Thank you for your responses to my post on giftedness. I wanted to get a feel for the general "feel" of what people think giftedness really is.
O is reading at a high level. Very high, in fact. She was reading at a level in October that surprised us then. Her teacher sent home a progress report last week and told us the grade level along with the percentile. Its well above what she was reading in October. E and I teased that she may be reading at a level above my brother, who is 23. (Sorry, Dan. We are just teasing. ;) ) My mom even joked that O may read above the level she read at when she graduated.
She is also very good at spelling. Her teacher asked us if she could give O harder words each week because she was getting them all right on Monday's pre-test. There were a few other kids doing this too, so they do the words together. Some of those words, though, give me pause. (Of course, I've never been the world's best speller, either. Thank goodness for spell check!)
She's a few grade levels above for math and science as well (not nearly as high as her reading and spelling, though.) But, like I stated before, does this make her gifted? I think it just makes her "smart" or "above average".
I casually mentioned the above to a few friends and they suggested she get into the gifted program.
Sometimes, it seems that I am the only one with a very "conservative" definition of what gifted is. I tend to think of gifted as someone with the extreme ability to learn quickly, or already know things that haven't been taught to them. Thinking more along the lines of almost in MENSA or something.
First of all, I have no idea what grade that starts at. Second of all, I don't really feel like she's gifted (I know, I know. A mother is supposed to think the opposite. But, I'm a realist. She's an amazing student, and she's really smart. I just don't know if she's "gifted" and not just "well above average.") Third, I don't know that she would want to do something like that. (She wasn't especially fond of the harder spelling words at first because it was different from what the other kids were doing. Now that there are a few more kids doing it with her, she doesn't mind as much.)
Its not something I have to worry about, or even dwell apon for longer than a few days. I guess I just wanted validation in the fact that I don't really consider her to be gifted or even want her to be labeled gifted. Maybe in the future we'll have to revisit that, especially considering who her father is (we didn't have a "gifted program" at our school, but he got lots of "extra projects". Also purposefully got a B in one class one semester so he wouldn't have to be valedictorian. But, that's an entirely different post all together) But, at her age, I prefer she's just "doing well for a first grader".