i was wondering if my 1.8 yr old baby is gifted child

Julie - posted on 01/23/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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she just turn 20months last jan 4..at this age she knows already alphabets. she can identify every letters i wrote and tell what letter is that..she can also identify numbers 1-20 by telling the numbers i am writing..she can count and recite numbers 1-20..She can also identify different shapes like circle,heart, etc..she speaks very well when identifyng objects..Even animals and its sound she can already identify..she knows her name when i ask her whats her name she say Aliyah. she knows her age,names of her parents and grandparents. i got surprise that she can also sing together with the music like "let it go" and "love on top"..she is really amazing..How many of you moms out there who also have this kind of child? is she gifted child?

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Elisel - posted on 01/23/2015

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My daughter was very bright out of the gate. as an infant people remarked at how alert she was. However by the time school started I had thought she was normal, but I realized she was ahead. by the end of 1st grade she was equal or a bit advanced in areas such as reading. say 1st grade but on a 3rd grade reading level. Math though...that's another story!
My son was the same as an infant. Didn't speak until he was 15 mo. However following my same parenting ways I did with my daughter he entered pre-k 1/2 day program and was way more advanced than all the other kids. the teacher taught the kids a Filipino language and my son was the ONLY child who grasped it and used it. She kept saying- get him into the gifted school! so I did! he excels! in kinder at a regular school he was bored. often helping kids and asking the teacher for more work!
hes in 3rd grade now...is doing the same work my daughter was doing in 6th grade when it comes to science and reading. he is on a 5th grade math level. absorbs stuff like a sponge and constantly amazes people with his abilty to retain info and apply it to life.

teach your toddler anything that they show interest in. if its science read, educational books instead at bed time. if its reading start with classic "dick and jane". let the kids lead you when it comes to how much they want to learn. don't force your kid to do workbook pages an hour a day. but educational toys...my son loved science kits or ladybug gardens or butterfly raising.

also as a mom of only my kids...I always thought they were average. thought every kid went to kinder knowing how to read and write, colors, shapes, numbers. I was so sad to learn after volunteering how many kids don't get taught anything. :(
it broke my 'mom' heart!

Ev - posted on 01/23/2015

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Julie,

It is great that she is doing so well at this age. My daughter could do the animal sounds before age one. SHe was talking as plain as any five year old at 2. She was able to sing along with a song after her first time hearing it which later turned into actual talent for singing. She was drawing people at three when others her age were still trying to figure it out. Today, she can draw just about anything. I never put her in the gifted and talented program at school. She evened out with her peers. Now her brother is another story and it took him longer to do anything she did but today he is just as good at a lot of the same things she is. I enjoyed watching and waiting what they could do and see.

Julie - posted on 01/23/2015

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thank you..yah you're right..probably she is just enjoying her journey towards learning..maybe i should just continue to look after her and guide her accordingly..thank you so much..

Dove - posted on 01/23/2015

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She's likely just a smart little girl who talks well and loves learning. I would be in no rush to label her as 'gifted' or not. Be proud of her accomplishments? Absolutely, but just enjoy her and watch her learn and grow w/out thinking about a 'label' for it.

MOST kids that start out learning fast will even up w/ the other kids when they catch up (typically by 3rd grade). What makes her 'gifted' is her LOVE for learning... not what she can or can't do at a certain age.

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