About Gifted Children

What do we know about gifted children? Plenty! But much of what we “know” isn’t true. Learn to distinguish between the myths and the reality. More »

Toys for Gifted Kids

Too many toys packed away in the closet or under the bed after only a few weeks (or days...or hours) of play? Find some toys your child will be sure to find fun, entertaining, and challenging. More »

Books for Gifted Kids

Gifted kids are often avid readers, but some need to be encouraged to read. Whether your child can\'t get enough to read or needs to be encouraged, you\'ll want some good books. More »

Information for Parents

Parenting a gifted child can be a challenge, more than most people realize. While gifted kids can be delightful, they can also be...difficult. And since most people don\'t understand what it\'s like to be the parent of a gifted child, it can be lonely and isolating. Here is some help. More »

 

6 Things You Think You Understand About Gifted Kids But Don’t

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Everyone knows about gifted kids, right? If you are the parent of a gifted child, you probably know more than most others do. After all, you have on at home and have first-hand experience. However, as I like to say, if you’ve met one gifted child, you’ve met one gifted child. In other words, the gifted child you know is the gifted child you have. They aren’t all alike any more than other children are alike. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have an understanding of gifted children in general. Even if you have a gifted child or know one, you may not know gifted children as well as you think you do.

How Well Do You Know Gifted Kids?

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So you think you know all about gifted kids?  Test your knowledge by taking this little quiz. It has 24 questions, but you’ll get only 10 since not everyone has the patience to answer more than ten at a time. You can take the quiz more than once and each time you take it, you’ll get a different mix of questions. However, if you want to go through all 24 questions at one time, just go to the 24-question quiz. But keep in mind that you probably can’t load both quizzes at the same time.

Take a quiz and tell us how you did! Then invite your friends to take it.

What Do You Think “Fair” Means?

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Who hasn’t heard that expression before? We all know what it means. What one person sees as beautiful is not what another person sees as beautiful. In other words, our idea of beauty is subjective. While few people would disagree with the idea that beauty is subjective, they don’t always agree on other concepts being subjective. Take the word “fair.” That word is tossed around a lot, but for some reason the people doing the tossing think everyone sees fairness the same way. They don’t.

Calendar of Holidays for February

February Calendar

Gifted kids love learning, love being challenged, love keeping busy, so it can be exhausting to find things for them to learn and to do. One easy way to find fun things to do and to learn about is by checking out the holidays and observances of each month. Those listed here are the ones I think are perfect for gifted kids and their families. Valentine’s Day is one we all know about, but there are so many others.

Holidays and Special Days in the Fourth Week of January

January Calendar

The last seven days of January can provide you with some fun activities for you and your child. Not only can you have some fun with the holidays and observances during this week, but you and your child also have the opportunity to learn something new. For example, some schools these days are eliminating the teaching of cursive writing. Now that might seem like a great thing for those gifted kids with nearly illegible handwriting, but it can also be a problem. National Handwriting Day is a day to learn about why handwriting is a good thing and what can happen when kids no longer learn it.

Your child can learn something during this week, too. She can learn about compliments and encouragement, and she can learn about kazoos and music. Kazoos are fun, too! Speaking of fun, how about some fun drawing dinosaurs on Draw a Dinosaur Day or working some puzzles. And imagine the fun the whole family can have on Backwards Day.