Lauren - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )
Hi everyone. I'm new here. I think my daughter, Serena, is gifted. But I'm just now exploring this. Maybe you could read and let me know what you think?
By 18 mo. she knew the alphabet. I thought it might have been because we used sign language with her as a baby. She doesn't use it much now, as she can fully communicate but at one time she knew about 200 signs. She has been able to read (and sound out) 3-letter words for about a year.She didn't seem interested in numbers until recently but she can count to 100. She stopped at 112 when she got bored. The only prompting she had was a couple times she asked what came after 39. I'd ask her what came after. She'd say, "4...oh, 40. 41, 42....and so on. I was surprised by that because we've never really worked on numbers. All of the reading has been at her prompting. She enjoys it and often asks us to write words for her or asks how words are spelled. She's now spelling her friends names phonetically by typing them on our phones...which she loves to do. "Wilym" (William), "Adin" (Aiden), etc.
She knows all of her colors and shapes and has for quite some time. I speak Spanish with her at times and she seems to always remember what I've said. Dora is a favorite. But she can count to 16 in Spanish and knows her colors. She surprised me by counting to 10 in French the other day and she hasn't heard me say that in several months. She has an incredible memory and kicks my butt in the memory game...
She doesn't have any social issues at this point. She's VERY social, loves to talk to adults. She's very complimentary. Adults love her and are always commenting on her clear speech.
So, my concern is what to do with her about Kindergarten. I don't know that our school system has a G/T program. I'm a teacher in the district. There is a Reggio-Emilio based alternative school that my boys went to which is multi-age in the district. There is also a Montessori school not too far away.
I don't want her to be bored in school but I don't want her to develop social issues either which are, I believe, important as well.
Any thoughts, ideas, or input is appreciated!