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Here is the post by SusanS that inspired this page.

While gifted issues are certainly not as difficult or worrisome as LD (and I should know) there are as many questions about making sure the mathematically advanced kid doesn't get lost in the pacing of some of these curriculums. In general, I could easily see my one son being "king of the room" with these different courses, but having serious gaps when it's time for high school and advanced math. Luckily he opted out of gradeschool math and will be going into the high math 7th grade algebra class in the fall. He will be a fifth grader. Had the school not accelerated him I can't imagine what the year would have been for him.

In spite of being mathematically capable of working alongside 7th graders, he is not particularly a mature 10-year old and this presents all kinds of problems. He is expected to have junior high skills and stamina that he's never been taught. His father and I have had to hover to keep him on track because of the demands (like the concept of studying, or doing 50 algebra problems each night when the most he worried about in grade school was a handful or a little worksheet.)

It's trickier with kids like this because it isn't obvious to many where their gaps are. You don't want to squash their thinking, or the love of their gift, but you don't want them to struggle down the road because of a procedural gap that was missed, especially since these children are more likely to end up in a math-based career than pretty much anyone. -- SusanS - 10 Jul 2005


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Oh goody, thanks Carolyn.

-- SusanS - 10 Jul 2005

GREAT thread!

Time to break out Wayne Wickelgren.

-- CatherineJohnson - 10 Jul 2005

Your son is only in 7th grade math, right?

Otherwise he's with his 5th grade peers?

-- CatherineJohnson - 10 Jul 2005

Right. They're in Trailblazerland in math, but he is with his peers the rest of the day.

He reads voraciously (he zipped through all of Lloyd Alexander and now is on his 5th Brian Jaques book.) He was not an early reader, though, which is why I thought his acting up in class was just goofy immature stuff. I took him to be evaluated during his Pre-K year at a place that had enrichment classes. They were offering "Fish Anatomy" for 5-year olds, which seemed perfectly normal to me. I thought that the trouble was that he was just picky and I needed to make more experiences fit his personality a little better, that was all. They never used the word "gifted," otherwise I wouldn't have gone. Having been through all of the LD stuff, I really had tired of all my friends and their stories of how smart their little preciouses were. I was a definite eye-roller when it came to "gifted issues."Of course, I also didn't believe in that silly ADHD stuff either, so I seem to have to learn the hard way for everything.

Anyway, they did a little test and told me he was in the 99th% in math. He didn't even remember his last name or his birthday when the tester asked him. I seriously thought she had made a big mistake, but hey, fish class was now his for the taking.

He is extremely average in writing and spelling. We started Megawords this week. Boy, did I get a glare when I whipped out that book.

-- SusanS - 10 Jul 2005

We started Megawords this week. Boy, did I get a glare when I whipped out that book.

I love it!

Yes, count on MEGAWORDS to create even more tension and strife.

It seems to work, though.

-- CatherineJohnson - 10 Jul 2005

oh gosh....I have a fantastic article from NYTIMES to add--don't let me forget--

-- CatherineJohnson - 31 Jul 2005

Gifted and Talented

-- CatherineJohnson - 02 Aug 2005

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