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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Gifted @Play
This month, Hoagies' Gifted
Education Page shares our Blog Hop on Gifted @Play. Bloggers from all corners of the gifted
community--parents, teachers and counselors, from the U.S., Europe,
Australia and New Zealand--join us to share their
perspectives on play: outdoors, indoors, creative, active, child,
teen and adult.
Don't miss last month's inaugural Blog Hop,
The "G" Word.
If you'd like to join our next Blog Hop, contact us at
Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our Blog Hop graphics!
Find great toys, games and puzzles for gifted kids @play on
Hoagies' Smart Toys & Games (and Adults!),
including Smart Family and Party
Games, Smart Hands-On Toys and
Puzzles and Smart Word Games,
Go out and play. Go Geocaching! by
Carolyn K., in
Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
- Growing up in the 60s and 70s, we kids heard that all the time. "Go out
and play!" Research shows that nature is good for us. But how do I get my
kids outside into Nature? Here's a game that's nerdy enough to appeal to
gifted kids of all ages: Geocaching!...
and the Gifted Visual-Spatial Child by
Crushing Tall Poppies
- LEGO® are definitely an ingenious multi-use toy that has stood the test of
time. The thoughts and ideas of what one can do with LEGO® keep building and
growing, one idea upon the next, exponentially: construction, learning,
Math, Science, art, music, transportation, engineering, robotics, Geometry,
parks, stores, events…. oh this list can truly be endless. Endless
possibilities, just like the toy itself!
Playing with Game Theory: Altruism or Evil? by
Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts
on Life and Learning
- When I think of games, I think of children gaming their parents,
politicians gaming their opponents, businesses gaming their customers. I
think of economists and marketing experts, fundraisers and military
strategists, stockbrokers and business owners. I think of zero-sum games,
cooperative games, collective-action games. I think of highly
analytical minds winning and minds with less analytical ability losing...
Learning to Play at Nerd Camp by Jay (Jade) Piltser and Andy Cowan, in
Discover Your Awesome
- For the first time, when I was in a group of gifted kids, I was able to
just feel like a normal kid. One of the friends I made in that first year at
CY-TAG is still among my best friends, 17 years later. This kind of play,
this easy, cooperative interaction with no point or goal beyond the fun, was
both alien and wonderful. It felt relaxing, and I felt connected to other
people in a way that I could rarely do at home...
The Gift of a Friend by
The Grayson School
- “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What!
You too? I thought I was the only one.’” -C.S. Lewis
Friendship can be difficult for gifted children. For some, the issue may be
asynchronous development: they may be very advanced academically but
immature socially, which makes finding an intellectual peer they can also
have fun with challenging. Some gifted learners may struggle with social
skills or social awkwardness, and need extra support to practice skills that
seem to come naturally to others. Other students may simply feel socially
isolated, like they don’t blend in with other students their age...
Overthinking Play by
Braver than you believe
- The most interesting thing is that, once they start playing, it's hard to
make them stop. Not because THEY don't want to stop, because I don't want
them to stop. It's utterly mind-boggling what seeps into their play.
Kid One: Let's divide all these dominoes...hey, that's just like division!
Kid Two: What's that?
Kid One: Really? You don't know? Let me show you.....
Are We Having Fun Yet? by Paula Prober,
Your Rainforest Mind
- Have you ever wondered how a rainforest-minded (g-g-g-gifted) adult
defines play/fun? Perhaps, you’ve been told that you’re too serious or too
studious. That you need to lighten up, relax and have more fun. Be more
spontaneous and less OCD. And you respond: “I AM having fun. I’m READING!”...
Carrot Vs Stick – Sticker Reward For Piano Playing by
- When a child writes a poem spontaneously or composes music on his own,
that can be seen as play and relaxation. I am so glad he has found another
Ditch the Worksheets, Become a Picasso, a Kindergartener, and a Gifted@play! by Carolyn Fox,
A 2E Fox Revived
- Csikszentmihalyi pioneered the field of creativity and flow and what he
found is especially relevant for gifted parents and kids:
1. All creative individuals remained childlike for life. The sense of
wonder, the sense of play stayed. The feeling of awe stayed too. The intense
curiosity never went away, even if one was 90 years old. Please gifted
parents, keep this point in mind!!!...
Gifted Children Need the Gifted of Play by
Gail Post in
- Given the social, emotional, and academic benefits of play, insisting that
gifted children - all children - have plenty of opportunity for free,
unstructured play time is essential. It seems that a reversal of No Child
Left Behind quotas, overscheduled activities, and performance driven goals
are in order. All children deserve the gift of play...
Gifted Adults at Play - 1
by Laura W on
- How do you keep the judgmentalism and the analysis from paralyzing you and
preventing you from trying something new? Some people do so through family
support systems. But my husband knows very little about music or musical
performance and my children are grown and far away. Family support wasn't
enough. Luckily the instructors and fellow students helped, but it took a
lot of courage for me to get through that first year...
- Laura also offers another perspective with
Gifted Adults at Play - 2 What is the appeal of gaming? It requires
personal engagement with the game and with other people. There are rules to
the games, but there are many different winning strategies. There are a lot
of other types of play that gifted people like as well, but I think the
active involvement with challenging and varying games is a big plus for
Calculate your Leisure Profile
by Jo on Sprite's Site
- Have a consultation with the Psych-Owl-Ogist and take the Dabrowski Dogs’
survey in order to calculate your leisure profile...
Learning Through Play by
Suki Wessling in Avant Parenting
- Just look around at any group of adults over 40. Did any of us have
academic instruction in kindergarten? Probably a few. Most of us went to
play-based kindergartens where academics was limited to singing the alphabet
song. But here we are, inventing amazing handheld devices, making
groundbreaking films, running thriving small businesses, working as dental
hygienists and truck drivers and police officers...and, most importantly,
raising our children...
The Games Our Children Play by
Planet Smarty Pants
- I know that Smarty plays differently, but I am wondering how much for this
is due to her intelligence and how much is due to her personality. As any
Western child these days, Smarty has too many toys, but she never played
much with them. She was never into building elaborate pretend worlds and
couldn’t care less about dolls. Her most favorite object is not a toy, but a
baby blanket. Ever since she started to read fluently at 4, she would spend
more free time reading than playing...
this is our normal by
A Voracious Mind
- The importance of play, in whatever form, is paramount in our life.
Unschooling allows for unlimited learning through play. When you enjoy what
you are doing it feels like play even if it doesn't look like it to the
of Your Mind in
Learning by Hand-in-Hand
- Him: But I just want to play.
Me: You don’t have time to play. We have to leave now.
As those very words escaped my mouth, “You don’t have time to play”, I knew
I was doing something wrong as a parent. Soon after, I made the decision to
homeschool and to trust in my children’s ability to lead the way to a
different style of learning – one based on their natural curiosity...
March 01, 2016