I was wondering what thoughts you might have concerning what to do - if anything - for “gifted” kids.
My 13 year old is in 7th grade. Based on some standardized tests, he was identified by some “talent search” that said programs were available, but he had to take the ACT or SAT to see what he qualified for. We didn’t really know that we needed any extra programs for him, but in the spirit of keeping our options open, we signed him up for the test. We didn’t want to put any pressure on him or make this an unpleasant experience, so he didn’t do any prep other than looking through some samle questions the night before the test.
He just got his grades back, and tho they aren’t off the charts, they are well above the average for college bound high schoolers.
Tho I will be getting more info in a couple of weeks, it looks as tho most of the programs are advanced classes offered either on weekends or during summer. Some of the classes look really fun, and I’m sure he’d learn a lot. But my question is, should I feel as tho I ought to encourage/require my kid to pursue any of these programs?
He seems pretty happy with his current courseload. He is in an advanced math class, and gets mostly A’s with a couple of B’s. He had been in various pull-out programs, both for gifted services as well as therapy for a physical disability, but he prefers being in regular classes where he socializes with his peers, and learns the basics at a pace and in an order that makes sense to him.
He speedskates and is pretty fit, and seems to be enjoying scouting - especially the camping. Also, he plays trumpet - including bugling for his scout troop.
I think he really loves his free time. He reads voraciously, mainly fantasy and military history. And he just started up being a dungeon master for a group of his friends.
So I’m pretty much thinking there really isn’t any need to go looking for additional things for him to do. It’s not as tho he just lies around eating junk food and playing video games (altho he IS a kid, and certainly does his share of both of those.) I just don’t see any real reason to push him to go thru things faster than he is. If he keeps up as he is, he will get into honors classes at the local high school. In HS, I want him to have time to experience the various extracurriculars that might interest him. And then, if he does well enough in HS, he will be able to get into a decent college of his choice.
So basically my question is, if my kid seems to be pretty happy, he isn’t bored, and he is doing well in a variety of activities, why should I even consider looking for additional “gifted” programs for him?
In the event I may have phrased anything imperfectly, I would greatly appreciate it if folk would ask me to clarify anything.