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I would tend to agree with this. 2nd or 3rd grade is probably the right time to really push the gifted angle. Until then, send her to Kindergarten, let her socialize with the "regular" children, and try to challenge her at home with reading and other activities. Give her a few years to be normal and then throw the kitchen sink at it if she's still willing/able.
I'll know I'm cured when i finally find the movie "The Big Lebowski" funny.
Have you asked the school about grants, etc....
If the kid is truly that gifted, schools will find a way for her to go there
Hell, I've seen Crannbrook's endowment fund and they give out "needs" based schollies left and right
I can see it now:
What did you do today honey?
Well, my hypotheses were proven correct, and I was able to isolate the Higgs Boson "God Particle".
Oh, how wonderful. What else did you do?
I smeared poop on the keyboard your new MacBook Air, and then I licked my fingers.
My nephew is gifted, he scored a 34 on the practice ACT....in 8th grade. His main problem in school is boredom, but he still has yet to see anything other than an A on anything. I wouldn't spend the money, just make sure her school is aware that she is gifted so they can make sure she's not bored. Socialization is more important than academics, especially at an early age.
In the meantime, be sure to make sure she knows she's better than all of the other kids, and encourage her to brag openly about being smarter than everyone else, this should get her used to being an outcast and a pariah.
This post was edited by Johnny2x2x 16 months ago
The message here this can not be understated.
DO NOT TELL THIS GIRL HER IQ. Do not let her know how smart she really is, nothing good will come of it. don't make her feel like shit, but don't inflate her ego to where she precludes herself from interacting with others. Raising a snob is not a good thing.
My mother spent 25 years heading up Gifted Education for a couple of different school districts around the State, most recently in Farmington Hills. She has a PhD in School Psychology (from MSU) and is now a practicing psychologist helping families like yourself. If you'd like, I will PM you her contact information and I am sure she would be happy to talk to you.
My dad's fiancees kids are both "gifted". One went to Yale, and the other went to UW undergrad (to stay in state) and University of chicago law school. But they're both fricking socially awkward, and the girl (who is quite fat and lethargic) always comes across as condescending because she believes she's always the smartest person in the room. Smarts is one part of the equation and serves people well in school. But learning how to effectively interact with people is pretty damn important for being successful in life. So is not being fat.
Pics of heifer?
It all depends on whether or not she's Vietnamese
Nothing on her facebook or linkedin. Good move on her part.
From my experience, I think Nommad is right.
Keep your daughter in a mainstream environment for now. While these are formative years, she needs to develop social skills and boundaries, not just academia.
I would re-test in a few years. So many factors could influence the testing during these early years. Research kids placement test scores in pre-K years and then third grade. Try to gather justification to support your decision.
At the end of the day, she is your kid. Your goal of raising her to be healthy, happy independent of yourself means she needs to be successful in life. I would keep her in the public school and encourage her to be involved in after class learning and extra-curricular events, just not to much as she is just Pre-k.
I wonder what percentage of CEO's went to a gifted program?
I also wonder what percentage of geeky scientists did?
Conversely, it would be interesting to see the career paths of children in gifted schools.
Thankfully we have a magnet elementary school for kids a year or two above grade level in our district that you have to test into. It's awesome - and a completely different learning experience than the regular Cherry Creek schools that are pretty damn good already. It's amazing what you can do with a school full of smart motivated kids - especially since there is zero standardized test prep because they know all of the kids are going to ace the tests without it. These options in the district were a big reason we bought a house in this part of town.
Socialization is 90% of why you send a kid to preschool. Whatever they may learn/relearn/unlearn at that age is minimal. The last thing you want is to raise a kid that has lousy social skills, and ends up spending too much time on a computer interacting anonymously with strangers.
If you really care about her you'll sell your home and move into a transient motel subsisting on ramens and microwaved beans in order to spend 80-90% of your income on her.
Anything short of a willingness to sacrifice to that extent for her means you don't care enough and should put her out for adoption to people that do care.
Funny post from "Giant Moose"!
"Leave the gun.....take the cannoli"
"It's not your job to be as confused as Nigel."
In the mid 1970s I was in elementary school and took the MEAP test. I scored not only the highest score in school district, but apparently set some kind of record. My parents gave graduate students permission to come to my school and have me take various types of tests. The one I remember vividly was they had me listen to Beatles records, frontwards and backwards and asked me I if I could hear any messages that may be hidden in the recordings. Look at me now.
Yeah, girls will figure out they're special soon enough, anyway!
Kind of like guys who own XDs?
Oh I'm special for a lot more reasons that just that, Cupcake.
And besides - keep that crap in the Wells Hall thread. This board is fun.
This post was edited by TravelinMan 16 months ago
Where I live, you can have the Board of Education IQ test your 4-year old and if they score two standard deviations above the mean (about the 95th percentile), they can qualify for the gifted magnet school (tuition free public school). My 4-year old took the test a few months ago, scored well and will start at the gifted school in August. She's a bright kid, has a large vocabulary, but she's no child genius and I'm sure that any IQ test administered to 4 year olds has a huge margin of error (she took the KBIT-2 test if you're curious).
I definitely understand not wanting to pay for private school, which is why we live in a school district that has decent opportunities for bright kids. I would definitely move to a school district that offers something for your kid. Growing up, I was a good student at a public school that had very low expectations (I did well at MSU too, but was much closer to average MSU material then a Rhodes Scholar). I remember in elementary school being told to sit with my head down and be quiet just because I could finish a math assignment in 10 minutes when the teacher expected most students to take significantly longer. That experience was akin to torture and probably made me more socially awkward then if I was given something productive to do during that time or was at a school where the curriculum moved at a faster pace.
This. And If I see one more weird Montesory kid I will scream. That and the kids that get "moved up" in school, but are so socially awkward they are disruptive to the class and to the other kids.
Just keep them reading. Keep them active in something whether its basketball or soccer or skating. And don't let them get to big for their britches. No matter how smart a kid thinks they are, there is ALWAYS someone smarter. If they are still advanced when they get a little older, there are programs like GATE at MSU.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
Paying for grade schooling? I wish I would have thought of that scam.
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