I have a 2 year, 3 month old boy.
why I do think he's gifted:
-all milestones were early! walked alone 10 months, up and down stairs by 11 months, ran 12 months, jumped with two feet 14 months, skipping now etc.
-always relates hidden objects (i.e. if he sees a kangaroo in a book he will search around house to find a kangaroo and tell me they are the same)
-could draw circles at 13 months of age
-language consists of 8-12 word sentences
-reasoning skills- couldn't figure out how to get a doll to stick in a car so got playdough and attached it to the car to maker her 'stick', took apart and put back together a pen, wanted a package open so used teeth then found a sharp pen to open, since 12 months old has been getting makeshift stools to get objects (i.e. hard cookie storage box, etc.)
-vocabulary is AMAZING. Hears a word ONE time and uses it correctly (unfortunatly heard 'shit' once and says 'oh shit' if something falls...car was driving fast so he said "mommy, be careful so you don't fall out of the car on the concrete", saw a slinky and said thats a spring (i never taught this word or concrete to him)
-talks about feeling words all the time...i'm angry, hurt, sad, happy, tired, hungry, thirsty,
-some sentence examples "I don't love that junk food, mommy", I want my car and my truck and my camera out of the car please, mommy. "This one is old. I want new chocolate milk please". "He needs his haircut". "I want you to buy me new shoes".
-his Dad and I are very involved in his life although we are seperated (since he was 17 mont)...at school he is drawing "mommy's house", "daddy's house" and a castle...in the castle he tells his teachers that mommy, daddy, his brother and himself live together (school nor I have ever taught castles)
-when he is with his peers, he gets to their level to make sure they are looking in his eyes when he talks with them
-counts to 20
-after showing one time, was able to operate ipad and put stacking rings in blocks (6) on ipad from largest to smallest
what he is NOT doing
-only recognizes a few letters
-not fully potty trained
-can not copy letters
-has some strong fears (like vacuum cleaner will 'sweep him up' and hair dryer noise...mommy put the hair dryer away. I don't love it at all), toys that sing
He is in an amazing school that is 'pressure free' learning and very into arts. I only do 'incidental' teaching when he plays but am amazed of how he learns things. Are these normal or gifted traits? Or way to early to know?