Born with Eyes Wide Open: Common Characteristics of Gifted Babies and Toddlers
The signs of a gifted baby or toddler can be subtle (and sometimes startling)—here's how to spot them.
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19. Enjoyed nonfiction books (loved the facts) more than award-winning children's literature
20. Showed an interest in learning another language (usually Mandarin or Spanish)
21. Asked for "homework" like his/her older siblings
22. Possessed an intuitive sense of people's feelings and reasons for their behaviors
23. Understood concepts of past, present, and future
24. Obsessed with certain topics, like unusual animals, volcanos, world maps, or the periodic table
25. Refrained from answering questions until s/he thought the response was "perfectly correct"
26. Observed, and reflected upon, relationships with people and experiences
27. Identified moods and motivations of book characters and applied the concepts to everyday life
28. Attempted playdates with same-age peers but gravitated toward his/her older siblings
29. Asked random philosophical questions like, "What is dirt made of?"
30. Sought any opportunity to be academically, intellectually, and creatively challenged
Helping Gifted Children Soar
Based on Village East Gifted® archives, for every twenty students, there are at least one or two gifted learners. Unfortunately, since the goal of public education is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to perform at grade level, the families of gifted children feel as if their child has been “left behind” because they are “fine”.
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGF) clearly emphasizes that, "Although Federal law acknowledges that children with gifts and talents have unique needs that are not traditionally offered in regular school settings, it offers no specific provisions, mandates, or requirements for serving these children. Currently, gifted education is a purely local responsibility and is dependent on local leadership. Further, the NAGF believes that the future of gifted education relies on the ability of teachers, “to recognize a high-ability student who needs more depth and complexity in instruction or may need a referral for further assessment and services. Teachers in specialized programs for gifted learners or those who coordinate gifted and talented programs and services should be familiar with the theory, research, curriculum strategies, and educational practices necessary to develop and sustain high quality classroom-based opportunities for advanced student learning.”
What now? Until our society reaches this level of awareness, it is your job, as a parent, to see if your school district or community has an enrichment program to meet your gifted child’s needs—academically, intellectually and creatively. If so, without equivocation, that class will remain the highlight of your gifted child’s educational experiences. But, it will not be enough. It is a life-long mission for families with gifted children to constantly enrich their children’s minds 24/7. Rather than watching your baby memorize books or recall all the facts from a video about dwarf planets, find a place for this sagacious little person that challenges brilliant minds. Since academic complacency and boredom can start in daycare, start looking now.
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