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    #184620 - 03/12/14 08:13 AM Gifted, but doesn't ask a l ot of questions (yet)
    Ken H Offline
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    Registered: 02/28/14
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    I have a 3.5 year old daughter who has been assessed as gifted, but one thing I find disconcerting is the lack of a lot of questions she asks. I will submit that she does speak well and proper; she does ask when she is encounters new words she reads, or inquires about something new she sees. The conversation we have does not generally provoke a plethora of questions that I would otherwise expect. Typically, our conversations are about planets, dinosaurs and a vast number of other interest. Perhaps, when talking to her, I provide too much information that does not generate questions. She has always been very curious about her environment. She does read a lot and often suggesting that any question she has is answered through her reading. I do realize every child is different. However, these are the basis of my question. Is this common or have others within the forum encountered something similar? And if so, when was a change noticed?

    Thanks and appreciate any insight.
    Ken

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    #184630 - 03/12/14 09:51 AM Re: Gifted, but doesn't ask a l ot of questions (yet) [Re: Ken H]
    indigo Offline
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    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Welcome!

    What you describe sounds like a rather enviable position to be in. Especially for parents whose children require a lot of listening from them, while the kiddos verbally process their day. In a post some time ago, parents humorously spoke of being their child's "companion animal". wink It can be difficult, as a parent, to have a large portion of one's time and attention required by the child for processing; These parents benefit from having understanding support systems also willing to help the child process.

    Kids can change phases on a moment's notice. If there do not seem to be red flags surrounding her interactions (or lack thereof)... some may say enjoy the calm while you can. smile

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    #184632 - 03/12/14 10:03 AM Re: Gifted, but doesn't ask a l ot of questions (yet) [Re: Ken H]
    Zen Scanner Offline
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    We had a decent sized discussion here around a month ago on the same question:
    http://giftedissues.davidsongifted.org/BB/ubbthreads.php/topics/180605/Asking_why.html

    Basically, quite mixed experiences here.

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    #184644 - 03/12/14 12:52 PM Re: Gifted, but doesn't ask a l ot of questions (yet) [Re: Zen Scanner]
    Ken H Offline
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    Registered: 02/28/14
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    Thank you. The posting was helpful. As you stated, there are mixed experiences. I'm not too concerned yet since she does ask me things. I've ready a number of resources about the 'why' phase and have come to the conclusion, 'it depends'. Each child is different.

    Regards,
    Ken

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    #184729 - 03/13/14 10:39 AM Re: Gifted, but doesn't ask a l ot of questions (yet) [Re: Ken H]
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    When my kids ask me something that I don't know or if I'm doing something else, I tell them to look it up. Oh, you want to know how many rings around Saturn and how they got there? Let's get a book from the library!

    Kids learn in different ways. Some like to ask you questions (to distraction!) and others are content to find the answers themselves. But an important part, I think, of knowledge is knowing how to find the answer to the question. Watch for interests, get some reference materials, have her read through them and then you ask her the questions. Kids love to play teacher. Good luck!

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    #184731 - 03/13/14 10:47 AM Re: Gifted, but doesn't ask a l ot of questions (yet) [Re: 2GiftedKids]
    indigo Offline
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    Originally Posted By: 2GiftedKids
    When my kids ask me something that I don't know or if I'm doing something else, I tell them to look it up. Oh, you want to know how many rings around Saturn and how they got there? Let's get a book from the library!

    Kids learn in different ways. Some like to ask you questions (to distraction!) and others are content to find the answers themselves. But an important part, I think, of knowledge is knowing how to find the answer to the question. Watch for interests, get some reference materials, have her read through them and then you ask her the questions. Kids love to play teacher. Good luck!

    Well said. smile

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