I am hoping to get feedback from parents of gifted children. I can't say for sure that my kids are "gifted" because they are so young and I honestly don't know what the technical definition for gifted is.... however, it does seem quite likely they are gifted.
I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. Both are clearly very smart and very different than other kids. My 1 1/2 year old speaks very well - long sentences (10 word sentences +), can count very high, even backwards, and she has started reading (sight words, but she can also sound out words sometimes successfully as she knows all the phonic sounds), etc.. Our pediatrician has told us on no uncertain terms that she is extraordinarily intelligent and that we should anticipate needing "special" schooling for her.
My son is also very bright, but maybe not in such a shocking way. He's been reading well since about 2 1/2 years of age. He's really good with numbers. Great memory. Great sense of humor. Never sleeps. ;) This year we enrolled him at a local Montessori, mostly with the idea to let him meet some children as our neighborhood doesn't have too many kids and we don't have a lot of friends with children. He's been there for about a month or so and the teacher invited us to observe the class today. After our observation she told us that he is already mastering materials intended for 6 year olds. Apparently he is just light years ahead of other kids his age. (His classroom is a primary classroom with 3-6 year olds). She has to work hard to keep him challenged.
This is the first time we've had him in a classroom with other children, and it honestly has gotten me to be quite concerned. If my 3 year old has mastered 6 year old materials, where will he be when he is 6? What kind of school could accomodate him?
We live in a good school district - one with a great reputation. People move to our town to send their kids through our school system. But they don't even offer gifted services until 4th grade. I downloaded the curriculum summaries, and our son has already mastered all of the kindergarten curriculum and most of 1st grade as well.
He's three and won't be eligible to start kindergarten for 2 more years (well, a year and a half). I just can't imagine how the schools will handle him in kindergarten when they are trying to teach kids stuff that he has known for three years. He's an awesome kid, but he needs to be kept busy and challenged, otherwise he becomes pretty disruptive.
Did anyone here have a kid that seemed so advanced in Montessori, but then once they transferred to the public schools they did just fine?
We will give the public schools a chance, but in the back of my mind I'm already trying to think of other options. There is a private gifted school that is about a 30 minute drive from our house that serves K-8. That might be an option. I am also open to homeschooling the kids, perhaps utilizing private tutors and enrichment programs where needed. My husband isn't as keen on homeschooling, but I think it's just because he doesn't know a lot about it yet.
Please... any thoughts, advice, suggestions. Am I right to be concerned, or should I just chill out since they are so very young.
Thank you for reading this and thank you in advance for any words you might share with me.