Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Could She?

     Once a week I get an update for Nastya about her developmental part of her life. This weeks asks the question "How To Tell if Your Preschooler is Gifted"? I started to read it and it makes me wonder if she is. One thing I noticed very well is that she can memorize things like no other. For her birthday from our neighbour she received a number of developmental puzzles for her age. I also use it as a learning tool to learn new words. I did it once, the very next day she comes to me and shows me the "anasam" how she says it. Pineapple is a complicated one because it looks weird but after one time she understood what it was. So below are some of the focal points for checking to see if your son or daughter is gifted.

Signs of giftedness in a preschooler

Your 2- to 4-year-old may be gifted if she has some of these characteristics:
  • Has a specific talent, such as artistic ability or an unusual ease with numbers. For example, children who draw unusually realistic pictures or who can manipulate numbers in their head may be gifted.
  • Reaches developmental milestones well ahead of peers.
  • Has advanced language development, such as an extensive vocabulary or the ability to speak in sentences much earlier than other children of the same age.
  • Is relentlessly curious and never seems to stop asking questions.
  • Is unusually active (though not hyperactive). While hyperactive children often have a short attention span, gifted children can concentrate on one task for long periods of time, are passionate about their interests, and like to be challenged by difficult activities.
  • Has a vivid imagination. Gifted children often create a vast and intricate network of imaginary friends with whom they become very involved.
  • Is able to memorize facts easily and can recall arcane information learned from television shows, movies, or books.
Other signs of giftedness may be a little harder to discern. Some gifted children realize that they are "different" from their peers. This can make them feel isolated and withdrawn. It may also make them likely targets for bullying.

They may begin to experience intense frustration because they can think more rapidly than they can express themselves, verbally or physically. If your child appears unusually angry or frustrated, you may want to consult a mental health professional.

     The last 2 bullets is what I see for Nastya she does a lot of imagination and she can memorize like no other child I know, however one of the questions is this for people who live here in the States who speak another language do these same rules apply?

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