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Characteristics of a gifted toddler?

Hi everyone,
I've been apprehensive of posting a thread like this, but I am looking for some feedback as a first time mama. I am in no way attempting to brag about my child. I think all children are precious and a joyous gift. I am just looking for feedback as I have found that research online is very sparse on the subject and so I'm looking for feedback and experiences from parents of gifted children.
My only son is 23 months old and he seems to display signs of being advanced. I do understand that all children develop at different rates, but I have people constantly telling me how he is advanced and smart for his age. My plan is to homeschool, and would like to prepare myself should we need material that is more advanced than the typical curriculum.

At 23 months:
- counts to 20
- says abc's in English and French and recognizes all letters
- recognizes the following shapes (oval, rectangle, square, circle, triangle)
- put 3-word sentences together
- able to repeat EVERY word he hears (or attempts to if not 100% precise)
- prefers to play with older children only
- barely slept as a newborn (cat napped 15-20 min)
- Knows colours with 85% accuracy
- very sensitive (senses emotions and change in environment)
- extremely curious - always needs to know how to put things together and how things work
- very good memory (memorized songs after 2x of hearing them)
- very active, high energy and needs constant stimulation
- loves being read to
- can count objects with 80% accuracy

Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing your experiences!
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I sympathize with your situation because I was in your shoes not long ago.

Unfortunately it's impossible to know how gifted your child might be at this point. It sounds as if he has a good memory, but only time will reveal the rest of the picture.

One book that might help is 5 Levels of Gifted by Ruf. It's in NO way perfect, but it will have lots of anecdotal evidence that might be of interest at this time.
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I sympathize with your situation because I was in your shoes not long ago.

Unfortunately it's impossible to know how gifted your child might be at this point. It sounds as if he has a good memory, but only time will reveal the rest of the picture.

One book that might help is 5 Levels of Gifted by Ruf. It's in NO way perfect, but it will have lots of anecdotal evidence that might be of interest at this time.
Thank you! I'll check out this book
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Again, I recommend the PBS development tracker. I perfectly get wanting to understand what is going in, but I would not worry about curricula for a kong long time!

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It does sound like he can do a lot for a tot his age. For a while I thoughts 27 month old might be gifted because of how extremely verbal he is. Now ie settled on knowing that he's smart and I don't really think he's particularly gifted anymore, which is totally cool because being gifted can be very difficult for a child. Anyway, IMO it's best not to worry about these things at this age, best to wait as long as possible (but not too long) to start labelling.
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My plan is to homeschool, and would like to prepare myself should we need material that is more advanced than the typical curriculum.
My experience homeschooling gifted kids is that they're not usually ready for formal instruction any younger than their non-gifted peers. They're just capable of learning vast amounts informally -- which means there's less rush to jump on the curriculum bandwagon in the early years than with a non-gifted child. You've got years before you need to be thinking curriculum.

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