Is Your ‘Gifted’ Child Progressing Academically?
- March 20, 2018
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
Whether a child is deemed ‘gifted’ or not, each one still deserves a gifted education. Gifted children are very diverse and not all demonstrate gifted characteristics all the time. There are, however, some common attributes shared by many gifted children.
Do you know how to determine if your child is gifted? Have you always intuitively known your child is special in ways that set him or her apart from other children? Are you concerned that your child’s school is not challenging them enough to help them reach full potential?
Answers to these questions are important for parents to effectively guide their child’s educational path. If your child is a rapid learner who puts thoughts together quickly, they are showing strong signs of high cognitive functioning.
Exceptional alertness, excellent memory, and an unusually large vocabulary at an early age are also signs of gifted ability. Many children begin reading and writing early on and seem to grasp the abstract and logical with clear insight.
While curiosity is a trait that should be encouraged, gifted children exhibit a heightened ability to imagine, inquire, and ask probing questions. They are often misunderstood because they tend to be daydreamers, caught up in their own thoughts about a new idea or topic they like.
Gifted children have a keen sense of humor and like to experiment and do thing differently. They are avid gamers and gravitate to complex scenarios that require logic and organization.
Although many parents and teachers may not fully understand, gifted children very often have imaginary playmates and friends, not something that should be discouraged or disbelieved.
As a parent, you may relate to some of these characteristics in your child. And whether you think your child is gifted or not, one thing is certain. Your child deserves the best possible educational challenges you can provide.
That’s where Yorktown Education comes in. We believe that all children are gifted and that every child has a unique set of ‘gifts’ or characteristics that sets them apart. Our teaching approach views your child as having his or her own distinctive style of learning, interests, timeframe for advancing, and ability for social interaction.
An education at Yorktown offers your child a place for self-discovery to find out what they ‘love to do most’ and advancement in their own time. Isn’t that a gift in and of itself?