Hello, everyone! I'm Jenifer, mom to Matthew, who just turned 3. He's an unusual child, and probably gifted, given what we know of him right now.
Matthew's been memorizing books for ages, and has a long sight-word list. He's just starting to read arbitrary words using phonics, and has a great time sounding out new ones -- reads signs out loud (really LOUD!) in the grocery store, tries to read the covers of books and magazines he finds lying around, and so on.
He adores writing. He spends hours per week writing his name and those of people he loves. (Not quite the whole alphabet yet, but he's working on it.) Doesn't draw much of anything else, though!
He's currently enjoying a new set of Montessori math beads I got him. Loves carrying around the thousand cube, loves to count out singles and tens, and seems to almost understand place value -- hard to tell what "understand" really means at this age. But he can construct two-digit numbers by correctly counting out the tens and singles, which surprised us.
When he was two, he made up a Chisenbop-like two-digit counting system on his hands, modified for his limited finger coordination. When he counts, he uses it so fast that I can hardly keep up with him. It's crazy to watch.
And puzzles! Loves doing 100-piece jigsaw puzzles, which he memorizes. They're right at the limit of his ability, so he's very persistent with them.
Otherwise, he is a high needs, extremely active child that needs to run and move his body a lot every day. We AP'ed him as a baby -- and thank goodness, because he really needs physical contact, and lots of help dealing with his big feelings! (CIO would have shut him down, I'm sure.) He's very social, and loves his preschool friends -- he goes to a play-based school every day, 9-3, and is ridiculously happy there. But he needs introvert time too. Afterschool playdates don't work; he needs to be alone or with me.
DH isn't entirely on board with the "gifted" thing. He thinks it's too early to tell what he'll be like in elementary school, but at a gut level, I disagree. I have a baaaad feeling about sending him to a public kindergarten, both because of his physical activity level and his cognitive skills. And we don't want to homeschool, because he loves the social aspect of school so much! So I'm looking at private school options. ($$$$$. eeek.) I'll probably start another thread -- or two, or fifty
-- about that.
Thanks for listening. I'm so glad to have found a community where Matthew doesn't sound so unusual! (I've been reading these threads quietly for a while. Heh.)