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advice for teaching Gifted?

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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My daughter's iq is 143. Next year I want to try some more challenging curriculum maybe designed for gifted learners. Does anyone have experience with this matter? She is 9...
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vsjc
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Ps.. I could just let her zip on through the grade levels, but I'm not the kind of mom that wants her daughter in college when she's 14. On the other hand, I don't want her to be bored, or hold her back. Experienced advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 2:34 AM
Well my dd is pretty advanced and we use abeka and christian light education. She skipped a grade and she is about two grade levels ahead in language. So far it works out good for her. She is 7 about to start 4th grade/5th grade. I let her go at her own pace.
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by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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My first thought is to be very detailed in all subjects. I've seen gifted students get pushed along but be very behind in other subjects. Integrated learning is great, but in her case may not be best. Also go deeper into unit studies really pushing for problem solving and creativity. A unit on Egypt may turn into a research project on their world breaking leadership methods. Also seek out clubs or groups like 'odyssey of the mind'. They do competitions for creating things based on a yearly theme. I would encourage lots of journalling and writing from her. Being a strong writer with a way with words can get you really far and help process things. Many advanced children struggle socially since they are on a different level than peers of same age, so social things for learning paired with the self journalling can keep her well rounded in her giftedness.
oredeb
by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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 hi vsjc!

my 3rd dd was gifted, but i didnt let her know it! she just went along with her work just like the other kids, they never seemed to notice she was very ahead of them in the lang arts and math books, one thing i did was taught with unit studies, i'd have her do research, projects, cooking, quilting, hands on stuff, gardening, she was very inventive there!, i'd have her  come up with a unit study to teach everyone, let her research things she was interested in, and my required things,  all the kids did the unit studies together, she had her math book and english book to do each day, after those subjects we did unit studies, she also kept a journal, and we all did nature studies together(she loved it) to this day shes an outdoor girl,  shes 28 and married  now , she never wanted to go to college, has a good job, raising horses, and is the head management in a weapons corp.

jen2150
by Silver Member on Mar. 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I have a gifted son.  I would read some books on gifted kids.  They have very unique way at looking at things.  It helps to understand how to best reach a gifted kid.  I just follow my sons interests and realize that he will not be ahead in all areas.  Let him/her progress naturally and they will do fine.  Gifted children can be very challenging at times.  They look at things so much differently.  My son and I were researching weather satellites and I suggest we build a model together.  He instisted that it be a working model.  I had tell that was beyond our budget. LOL  I love their questions and enthusiasm.  He really keeps me on my toes that is for sure. 

mem82
by Platinum Member on Mar. 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I agree with really letting them dig in and explore a unit. 8)

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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My oldest has Aspergers s o he is considered gifted in many subjects. (he's 10 and reading my college physics book).

I do mostly child led learning for him. He is motivated enough to work on new things until they are perfected. And, often, they are things I know nothing about. So he will choose topics of study - volcanos, computer programming, electricity, etc. I find tons of resources to support him in his endeavor. It works for us.
vsjc
by on Mar. 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM
Thank you all! I've got some great ideas! Oredeb-unfortunately she knows she gifted already.

She was having problems at pub school last year. Her teacher thought she was moody and didn't get along well with her peers. Some moms even complained to the teacher that she was bossy. After school she was a mess. She would yell at me and fight with her younger sister.

I've known since she was a baby that she was "special" at learning things. She didn't crawl around and put toys in her mouth or throw them, or bang them around. She was always very serious and stared and studied everything. As a toddler, she knew all kinds of stuff that my husband and I simply didn't teach her. She just observed and picked up everything.

She wasn't grouchy back then, but she changed when she went to "school." By second grade, she was very unhappy. Because of her behaviors and unhappiness, we looked for professional help. We just didn't want her to be unhappy anymore, and we wanted to protect our second daughter.

After 15 minutes of talking to the psychologist, she asked us if Vanessa had been tested for gifted. She said that she is rarely wrong, and that Vanessa was positively "gifted."

