Thanks, lunamom, for posting the reminder about the cheetah essay, truly inspirational...I have not been posting because I guess I have been in kind of a quandary. Doubting the evidnece of my senses, doubting everything said and done all during Delia's before school years. She has always been verbally gifted, analytical, perfectionistic, persistent...all kinds of things I associate with giftedness. But "they" tested her, based on her first grade teacher having the same gut feelings as I.
Well, "they" say she's not gifted. I have to admit, not proudly, that this set me off for a good while. I'm still not comfortable talking about it. The only person I did try to discuss my feelings with was dh, and it didn't go well.
OK, so I say, is it that I allowed my ego to get too tied up in seeing her as gifted? or is it that I STILL feel like everyone's staring at an elephant and seeing...a wall, a rope, etc...
OK...she's a second grader. She is currently reading and comprehending on a 4th grade level. But she spells on a 2nd grade level (truly horrible speller), and so that's the right placement for her, I've been told (???) . When I say, well, doesn't the difference in her decoding skills versus her actual ability to comprehend difficult material indicate something --like some sort of LD--blank stares.
My hope is that I can inspire her teacher to see and challenge her in the classroom. From what I hear, the district does NOTHING for gifted kids before 3rd grade, even after identifying them...well, there's some window dressing, but that's all.
And I'm back where we all end up--it's my kid, my job, her job really, to get the enriching experiences she needs and craves.
Thanks for listening to my rant...I've been lurking for months (don't even know if I've posted before on #2); I love hearing about your wonderful kids. Hope my slamming up against the bureacracy that is America's public schools isn't too depressing.
oh, and I think we could maybe do a gifted #3 thread. What do you think, rynna? Britishmum?