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We have a soon-to-be Kindergarten daughter. Only child. She 's different. (I used to teach at a Primary School so I'm familiar with age peer abilities) Had her tested and she was literally off the charts. Now we are facing the very real possibility of sending her to a private gifted school at a very real expense.
I would hate to exhaust her college savings on a couple years of primary school but from what I researched, highly gifted people have a different set of needs (similar to what Individualized Education Plans are generated for special needs students. Our current public district has zero pull-out or push-in enrichment which would make sending her there a mild form of punishment. WE could move but from what I've heard from parent's with similar circumstances, that would not guarantee much (if any) difference.
Moving forward we'd be able to handle the cost of the private school but would have to seriously scale back our quality of life. (No VIP status on message board, etc)
Does anybody have any experience with this?
Thanks, I'll hang up and listen...
nice humble brag
Pics of kid for forbin?
Pics of kid's mom for me?
100% of your salary should go to finding your daughter a home with a parent who isn't crazy.
Meh....I'd just start sending the kid to MSU if I were you.
Shoot, it worked well for Dallas Egbert....
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Unless I'm not seeing it, you're not VIP now.
First, you sound like a helicopter parent in the making. Be self-aware of that. Now, does your district have magnet or charter schools? Does this school your looking at offer *sigh* scholarships or need-based financial aid? (I can't believe I just asked that about a freaking kindergarten)
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I actually am in the process of finding the right place to get my son tested. (by me I mean my wife) I dont know how it will turn out, but he would be ready for preschool this year and there really is nothing he would learn there that he doesnt already know aside from socialization skills and reinforcement of previous material. Do you live in mid michigan, and if so where did you have your daughter tested.
Ftr at this age I think almost every child has the ability to learn as much as their parents and caretakers take the time to teach them. Nonetheless I dont want my kid to regress or stagnate by being put in the wrong environment.
If this kid is so damn gifted, you won't have to worry about having a college fund, she'll have universities fighting over her, and offering full ride academic scholarships to land her.
No guarantees in life. Do what you think is right for you and your family. If it works out, it works out. Good luck either way.
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wasn't blanch in a gifted school?
I think college admissions should be set up like a draft.
I used to think the same thing. Turns out my kids are just plain old above average, like me...
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ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!
Christ......it is likely she is going to find or develop the cure for cancer as a result of her ridiculously high IQ.
If you do not fund her education now......you are a murderer of millions.
Don't be a murderer.
One day you'll be excited she was picked for an exclusive book titled "Who's Who Among American High School Students"
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I think Kindergarden is too early to really determine giftedness. Plus, if the kid hasn't been in preschool, she should go to a regular school for a year or two just to get the chance to socialize being with others her own age - that in itself can be a major adjustment. After that you'll have a better idea of her academic and social aptitudes.
Same here. But I still get the best tables at restaurants, because I'm able to document that I had a 3rd grade reading level while in the 1st grade. I'd tell you my math scores, but then you'd think I was just bragging.
Frankly, if you have a genius on your hands, pretty much any school environment is going to hamper her progress. Sending her away to be surrounded by a bunch of other geniuses and people coddling her might not be great for her development either. I suggest...unschooling!!!
Don't bother. I was put in such a program and it didn't suit my needs. I needed to learn how to socialize and develop in a way that I couldn't in one of those talented kid programs.
Just be happy that your child is doing well as a 6 year old and make sure she stays off the pole.
Who tested your kid and why the hell did you have her tested?
As someone in education, I can assure you, that those tests mean close to nothing. Your child has had more modeling and exposure than other children her age...great. It does not mean that she is a genius. It doesn't mean that she isn't a genius either. It just means that at age 5...5! she has better very basic skills when compared to other 5 year olds.
Countless research studies have shown that children need to be learning age appropriate skills that will benefit them in the long run. Just because your kid can read a book in Kindergarten does not mean that it is appropriate for them to be subjected to adult style learning rigors...it does not benefit the child. If she will go to a decent public school, let her go and have fun, learn to socialize, and add in some extra experiences (child driven) outside of school.
I agree, allowing her to have any interaction with other "normal" kindergarteners could be a serious detriment to her development.
Temporarily, would it be possible to setup a weekly teleconference for her with Stephen Hawking? Also, while I know you are hesitant to move, if you were someplace like switzerland you could swap the playground for visits to the LHC.
If she isn't smart enough to tell her Dad to quit spending so much time on message boards I'll assume public school education will be just fine.
great answer, and hang in there assdan, someday you wont be socially challenged.
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