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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-18-2016, 04:48 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
Interesting assessment. Both options do make...

Interesting assessment. Both options do make sense.




I know of several very bright as-yet-unidentified kids who aren't receiving enrichment in the lower grades--who are being, literally, sent...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-17-2016, 06:00 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
I completely concur with that assessment... but...

I completely concur with that assessment... but it's been said in terms of actually identified gifted vs average kids, not just advantaged vs disadvantaged.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-17-2016, 04:49 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
I appreciate your on-the-street assessment. It's...

I appreciate your on-the-street assessment. It's helpful.



So since this is true, why do you think this piece of folk wisdom is out there? (And I agree that it's not even, but I do see some...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-16-2016, 12:04 PM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
The old "it all evens out by the end of third grade"

This is something I've been thinking about for a while. I've heard many, many educators say that early childhood precocity "evens out" by the end of third grade when most kids catch up to the ones...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-16-2016, 09:59 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
Just to update, the skip is a go and we talked...

Just to update, the skip is a go and we talked with her last week. She is excited about the challenge and sad about leaving her friends--the reaction was exactly what we anticipated. She will be able...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-16-2016, 09:56 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
I think it wise to try subject acceleration...

I think it wise to try subject acceleration before full grade skip when feasible. Our pre-K teacher suggested early K entry for my 2nd daughter which at the time was sensible academically. However,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-30-2016, 07:22 AM
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Views: 1,017
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Thanks Latte! We definitely know there are so...

Thanks Latte! We definitely know there are so many positives to this change, and we absolutely plan to emphasize how exciting it is for her. She is by nature a negative nelly so I'm preparing for...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-29-2016, 05:23 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
We discussed the merits of a skip in another...

We discussed the merits of a skip in another thread, so I'm sorry I didn't include the backstory. My DD is actually age appropriate albeit on the young end for the grade to which she will be moving...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-27-2016, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
It's not. I'm probably exaggerating it in my own...

It's not. I'm probably exaggerating it in my own worry. Our school is a pretty typical US elementary, though both recess and lunch are grade-specific and there is no recess time before and after...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-27-2016, 06:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,339
Posted By Monkey Keeper
This is so well stated and so much our truth....

This is so well stated and so much our truth. Between her anxiety and my inability to control for factors that I knew would be triggers, kindergarten was a turning point for us as well, and not in a...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-26-2016, 10:33 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
I did want to mention that the aversion to making...

I did want to mention that the aversion to making mistakes and the strong desire to get things right can be manifestations of anxiety. Anxiety manifests itself in less than obvious ways at her age,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-26-2016, 10:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,017
Posted By Monkey Keeper
I would LOVE multi grade classrooms. That's in my...

I would LOVE multi grade classrooms. That's in my pie-in-the-sky school I keep pitching to my husband ;)

Someone somewhere (perhaps her current teacher?) mentioned that parting from her current...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-26-2016, 07:35 AM
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Views: 1,017
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Advice on discussing grade skip with child

After much discussion with school staff, the time is here for us to tell our DD that we all believe that skipping a grade this fall (3rd-5th) is in her best interest. Obviously we want her buy-in,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-22-2016, 05:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,339
Posted By Monkey Keeper
The questions you cite are the exact reasons that...

The questions you cite are the exact reasons that a therapist would be helpful. Trust me, in the moment, it seems like you are the only parent who has dealt with the intensity of the tantrums, but...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-19-2016, 06:04 AM
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Posted By Monkey Keeper
My DD was prone to extremely intense tantrums due...

My DD was prone to extremely intense tantrums due to frustration which led to shutting down and escalating angry, violent behavior. I cannot second the recommendation for finding a therapist enough....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-19-2016, 05:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Firstly, I want to offer MIL commiseration. Mine...

Firstly, I want to offer MIL commiseration. Mine once said, in front of my intense, melting down daughter, "I've never seen a child throw a fit like that. It's not normal. She's going to be miserable...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-18-2016, 05:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,971
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Thank you all for your input. I should have...

Thank you all for your input. I should have stated that we're no strangers to gifted education, being two gifted parents with gifted siblings and having close family members involved in public and...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-06-2016, 06:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,971
Posted By Monkey Keeper
The district will rescreen her upon our request,...

The district will rescreen her upon our request, though I'm not sure if that is 1:1 or group. I would like to have her individually screened. She always has shown ADHD tendencies but was diagnosed...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-05-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,971
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Disparate IQ results among siblings? Or 'Do I know my kids at all??'

Our school district routinely screens all 2nd graders with a group tool (InView). My eldest maxed out the IQ portion last year. This year, my 2nd child's results just came back as very, very average....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-17-2016, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 843
Posted By Monkey Keeper
We sent our oldest (and now confirmed highly...

We sent our oldest (and now confirmed highly gifted) daughter "late"--July birthday, September 30 cutoff--even though she was performing well ahead of standards because of emotional regulation...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-26-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Again, you're making a number of assumptions...

Again, you're making a number of assumptions about what may be going on in class without knowing for sure. The resolution to many of your issues is to request a conference with the teacher, principal...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-25-2016, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,679
Posted By Monkey Keeper
There definitely will be some options there as...

There definitely will be some options there as there are special activities for rising 5th graders, it being their last year in the building. We need to talk further with the principal regarding...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-25-2016, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By Monkey Keeper
Linda always has good input :) Here are a...

Linda always has good input :)

Here are a few observations from me based on my experiences.

1) A teacher mismatch can really impact what you can/cannot get from school. We had a poor fit...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-20-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,679
Posted By Monkey Keeper
She's pretty anxious about things in general,...

She's pretty anxious about things in general, very much an over thinker. Which is why I wonder if just waiting till summer and letting her digest it then might be better. On the flip side, a friend...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-20-2016, 06:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,679
Posted By Monkey Keeper
It was results from a state test that prompted...

It was results from a state test that prompted the discussion. Again she scored as a big outlier, way above even the other gifted kids in her current grade. We knew she was far ahead in math (she's...
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