child ahead of her peers in school, I find that the best remedy is reading. My wife is a teacher and swears by phonics. She taught all my children to read early, and to this day that has served them extremely well. My first is now in college, and loving it. My second is a junior in HS, but already being ...


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Most schools are fundamentally structured to teach a lot of children at the same rate. Teachers learn techniques to help that happen. Slower learners are engaged using all their senses, and given plenty of repetition. Faster learners might be given extra credit assignments that are more interesting, or the opportunity to help others (which is beneficial ...


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Parents need to set limits. However, I also believe the appropriate limits are way higher than most modern western parents tend to set them. For a start, most kids spend six hours a day being exposed to a broad range of topics, usually including PE. Extroverts will actively seek out social opportunities to recharge, and introverts don't need as many ...


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I'm the father of a 2 year old and I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_giftedness: There is no generally agreed definition of giftedness for either children or adults, but most school placement decisions and most longitudinal studies over the course of individual lives have been ...


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Sounds like you've got a bright child there, and it's good that you're thinking about these things early. Starting school ahead (i.e., starting kindergarten at 4 instead of 5) is something that is controversial, and it's unclear on what the right answer is. If it's something you're thinking about, I encourage you to do your own research on the matter. ...


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I will suggest what we do here in India for bright children. 1) put him in summer school for small kids 2) take him to zoo, museums, ancient places (like forts) , puppet show etc. Tell small stories around it. 3) importantly, tell him lots and lots of bedtime stories/tales from history, mythology, religion, scientists, mathematicians repackaged as small ...


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There are important distinctions to be made, that are getting glossed over. The most problematic phrase (to me) in your question is "impose limits to those interests". Unless the "interest" itself is dangerous (illegal, harmful), the answer is a big DON'T. It's not the INTEREST that is the problem. That said, there is only so much time, and there are ...


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Classifying your daughter seems very important right now, but consider the consequences of that classification. Success from hard work reinforces a work ethic whereas success from intelligence fosters the view that challenges result from the lack of intelligence. Intelligence is an intrinsic property whereas humility, persistence, empathy and kindness are ...


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You may or may not consider me "gifted". I was halfway through the fourth grade curriculum when I finished first grade (I had an awesome first grade teacher who encouraged me to work ahead. My family is still friends with her 18 years later). The school wanted me to skip straight to the fourth grade, but my parents decided to keep me with my age group so I ...


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I'd love to know if anyone else is experiencing the same problem and how they are dealing with/have dealt with it in the past. The organization "Mensa" has a lot of people experiencing the same problem who have dealt with it with varying degrees of success. They have some resources listed here (see esp. under Parent/Teacher resources and they have an ...


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Originally, the definition for childhood IQ was to test the child for various abilities, and then compare it with the scores of the averages of different age groups. The child's mental age would be the age in the population that had the closest average score to the child. Divide the child's mental age by their real age, and multiply by 100. So you can get a ...


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I don't know if this will help but I have a daughter of a very similar age with some similar characteristics. What strikes me about your daughter is reading and arithmetic. I've certainly not witnessed any children either reading or doing any form of arithmetic at this age. My daughter is currently 2 years and 5 months, she can: Count from 1 to 10 in ...


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Considering the link in your comment: http://www.bownet.org/BESGifted/brightvs.htm, what I got from that is not the difference between "gifted" and "bright" but rather the difference between "observant" and "curious". My brother and I are like this. I am the "curious" type (what you'd call gifted) and my brother is the "observant" type (what you call ...


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I didn't like that pressure(well by pressure i mean saying me to take a 'brake') from my parents, so I think that in child's interests you should allow them to do whatever they want for few hours(without disturbing them) and then gently ask them to take a brake for 5-10 minutes, go to shop, help you cook, etc, because if you kick them to play outside nothing ...


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I'm in the UK. Its a different system, but here is a cautionary tale: Someone I know was moved up a year in Primary school, but when he reached the end of Primary the Secondary school refused to accept him. He was forced to say goodbye to his classmates and redo the whole last year of Primary school. Make sure this isn't going to happen to your child.


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I was an advanced student, particularly in math, and I ended up in 6th grade working on my own from a 7th grade text, pretty much teaching myself. Once I hit high school, it was very easy to take upper level math (though I ran through all the available math classes at my school by end of junior year). The point of my experience here is that there are ways to ...



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