03 year old wishes to be part of Mensa

http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/jun2011-daily/02-06-2011/u72372.htm

Published in Daily Jang (Pakistan’s leading Urdu newspaper), 02 June 2011

 
News in English: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392978/Saffron-Pledger-3-IQ-140-sets-sights-Mensa.html#ixzz1O8IWzAqx

Daily Mail UK: Girl, three, with IQ of 140 who already reads bedtime stories to her baby sister

By COLIN FERNANDEZ

Last updated at 4:02 AM on 2nd June 2011

She reads to her baby sister and competes with her dad for the best score while watching Countdown.

Yet Saffron Pledger is only three years old – and won’t even start school for another year and a half.

The little girl, who can also write and count to 50, is now set to join high IQ society Mensa after tests revealed she has an IQ of 140.

Smart: Saffron, from Southend, Essex, has undergone a series of tests for Mensa - and is set to become one of its youngest membersSmart: Saffron, from Southend, Essex, has undergone a series of tests for Mensa – and is set to become one of its youngest members

While neither of her parents has a degree, it seems Saffron takes after her father Danny, who has won Channel 4’s Countdown eight times.

But despite an IQ that makes her brighter than 98 per cent of the population, she has the interests of a typical three-year-old.

Saffron, whose favourite cartoon is Peppa Pig, said: ‘I am only a little girl but I’m very pleased to have passed these tests, even if they were quite hard. I will be very pleased to become a member of Mensa.

‘When I grow up I would like to play with toys all day. I am going to school soon and I will paint and draw and run around.’

Child prodigy: Saffron Pledger reading to baby sister Willow despite only being threeChild prodigy: Saffron Pledger reads a book to her baby sister Willow – despite only being three

Mr Pledger, 23, a website designer, said: ‘She likes watching Countdown with me, that’s helped her learn the letters.

‘She can spot very simple words on there. She’s very competitive, I’ll say I’ve got a seven letter word and she’ll say she’s got an eight.’

Saffron’s mother Kirstie, 23, a  T-shirt designer, added: ‘She’s very confident when talking to different people, no matter who they are, and reads stories to her seven-month-old sister Willow.

‘She can add up and subtract, she can read and write. If we get a book out of the library I’ll read it to her once and she’ll read it back to me the next time.’

Clever like Dad: Saffron is the daughter of eight-times Countdown champion Danny Pledger (pictured in 2010)Clever like Dad: Saffron is the daughter of eight-times Countdown champion Danny Pledger (pictured in 2010)

Making mum and dad proud: Saffron's parents Kirsty and Danny say her intellect and high IQ became clear from an even younger ageMaking mum and dad proud: Saffron’s parents Kirsty and Danny say her intellect and high IQ became clear from an even younger age

On the advice of a health visitor, Mr and Mrs Pledger took Saffron to have her IQ tested by a child psychologist, who suggested the family contact Mensa.

If accepted, Saffron will become the youngest member and the second youngest ever to join. In 2009, Elise Tan Roberts from London joined the society, aged two years and four months.

Mensa said that despite her age, Saffron’s IQ would put her among the brightest in a class of six- and seven-year-olds.

A spokesman added: ‘Saffron’s results from the IQ test will be adjudicated by our psychologist. We should be able to confirm her membership within two weeks.’

The questions Saffron sailed through

 

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