Bored Gifted Child
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My child was tested last school year using RIAS in Kindergarten at age 5
yrs 10 months. Her scores were in the 99.99% with a Composite
Intelligence Index of >160. Her school is wonderful but only offer the
Gifted program one day a week/per grade level. She is in the 1st grade
now but often complains that school is boring and that she "already
knows everything". Her teacher mentioned that perhaps I should look into
skipping a grade but that is not something I am interested in pursuing
at this time. We do her regular home work and I supplement with work
from educational websites from higher grade levels. She doesn't like
spending all that time doing homework each day and I almost feel like
I'm punishing her for being gifted.
Do you have any suggestions for
keeping my child interested in going to school? And should I be giving
her all this extra work at home? Is it really beneficial? Help!
If your child keeps complaining about boredom at school, she is
obviously not being stimulated and you are definitely holding her back.
Having a gifted programme one day in a week almost sounds like being
cruel to a gifted child! Giving her all the extra work at home
especially advanced level work and keeping her at grade level work in
school is certainly punished this child. Wait for some time and she will
burn out from unchallenging and less stimulating work. And then, other
problems will arise.
Please allow her for acceleration. A grade higher is not going to damage
her; rather keeping her in a dull classroom will damage her in time to
come. Speak to the school and express your concerns for acceleration.
Support her needs at school and get the school to match her abilities
with her learning needs.
Please do not wait much longer. Act as soon as you can. Wishing you all
the best in parenting this special child.