Something playing on my mind, which I don't feel comfortable discussing in RL, so wondered if I could ask here.
Last week, I bought a set of Bond Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning books, aged 9-10 years, for DS1, aged 9. (We live in an area with part selective secondaries, and I just wondered what the fuss was about).
Anyway, I left the books on the kitchen table, children came in from school, DS1 flicks through the Verbal Reasoning book, DS2 has a snack and reads the Beano, I potter around kitchen chatting to DS1 about verbal reasoning etc etc...
Then, after 20 mins, DS2 (aged 5 years, Year 1) announces that he likes the orange book, and can I check it for him - he's basically sat down with a pencil while we were chatting and done the first 4 pages of the first paper, and got them all right. Never seen them before, never heard of non-verbal reasoning before. I hadn't even opened the book.
That was Tuesday. He's now finished the first 3 papers, and got them all right. He's getting up at 6.30, ignoring CBeebies, and going straight for the books.
It's obviously the way his brain works, but I am just wondering what it shows - is it something that just clicks at some point and it's just clicked early for him? Why do they actually test it? Does it show he will be good at a certain type of subject (maths?)? Is it worth mentioning to school - I have a very good relationship with school, and with his teacher, and we do often chat about stuff, but the if this is not a big deal and is typical for a 5 year old, I don't want to look pushy or stupid.
I guess I'm asking, what's normal for non verbal reasoning in a 5 year old?
Events have moved on slightly - DS2's teacher grabbed me after school, to ask if DS2 had lost his non verbal reasoning book, as it wasn't in his bag, and he'd been worried about it? She had no idea what he was talking about. I explained what had happened this week, and that I'd been wondering whether to mention it, and that the book was safely of the kitchen table where he'd left it.
Anyway, she said they'd been watching ds2 over the past few weeks, particularly in maths, because he seems very ahead (he is in top table, but she seemed to think he is working at a different level entirely). She said they are totally aware, that the non verbal reasoning stuff backs up what they were thinking anyway, and they'll keep watching.
Literacy is good, and they also moved him up a level today, but she said the maths is exceptional (she actually said "different league").
My eldest is a bright, hard working deep thinking, mature and very sensitive boy, who is quite emotional, so I have pretty much let DS2 get on with things himself, and he seems such a baby in many ways. Feel quite taken aback by this.