Newly tested gifted sisters.Where do we go from here?
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|Tue, 02-19-2013 - 12:00am|
I have posted in the past and lurked for years. Saturday my kindergartener and third grader were tested by a private tester. Our school district uses RIAS, so that is what the tester used.
DH and I didn't tell the girls they were being tested. We told them we were meeting with someone who works with schools and kids and they would do some fun activities. They were fine with the explanation. ODD did say that she didn't think that she did really well. She likes to only answer if she *knows* she is right. YDD skipped out of the room and wanted to know when she could come back.
Our girls get along well and support each other in spur of the moment science experiments, they like watching history and science, cooking shows and HGTV.
The girls are at a private school that teaches on the gifted level. My third grader (ODD) is a good student. She is a great artist, plays violin, is in the chorus, has danced, played soccer... well rounded. I have heard that her classmates think there is too much homework, it's too hard. She doesn't feel that. She does put pressure on herself. Her teacher has taught 3rd grade for 30 years and taught gifted for about 7 years. She is considered the "tough" teacher in the grade level. ODD doesn't see her as a tough teacher at all. I feel ODD is doing well and I'm not sure if I should say anything. I don't want her to feel too pressured. She has food allergies, is allergic to antibiotics, atypical febrile seizures and this already sets her aside as different. Her teacher told us that her group in class recently went above and beyond in a research project. The teacher said it was textbook group work and she was very impressed. The teacher also mentioned that ODD doesn't do anything she doesn't want to do (socially) but is a big cheerleader for her peers and seems to know how to stay out of situations when trouble starts. She is kind and caring. The teacher said that ODD is a unique kid. ODD will come home from school with a subject in mind, research and write a report. For fun. And not let anyone see it. A few weeks ago she decided that she thought homeschooling might be a good option. She could start a farm in our yard. She would grow most of our food, she would need a cow, a horse and three chickens. She tested 133.
My kindergartener is another story. We tested because of her, and thought we should test both girls because they are both very bright. We didn't want them to think too much about the testing. She is very social, athletic, plays violin... Also very well rounded. Never slept. Needs to be mentally and physically exhausted everyday. Always behaves and holds it together at school. Her self control is unbelievable. She also needs to be handled in a certain way around the family. When / if she loses it ... HUGE. She has super high standards and an unbelievable sense of fairness and right and wrong. A teacher friend noticed that she was tracking when she was being read to at 4 months. Just seemed to know colors/ numbers/ how to read without being taught. She notices that she isn't called on. She notices that people make comments like "Well of course you know that." She is very socially aware. She is very kind and caring. She took over her JK garden when she found the adults let it go. She has an amazing sense of humor and "gets" things her sister and even adults don't get. She tested 152.
What do we ask for? I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!