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Just changed schools for our highly gifted 5yo

Our highly gifted 5yo boy changed schools 5weeks ago and is finally starting to thrive again. His new school is so caring and understanding of his needs that he feels safe to be himself. He was so excited to learn there are other kids just as smart as he is and that are of the same age. I'm so happy he has found a place where he fits for the moment. I still find it tricky to talk about his achievements to other parents because in the past the parents have tested him. Eg on a playdate without me they will give him a book to read to see his ability or check out his spelling and Maths. It really dosn't worry me but he is totally aware of what is happening as he tells me when he gets home. It dosnt really bother him but he just wants to play. Sometimes I'm just bursting at the seams with excitement about something new he is doing well and can't find anyone to share with. My friends just don't understand the speed at which our boy learns. He has a photographic mind which is making reading, spelling sight words etc a total breeze. Where /when do you stop the acceleration? Because he feels safe in his new environment he wants to show the teacher what he can do and it's amazing. Over the last 4 weeks he has learnt over 300 new spelling words and is using the words regularly in his writing. So glad we changed schools. I should know by now to follow my gut instinct.
Date: 15-May-2012 @ 11:47 pm
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Author: Gcmum

Re: Just changed schools for our highly gifted 5yo

That is so good to hear.
We havent found the right school yet. But I'll try not to stress. Our 5 y/o stays quiet & doesn't like to stand out.
She's always kept to herself and can you imagine if I tried to explain why... "well, she just thinks the other kids are irrational and impulsive (ie 'normal' 2 year olds). And they aren't likely to discuss dinosaurs with her - at 2. Now she is 5 it's Deep Sea exploration - not high on the play list of most 5 y/o girls.
I gave up going to playgroup cause she, consequently we, found the differences got greater as time went on. If I inadvertently mentioned something that CJ had done or said at home - id be taken aback by incredulous looks or worse - they'd outright ignore what I said.
So I totally here where your coming from.
Date: 14-June-2012 @ 1:09 pm
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Author: Celeste

Re: Just changed schools for our highly gifted 5yo

Thats great to hear.
Me and my husband are currently looking at other schools for our 7 year old son too. Private schools seems to be the only way at the moment.
Do you mind me asking were you have sent him now? Thanks for your time.
Date: 11-August-2012 @ 8:58 pm
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Author: rschirn

Re: Just changed schools for our highly gifted 5yo

It is so nice to hear that there are schools who take care of children at this extent. So you definitely share more experiences of your son with that school.

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Date: 29-November-2012 @ 10:15 pm
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Author: alinafrancis

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