Gifted Children/Grandson


QUESTION: I first noticed my grandson's advanced behavior on a trip to the grocery store.  At 14 months he repeatedly pointed to the shelves of products and identified letters and their sounds regardless of print script etc.  He could accurately give me the sounds of 18 letters of the alphabet including letters with different sounds like C "see" and "K" sound.  By age 2 yrs 7 months he was reading 1st grade readers with appropriate inflection etc.  He is now 4 yrs 1 month and he can add and subtract number thru 20.  Count past 100.  He links numbers and patterns without a problem.  He has finished a first grade level workbook on mathematics, reading and spelling.  I want to purchase him an appropriate curriculum to begin doing at home with his mom.  He loves doing paper work and can write all letters of the alphabet and can color pictures within the lines for the most part.  Please advise

ANSWER: Hello,

For some reason I wasn't notified of your question. I just found it now. I'm sorry you've been waiting.

I'd like to ask you a couple questions, if I may?  I'm wondering why you are looking for a home curriculum, out of a number of available options. Has your grandson's mother discussed having a home curriculum, and expressed the intention to commit to such a labor-intensive endeavor?

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QUESTION: His mother was educated at home.  (She went to college on a full academic scholarship for aeronautical engineering)  Her husband was educated in public school and has a post graduate degree in computational mathematics.  They have decided to educate their children at home.  They reside in MA.  My daughter is looking for workbooks etc.  for him.  He loves to do "book work".  Both my daughter and her husband are committed to educating their children at home and understand the challenges this will represent.

Thank you for your responses - they are helpful.

There are 2 resources which are absolute treasures:

Free Spirit Publishing,, has books, family games, and more, about gifted children, academic development, and as important, if not more so, emotional and character development. It may require considerable rigorous self restraint when looking at the catalog , though, because their materials are so great it's hard to not buy armloads of their material.

The other is the Critical Thinking Company,, which is also a rich resource. Over the last few years there is a movement to teach critical thinking. Rather than memorizing tons of facts, we need to teach our kids how to think and problem solve, learning how to learn. The whole family can enjoy the multi-level materials.

There is a previous answer of mine which will be useful to you, from 2/2012 "10 month old very interested in books." The ages are different, of course, but there are a few issues I address, about being gifted, that apply to your grandson as well.

You're always welcome to write to me again.  

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Faith A. Coleman MD


No questions are off-limits. My strengths are understanding what questioners are really trying to ask, knowing the right questions to get to useful answers, and putting complicated, subject-specific words and concepts into language accessible to lay-persons. The topic is fascinating and can be surprising, the opposite of what might logically seem expected of giftedness. I am skilled in identifying giftedness at any age, including very early in life.


Children constitute about one-third of the patients in a Family Medicine practice. I was Director of Children's and Women's Public Health Education Programs with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. I have two highly gifted children, one of whom attended Roeper School, listed first in this site's Sponsored Links. I was the health expert for Roeper's board of directors; I maintain contacts there. I'm on the board of directors of several organizations of which I'm a member. I spent a summer as the Medical Director of a camp for kids with ADD, ADHD, and psychiatric disorders. Editor, Medical Economics Publishing Co. licensure to teach K-12 in Oklahoma, with added qualification in Journalism

Champions for Children: Advocacy, resources, quality assessment, for early childhood daycare (Board of Directors). American Academy of Family Physicians. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. READ: Advocacy, education, resources for teaching and encouraging literacy in adults. East Texas Network for Children (Planning Board).

Journals: Medical Economics, Contemporary OB/Gyn, Diagnostic Medicine. Albuquerque Journal Daily, Tyler Daily News, New Mexico Daily Lobo, New Citizen Weekly, Alpena News, daily.

BA, Journalism MD University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Internship, Detroit Medical Center. Family Practice Residency, Top-100 Hospital - Beaumont. Clinical Faculty appointments to three medical schools. Faculty, Family Practice Residency, Detroit area.

Awards and Honors
Two official commendations awarded by United States Army for service and contributions to young soldiers and families. Publishing Internship, Medical Economics Publishing Company. Research Internship, Hastings Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. Woman Medical Student of the Year. Numerous others.

Past/Present Clients
As above in experiences, publications and awards. Many thousands of patient/family encounters.

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