Leila’s really smart.I mean, I know everyone’s kid is the smartest, but honestly? She’s very bright. She was talking well before a year, in full sentences by the time she was two. Now she holds adult-caliber conversations. I’m, uh, not quite sure what to do with her.
There’s an all-girl private school in the city that offers pre-kindergarden and Steve proposed it to me for Leila a few months back. I said no for a multitude of reasons, first and foremost because she’s going to be in school for many, many years to come, why did she need to start a year early? Also, it’s not the school we’ll be sending her to in primary, also her daycare is such an amazing an nurturing and stimulating place, I think she has what she needs education wise, also the money.
It’s been suggested to me to have her tested, but I honestly don’t really see the point in that. I mean, doesn’t labeling kids as “gifted” put an awful lot of pressure on them? What if she hates science or math and subsequently does poorly in those subjects and everyone’s all “She had so much POTENTIAL” and she’s all “You put too much pressure on me!” and then slams her door and listens to whatever emo music is popular in 2020.
Steve and I talked about her skipping grades, if it came to that (do they even do that? I know here they *won’t* hold kids back, which, yeah, different rant entirely, so it only goes to reason that if they’re dragging kids along by their toes, the school board is equally out-of-touch with gifted kids and are holding them back), but I’m kind of opposed to that, too. Because ultimately, she’ll graduate high school younger than expected and come on now, no one can argue with me that 18 is a little young to be out on your own, let alone 17 or 16. I feel that there are other ways she can be stimulated, through sport and music and if it came down to it, tutoring, or whatever else she wanted to try.
And I honestly did consider home-schooling just for that reason and then I laughed at myself cause, oh wow that is not what I’m cut out for, as much as is appeals to my protective nature. So for now, we keep life as it is and, as always, cross our bridges as we come to them. Leila received Charlotte’s Web for her birthday and we read it (for the second time, we had read it last summer as well). Today we’re off to the library for another chapter book. I’m thinking Trumpet of the Swan (one of my faves), but we’ll see what’s there. The problem with 8 year old books for a four year old, is that they’re not always appropriate for a four year old.
One more thing, actually. She’s been working writing her letters and numbers and while she can usually get them squiggled onto paper, she gets very frustrated that they’re messy. The curse of a perfectionist nature, I suppose, and she’s way more receptive to Steve’s help than mine (which has always been the case). One afternoon, she haphazardly drew lines on paper and told me she couldn’t figure out an “L”. I dropped it because I try not to push and we moved on. The next day while I was gone, she brought her notepad and marker to Steve and happily wrote her own name. By herself. And wasn’t bothered by the squiggly lines. I told him that no matter how long his work days are, come homework time, he’s going to need to be home. Otherwise it’ll end in a whole lot of door-slamming, mark my words.
So? What do you guys think? Do you have smarter-than-the-average-bear kids? What do you do with a clever kid?