K.G. asks from Minneapolis, MN on March 26, 2007
My son is starting kindergarten in the fall and I believe he is gifted. The schools that we have chosen do not have a gifted and talented program. I'd like to have him tested but don't know where to start. I was a gifted student but things have changed a lot since I was his age.
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K.S. answers from Minneapolis on March 27, 2007
I agree with the posters who say to encourage him to have a fun Kindergarten experience. Don't worry much about gifted or not gifted offerings, there will be plenty of time for that. Anything you can supplement at home is going to be much better than anything a K gifted program might be able to offer. And you can find some great extracurricular activities if needed.
With that said, you will want to start educating what options you will have in the later grades. Talk with the school and see what opportunities gifted kids have when they are in elementary school and beyond. If it is limited then start researching other options in case you need them.
J. answers from Minneapolis on March 27, 2007
If you don't want to wait for the school district to test your son (some districts do it as early as 2nd grade) you can hire an independent source. This woman is nationally known.
D.P. answers from Minneapolis on March 26, 2007
talk to the principal at the school to see how they handle gifted children..i was told they dont even test for this until about 2nd grade. i found some websites with information on gifted children: babycenter.com, http://www.nagc.org/, and http://www.mcgt.net/ which is a minnesota chapter website.
T.A. answers from Minneapolis on March 27, 2007
Just a tip that I wish someone had given to me.
My son is in Kindergarten this year (full-day everyday) and we made some early mistakes I hope we will be able to recover from. My son is working at a 5th grade level in reading and 3rd or higher in Math. They thought he may test even higher but I asked them to just leave him where he was for now. This school is awesome and have been independantly providing him with across-grade level enrichment. They are very creative and he was having fun with it. However, he started burning out because it was taking his recesss time and other free time the other Kindergarteners have in his classroom. He just wanted to be a Kindergartener. We (and they) weren't pushing him, we just thought it was the right thing to do so he "didn't get bored". We backed off all enrichment because he wasn't wanting to go to school!!! My son has been excited about Kindergarten since he was 3. He asked if we thought he could run for Class President of Kindergarten on the first day :).
Here is my advice for you: Stop thinking about Talented and Gifted for now and just let him be a Kindergartener this Fall and enjoy that experience. Yes, the kids are at all different levels but it is the whole experience that sets them on the right foot for the LOVE OF LEARNING. That will get him farther in life than any test score. Provide enrichment at home and wait for the signs of boredom at school before you push him into anything. It's hard because our culture tells us we all want our children to be the brightest and best at everything they do but it isn't healthy FOR THEM. We thought we were doing the right thing and now we feel differently.
On the other hand, my girlfriend's son who is also extremely intelligent (he entered Kindergarten last Fall able to add double digit numbers in his head) was just put in a regular Kindergarten classroom half-days, no enrichment and he LOVES going to school every day and is advancing even still. My friend was being driven crazy that they weren't testing him and giving him enrichment but now she sees how it was best.
And, start reading up on the social struggles, personality, temperament challenges these kids have. It doesn't matter how smart you are if you have no friends because you are a jerk - don't we all know someone like that in our lives :)!
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 26, 2007
I think they like to see the kid, and have them in school for awhile before having them tested or put into a special program.
I would talk to someone from your school district, principal, teacher, etc...
A.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 27, 2007
I was one too and tested within the school district at JJ Hill elementary. Then they had a waiting list and it took me 4 years to get into a GT school. I would also think the district can tell you where to get started.