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    #87594 - 10/19/10 10:07 AM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: intparent]
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    Originally Posted By: intparent
    It has been a lesson to me not to pigeonhole my expectations for her based on what I think her areas of strength are. Although her gifts in one area showed up early, I am learning again and again not to underestimate her in any area. Especially as her brain matures. I am glad we have keep on feeding all areas of academics and many extracurricular activities


    laugh Absolutely! I 1000% agree - and I think its so important we as parents don't do it because other people will be so tempted to. Although it is a struggle (at least for my DS at 4.5) when they are so good at something to get them to do something which is a struggle at first.

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    #87596 - 10/19/10 10:40 AM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: master of none]
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    I was talking to the hubby about this article over breakfast and he asked how could they trust the results were raw lack of ability in the case of the non-verbal math kids from the research project since some school districts teach for the SAT because higher scores make them look better. I guess it's the same chicken or the egg question about a kids interest enabling their area of ability. But it's the slightly different question of a better education guiding their interests. Did the globally gifted kids get hold of a more engaging teacher that was passionate about their own subject? Did the math only kids get dull English teachers, boring and oblivious to their own many mistakes?
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    #87609 - 10/19/10 12:13 PM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: Dottie]
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    Originally Posted By: Dottie
    My own son is absolutely precocious with the math. And he IS "gifted" verbally, likely highly gifted. But his interest is clearly math, which has progressed that area much faster. I don't know yet though which camp he's in...


    That's exactly where I am with my big girl. She also is gifted verbally and very likely highly gifted. She loves and excels in math and science. It's nice to know someone else has the same "type" of child.

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    #87611 - 10/19/10 12:23 PM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: MamaJA]
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    Originally Posted By: MamaJA
    Originally Posted By: Dottie
    My own son is absolutely precocious with the math. And he IS "gifted" verbally, likely highly gifted. But his interest is clearly math, which has progressed that area much faster. I don't know yet though which camp he's in...


    That's exactly where I am with my big girl. She also is gifted verbally and very likely highly gifted. She loves and excels in math and science. It's nice to know someone else has the same "type" of child.


    The only reason I even thought DS6.5 was gifted was due to advanced verbal skills at a very young age. The math, which I didn't find out until he was tested for acceleration was actually a shock to me. Now, he still excels in reading/language arts (moreso than he does in math - though he's advanced there too), BUT he clearly loves math and science more.

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    #87672 - 10/20/10 12:07 PM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: Dottie]
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    Originally Posted By: Dottie
    JJsmom, our first shocks were on the verbal front as well. I think for our household...math was so intuitive across the board, that I never thought to be amazed by what were to me common sense things, like sequencing, grouping, concept of halving, etc. It was only when I realized what other kids didn't know/do that I realized math was a strength (for all three kids!)


    That's funny. I remember DS6.5 loving patterns at a very young age, and like you, never put that down as a strength for math until after they told me his testing results.

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    #87677 - 10/20/10 01:12 PM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: master of none]
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    My girls have always shown strength in math -- patterns, puzzles, playing with numbers in sophisticated ways from a very young age. Initially they were not precocious in language arts. In our school, they were not recognized as gifted by their teachers because "gifted girls always show their strength verbally." (Ugh!) DD10 was just a bit of a late bloomer -- her reading took off late first grade, writing in fourth. DD8's reading blossomed in 2nd grade, writing is still a challenge and always may be one since she has 2e issues.

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    #87682 - 10/20/10 02:27 PM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: JJsMom]
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    Originally Posted By: JJsMom
    Originally Posted By: Dottie
    JJsmom, our first shocks were on the verbal front as well. I think for our household...math was so intuitive across the board, that I never thought to be amazed by what were to me common sense things, like sequencing, grouping, concept of halving, etc. It was only when I realized what other kids didn't know/do that I realized math was a strength (for all three kids!)


    That's funny. I remember DS6.5 loving patterns at a very young age, and like you, never put that down as a strength for math until after they told me his testing results.


    Sounds like my big girl too. Especially patterns - she would see patterns everywhere even in the Chili's Restaurant's bathroom!

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    #87731 - 10/21/10 08:15 AM Re: Very gifted in just one area? Does it exist? [Re: master of none]
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    People in school districs seem to focus in on academically gifted children and are missing the children that have brains wired so differently they are off the chart at creative divergent thinking but aren't processing information in conventionally ways, through language and writing. So, as a nation we are suffering a creativity crisis. Meaning our nation is at risk of staying a global leader.

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