Would it be an advantage to “give” a five or seven year old a genius IQ? Yes!
Would you like to know how?
Here are some traits of gifted children that I was able to gather from the "authorities", which are very vague:
Perceptive, curious, possessing a large vocabulary, reaching milestones early, able to learn concepts easily, interested in learning, able to learn by themselves, become immersed in specific topics like space or dinosaurs, empathetic, generates original thoughts.
My seven year old is all of that, but does that mean he's gifted or does that mean we did our jobs as parents? At the age of seven, how can you really tell? I don't think I've seen a five or seven year old child that I couldn't make curious, that I couldn't get to come up with something resembling an original idea, that I couldn't teach how to read a few words or add some numbers or play a new game. Even if they weren't that way before, most kids that I've seen have the capacity to do those things.
Therefore, is giftedness, genius even, trainable?
By grade 2, which my seven year old firstborn just entered, any child can be cultivated to measure gifted. He is at the very top of the class, finishing his daily work within minutes because he already knows it. My wife and I were going to suggest something to the teacher but she got to us first, asking that we bring in extra projects for him to plow through during his free time.
I look at it this way: Skills are in the training. Natural athletes without training are destroyed by average athletes with a good coach. A mathematical genius will never be able to build a bridge like a run-of-the-mill trained engineer. I guarantee that, by the age of seven, I can make practically any child seem like a genius. If I can do it, then you probably can too. Here is the strategy that I’ve used on my kids: