We received the letter from the school about Aiden’s testing for the gifted program. He is officially “gifted”! He scored in the 99th percentile for cognitive, the 95th percentile for spatial, and the 35th percentile for verbal.
That’s right. 35th. Doesn’t that seem wierd to you? It sure does to me. So I’m going to definitely be asking about that part. I will have him retested for that if I have too. Believe me when I say there is NO WAY this child is only in the 35th percentile for verbal. Although when I was talking to the Primary President at church yesterday, she said, “Well, of course. Because if he doesn’t want to do something, he won’t. That’s Aiden.” That made perfect sense to me, as I was afraid of all the testing because I knew he will just refuse to do something if he doesn’t like it or if he finds it too dull.
Anyway, with this “diagnosis” comes extra attention at school. Yay! He’s supposed to get something like 2-3 hours a week of extra something. I don’t know what, but something. I think Aiden will like it. He’s really thriving in his reading group (he was moved to the top reading group in a first grade class), and he asks to attend Clubs after school. Apparantly Clubs is actually extra instruction for the kids who are having difficulties and are behind. Aiden just wants to do something fun, and I guess a lot of kids he knows have to go to Clubs. When I told him it was for kids who needed extra help, he said, “But I’m having difficulties, too!” I was worried he’d purposely fall behind just to get to hang out with other kids, but he didn’t.
We got his progress report this weekend, and he’s doing well in all his subjects and is really improving in his listening skills. He’s following directions better, and is working on not interrupting Miss B. when she is talking.
In other news… Aiden has asked to play hockey. Well, not only can we not afford it, but he has never been ice skating. However, I found out about free skating/hockey lessons through the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s a program called Tanner’s Kids. He goes for three 45 minute sessions, gets a jersey, and gets to use skates and hockey equipment there. The only requirements are the child must be between ages 4 and 9, and the child can’t be registered for any other skating or hockey program. Aiden fits, so I signed him up. His first lesson is March 10th, and he couldn’t be more excited. I’m not looking forward to driving up to Scottsdale at the beginning of rush hour, but oh well. He really wants to do this. I hope he has fun (but not too much fun, because we still can’t afford to sign him up for hockey once the lessons are over!).
All in all, I think it’s a good time to be Aiden. 😀