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    #423 - 09/08/06 01:03 AM She needs enrichment.... oh my!
    mayreeh Offline

    Registered: 02/20/06
    Posts: 156
    Loc: AL
    I have posted about my DD (6) before. We had her tested in the spring and she played mind games with the psych and basically made the results meaningless. Enough to definitely raise the possibility of highly gifted - but not enough to prove she is even barely above average.

    Well, school started and I spoke with the teacher about my concerns about her underachievement. The teacher blew me off - the curriculum is challenging enough, all the kids in my class are very smart or gifted (selective private school - so this is true), etc.

    Well, yesterday, DH went in for Donuts for Daddy and saw the teacher. She is planning to start some special enrichment activities with DD because she is too far ahead of the other kids and is bored with the work they are doing.

    3 weeks into first grade and she is planning to start writing paragraphs with her.

    I teared up. Happy that the teacher sees it - scared that maybe she really is her brother's sister, if you know what I mean. It is intimidating enough to have one child leaping ahead - what if I have two?

    I know - enrichment doesn't mean she will end up grade skipping.... but I can't help but to be scared. In the last few weeks, she has started reading books at a 3rd grade level for pleasure. Biographies of King Tut and Annie Oakley. Not your normal stuff for a barely 6 yo girl. She told me that she prefers to read about the 'lives of real people'.

    Remember.... this is the kid who watched a PBS show about gamma ray bursts in outer space and deduced that they were coming from blackholes 20 minutes before the narrator ever mentioned that as a possibility.


    #424 - 09/11/06 09:52 PM Re: She needs enrichment.... oh my!
    Grinity Offline

    Registered: 12/13/05
    Posts: 7207
    Loc: Connecticut
    I'm so glad that the teacher is aware of her. I really think she is the brighter of your two - sorry - I know that's tough to hear. She's obviously hightly tuned into social cues!

    Love and More Love,
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    #425 - 09/13/06 02:37 AM Re: She needs enrichment.... oh my!
    mayreeh Offline

    Registered: 02/20/06
    Posts: 156
    Loc: AL
    It is tough to hear because I know it will be tough on her.... much easier for her in the long run if she is 'only' highly gifted.

    I remember listening in when DS took his WISC IV. I recall at the time thinking that DD could answer pretty much all the questions he did - and a few that he said 'I don't know' to.

    I don't want her to be THAT gifted. However, everyone that knows both kids has either declared her to be the smarter of the two or has scratched their heads puzzled - wondering if maybe she isn't the smarter of the two.

    No easy answers though.... No easy answers.

    I really am hopeful that one way or another, this will be the year when she reaches out and embraces her intelligence.



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