Amy - posted on 09/01/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I don't know if this is the right place to put this, but I had a question about gifted children. Is it common for siblings of a gifted child to also be gifted?
My 8 year old is in 3rd grade, and this is her second year in the gifted program. Our school system doesn't begin SAGE (Students in Academically Gifted Education) until 2nd grade, but my oldest was tested for it at the end of her 1st grade year. We moved into the area halfway through the year, so when they gave her an assessment exam, and she completed it on her own in less than 10 minutes, the librarian, who also happened to be a SAGE Reading Assistant, took notice. In the span of about an hour, she had completed the 2nd and 3rd grade exit exams flawlessly, and gone through the exit vocab lists all the way through 7th grade before being given a word she couldn't spell and define. Needless to say she got a high recommendation and began SAGE at the beginning of 2nd grade, rather than in the second semester like most kids. By the time she took her first SAGE assessment, she was 7 and finished out at a 5th grade reading comprehension level, and a 4th grade math comprehension level. She recently started 3rd grade in SAGE, and at 8yrs, her reading comprehension took her through books like the Percy Jackson series, and the 39 Clues series over the Summer. She reads her dictionary for fun, and has recently discovered that Encyclopedias are even better.
All that being said, every time she does something, or says something, beyond her years, it's pretty expected. Her little sister however, has, in my opinion, always been "par for the course" if that makes any sense. She has always held her own in class, but never excelled in any particular area. Since Preschool, she has always been where her age group was expected to be, never ahead, never behind. In fact, the only thing I ever noticed Olivia doing that is uncharacteristic for her age, is her level of intuition and empathy, but I always attributed that to her diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder. So I was a little taken aback when her 2nd grade teacher came to me the other day, and asked me if I ever thought of testing her for SAGE.
Is it common to have multiple gifted children in the same family? Should I have her tested based on the fact that her sister is highly gifted? Or would I be setting her up for disappointment by trying to fit her into her sister's mold? Also, should I expect to go through this all over again when my Kindergartner gets to 2nd grade? The youngest, I'm fairly certain will also be in SAGE, because comparatively, she is just as advanced, if not more advanced, than the oldest was at the same age.
I hope I haven't rambled too much. Any advice is welcomed and appreciated.