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clouise April 24th, 2012 07:35 PM

Has anyone else been surprised by the fact that your child is gifted?

I was pretty surprised when I found out that Beth had tested into the program. I don't know why. Dh and I were both in AG (which is what they called it when we were kids...academically gifted.) She's my kiddo though, and I see how I have to ask her ten times to do things, and stuff like that. Doesn't exactly bring the word "gifted" to mind. Low and behold, she tests very well though.

Now little Matt is coming along. I talked to his teacher today, and he is also doing well. VERY well. Who knew? That kid can't sit still to save his life, and has never been interested in anything school life. Here he is at six years old though....great at math and great at reading.

You hear all the time about people who think their average kids are gifted...am I the only meanie who thinks my gifted kids are average? :lol:

To be fair...they aren't "highly gifted." I mean there is "gifted" and then there is GIFTED. You guys know what I mean. I guess I've known a few really smart people in my life, and no one in my family (myself included) seems to fit in that category. We are just a family of readers.

BensMom April 24th, 2012 08:04 PM

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I actually hear that from people all the time. You're not alone! :lol: I always assumed my kids would be gifted, because everyone in my family is.

You need a new siggy! I want to see pix!

Butter April 25th, 2012 09:26 AM

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I'm like BensMom. To be honest, it never crossed my mind that the kids wouldn't be gifted. Cameron doesn't appear gifted on the surface because of the dyslexia, dysgraphia, and memory problems, but even with him everyone always comments on how brilliant he is after they've talked to him.

shari626 April 25th, 2012 03:49 PM

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I am often surprised that Erin and Andrew are gifted because she often has no common sense whatsoever!!!

It's like this:


BensMom April 25th, 2012 08:47 PM

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That pic is soooooooooooo Ben! :rofl:

Butter April 26th, 2012 05:20 AM

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That's Cameron, but it's not a common sense thing for him. He's the stereotypical absent minded professor.

shari626 April 26th, 2012 05:35 AM

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Erin has actually done this with a door. Then told me it was locked. I never laughed so hard!!! LOL

My2miracles April 26th, 2012 08:36 AM

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I too was surprised. I went to a school that didn't have a gifted program (I'm really old :lol:) But I was always at the top of my class & did well. I didn't get a lot of encouragement from my parents so inretrospect although I got A's & B's, I was an underachiever. In doing all the research when Lucy was a baby, I realized I should have been classified as gifted too.

Lucy freaked me out when she started talking at 6 months & said full sentences at 15 months. Unfortunately, her giftedness is masked by a vision problem that makes reading difficult for her. But when you talk to her --- it's so obvious.

Now Noah is my quiet one. He didn't talk much until he turned 4 and then not so clearly. But at 3, he could navigate around the computer without being shown. His preschool teacher didn't think he knew the alphabet or his letters because when she asked he didn't answer. The little bugger just didn't want to answer. At home, he would identify them all. I think he's got more going on inside his head than he lets on. I know he is very bright - time will tell if he is gifted though. If I didn't have Lucy 1st, it would come as a surprise but now I'm expecting it.

clouise April 26th, 2012 01:24 PM

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I guess the surprising part is not that they are smart, but by how it suddenly seemed to pop up around six. We are laid back parents....never did anything special with them. Just read to them and taught them the usual preschool things. I homeschooled B for a year, taught her to read a little, and didn't find her to be picking it up all that fast. Then all of a sudden she turned six and was at the top of her class and reading everything. One year later Matt has followed in her footsteps. It's kind of neat to see all the "usual things"....hours spent talking to them, reading to them, feeding them healthy meals, carting them around....result in healthy bright kids.

My2miracles April 26th, 2012 02:55 PM

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Yeah I didn't emphasize academics with my kids when they were young either. Like you said just the normal stuff. Lucy was highly verbal very early so that jumped out at me. Noah on the other hand is more introspective so it isn't obvious with him. I think if he was my 1st or only extreme academic success 1st showing up in school would surprise me too. Now I'm kind of expecting it. Sometimes things just click at different times I guess.

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