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Thread: My son made it into the ES program :)

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    My son made it into the ES program :)

    my son is six years old and just started kindergarten. He has come home several times saying he was bored. We made an appointment to have a conference with his teacher this past December. She told us that she would like to have him tested for gifted. We agreed. We finally had a conference with the physiologist, his teacher, the ES teacher, and another ES teacher. They handed us the paperwork and it said my son scored Significantly Above Average with a score of 153 and was in the 99.98 percentile. (not exactly sure what that means??) He will now be able to go to a gifted class one day a week to be challenged more. Which we are very happy about.

    He was able to read a little bit before he started kindergarten. But now his reading level is almost a fourth grade level. And he understand what he is reading, he is passing the tests that they have given him on those books he reads. so, he is comprehending what he is taking in. I dont know if that was any indication of him being gifted, but sure as heck makes me proud a mama

    I would love to post this on my Facebook page, but my mom is like, "you might be careful. I might lose some friends if I do". What do you think? Should I post it on FB or not? There are people that post how their kids are doing and awards that they get. Is there any difference with this?

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    if there was a "like" button, I'd be pushing it ... LOTS!!!

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    It's your son. You should be proud of him. If you want to post, you do! You can be as detailed as you want to be. You can simply state that you are proud of him and that he is an exemplary student! Or you can state that you are happy that he will finally be able to explore his talents in school. Two of our three children were in the G&T program. I'm surprised it took the teacher this long to have him tested. In our state, all a parent has to do is say "I want little Johnny tested." The school has to test him. Even if little Johnny is NOT G&T material.
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    If your friends get jealous they're not really your friends, are they? Be proud! It's your page, post what you want!

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    I think it's fine to say your child has been accepted into a gifted program, but I would hold back on giving the numbers. I'm not sure what specific score that was – a particular test score or overall IQ score – but IQ is kind of private...someday, your child might not want that information to have been made public, for a whole variety of reasons.

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    Our youngest Grandson has been in the gifted program for several years. When he was in the 4th grade he was reading at a high school level. He plays video games, watches TV and loves to read. He can read any book out there. Parents keep it at age appropriate. He would be considered a ' nerd' if that term was still used. We think he is wonderful. He was raised around adults and we think that helped him. He gets alot of attention because he is able to hold an intelligent conversation with adults. We are very proud of him.
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    [QUOTE=willferg;5993252]I think it's fine to say your child has been accepted into a gifted program, but I would hold back on giving the numbers. I'm not sure what specific score that was – a particular test score or overall IQ score – but IQ is kind of private...someday, your child might not want that information to have been made public, for a whole variety of reasons.

    I think that is good advice I had a child in the Gifted program; she is now in college on scholarship and already has a patent pending. However, I also have a daughter in High School who struggles with school. I try not to constantly post about the achievements of one daughter since both are on FB; I just tell the college girl privately how immensely proud we are of her.

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    I wouldn't post anything that sets him apart to the extent that he may become excluded by peers in the future or treated in a unique way by others. Raising a gifted child has it's own challenges,not the least of which is making it possible to succeed socially,especially when his interests may not be the same as mainstream kids. MyDD used to ask me to help her find her doll,so she could go play with the girls. They often played school: she always got to be the teacher. She taught the other kids in preschool how to read. She and I negotiated a lot of school issues as she grew up. I put her in college when she was 11; however the prof made me take the micro. Class lab with her( the grown ups wouldn't be her lab partner). She got better grades than they did,,,no lab partner problems after that.LOL,
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    francie, that is a fascinating story! What is your dd doing now?

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    It is his private information, so I would keep it private. Those who know the child probably already know he is intelligent. The rest don't care. My cousin's child had a high IQ. But I reminded her, that IQ scores are used as predictors of educational achievement and that she would still smarter than he was for years to come.

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    Do you have other children?

    How will they feel if they see their brother getting tons of praise for being "smart"?

    What if one of your future kids is in special ed?

