This page will help you see where your child might fit on the scale between "bright" to truly "gifted." Try printing this chart out and plotting your child's talents along each row of dots. To print out a PDF version of this page, click here. Whatever your child's place on this continuum, celebrate his/her enthusiasm, curiosity, and talents!


 

THE BRIGHT CHILD   THE GIFTED CHILD
Knows the answers   Asks the questions
Is interested   Is highly curious
Is attentive   Is mentally and physically involved
Works hard   Plays around, yet tests well
Answers the questions   Discusses in detail, elaborates
Is in the top group   Is beyond the group
Listens with interest   Shows strong feelings and opinions
Learns with ease   Already knows
Needs 6-8 repetitions for mastery   Needs 1-2 repetitions
Understands ideas   Constructs abstractions
Enjoys peers   Prefers adults
Grasps the meaning   Draws inferences
Completes assignments   Initiates projects
Is receptive   Is intense
Copies accurately   Creates a new design

Source: Janice Robbins, PhD - Family Education Network

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