I read blogs. Lots of blogs. I am a member of a Facebook forum that also posts a great many stories from lots of different bloggers. Today, I was reading through some of the posts and one caught my eye. It was entitled something like, I Should’ve Noticed When He was Writing at 2. It made me think.
I remember when I enrolled our oldest in kinder. I knew he was smart, but I didn’t think much of it. I made sure his teacher knew he could read, but for some reason this wasn’t a huge flag either.
So, I read this blog about this mom with a son who was writing at 2-years old, and how she knew he was smart too, but it wasn’t until he picked up a pencil at 2-years old that she knew she had something more than just smart.
After reading the article, I went to our son’s baby book. I have been pretty good about writing stuff down in there, which is surprising to me, but anyway… In the baby book, I discovered a fact that I hadn’t paid much attention to before. Our kiddo was spelling words at 38 months. Back then, I remember being proud of him, but not thinking much of it, because they were everyday, environmental words, like STOP, GO, SLOW — things he saw all around town or in books.
Now, reading all these different blogs about giftedness, I realize my mistake. Why didn’t I pick up on it? Would it have made any difference if I had? Maybe I could have started working with him on some of his “quirks” earlier, but other than that, I don’t think much would have changed. He’s a brilliant boy with so much to say and so much love to give. I’m focusing each day on trying to help him love life and learning. What more can I do?