I'd say she has signs based on what you said and my experience as a preschool teacher but I'm not qualified to tell you your child is gifted. Sounds like you are doing a good job following her lead, reading to her... keep enjoying her.
The reading thing is really child specific. My eldest figured out all the letters and their sounds before 2, was writing words and sentences phonetically by 3 but didn't sit down and read a book until after turning 5. She was downing 5th grade chapter books within weeks of reading her first early reader. My DS knew all his letters after one sitting at the library letter puzzle at 12 months. He started picking out sight words at before 2. Could read any word, even scientific ones at 4. Didn't become what I consider fully fluent until after turning 7. At 11, he's reading at adult levels in both English and Spanish. I'm just sharing this to show that you can't predict when your child will start reading. There are physical factors to consider like the fact most babies are born farsighted and not grow into their 20/20 vision until about 6 ot 7 (around the time most kids can read.) Your child could start reading fluently at 3.... both DH and myself were. She could stay in the early stages and then take off like a rocket at an older age.
Question for whatsnextmom... are your children in public schools? I have a possibly gifted 3 year old and he doesn't seem to fit into any preschool or montessori environment because he is advanced compared with any of his peers and the teachers are simply unable to teach him at his pace. Not sure if it is lack of knowledge or lack of experience with faster paced children.
Brennaplus3, I am in the same boat and my son will turn 3 end of January. He can spell, read sentences, write in sentences with small words, sings complex songs, etc. He seems more developed in language and reading skills than math or art. I have to find ways to constantly keep him engaged or he asks me "now what, mamma?" or "what next". :))
Whatsnextmom.... your name is what my son always asks and am wondering if that is why you chose it too...? Do your kids love the "whats next mom" question too? :)
Play based preschool may be a good approach, where academic skills aren't as relevant. You may want to search this forum for preschool threads as it's been discussed a number of times and there's some good info in the history.
As for the what nexts, I see self-regulation and self-entertaining skills as being highly valuable, and see building those skills as goals in themselves.
Mom to a teenager and a middle schooler.
Yes, she absolutely sounds gifted. I look at it this way . . .while not every child who is gifted will read/speak early, the children who do tend to be gifted.
skark, I agree so much with the play-based preschool! If only we could find that for even the "grades"!
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I definitely agree with the play-based preschool route.
Also, as a "gifted child" myself [and unfortunately a "normal" adult ] I will also say that in my own experiences, I had a tough time in school finding a balance between being taken advantage of [in Kinder the teacher had me do all the storytimes for the whole year while she took a break.. this made me not like reading for a while, but I was only 4 and didn't know I was being taken advantage of], and being ostracized by other children after being put in the spotlight by the adults around me. A play based environment would be great for your daughter. Please just talk to the adults around her about the difference between encouraging her and pressuring her to perform. You know what I mean?