Gifted children approach learning in different ways than most children. While not all gifted children excel academically, they are often capable of working two or more years beyond grade level. They may teach themselves things without formal instruction. They tend to learn more rapidly, and to need less repetition. Gifted children often benefit from compacting and condensing of academic material, while also learning best from more expanded and in depth exposure to topics. Degree of giftedness also impacts learning. Understanding more about your gifted child is important in planning curriculum needs and a comprehensive assessment can help parents make more informed educational decisions.
Frequently parents of gifted children ask whether their child should skip a grade or enter Kindergarten a year early. These are both forms of grade acceleration and are options to consider with gifted children. Along with intellectual ability, many additional factors also need to be considered, and gifted children's learning needs frequently change as they mature. However, grade acceleration is only one of many possiblities and parents need to know all the options before making any decisions. When we assess children we look at their intellectual, social and emotional development, and consider standardized testing along with maturity factors, and parent and teacher information.