If after a few tests and a couple of discussions with your child’s teacher, it has been discovered that your son or daughter is gifted, congratulations! That can be a really exciting time. However, as you’ve probably already come to realize, what this also means is that your child is going to need a bit of extra nurturing so that he or she can thrive as a student and an individual too.
If you’d like to know some of the ways that you can help your gifted preschooler in this way, here are five tips that will give them the appropriate support that they need below:
Expand your child’s library. There’s a pretty good chance that if your child was given the choice of going outside and playing with some friends or reading a book, they are going to go for the book. That’s simply because they are constantly on the quest for learning and they tend to have a pretty big imagination. That’s why you should make a point to purchase books (in written and audio form) on a fairly consistent basis. In fact, you might want to get your child involved in some kind of chain reading program too.
Get them involved in social activities. Just because your child is gifted, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t do all that you can to insure that they develop socially as well. However, pay close attention to what interests them. Rather than a social activity such as a little league team or gymnastics class, they might prefer something like a music, dance or art course instead.
Take them on trips. Some people don’t think to take their children on trips until they are much older than a preschooler. However, remember that a gifted child is always inquisitive. That’s why taking them to local places like a children’s theatre or museum or even out of town a few times a year can prove to be extremely beneficial. The more that you expose them to, the more their minds will expand and develop. This is always a good thing when it comes to gifted kids.
Set up play dates. Say that rather than placing your preschooler into a Montessori Preschool in your area, you decide to homeschool them instead. Although there are actually a lot of benefits that come with choosing to homeschool a gifted child, if you do decide to go this route, it’s important that you still make sure that your child has friends to spend time with. One way that you can do this is to set up play dates; especially with other children who are homeschooled. (One website that can provide you some benefits of homeschooling children is Raise Smart Kid.
Go to the site and put “benefits of homeschooling” in the search field.)
Spend quality time with them. One of the main things to keep in mind is that although your child is gifted, they are still a child. This means that they still need your attention, affection and constant reassurance; especially emotionally. That’s why it’s essential that you make a point to spend some quality time with them each and every day. Out of all of the things that you can give to help them to thrive, love goes on top of the list!