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post #21 of 22

Thanks!  Now back to your regularly scheduled conversation...

 

FWIW, in re to the original question, I too would be very hesitant to do any type of testing with a child as young as the OP's child.  This is not b/c I doubt your assessment of your child or b/c I don't believe that young children can be gifted.  It is primarily b/c I don't think that the scores are particularly reliable at that young age and b/c you will likely need to retest later anyway, which is quite expensive, should you need scores for school advocacy purposes.  I don't believe that I would have done anything differently w/ my children had I known that they were gifted, highly gifted, etc. at that young age anyway.  

 

Like others have said, probably b/c this board leans toward child directed approaches, many of us may have tended toward just taking our kids places and doing things that appealed to them -- gifted or not.  My oldest, for instance, has had a major passion for marine biology since she was a toddler.  We took her to I-max films about the ocean, bought her books and toys about marine mammals, she's been a member of the Save the Manatee club since before kindergarten, etc.  It fed her interest but I wouldn't have thought about curriculum per se at that age.  Good luck!

post #22 of 22

(crashing here, but have a 3 yr old who loves to type) Have you tried just opening a blank word processing document for her? It bothers me less as "screen time" because it's so open-ended, without flashing colors or reward structures or any design to attract children.  But he loves it. If he wants to challenge himself, he can try to spell words correctly. Or he can make long numbers and ask us what they are, try to pronounce nonsense words, play with all the non-letter symbols, etc...

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