Is your kid really gifted? Probably not by Paula Spencer
As a kindergarten teacher, I met a lot of parents who swore up and down that their child was gifted. Who doesn't want to see their child as smart, as the top?? Often times... yes the child was smart, but more often than not the child was not "gifted". Schools and parents are pushing children to learn more faster. Now, as a kindergarten teacher I know that children are capable of learning more than they were once thought, but not every child is ready to read in kindergarten never mind before they get to kindergarten.
I have seen my share of children who are pushed to do this that and the other thing when all the really want to do is play outside with their friends. I've seen children who are being sent to tutors before coming to kindergarten to have a "step up" on their peers.
The problem is often children are not taught what I call "mother skills." People don't always realize the value of doing simple things like cooking with their mother. When children cook they learn tons of math(cut that in half, pour a 1/3 of a cup, set the timer for 15 minutes) and science skills (mix the dry and wet ingredients together, watch the cake rise as it cooks, punch down the dough to get the air out).
Following multi-step directions. Waiting for mom to finish talking on the phone before telling her a story. Taking turns with a sibling. Playing... playing... playing... did I mention playing?
Want your child to be ready for school... interact with your child. Teach him to listen to directions and follow them. Teach him to wait his turn. Teach him to share. Teach him to listen to his peers. Teach him to ask and answer questions. Teach him to interact fairly. Teach him to take responsibility for his actions. Teach him to say "I'm sorry" and mean it!
We as a society have gone away from what is important for children to have in their back pockets before they enter school... we need to stop focusing on the label of gifted and start focusing on the whole child