part 1 in a weekly series
Before Audrey started kindergarten last year, we knew that she would be academically ahead of most of her classmates. She was reading Magic Treehouse books in a 20-minute sitting and could add two-digit numbers in her head. But we didn’t think it would be much of an issue in kindergarten; we pictured children doing a lot of crafts, painting, and singing.
But after a few months when Audrey started coming home every day saying everything was too easy, that she never got to learn anything, we decided to go talk to her teacher. Her teacher told us that she didn’t know what to do with Audrey, that she had never had a student like her before.
That’s when we knew that we would have to figure out what to do about Audrey. I started doing research and learned all I could about gifted education, education law in our state of Pennsylvania, and research about best practices in educating gifted learners.
In hours of research, I found a few helpful resources which will inform this series. First, and in my opinion, most comprehensive, is Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page. On Hoagies’ you will find pretty much everything you would need to know about gifted education. Even better, it is specifically about Pennsylvania, so I know that whatever legal information is discussed on the site is applicable to our situation.
Another site I found helpful was Applied Gifted Ed, which discusses advocating for your gifted child and creating an appropriate education plan. Again, it is structured specifically around Pennsylvania law but has many principles applicable to other states.
If you are at the beginning of the process of having your child identified as gifted, these two sites are a great place to start educating yourself.
Come back next week for “Is my child gifted? Should I care?”