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Great ideas, thanks!
He's not into sports at all--it's not his thing. But he does love math and science and he begged me last summer to enroll him in a $600, two week math camp. $600 was just more than we could afford and he was heartbroken. He's asked again this year and we are considering it. On top of being so smart, he's also the sweetest little boy ever. He's got such a great personality and he'll melt your heart in a second. All his teachers really like him, and believe it or not, he's sometimes teased by his peers because he is quiet and reserved and doesn't talk much. That worries me a little. It is not in his personality to stand up for himself. I am however, a stay at home mom and highly involved with the school and will be substitute teaching there in the fall, so I hope to keep a closer eye on things. I do feel incredibly lucky. All of our kids are super awesome in thier own special way and my husband and I hit the kid lottery! :) Thanks again.
Thanks for your insight, I appreciate it. I would NOT consider allowing him to skip a grade. I really want him to be just like everyone else and he doesn't like being the center of attention and I know he wouldn't feel comfortable doing that--so it's not even on my radar of possibilities. One thing that is on the table however, is a transfer to a nearby school for gifted children when he will be entering 3rd grade. While this may be a no-brainer for some parents, for our family it's a bit more complicated as my middle child is just one year younger than my son and they are very close. At school they hate being apart (even though thier classes are right next to each other), and when one is sick and has to stay home, the other cries and protests going to school. I would have to think about it very carefully before seperating them. They are like twins (they are "Irish twins") ;)
So much to think about! Thanks again!
I do think about what is in thier best interest which is why I am taking this so seriously. While I know he is very bright, he is only 7 years old and in the whole spectrum of his life, he's still a baby. I have to consider all aspects of his personality as well as the educational implications; his emotional well being is an even higher priority than getting him extra academic services.
Thanks again for all your help and advice.
Awww, thanks! XXXXX agree, this is a "good" problem to have and I certainly welcome it. I appreciate that you can understand my situation with my children being so close. They are the best of friends and while my middle daughter is probably not gifted in the same way as my son, she is HIGHLY creative and we do all we can to encourage all that is special about each of them. I think as the time gets closer to making a decision, we'll come to the right conclusion! :)