8yo child prodigy needs to meet other like her.

DANIKA (AUNTIE) - posted on 03/26/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am an Auntie/Homeschool Teacher assistant of my 8yo neice. We need to get her involved with other prodigy kids like her. Are there any groups out in Virginia?

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Liz - posted on 03/27/2013

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So is she your niece or your daughter, since you describe her as both?

I note that she has been homeschooled. I'd be more inclined to accept your evaluation of her as gifted if it were backed up by people who are not biased due to their relationship with the child and who are also experts in early education. No offence intended, but your written speech doesn't exactly say very much for your own educational standard.

What she probably needs most right now is indeed socialisation, but you're unlikely to find it for her if you tout her as gifted/a prodigy etc. You will also do her NO favours at all if you tell her that she is special and should not associate with 'lesser' children, because the real world involves people of all types and abilities. If she wishes to live in said real world, then she will need empathy, compassion, tolerance and the ability to integrate with others just as much as she will need academic brilliance.

Incidentally, I have three degrees, went to Oxford University in England and was considered gifted as a child. I had absolutely no issue playing with other children, whether they were less intelligent or more intelligent than me. My wonderful mother was a nurse and taught me very early on not to adopt a superior manner. I would counsel you most strongly to change your attitude and do the same for your niece/daughter. There will always be people more intelligent and less intelligent than her; she should be able to deal with all of them politely.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/27/2013

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Well, are you mom, or are you auntie? be clear.

I'm certainly glad that your "prodigy" doesn't live in my area. I simply cannot abide parents who come across as you do, that you and your child are "better" than others, and that she would be "board" (bored? ) with "average" children.

Do a google on the subject. Good luck finding more "advanced" and not "average" children.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/26/2013

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I would do a local search. However, I'd back off on the "prodigy" description, as that will actually turn people off.

We all think our kids are prodigies, and we are all proud of their accomplishments. However, putting her forth as if she's above all others will not foster good friendships/relationships.

Instead, I recommend looking for playgroups of kids of similar age.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/27/2013

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Well, Liz, I rated you helpful, nice and funny...but for some reason it's rating -1 when I click, so just so you know... ;-)

And PS: Very nicely stated, Liz!

DANIKA (AUNTIE) - posted on 03/27/2013

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Ms. Lively, I am the mother of the aforementioned child. With all do repsect, it bewhoves you to tell anyone how to address there child or there needs. Now I happen to have the testing to back up what Ive known since her birth. She is almost off the charts, exceptionally gifted multi and naturally talented. Too many things to list. She is fun and can be down to earth. But she loves a challenge. So Im extremely comfortable with her label, and looking for others she can feel comfortable being herself with and not board with. I have let her play with average children, they have little to nothing in common. So our quest to find like minds is not without proper judgement. If you have something of value to add great, if not thanks but no thanks...

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