I’m rather hesitant to say this kind of thing, but going through several child care websites (official ones, not ones made by average people), I think we have to make the choice whether to get our daughter tested.
As she’s learning two languages at once, it’s difficult to determine if she’s great with language. She speaks mostly Japanese, and she’s getting fairly conversational at 3 years and 2 months old. I’m not sure if she’s learning at a normal rate, as she’s also learning English. She knows a lot of words in English, and occasionally speaks English. She understands what I say to her, but she always responds in Japanese. Of course, this is quite normal, as it’s what she hears and uses more often than not. It’s really only with me and sometimes with my wife that she’s using English. But we shouldn’t worry about her English ability, as it’ll catch up quickly by 5 years old.
However, when we observe her drawing ability, we are amazed. I’d checked what kids her age should be drawing. She should be drawing faces with a circle and two dots for eyes. Then there may be arms and legs growing out of the head like sticks. That’s all. The first face she drew when she was still 2 years old had circles for eyes with circles for pupils. It also had a nose and a smiling mouth.
But since that time, it’s evolved into faces with winking eyes, eyelashes, hair, ears, full bodies, legs, and arms with hands that have fingers. She’s quite detailed. She’s drawn her favourite characters with surprising accuracy for a child her age.
I checked what age her drawing ability represents. It seems like anyone who saw her drawings would think she’s 4 or 5 years old.
She is obsessed with drawing. Our home is filled with large pieces of paper with her artwork. She goes through several sheets of paper every day.
It’s not just art she loves. She also has an interest in dancing, singing, and music. She has a big artistic side. On top of that, she loves building things with Lego. When she makes something, she usually uses symmetry, and once made the starship Enterprise without knowing what it is. She even tries yoga poses and has good balance.
As for writing, she can write her name in both English and Japanese. But the unusual thing is that she writes each letter from the top right instead of the top left. It’s kind of how a left-handed child might write a letter, but she uses her right hand. Not sure what’s going on there.
So, we have some things to think about. Do we get her tested? Is she gifted or merely just ahead of her peers?