BeanBean and I are working our way through The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading
. It's supposed to be for kindergarten/first grade students, but I can't imagine a child any older than 5 being willing to put up with it. Anway, as the title suggests it is very easy to use, BeanBean loves it and I actually started with BooBah just this week. (She is, like her brother, desperate to learn how to read).
Leah-- I hope Zachary is feeling better soon!
Poor little guy. Wheezing sucks
. I've been doing a fair amount of it myself lately.
It's the weather, here we've had tons of rain and it's been warm and damp (prime mold conditions) or cold and damp (super wheezy fun time
) for about a month and a half. Yick.
I just realized that I never answered the giftedness question-- my kids are both very bright. In all fairness, I started out with the expectation that they would be very bright if not gifted, simply by virtue of their genes.
BeanBean started talking very, very early and has always been extremely verbal (and social; for him, the two are a package deal). His gross motor milestones were all hit on the early side of average, but nothing to write home about; his fine motor skills seem to be right on target for his chronological age, but I think that like me, he will use his other abilities to counter that a bit (for example, he's got a veeerrrrrry long attention span, so he's willing to sit and try to tie his shoes for an hour at a time, rather than trying once or twice and giving up). We're home educating him for loads of reasons, and I tend to think of him as a k-1 student because he talks like a first grader (except when he sounds like a miniature adult
) and is, for the most part, doing k-1 work. I call it "Grammar Stage A" rather than "first grade/kindergarten" because it's totally a mix of levels, suited to BeanBean.
BooBah is still a baby when I think of schoolish things, but she's so desperate to learn... one day I may wake up and realize that she, too, is an actual homeschooler.
Right now, though, I don't think of her as a preschooler as much as a toddler (despite her obsession with words, letters, and numbers).
I could go on and on about him, I think he's a fascinating little guy, but I don't think this is the time or place for it. Anyway, the short answer is that I believe BeanBean to be moderately gifted, and BooBah to be highly or profoundly gifted. I could be entirely wrong in my assessments, but I've got loads of reasons to believe that they are in fact very, very bright little people.