I have read through this sub forum sporadically, but this is my first post here!
I have a 9 year old DD (will turn 10 is March) who is in 4th grade. In the beginning of 3rd grade, she took the CogAT test and scored 98 percentile on both the Verbal and Nonverbal portion (but as a side note only scored at 31 percentile on the Quantitative portion
) She has always appeared alert, has always been high needs (and VERY active!), started speaking (and very clearly) fairly early - I want to say in the 14 - 18 month range (it's been a few years since then, LOL!) She has always been curious about many things, and unknowingly, my husband and I have been unschooling her along with her "formal" public education! Since she was an only child until she was 8 years old, we had the time to in depth answer her questions and got her the necessary resources to learn. Just recently she decided that she thought origami was cool, so she looked up on the internet how to do it, and taught herself - and has her classmates at school asking her to make origami for them!
I also have a 20 month old DS. He isn't speaking as much or as clearly as my daughter was at that age, but he clearly understands most everything we say to him (and can follow our commands, etc. correctly). Between verbal and sign language he has at least 30 words. Very different personality that my DD - more easy going, not throwing the knock-down, drag-out fits as my DD did (that would often lead to/end with throwing up!
) But also is very active (read: a climber and can figure out how to open baby gates, etc.) I don't have a clear idea whether or not he is/will be considered gifted, but I would imagine that he will be a natural learner like his sister.
I haven't done a lot of reading about giftedness, but would like to lean more - any suggestions? I am very interested to know if there are any special dietary needs for gifted kids. Two examples - my daughter NEEDS to eat a decent amount of protein to function, and we have to limit her electronic/TV exposure on a daily basis, or she will become a bear emotionally and with respect to her behaviors.
Whew! This turned into quite a long post! If you made it this far, thanks for reading, and I look forward to reading/participating more in the future!