To make a very long story short, after the advice of two mental health specialists and a pediatrician, I went ahead and had her tested. Ok, test positive, smart cookie. I had always known this, however, and what about the problem behaviors?

Well the specialists were right about her smarts, but wrong about labeling her with a mood disorder. She was prescribed seroquel, commonly used for schizophrenia, and away we went.. Back to school with a drugged kid. The teacher noted she was "doing better." I was a mess! How could I hand my daughter these drugs every morning? I knew she wasn't schiz or bi-polar..

She was acting out because she was terribly unhappy! She had 6 100s a 99, and a 98 percent on her last grade card. She was bored, and punished when she tried to answer every question. She turned her homework in written in cursive once and her teacher gave her a zero. She said anything turned in to her in cursive would not be graded, "because you don't learn cursive till next year."

Ok, I'd had enough. Off the drugs, and away from that.. I don't even know what to call it.. School.

She's home this year! All 3 kids are. My girls are best friends, and Vanessa is a glorious, wonderful little girl, so excited about life. I bought all textbooks this year, because I really didn't know where to start. They are a little boring for her, and that's why I'm here, asking for advice from MOMS, not shrinks, and not public school teachers.

Thank you all for helping! It really does give me ideas. She loves "doing" and we will do more of that. I already give her time to research her own topics of interest.. Only that one topic revolves around prehistoric creatures and ocean life. I let her, because I don't want to take away her passion. And passionate she is!

Thanks again,
Sid



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oredeb
by on Mar. 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

 sounds like you have a good start!!!

Quoting vsjc:

Thank you all! I've got some great ideas! Oredeb-unfortunately she knows she gifted already.

She was having problems at pub school last year. Her teacher thought she was moody and didn't get along well with her peers. Some moms even complained to the teacher that she was bossy. After school she was a mess. She would yell at me and fight with her younger sister.

I've known since she was a baby that she was "special" at learning things. She didn't crawl around and put toys in her mouth or throw them, or bang them around. She was always very serious and stared and studied everything. As a toddler, she knew all kinds of stuff that my husband and I simply didn't teach her. She just observed and picked up everything.

She wasn't grouchy back then, but she changed when she went to "school." By second grade, she was very unhappy. Because of her behaviors and unhappiness, we looked for professional help. We just didn't want her to be unhappy anymore, and we wanted to protect our second daughter.

After 15 minutes of talking to the psychologist, she asked us if Vanessa had been tested for gifted. She said that she is rarely wrong, and that Vanessa was positively "gifted."

To make a very long story short, after the advice of two mental health specialists and a pediatrician, I went ahead and had her tested. Ok, test positive, smart cookie. I had always known this, however, and what about the problem behaviors?

Well the specialists were right about her smarts, but wrong about labeling her with a mood disorder. She was prescribed seroquel, commonly used for schizophrenia, and away we went.. Back to school with a drugged kid. The teacher noted she was "doing better." I was a mess! How could I hand my daughter these drugs every morning? I knew she wasn't schiz or bi-polar..

She was acting out because she was terribly unhappy! She had 6 100s a 99, and a 98 percent on her last grade card. She was bored, and punished when she tried to answer every question. She turned her homework in written in cursive once and her teacher gave her a zero. She said anything turned in to her in cursive would not be graded, "because you don't learn cursive till next year."

Ok, I'd had enough. Off the drugs, and away from that.. I don't even know what to call it.. School.

She's home this year! All 3 kids are. My girls are best friends, and Vanessa is a glorious, wonderful little girl, so excited about life. I bought all textbooks this year, because I really didn't know where to start. They are a little boring for her, and that's why I'm here, asking for advice from MOMS, not shrinks, and not public school teachers.

Thank you all for helping! It really does give me ideas. She loves "doing" and we will do more of that. I already give her time to research her own topics of interest.. Only that one topic revolves around prehistoric creatures and ocean life. I let her, because I don't want to take away her passion. And passionate she is!

Thanks again,
Sid



 

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