Our son is 4 years old (5 in January) and we've been told from several sources that he's gifted. He's due to start school in September and I'm worried he's going to be bored and become disruptive. We are wondering if he'd thrive better in a private education, or how best to approach his teacher without looking pushy - because sometimes he gets shy and if someone else asks him to read, it's like he doesn't want them to know how good he is - if that makes sense. I sometimes exhibit that trait too, where I'll avoid a certain word in conversation because I don't want people to think I'm being a smart arse. (I'm not gifted btw, that was just an example).
A few examples of his abilities which lead people to comment that he's gifted.......
1. Reading - he's reading and comprehending Oxford Reading Tree stage 9 books. He's also reading other non fiction books, science books etc An example which we'll touch on later is his anatomy interest - asked what the coccyx was on a skeleton chart, he said coccygeal region - I asked how he knew that because I'd only ever called it coccyx and he said he'd read it in his anatomy book!
2. Science - he loves anything to do with science and has a wonderful attention span (in fact he always has, as a toddler he would listed to story after story) he watched a full episode of the human body on TV, then proceeded to tell my wife about how macrophages protect the lungs from pathogens - his level of this detail was incredible in this description. With the exception of the skull bones, he's memorized every bone in the body, with correct medical names, again in fine detail, not just phalanges for finger bones, but proximal, intermediate or distal too. We recently went on holiday and whilst all the other children in restaurants were pacified with ipads or other games, he sat reading a DK junior illustrated science dictionary. He's fascinated by white blood cells and wound healing.
3 Times Tables - he likes to learn these and with little error he can receipt 1's, 2's, 3's and some of his 4 times table. He has a chart in his bedroom and will barter for and extra bedtime story by offering to read a times table for me ;-)
4 Sports - he's recently started playing hockey at a local club, last week they asked how old he was and were surprised (because he's tall) that he wasn't 6 or 7 - specifically commenting on his ability to follow instruction being unusual for his age.
Someone has suggested making a sort of video compilation of his ability to show to school - do you think this would be a good idea?
Thanks if anyone can offer any advice.