My daughter is 30 months. She has shown a lot of interest in numbers, letters, and books from the time she was a few months old. I am pretty sure that some of her qualities indicate that she may be gifted. It runs in our family...
I was wondering what I can do to help her reach her full potential.
She knows her capital and lowercase letters, and can match them, and tell you what sound they make.
She knows the first 17 US Presidents and says their names in order, with or without looking at their pictures. She can also identify them when you just show her a picture. We started teaching her this about a week ago, only a few minutes at a time. She loves naming them in order and pointing to their pictures.
She could tell you the lifecycle of a caterpillar, how bees make honey, the parts of a flower (root, stem, seed, leaf, flower, petal) and the eight planets. She also illustrates them all correctly. As for the planets, the Sun is huge, Jupiter has a red spot and is the largest planet, Saturn has rings. She also draws faces with eyes, pupils, eye lashes, eye brows, freckles, noses, nostrils, ears, hair, and a mouth.
She knows the days of the week and lines them up in order Sunday-Saturday with flashcards.
She recognizes the words dad, mom, her name, her brother's name, our dog's name, the days of the week, cow, pig, reads, eats, food, a, book, and pig. She can read simple 3-4 word sentences with those words, but gets upset if I put a period at the end.
She understands the concept of addition, and knows her 1s addition facts when I ask her.
She knows her shapes (circle, square, rectangle, diamond, parallelogram, heart, star, oval) and colors. She can pattern toys by color (red, blue, red, blue, red, blue, etc) and sorts things by shape.
She knows the locations and recognizes some states (California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, New Mexico, Montana, Idah, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Maine, and Nevada). She also builds structures with her legos that she says are the states, and they actually look like the shape of the state.
I'm pretty sure she is gifted. Right now she can be doing anything she wants (free play), and she is practicing writing letters and has been saying the names and sounds of the letters using laminated sheets. Then if she can find something in the room that starts with that letter, she puts it on top of the card. She just had a pig sitting on the P card and spelled pig. And now she's singing the ABC song.
She lays awake in bed reading for about an hour some nights reading books.
Am I correct in thinking she may be gifted?? Like I said, it runs in our family. I graduated high school a few years early and was bored to tears most of the time. I went to college, but I felt out of place and it forced me to grow up a lot sooner than I should have. I don't want her to go through the same thing.
I don't know what to do exactly. We don't force this stuff on her. She just loves learning new things...