You’re pushing them to learn! Of course they seem smart.
If I could have a dime for every time I’d heard that accusation, I’d be rolling in dimes. You don’t push a gifted child. If anything, they push you. That said, I must admit that Ducky is not quite two-and-half, and I just stocked up a bunch of curriculum for his classes. You see, toddlers are natural imitators. If I sweep the floor he gets his mini broom and tries to help. When I plant flowers, he grabs the trowel and digs up something I really didn’t want excavated. And since I’m a home-school mom, he’s been begging for school since he could talk. After all, Pumpkin does school. The fact that Pumpkin is six-and-a-half years older really doesn’t compute.
Ducky was really excited to see his school books arrive, even though his books are mostly drawing books. I did get a cutting book and some really cute scissors for tots. Ducky’s curriculum is mostly directed play, though he has informed me that he is going to learn to read. That’s the way it works for gifted kids — they give orders like that.
Meanwhile, Pumpkin is getting very excited for the beginning of school. He wanted to get “experiment supplies” while we were out today and was overjoyed that I’d actually planned nothing but science experiments for his science curriculum. I have twenty art projects already planned too, which actually had him so excited that he whooped while we were in the 99 Cents Store. “What was that all about?” a total stranger wanted to know. You should have seen the look she gave me when I told her that he was excited about school stuff. “Must be one of them straight A students,” she mumbled, shooting her son a glowering look. And wouldn’t you know, Pumpkin corrected her grammar.