    My oldest daughter was always in the gifted program and won every award, scholarship and job offered. My youngest was in special ed and could not even be mainstreamed (autism). He struggled just to get a high school diploma. We learned early on to praise our kids for being helpful, kind, thoughtful, etc. To much emphasis on "smarts" is not always a good thing.
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    Thank you all for your input! I did put it on FB but only said that he made it into the gifted program and left it like that. You are all correct. We will not make a big issue out of it with him or anyone else. Thank you all for your responses.

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    IMHO you did the right thing. My 6 year old grandson probably will never be in the G & T program. He is moderately deaf, has epilepsy, asthma, OCD, about two years behind other kids his age, and just got glasses! BUT...he is mainstreamed, adorable, loving, kind, outgoing, polite, and just about the nicest kid anyone could ask for...he struggles, and we celebrate every milestone...and you're right...we don't make a big issue out of it with him either! Celebrate his milestones!!! Every child deserves to know just how special they are, and how proud we are of them!! ......P.S....congratulations!

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    You should be proud of your son! It is wonderful that you and DH listened to him when he said he was bored and followed through with the school system. Hopefully, your son will continue to be challenged by the classes he will have and you will find other outside programs that can enhance his learning and development. I think how you addressed the Facebook issue was good- kept it simple and sweet!

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    Post on FBI. If you lose friends, where they truly friends? FB is we're you share! Enjoy

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    Be careful on FB! Anyone can see what you write by going through your "friends" pages. TOO RISKY!

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    I know you are proud! My experience with young kids high scoring is kids usually grow into their scores as they get older.
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    CAPITAL LETTERS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! YOU BETCHA. YOU GAVE BIRTH TO THAT CHILD. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE PROUD AND HE WILL HAVE A GRIN WRAPPED ALL AROUND HIS HEAD. A lot depends also if he can handle it. It is still up to you. Just don't shove it in everyone's face like it is always the topic of conversation to where every other child feels less than. One good post doesn't hurt. It's how it's handled after that. Don't forget to encourage the learning of common sense. One can have a very high IQ and absolutely no common sense. That to me is not so smart. As many sayings go though "If in doubt, don't!"

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    congrats on your son, that's wonderful. Does ES stand for extra special? never heard those letters used

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    I know you're proud of your child - we all are. Every child is exceptional in their own way. But my sister in law once said that no one really wants to hear about your child but family. And she's right. If your child was of average ability, would you really care that Johnny down the street was so smart? I doubt it. If your child is just starting off in school, I'd be real careful about going on about his ability, because I guarantee, its going to get old to the other parents real quick. I remember one parent like that - she would tell anyone who would listen how wonderful her son was, but the mom of the child who was valedictorian never said a word - but everyone know anyway who was the smartest. Again, I know you're proud, but as long as your child can do exception things, people will see it and you don't have to brag.

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    Congradulations on your son and know he continues to do well.

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    You have every right to be very proud.

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    My Daughter is fifty now , and she was a gifted child, I did keep her with her same age group, they wanted to skip her three grades. She is now working for Uncle Sam , as a computer geek and is a member of MENSA. I couldnt be more proud.cmaras. Ps she was reading the BIble at four
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    I would suggest that you don't put this on FB. You can always note how well he is doing in school and mention in general terms that he is doing advanced work. Being gifted indeed as someone mentioned brings along its own challenges and in today's digital word of cyber bullying please be careful not to give other kids an additional opportunity to bully or negatively single out your child. Some things are best kept private in order to protect your child today and most significantly in the future.
    In the meantime enjoy your child's accelerated intellectual path in life and help him adjust socially with his extraordinary gift. Be sure to keep him intellectually stimulated and also offer positive non-academic challenges into his life. Is it not wonderful the possibilities that might exist for him? Best wishes always and enjoy your gifted child.

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    I do not blame you for being proud of him and it is just the beginning I am sure. I have a grown daughter that was in
    the gifted class at school and everyone started calling her "the brain". She actually backed off on grades ,until she got
    to college, so she would have more friends and excelled in sports so they would know she was like them.

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