This is my first time posting to this board. My son (21 months) is clearly advanced, if not gifted. He only really started talking at around 12-13 months but since then it has been complete sentences and an unbelievable vocabulary with him communicating really complex ideas and understandings. He easily memorizes long books and poetry that we read together and loves to recite them to himself. He can spell and read a vast number of words and can count into the hundreds (he does this for fun sometimes). He has been able to complete puzzles for 3-4 year olds since he was about 12 months old.
Up until now it's been pretty easy to keep him entertained and busy with books, he loves to be read to for long long periods of time and he does play with his toys. He's actually very good about playing independently. Even though I do bring new books home often and he likes this, he seems to be getting bored with things lately. He seems to be interested in longer books with more complex language, but he likes the themes of childrens' stories and of course the pictures in them, so I'm having trouble with finding longerpicture books with advanced language that he will find interesting. He is a huge fan of the longer Seuss books, but we are running out of those .
Also other than books, playing with his toys, and listening to music I'm not sure what I else I can engage him in to keep him busy. I feel like he wants to be doing more but it's hard for me to know what to try with him- it's like with the books- he likes "baby" things but is too advanced for them, ykwim? I've tried some montessori type activities- sorting, matching, counting, pouring etc. and he just does the activity in a second and is done. He does enjoy it but it doesn't last long. He likes arts and crafts but he's also very quick about those things too- he'll make a great painting in 5 minutes and want to move on to something else. I can't keep up! We spend a lot of time outdoors and in the pool.
Friends have suggested that I send him to preschool, but I'm really committed to spending his first few years at home with him and then figuring out how we'll proceed with his formal education later. I don't think preschool would be a right fit for him.
Any suggestions? I'm not looking for rigorous academic stuff or anything, just something to keep him happy and entertained and engaged intellectually as he likes to be.
Also- off topic... Is it true that gifted kids tend to need less sleep?