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Gifted 5 yr old won't resist sight words in Kindy

Hi there

I'm new to this forum and hopefully I can gain a better understanding about gifted kiddies.

My 5 yr old was tested at 4yrs and 4 months to see if she was ready for kindy 2013. The results returned as being highly gifted in the top 2% for her age group.

Each week at kindy she is given sight words ready for a test on Friday. At home she reels these words off often wanting to start the next group of words. However, in class she won't say the words to her teacher because she says 'She knows them why tell anyone else. What's the point? Or the other extreme "I don't know?".' This is quite common for my daughter. Even at Christmas time people would ask what Santa bought her and after hearing the same question over and over ignored them or just said "I got nothing".

What can we do to get over this hurdle? Any suggestions would be great as we are seeing a real stubborn often confronting personality emerging when she's not stimulated or interested.

Thanks in advance,
Date: 11-March-2013 @ 10:01 pm
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Author: Missgj

Re: Gifted 5 yr old won't recite words in Kindy

Sorry, title should say recite
Date: 11-March-2013 @ 10:04 pm
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Author: Missgj

Re: Gifted 5 yr old won't recite words in Kindy

Hi there,
as a teacher it's very hard to gauge what children do at home. some parents say they can do 'x,y and z' but this is not evident in the classroom.
I suggest that you video your little one reading. ask rhe teacher for their school email address so she can download the footage and will them be able to assist your with further progression.
just a thought.
Date: 13-March-2013 @ 12:20 am
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Re: Gifted 5 yr old won't recite words in Kindy

Sorry for the errors- typing on iPhone!
Date: 13-March-2013 @ 12:21 am
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Author: little_one_1971

Re: Gifted 5 yr old won't resist sight words in Kindy

I will be honest and say my response to this query is not impartial at all, because it's so close to my own experience. But I'll try and let the steam out through my ears and not fingertips. Having said that, there's call for passion and indignation when the stakes are so high.

You have a test conducted by a professional that indicates a high level of giftedness. Now a teacher is suggesting you support you own (already supported) assertions of your child's abilities with video evidence.

Parents of gifted children, it's high time we stood up and insisted on some respect! If staff at a school treat you like an idiot or a liar, it's time to look for a school that has genuine professional development in this area - which is a minority.

Read Dr Louise Porter's book Gifted Young Children. Also visit the website SENG 'social & emotional needs of the gifted' for many in depth articles about what your children need.

Children who feel self conscious, or bored or feel like failures (because of asynchronous development) DON'T NEED FIXING they need to be LISTENED TO.

Another book I would recommend, having cried on almost every page - identifying so strongly, is Laughing At Chaos (also the author's blog by same name) by Jen Merrill. I guarantee you will read quotes from your own life.

Research supports that parents are far more accurate in assessment of giftedness than teachers - see Dr Louise Porter's article (on her web) about Gifted Myths. Also search for articles by Dr Linda Silverman, and our own Leslie Henderson (Flinders Uni) and Dr Gail Byrne at exceptional children.com.au

Teacher training in Australia is woefully inadequate in regard to giftedness, with many courses not even covering it. The professionals mentioned about have put submissions befor government to have this changed. But in the meantime don't assume teacher even know what it means or see any need to cater for it. I'm not saying none do - just don't expect it.

I've heard a lot in the past about the onus on parents to advocate for their child's needs. But for your welfare and that of your child you must set a limit. If you feel humiliated that the school is not taking you seriously, if they have seen an assessment and are aware of the states policy on gifted provisions - and still dismiss you - draw the line.

One final thing (for now) if your child is miserable - especially if they are speaking negatively about themselves, or self harming or 'shutting down' or 'shutting off' to you - it is a red flag - get them out of that situation ASAP. They are not learning anything while I that state of mind anyhow.

All states have gifted children associations who will provide you with information on options, support and friends who understand. Each state also has homeschool networks that are growing by the day! If you can't find a school that 'hears' you, I suggest (emplore actually) you to investigate this option. If you want to see just how ecstatically happy a gifted kid is at being homeschoolled come see us! But that's a whole other post!
Date: 17-July-2013 @ 11:53 pm
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Author: Celeste

Re: Gifted 5 yr old won't read in Kindy

I will be honest and say my response to this query is not impartial at all, because it's so close to my own experience. But I'll try and let the steam out through my ears and not fingertips. Having said that, there's call for passion and indignation when the stakes are so high.

You have a test conducted by a professional that indicates a high level of giftedness. Now a teacher is suggesting you support you own (already supported) assertions of your child's abilities with video evidence. Where is the willingness to question other factors (besides your credibility) such as environment or self consciousness, in accounting for this behaviour??

Parents of gifted children, it's high time we stood up and insisted on some respect! If staff at a school treat you like an idiot or a liar, it's time to look for a school that has genuine professional development in this area - which is a minority (according to research -see names below).

Read Dr Louise Porter's book 'Gifted Young Children'. Also visit the website SENG 'social & emotional needs of the gifted' for many in depth articles about what your children need.

Children who feel self conscious, or bored or feel like failures (because of asynchronous development) DON'T NEED FIXING they need to be LISTENED TO.

Another book I would recommend, having cried on almost every page - identifying so strongly, is 'Laughing At Chaos' (also the author's blog by same name) by Jen Merrill. I guarantee you will read quotes from your own life.

Research supports that parents are far more accurate in assessment of giftedness than teachers - see Dr Louise Porter's article (on her web) about Gifted Myths. Also search for articles by Dr Linda Silverman, and our own Leslie Henderson (Flinders Uni) and Dr Gail Byrne at exceptionalchildren.com.au

Teacher training in Australia is woefully inadequate in regard to giftedness, with many courses not even covering it. The professionals mentioned above have put submissions before government to have this changed. But in the meantime don't assume teachers even know what "gifted" really means or see any need to cater for it. I'm not saying none do - just don't expect it.

I've heard a lot in the past about the onus on parents to advocate for their child's needs. But for your welfare and that of your child you must set a limit. If you feel humiliated that the school is not taking you seriously, if they have seen an assessment and are aware of the State's policy on gifted provisions - and still dismiss you - draw the line. Look seriously for other options.

One final thing (for now) if your child is miserable - especially if they are speaking negatively about themselves, or self harming or 'shutting down' or 'shutting off' to you (and this can happen as young as 5 & 6!) - it is a red flag - get them out of that situation ASAP. They are not learning anything while I that state of mind anyhow.

All states have gifted children associations who will provide you with information on options, support and friends who understand. Each state also has homeschool networks that are friendly and helpful. If you can't find a school that 'hears' you, I suggest (emplore actually) you to investigate this option. If you want to see just how ecstatically happy a gifted kid is at being homeschoolled come see us! But that's a whole other post!

Okay I just have to say this... Homeschool = major cultural transformation = giftedness shifts from liability & problem to awesome asset! Our lives are so much better! (Easy? No, worth it? Hell-yeah!)
Date: 18-July-2013 @ 12:26 am
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