Maybe he's just BRIGHT

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Amber - posted on 08/27/2009

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Let me start by saying that I am not a mother of a gifted child. However, I was a gifted child and I am now a teacher of gifted children. There is most definately a difference between being bright and being gifted. The thing I always ask people to remember is that a gifted individual's IQ is as far from the average IQ as an individual who is considered learning disabled...just in the different direction. Noone would ever ask a school to forfeit special education for LD children. However, this question is constantly debated in regard to the gifted. These students' minds work very differently than most of the population's. It is not about treating them differently...it's about giving every child the education that they NEED rather than giving them all the same education. Some gifted children might get along just fine without a separate gifted program. However, as a gifted teacher, I know that the majority of my students NEED the services that our program provides.

Christal - posted on 10/18/2012

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My 11yr old son is so difficult to try & teach anything academic to. However, if you show him something hands on, like how to assemble or disassemble something. He can actually recreate the object to be better than it was to begin with. My 5 yr old daughter though, is her own creature! She can read really well to have just stared to learn. She is in kindergarden. She has already learned adding & subtracting triple digit math problems. She is very interested in learning to multiply. She has learned to write her name & many of her favorite words in cursive. She can spell large words that she hasn't looked at to study. She tries to "teach" her brother how to do his homework after she has listened to the directions being explained to him. She thinks into things that involve lifestyles of others & how others live vs. how we live each day. She & I both currently have the flu. When the doctor til her she had to miss school tomorrow, she cried for two hours. So yes, she is also very emotional. She learns lyrics to songs after just hearing th song for a few minutes. She can have conversations with you that are mind blowing. Both of my children are a big blessing. They are also night & day. It's amazing to watch them as they grow & learn.

Cristy - posted on 11/28/2009

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I definately agree that there is a difference. My daughter is bright she learns things very quickly and is eager to learn new things. My son is Gifted. His IQ is through the roof. He taught himself to read and write before he started school. Now he is in a school that has cut funding for gifted children. So I see the difference between bright children and gifted children. I also see how because of my son's IQ he is shunned by children his own age. In 3rd grade he is readin at a 9th grade level and is so far above the curve that even the bright children think him strange.

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2009

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We have a gifted child and just thought he was bright. He did not talk until he was about 3 1/2. We had him tested at the pediatrican's request. At 2 1/2 years old, he tested for comprehension at a 4 1/2 year old level and below a 2 year old level for speaking language. We did the speech therapist and he started preschool. We are still not sure which one jump started his speech but he has not stopped talking since! He was reading by the time he started kindergarten and doing double digit addition problems. His teacher loved him he would finish his work and then help his fellow students. After two months of school, we went to the teacher and asked her if we could challenge him and she brought up getting him tested for the gifted program. While we awaited our test date, the school moved him into 1st grade for reading and writing and then he would go back to kindergarten for the rest of his day. He got harder math problems to do as well. When we got the results back for the test we found out he needed to be in a gifted program. I have to say living in Chicago I do like the way the schools are set up. The school that accepted him is the best. They have their own classroom but are intergrated into the main population for gym, recess, lunch, library, art and computer time. This was a big concern for us when we found out that they separated classrooms.
I will say he seems to read something and learns it all at once. He is a sponge for knowledge - he really loves to learn anything. The way I was told was if he was bright we could have kept moving him ahead for reading and math but because he is gifted he would be bored in a traditional classroom by the 4th grade at the latest. A gifted person learns in a different style and need more enriched activities. So after a long drawn our explanation that is the short of it. :) Hope that helps.

Alicia - posted on 08/19/2009

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I would say that there is a difference. There are a lot of bright people in my family. They learn pretty quickly and worked hard to get where they are today (doctors, lawyers, engineers). But my son stands out as gifted. He is currently 3 1/2 and has pretty much taught himself how to read English phonetically. He has also learned the alphabets of at least 4 other languages and how to count in several of them as well. He lives to learn. He soaks in knowledge. While the rest of us may be zoning out on a tv show he is watching a youtube video on how to write letters in Hebrew or how to count in Japanese.

A bright child might happily learn whatever it is that you are trying to teach them - I think a gifted child isn't happy unless he or she is learning something.

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Lynn Elizabeth - posted on 08/23/2013

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The label matters quite a bit, actually. Giftedness is something that is so different from the norm that psychologists have considered making it a personality trait. Bright children might do very well in the classroom, gifted children might do poorly in the classroom. There are so many differences that they are hard to quickly write down here. My blog has more, I have a post called bright vs. gifted.
www.lynnelizabethmarlowe.com

Caryn - posted on 07/16/2013

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I agree there is a difference, but as you said does it matter? The label doesn't do much. It's more important that they are happy. My son is certainly bright. He taught himself to read by 3. Now at 4, he reads on a 4th grade level and corrects his teacher's grammar. He also is doing basic addition and subtraction. He's going to go to a school for gifted kids and it's amazing. They don't use labels and they did no testing. They just observed him in a classroom and decided he was a good fit. Love the no pressure environment! Great for learning!

