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I'm thinking I need to laugh at myself right now. 

I've always known that my daughter is totally brilliant and gifted, but now that I'm supposed to tell someone WHY, I can't even begin to describe it.  

You see, Sarah brought a form home from school today, it explained that she was being considered for the 'gifted/talented' program there and they wanted more information on her background.  Supposedly to figure out why the gifted kids are in fact gifted... which to me is really weird because if there was something that they do... that they WORK toward, then it's not a gift is's earned.  But anyway, one of the questions is something like, why do you think your child is special, talented, or gifted... or something like that.  And I honestly can't think of a single thing to write.  How can I write in the tiny space, a few scant blank lines across a form on a page, how brilliant I think my daughter is?  How can I describe to them the workings of a child's mind who, when she was barely out of diapers would pretend to go camping... would need a campfire.... would take the drumstick from her Fisher Price drum and put a red uninflated balloon on the end of it... pretend to strike it and light the pretend fire...then immediately take the red balloon off and put a black balloon in it's place, because the 'match' had been used.... that is brilliant to me.  How can I convey the depth of my then six year old daughter's comprehension of the world around her when my father, her beloved grandfather passed away suddenly and we went tearfully to tell her the news... when she cried and hugged me.. and cried some more as she recalled what we had told her about death and dying when one of our four cats became ill the previous year.  I was a mess, having just lost my father and she was quoting our words back to us, letting us know that she really did understand. 'Everyone only gets one."  One life...  She understood... at age six.

She's almost nine now and she just keeps getting smarter... and a little dumber, school is doing that to her, making her stop.. pull back, wait for the other kids... so I'm hoping she will qualify or whatever the word is for this 'gifted' program.  I'm not sure she'll like it though. LOL.. when I was in sixth grade I was in the 'gifted' program and I hated it... because you know what it meant to me?  More work!  LOL... Sarah loves school, she loves learning, but she completely hates work... she would rather be outside LOOKING at the ladybug, watching it, letting it crawl on her finger, than inside reading about it. 

Anyway...I can write however many hundred thousand words about Miranda and Andy together but when it comes to filling out this form, I'm stumped.  LOL  Maybe it's the length that's bothering me... as many of you know, I can't do short! :)

Thanks for listening to me ramble :)


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Date: 2010-04-14 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i have two gifted children - both grown now. they benefited from being in the gifted and talented program.
it was an honour to raise them - scary too. (: good luck to you.

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Date: 2010-04-14 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

She also wants to go into an art program... she has to draw three different pictures for them to evaluate... but not three of the same kind of pictures... it needs to be a portrait, a landscape, a still life... not two landscapes and a still life... not three landscapes...etc.. they all have to be different. I'm really hoping that works out for her because she LOVES to draw, but honestly she isn't all that good at it, yet. I don't want them to say she's not good enough for the program and make her thing she's just not good... you know?

It is a scary thing.

Thanks again for the good wishes :)

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Date: 2010-04-14 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with the form. :)

Although, 'gifted' as a descriptor has changed greatly over the years, I suppose that it's always curious to see whether these gifts/talents/whatever were innate or developed. ;)

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Date: 2010-04-14 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I suppose so. I'm not really thrilled with the term 'gifted'. But that is what the school is calling it. It's just weird to me some of the questions they ask when they really don't have a clue what the kids are thinking either.

Sarah is hands down brilliant sometimes, but she's just a kid and sometimes acts like a kid. it's an odd time.. LOL

(no subject)

Date: 2010-04-14 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nobody has a clue. I remember when the processes involved a lot more one-on-one interviews of potential admissions as opposed to anyone filling out a form. Of course, this also dates back a goodly 20+ years ago and no one applied for the descriptor, but rather, it was determined by testing and whatnot that a student was gifted.

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Date: 2010-04-14 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes... she's going to take a test too... this is just the first step in the program.

and yes, when I was in the 'gifted' program at my school it wasn't a choice... we all took the test and were told when and were to be... lol.. and yes, it was far more than 20 years ago for me... closer to 30 actually.. LOL

(no subject)

Date: 2010-04-14 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Que sera, sera. :)

In 'those' days, very few wanted that label... and nowadays, that 'label' is very much in fashion. ;)

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Date: 2010-04-14 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL.. not sure Sarah 'wants it'... the way I understand it, the teacher gave her the form and told her to bring it to us to fill out. LOL...

She would like to do the Art thing though.. so I hope she does make that... or if she doesn't, it doesn't hurt too much.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-04-14 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If they want to know how Sarah got to be so intelligent and "gifted," they need look no further than her mother. She's your child and in her you see what I see from you every day. It's always more difficult to find it in a mirror.

My advice? Send them this. It says it perfectly.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-04-14 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
sigh... I'll think about it.

LOL... thanks ;)

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Date: 2010-04-14 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Use the evocative and succinct paragraph beginning "She's almost nine..." Minus the she hates work and your sixth grade experience part;)and she will be a shoe in.

My sister and I began attending schools for gifted kids as first graders and we continue to reap the benefits of an enriched curriculum to this day. I wish the same for Sarah.

P.S. I hated work too...

(no subject)

Date: 2010-04-14 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL.. thanks for the suggestion.

I did hate the work, SO much... by the seventh grade I'd learned what answers to give to keep me out of the 'gifted' program, even though I knew what the other answers were... LOL Now THAT'S gifted! ;)

Thank you on behalf of Sarah for the good wishes too. :)


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