Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” No wonder why there hasn’t been anyone like the great Albert Einstein, ever since!
Albert Einstein was known to be gifted in the field of science and there’s no reason why your child can’t be one of them. As Einstein said, every child is gifted. It need not necessarily be in the fields of education. He/she can be a maestro in the fields of art, like Picasso or like Beethoven, in the fields of music. As parents, it is important to identify your child’s gift early, so that you can nourish it with care and help them make the best use of it.
To help you with this, I have laid out 5 signs that are commonly observed in gifted and talented children:
1. They are always curious
While no two gifted children are the same, there’s one thing that’s common to all: a thirst for knowledge. And to satisfy their curiosity, they ask a lot of detailed questions. The fun part is, these questions are not about the lesson alone but also about the aspects and concepts that are beyond the matter of the given chapters.
This is when the school isn’t as helpful as we have perceived it to be; as lessons taught in schools are too assignment oriented. Neither the teacher nor you must discourage their thoughts, question, and queries. Instead, take interest and answer with full vigour. This will keep them eager to learn about new things and trust me, it’s an advantage going forward.
2. They look at things differently
There is a difference between bright students and gifted children. While bright students aim to do as instructed by their teachers, gifted children tend to take their own approach to assignments.
There are various reasons to justify this, but primarily it’s because they like to challenge their own capabilities and explore beyond the defined limits.
For instance, a math problem can be solved in multiple ways, and the brightest of students prefer to do it in the way the teacher taught them. On the contrary, a gifted student tends to discover his own way to reach the answer. A lot of times, the solution discovered by them is easier than the one taught in class. It is important that the teacher understands this and doesn’t shout or scream at the child. You certainly don’t want to discourage your little one.
3. Their vocabulary surprises you
Long story short, their dictionary is way bigger and better than that of their peers and you observe it by the words they use daily. This is mainly because gifted children expose themselves to advanced texts and read more than the average child.
However, contrary to the average children your child remembers the words effortlessly. This is one of the major reasons that when you are in a conversation with a gifted child, you find their intellect to be higher than other children of their age. They prefer mature conversation over the funny, unproductive ones.
4. They are simply so advanced
You will be surprised to see these children’s self-tutor abilities and quick learning skills. In fact, there is so much they learn by themselves before they even begin school that they quickly acquire a sharp edge against their fellow mates.
Their logical reasoning skills are so strong that once a target concept has been introduced to them, they will follow their own approach to solve advanced-level problems. However, sometimes this can also prove to be a disadvantage since they easily get bored. Thus, if your child is one of them, learn to be patient.
5. Their ideas are original
Where most children will go with the flow; a gifted child is an original thinker. They will not be a part of the herd and will instead carve their own way ahead. And do you know what backs them up? Their wild imagination with ever dreaming abilities. Their work is creative and a notch higher than the others in the same class.
Let’s all take a moment and celebrate your little one (Gifted or not). Each child is special in their own way and deserves appreciation. It is important that the environment and the people around these children understand this and not limit their creativity. You don’t want to be guilty of not doing justice to their extraordinary abilities.