I have began receiving comments about my son who will be two in May, and some people have even asked if he is gifted. I really didn't know what gifted was until i researched it and i can across this board and you all seem to have children similar to my son. Well, he as always been bored with his toys unless it'a a musical instrument, car, or blocks. But he as always figured out shape, and color sorters rather quickly, one time we got him a shape sorter and we took it back the next day because as soon as we opened it, he completed it. by the time he was 18 months he know all of the letters and some sounds. he can count to ten ( we only really taught him to count to four), can identify over 25 animals, and identify shapes and colors. We never have to try to really teach him any of these execpt for the letters, and he learned them all in less than 2 months. He picks up on things rather quickly and i think that is why he knows as much as he does. Reading time will last a good 30-45 minutes and he loves long stories. His speech is great (at the most 4 word sentences) and has been able to do 2-3 step commands before 18 months. He rote reads or memorized many of his simple books after hearing it 2 or 3 times. He is very polite, he says thank you and sorry without me telling him. He bows his head to say "Thank you Amen" before he eats. this is my only child, so i dont know what is normal, or what is execptional. what do you parents think?