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Sat, 11-20-2010 - 7:02pm

with the merger of the Gifted Child Board and the Advanced Toddlers & Preschooler Board we may see some new faces on this board.

I'd like to welcome you all and I hope you will introduce yourself to us in short:

Suzanne

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Thu, 07-28-2011 - 3:17am

Welcome aboard! It is quite the challenge to keep them challenged, isn't it. For my oldest two it did mean acceleration in the end, together with extracurricular work during school hours (music instruments, and chemistry and latin during elementary years). The latter just wasn't enough. t was no fun for the girls to work on things nobody else in their class liked or 'got', plus our oldest started underachieving to fit in with the girls and the middle one started getting depressed as she didn't seem to fit in well. It's all a matter of reacting what happens to your kids, isn't it. You grow along as a parent.

Suzanne
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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 9:11pm
Hi,
I am the mother of 3 boys ages 8, 6 & 4. Our oldest is a rising 3rd grader and has always been very advanced. In preparation for public school kindergarten we had him tested for IQ and grade-equivalency. Though also clearly "bright" and most likely "gifted" neither of our younger boys have been tested for various reasons. Our biggest struggle right now is keeping our oldest challenged in school. He tests at least 2 grades ahead in all subjects, but we are perpetually resistant to grade advancement because grade advancement by one year would not solve our academic challenges and adds the challenge of age (he is a May birthday, so several of his friends are already 9-10 months older). I will post a question in the Elementary section next :)

Thanks!
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 6:41pm

Welcome back in that case! And I'd love to read more about your son, if you find the time ;-)

Suzanne
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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 8:56pm

Hi, I've posted a couple times in the toddlers and preschoolers section of the board.

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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 3:49am

You're right, m00minmamma, if I were in the US in my old home town in would probably have a similar problem to yours.

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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 5:42pm

Oh that sounds so sweet, family shows :-) Yes, my girls play together every now and then as well, in fact a looong time ago they both started out on violin, but DD Y quit as soon as she noticed DD L was advancing much faster, and she wasn't very good in standing still ;-) About a year and a half later she chose the cello, not in the least place because DD L talked her into it! She loved to hear violin and cello together... So she couldn't wait till Y was far enough to play together. I have trouble finding nice music for the two though with a relatively easy cello part, lots of trios etc. But they've been playing for the Mayor's Christmas dinner party, for the opening of a photo exhibition, and of course for fun on the street/art fair with the violin case open in front of them to earn some pocket money

Suzanne
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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 2:48pm

Piping in although I know this question wasn't directed at me. My kids all play violin or viola, and we find that the right sort of group work is incredibly motivating, far more so than individual solo playing. And that's true for us even though we have a number of extreme introverts in our family. We're lucky that our kids have been able to get group experiences right from the very beginning. My 7-year-old has been playing in our tiny village community orchestra for a year and a half already. She's played in two summer orchestra programs as well, and recently has been joining her older siblings and a couple of other older kids in playing some ensemble repertoire.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 3:48am

I saw in another post

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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 8:17am

Hi and welcome! I'm Suzanne, with DD L who's almost 12, and DD Y who's 10 yrs old, and itty baby D, 14 months old. You've come to the right place, as we have lots of musically gifted children on board, and lots of parents who know all too well what involvement it asks of parents, and what challenges there are!

Suzanne

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