I agree with the kindy director in as much as I am sure that a parent who enjoys parenting and shares a wide range of experiences with their child (and they do not have to cost money), their child is more likely to be able to find things to occupy, amuse and interest them. Parents can believe their child is the cleverest ever, but it surely takes more than a parent's belief to make that child gifted or talented!
A friend of mine has a son who plays footy professionally. She told me that she had seen kids who had talent but couldn't be bothered, fail to go any further and had seen kids with far less talent but more application, make the grade. I guess what I'm trying to say is, eventually it is down to the kid?
I might sound mad, but I don't think people should make a fuss over their child's ability; just make sure the kid's needs are catered for. It seems to me that kids that are gifted just are. They are not necessarily a product of nurture, just have a special ability in that area. I also feel that effort is as, if not more, important than achievement.
In my limited experience, it seems to me that school is a huge, varied learning experience. Schools offer vocational training, specialist programmes (sports, dance, music etc), courses where (selected) kids can improve their skills, such as literacy- or maths-focus groups, groups to enhance confidence, team-work, friendship, lunch clubs, sports clubs....counselling...the list goes on, but as I have, I will close now!
Good night M_M - you should never have given me permission to ramble lol!
And Rachie? I'm sure no-one could take offence at your comments