Your Preschooler Might Be Gifted: A Special Guide for Parents
Is your preschooler gifted? According to the American Association of Gifted Children, here's a list of some common signs to look for, as well as advice on how to help her reach her potential.
Does Your Preschooler:
- learn quickly and remember easily?
- seem mature for his or her age?
- use a large vocabulary and read and display an unusual interest in words or already reads independently?
- experiment to solve problems?
- prefer older playmates?
- seem sensitive?
- exhibit intellectual curiosity?
- show compassion for people or animals?
- enjoy puzzles, mazes, numbers?
- question authority?
- seem to get bored easily?
- have a high energy level?
- show talent in music, art, dance, or drama?
- display a sense of humor?
- collect and organize rocks, insects, and other things?
If some of these signs of giftedness describe your preschooler, then your child may be gifted!
What Is Giftedness?
Although we probably all have ideas about what a "gifted" child is like, sometimes we don't realize that even preschoolers can be very talented. It's easy to miss the characteristics of academic talent in young children, even as parents. Sometimes things that our preschoolers do that might signal talent are the very behaviors that can be the most challenging to parents. Look back at the list on the left side of this page. A child who is curious with a high energy level can frustrate busy parents with constant questions and "jumping around." If we can remind ourselves that this child might actually be showing signs of intellectual talent, it might be easier to keep on answering those questions, and to provide the kind of stimulation that might hold that child's interest. Parenting offers challenge after challenge, and sometimes we need ideas and resources, even for very intelligent preschoolers. This pagebrochure provides some examples of things you can do as a parent or caregiver, and places you can go for ideas. Even very young children love to learn about the way things work in the world around them. Involve them in your world!
Reprinted with the permission of the American Association for Gifted Children. © 1999 AAGC
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