Sure, your kid is smart--but is she gifted? Read on to find out.
We all know moms on the playground who can't seem to stop bragging about their kid.
"Catie got a A in English. She's gifted."
"Roger played Heart and Soul on the piano--he's a genius!"
Well, here's some reassurance for moms who are plain sick of hearing about little Einstein. Baby wonders are rare--according to recent data, only 2 to 5% of children are considered gifted.
Here's some clarification: A "genius" is a child who's gifted to an unusual degree (think Mozart) and those talents have actively come to fruition. In other words, if your little one is solving calculus problems at the age of 5, he's considered a genius.
Being "gifted," on the other hand, means you have the capability or potential to excel in one or more subjects. However, if your kid knows his letters and numbers at the age of two, chances are he's just a quick learner. And if you work with your child to cultivate his talent, he may excel faster than the other kids--but, given enough time, most other kids will catch up.
What's the difference between gifted and smart? Go to PAGE 2.