Linda - posted on 01/20/2013

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We got our first child tested when she was 4 because we thought we were going to send her to private school. We knew she was bright but didn't really care how bright so long she was learning the values and principles we were teaching her. Besides, she was a curious learner and always teaching herself things so we weren't worried.

When we received back her report, we were impressed by her score but not surprised. Shortly afterwards we moved and she attended a public school, never did attend the private one. Her world opened up to a whole new level and "academic learning" took a back seat to socializing and learning to live and manuever in a bigger world on a regular basis. She started piano and picking up other activities that she never knew existed. She was still learning, just different things.

A long story short, her teachers love her. She's respectful, kind, listens, knows how to interact with people (even with the mean kids) and does well in her classes. This year, she decided to drop piano, even though Jilliard School of Music said she has potential and again academics is taking a back seat (choosing on-level instead of advanced classes) to another set of learning... how to manuever the tween world, but she's happy and enjoys life and we are so grateful she is turning out this way.

But I think next year when she enters 7th grade, she will be enrolled in the higher classes as they will be made by teacher decision and no longer by parent. I will like to see how she handles a little bit of pressure. Sigh. Learning never ends...

Dawn - posted on 01/19/2013

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I would love to find out my 6 yr old sons IQ, he can identify and name all butterfly's, same with bugs, all different types. Example looking at a beetle he won't just say it's a beetle but tell you exact type. He also can identify up to 150 world flags.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2013

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My child Tristen is now three but at the early age of 2 my daughter knew all her shapes and could identify them without a doubt things like hectagon octagon pentagon diamond rectangular etc...it really blew me away she knows and can identify all her colors numbers and alphabet. My son who is now 5 at the age of 3 knew all his colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet and he is also bilingual has a huge vocabulary and can carry a conversation with the average adult. He is also a great reader and loves to write. Both are very quick learners.

Jami - posted on 10/15/2012

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my son's IQ hit the ceiling for the test form he was allowed to take based on his age...he's in first grade now and already at 2nd grade level and it just started a couple months ago...he's learning multiplication and cursive if I didn't let him learn at home he would shrivel up I think.

Kim - posted on 10/15/2012

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Many people think Everyone is gifted... Some are just more gifted than others.. Or in different areas...



My daughter is very bright-- and is gifted with EQ and leadership skills, however she is not intellectually gifted, just above average. I however am intellectually gifted-- went to a special school and skipped two grades. In some ways it is hard for me to help her with her studies-- because I never really learned study skills or how to learn, so I have a hard time teaching her things she doesn't immediately integrate the first time. Since her father is also gifted, we are getting her a tutor with a similar learning style in order to help her out with difficult subjects.



I think the big difference has to do with tacit understanding of various disperate topics, the ability to link concepts, and the desire to understand the world. Smart children will learn quickly when taught-- gifted children need exposure to things and they need to self process to grasp the meaning and knowledge they need to progress to the next level.

Jami - posted on 05/24/2012

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my son is gifted and he did not learn to read until kindergarten. in the (what 9 months?) that he was in kindergarten he went from reading a level 0 to a DRA of 10 (first grade level)

Amy - posted on 11/20/2011

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Very interesting Alexandra. I have a friend that tells me my children's IQ's are probably off the charts, but neither of them could read at age 3. All the posts I read, indicate that their child could read very early. So, is it true? Can a child be gifted w/o reading by age 3?

Tegan - posted on 07/10/2010

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There is a difference, but there are many types of gifted kids.
I was a gifted kid, and it was obvious because my gifts were academic. I was joining words before i was 1, and could read well at three years old etc.
My daughter, however, is emotionally gifted. Today she made me bury a spider she has been watching for weeks and found dead. She used to cry when animals were tranquilised on Bindi the Jungle girl, because she just couldn't cope with the fact that they shot a needle at animals to make them go to sleep.
She cant read yet, despite the fact that she is almost four, but she can tell you when her baby brother is 'nervous' or 'frustrated'. She also told me the other day that "not all police are good, you know. They are just people, and there are good and bad policemen just like there are good and bad people - and they live at their houses, and their houses have good and bad people in them, etc etc."

Gifts come in all different shapes and sizes, but the key difference is it is the ability to think beyond and differently to other children of that age.

User - posted on 01/04/2010

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my daughter is 5 and she could hold a conversation from the age of 1 and 1/2 no promblem now at 5 her reading is above avrage not by much, her writing is much the same but her knowledge and understanding of the world is amazing, but she has social skill issues with children of simular age. awell as sensorey issues and other thing so they can be gifted with out being good at writing and reading. there is a big diffrence

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