I love my oldest son to death as most mothers love their children. His personality is so much like his father yet he looks so much like me.
He has always been a bit different. I’ve mentioned how he was having conversations with us since he was 17 months old. He’s always been more comfortable being with older kids and adults.
School has been hard for him. Kids can be so cruel. Because he talks different (ie: uses big words) then they make fun of him. So to get out of the radar he’s tried acting younger, but that just makes him miserable. So he’s either miserable from the kids or from himself. He hates it.
Each year he has had problems of not paying attention in class, etc. Last year his teacher was so destructive it really made an impact on his outlook on learning. This year the teacher has really been trying to work with him. J and I have been worried, because we know he’s obviously bright, so why would he intentionally stop trying.
Well, yesterday, Oldman’s teacher asked to talk with J when he went to pick Oldman up. Prior to this year she taught 4th grade. Over the summer she taught the 4th grade summer program for gifted children. She said that at first she thought that he might just be an unruly child, but over the past few months she’s started thinking that he might be “gifted”. She said talking to him is like talking to a 5th grader. She has sent a form to the guidance counselor requesting that Oldman be tested for the Pioneer Program (for gifted kids). She gave us a parents form to fill out and said if we were interested to fill it out and meet with her and the counselor. Part of the form is us answering yes/no to many questions. We ended up saying yes to most of them.
I have a lot of questions for those two. Apparently if we agree to have Oldman tested, he will have an I.Q. test. He must score a minimum of 126 to continue with the rest of the testing. The other 2 tests are the Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test and the G.A.T.E.S. test.
(On a sidenote – and acting like a 12 year old boy – are you kidding me?! The Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test?? That’s the best name you could come up with?!?! Obviously I’m not gifted if that cracks me up…)
I’ve been on the internet all day looking into various gifted issues and I’ll tell you what – I just can’t imagine that Oldman would score that high on the I.Q. test, but on the other hand, if he did? It would answer so many questions we’ve had about him.
I don’t want him to know that he might be taking this “test” because he’s a perfectionist and he’ll completely stress out over it…but this momma is so worried for him if he doesn’t pass. Does that mean he’s “unruly”?
Nobody said that parenting would be easy, BUT I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE! I’d have somebody to yell at…