Definition of intelligent –clever, bright, brilliant, sharp, quick, quick-witted, quick on the uptake, smart, canny, astute, intuitive, thinking, acute, alert, keen, insightful, perceptive,perspicacious, penetrating, discerning
Hmm’ What do you do if you’ve got one of these?! And what do you do if your highly intelligent child has chronic fatigue?
When Luca was 3 his favourite television programmes were River Cottage and Grand Designs. It wasn’t until he was 5 that he showed any interest in children’s television programmes at all, except we did watch Peppa Pig together. I did try to interest him in more children’s television but he clearly found it sort of disturbing and too ‘full on’. Since he has been 5 though he has caught up with most of the programmes, choosing to watch things aimed at very young children like Tickety Tock and Postman Pat. He seemed to find these comforting.
So .. .we used these comforting programmes as a way of helping Luca to rest while he is not well. This seemed to work until Luca picked up a bit health-wise. The programmes that helped him rest now seemed to be pulling him down. We reassessed things and decided with Luca that he could try watching some more stimulating children’s television when he was feeling well enough. Luca was delighted and found some things we all agreed would be OK to watch. Before we knew where we were he had moved onto Denace the Menace and Thunderbirds . We were sort of pleased about Thunderbids because my husband likes it (!) and because we thought it was good that Luca was branching out and watching slightly more scary things! I regretted allowing Denace the Menace because now Luca seems to think he is Nasher!
Anyway today Luca said “I’m not sure that children’s programmes are good for me Mummy. I think maybe I should be watching more adult things!” And he never stops going on about wanting us to upgrade our Sky subscription so he can have the documentary channels like National Geographic! Luca is clearly hungry for more mental stimulation. I have been trying things like teaching him to knit, writing stories, teaching him how to use my sewing machine, animation programmes on the computer but nothing seems to be really ‘cutting it’. He is hungry for knowledge. He keeps asking about radioactivity as he read about it in his encyclopedia. Richard showed him a short video on it and now he keeps telling us that bananas are radio-active! Did you know that?
It is frustrating because Luca is hungry for knowledge yet not well enough for school! Luca isn’t well enough to sit and read books or sit in a classroom with thirty other children. I’m still trying to think of ways to stimulate Luca without exhausting him. Every stage has been a challenge but this is the biggest one in some ways maybe because I am a ‘heart’ person, not a ‘head’ person. I only like thinking about things I can attach feeling to. I may need to let Luca lead me into this unknown territory – the world of sensitivity, creativity, intuition and intelligence. Who knows what Luca could do with all of this? We certainly have no idea! We’re just highly curious, watching it all unfold before our eyes!