I am not sure I know/believe in the criteria for the 'gifted' child, but it is evident that my 2 and 10 months old girl is advanced verbally and socially. She speaks in complex sentences, makes complicated jokes, seeks mental connections actively, is bilingual and successfully initiates play child children as old as 11(!). In the city we live, preschool is a competitive, expensive nightmare. I worked my paperwork-hell ass off to find every loophole...for instance, she qualified for scholarship through the French government to go the the pricey bi-lingual school...but nothing came through. I am also very down to earth and feel that a coop would be great for us- we both need the community. But even those have a pricetag that is high for me as a grad student whose been laid off (twice!). How how how can I find quality resources for my kid? As she gets older, scholarships sure, but merit based scholarships for a 3 year old?! My heart is sinking thinking I may not be able to provide what would help her meet her potential.
I don't understand what you mean by this? There's no such thing as a gifted child? The criteria is wrong? Hmm.
Sorry you're having trouble finding a preschool. Play-based preschools are fine, even if you don't believe in "gifted criteria." My gifted children did fine in a playbased preschool.
I bet that, YOU are the best quality resource for your kid! Think of all the things she has already learned with your help. I'm sure you have more to teach and show her. I don't know about France, but where I live, even pricey academic preschools are teaching things that gifted kids already know. I second the play based preschool with a very creative and energetic caregiver.
Life is strange and wonderful. Me , DP , DS (3/09) , 3 and 4
Also Chaimom, I was just saying that I dont know if MY kids is "gifted". Some things about her, memory for instance, seem extraordinary, but babies and young children were grossly underestimated til quite recently from what I gather. She's advanced, that's a fact, anyone and everyone comments on it, but where does it cross the line?