“She’s so switched on!” exclaimed the nurse. C. must have been all of 4 months old at that point, in for a check-up, and already it was there.
“Switched On.” Such a fitting description and just the first of many: Miss Independent, High Maintenance Woman, Drama Queen. A very smart, highly verbal, very active kid. A “more” child. If you have one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. For better or for worse more perceptive, more intense, more creative, more persistent, more sensitive. Just “more.”
I’m the mom of two girls, living in Montgomery County, Maryland. Along the way C. has homeschooled (kindergarten), attended the MCPS elementary gifted magnet (1st and 2nd grade), our neighborhood school (3rd and 5th grade), a Center for the Highly Gifted program (4th grade), a middle school magnet (6th and half of 7th), homeschooled again (for the second half of 7th grade and all of 8th–not our plan), a high school magnet–and now boarding school. A month after we withdrew her from middle school she took the SAT and achieved a perfect score on the verbal section…one of only four children under the age of 13 that year to do so, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.* Meanwhile we’re on a different path with M., a child who sailed through our neighborhood school from Kindergarten through fifth grade before things got interesting in middle school.
To say that this has been quite a journey and that I’ve learned a lot would be an understatement. Warning: it’s made me something of a radical/education hacker/education re-former. And it’s not over yet….
I’ve started this blog for several reasons. In part it’s meant to serve as a chronicle of my parenting journey. I also hope this blog can smooth the journey for others, because I know what it was like to search in vain for stories, for resources to help me answer the million questions I had. For many years I was a member of a baby-sitting co-op and benefited from the experience of mothers with older gifted children. Learning the ins and outs of the school system while my kids were still preschoolers felt like being the recipient of oral history. So here I am, just passing it on, only in a more public, yet anonymous, form. As with anything, Your Mileage May Vary.
Finally, I plan to spotlight and comment on news and happenings in the fields of education and giftedness, especially locally. No one seems to be blogging about this stuff (at least they weren’t when I started this blog), so it might as well be me.
* This brought the lols. Um, hate to break it to you…
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