Hi, everyone -
My name is Stephanie and I have a 2 year old (almost 2.5) and a 10 month old. We live in a smallish town and I don't know a lot of mom's with toddlers. In an effort to introduce my son to some playmates, I just started taking him to a daycare a couple of mornings a week. I've always known he was bright, but now that I've met other two year olds and talked a bit with the teacher, I'm worried he may be more than just bright. The teacher was a bit freaked out and that sort of got us freaked out.
There are a lot of gifted people on either side of the family. But I don't think any of us showed it this early. I don't work with him to teach him things, but we've always read to him and talked to him a lot. My husband got him a game that teaches phonics, and I've overheard him showing him numbers.... but we aren't the type of parents that have been strongly pushing academics. I do encourage a lot of art time, though.
You all seem like a very active and knowledgable community. Could you please tell me if any of the following is unusual for a 2 year old?
Knows all shapes and colors (learned by around age 1)
Knows all his letters (learned these at around 1 too) and the alphabet (order)
Knows the phonic sound(s) for each letter
Knows hundreds of sight words and is able to sound out words he doesn't know
He's reading early reader books (maybe kindergarten or 1st grade level? Not sure.)
Loves art and can draw basics like houses, happy faces, trees, rainbows, etc.
He has a great sense of humor :)
He makes up simple songs that he sings for us
He can count to 100
He can read numbers up to 100
He's starting to "draw letters" - but they are pretty crude still
I know this is certainly advanced for a 2 year old... but is it gifted? Highly gifted?
My husband is worried that there is no local gifted program here. Does that matter? We are self employed and could easily move if needed. I can't see how my son would deal with kindergarten at age 5 when they are learning stuff he knew since he was two.
ACK.... we are sorta freaking out. (quietly... this isn't the type of "issue" we are comfortable discussing with anyone we know) Do we have reason to be concerned? Any good books I can read for raising a gifted child? If you couldn't already tell, I really don't feel like I know what I'm doing.