It has been four-and-a-half years since the "G" word was introduced to us by an observer outside the family. I felt somewhat prepared because my lovely sister (teacher and early childhood qualified mother of 3 "g" kids herself) had pointed out a few times where November was ahead of the usual milestones.
The Gifted issue brings up a lot of fear in a lot of people. Here are a list of places we have "been" online that are not fearful but celebrate what is a truly wonderful "gift" - a clever child!
Email lists - subscribe to receive a daily digest of posts/messages
Here are some gifted email lists that have been terrific for us. If you need advice, reassurance, or a sounding board these are the places to tap into.
Though some are in Australia, and some in the USA, all nationalities seem very welcome all over. Most of these lists require applying to join, which is very straight forward. I usually select the digest option to avoid being swamped by individual emails flowing into the inbox:
Gifted Families email list
Queensland Gifted and Talented Children Discussion Forum
egpg-gifted e-list is an Australian support group for parents of exceptionally and profoundly gifted children
A starting point for three very active gifted lists - TAGMAX TAGFAM and TAGPDQ
Homeschooling Mensans is an e-list for gifted families (who are not necessarily members of Mensa)
Must visit web sites
Your first stop should really be Hoagies - but don't get lost in there - it is huge! Here are a few favourite links:
Hoagies' Gifted Education Home Page
Hoagies - an article from the wonderful Michael Clay Thompson "All children are gifted"
Hoagies - On a Lighter Note - funny anecdotes, retorts, BTDT
Is it a Cheetah? by Stephanie Tolan. For us, the first article that turned on the lights!
Homeschooling Highly Gifted Children - a short succinct article by Kathi Kearney
Profoundly Gifted Guilt - by Jim Delisle on Davidson Gifted website
One Profoundly Gifted Kid's - Now Grown Up - Story by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D
who also put together the following guides to giftedness levels
A quick and accurate (in our case) estimate for where your child fits in the Bell Curve
The Five Ruf Levels of Gifted (Levels 1-5) plus Average & High Average levels and their associated IQ ranges.Testing and Assessment - an IQ score is not just a score, it depends on the test itself (among other things)
World renowned and much respected SB5 testing psychologist Fiona Smith and colleagues
There are many books and articles on gifted kids, interventions, educational strategies etc but the most resonant for us were written by Miraca U.M Gross PhD. Here is an excerpt from an address given by her on the importance of differentiation in educating gifted students: