LAnguage Immersion Programs and Gifted Children
My son just started in school. I suspect he is gifted. We chose an immersion program with the idea that the program would be challenging and stimulating. (The material is the same but at least it is taught in another language!) So here is my question/ concern. My child's gifts are in the mechanical / creative / spacial and ability to figure out how things work area... not too big of a surprise in that we have inventors and accomplished engineers in our family... Anyway, the spoken word, aka verbal area is not his strong point. In fact, sometimes he struggles to find the words for describing his inventions etc. Has always made up for this using a lot of hand gestures. He also seems to struggle with pronunciation.
So with that information we went ahead and enrolled him in an immersion program. So far it seems to be going OK. (Funny how he is able to remember the foreign words for science related matters.) Anway, my thinking was that this program would somehow strenghten his verbal skills by forcing him to try something that probably does not come natural to him.
My concern is that we put him in a program that will not highlight his gifts. The program runs through middle school years. Intellectually I think this is the right thing to do. After all, isn't the idea to challenge gifted kids? Yet, I want him to have the opportuinity to shine and explore the areas he is interested in.
- Any comments / feedback? Doe anyone out there have a child who is incredibly mechanically gifted yet has some verbal deficiencies?
- I guess my question comes down to this... Is it better to build on gifts already there? Or is it more beneficial to try to create paths for learning in a new way..