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Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hops

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page introduces our new Blog Hops!

What's a Blog Hop?  It's a chance for bloggers to get together and talk about a specific topic, and a chance for readers to hop around from blog to blog, getting different perspectives on that topic.  When our girls were preschoolers, we enjoyed hopping around the parenting blog hops. And now, we enjoy Hoagies' very own Blog Hops!

Want to join our Blog Hop?  It's easy!  E-mail us at HoagiesGifted.org. Write your blog post on the month's topic, and schedule your blog post to publish at 12:30 a.m.(00:30) on the day of the blog hop.  Submit your permalink (provided by your blog software) and the text of your blog by the 27th of the month before the Blog Hop.  We'll send you that month's link and graphic, to add to the bottom of your blog to link it into the Hop.  That's it!

Join us for any or all of the rest of our 2016 Blog Hops!

December - Child Activists - Supporting Gifted Idealist Children! 

January 2017 - Happy New Year!  No Blog Hop this month.

February 2017 - Executive Skills. We all want 'em, but who's got 'em?  And how did you get them??

Emotional Intelligence. To some of us, this means everything, the all-encompassing social/emotional development of the gifted individual.  To others, it means nothing except an excuse schools use to decline to educate our gifted children, ignoring their academic needs as an aside. What does Emotional Intelligence mean to you?  Read this month's blogs and I'm certain you'll find one or many that resonate with you.

Grade Acceleration / Early Kindergarten / Early College. What is grade acceleration? Is it "skipping" or simply aligning the child's learning and social levels with the curriculum and classmates? From Early Kindergarten through Early College, what forms of Grade Acceleration have been proven effective, in research and in practice? And what are the negative sides to grade acceleration? No change in placement is without risk. Learn more here!

Community. What does community mean to you?  How have you found community for your gifted kids?  For yourself?  Why is community so important? What are the characteristics of a good community?  Join our community, and we'll help you find yours!

Gifted social issues, including friendships, bullying, understanding introverts, finding intellectual peers, and anything else you imagine concerning the social issues surrounding giftedness at every age...

All things Science! Summer is a great time for playing around with science. What are your favorite approaches to hands-on science? Curriculum? Enrichment? Reading? STEM? STEAM? Robotics? Let's talk science!

The Mysteries of the Brain. From brain research to perfect pitch, from identification to sensory integration, from soulmates to our gifted kids, there are so many things we just don't know or don't understand about the gifted brain... you could fill a brain with them!  Visit and read about a few of the Mysteries surrounding and contained in the gifted brain...

Giftedness in popular culture, positive & negative. Why are your favorite role models? Least favorite? Resources? What would you rather see?

From Good Will Hunting to Meet the Robinsons, Doogie Howser to Scorpion, gifted individuals have appeared in pop culture in many ways over the years.  Some gifties are stereotypical, like Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, while others are more down to earth or "real."  Who are your favorites?  Who haven't you discovered yet?  Join us on a tour of Pop Culture, with a "gifted" lens...

April's blog hop is on Forming Gifted Groups, for young and old, for parents and individuals...so many questions along the way. Why do we need them?  How do we form them?  How can we maintain them, and keep them positive and forward-thinking?  Gifted support groups.  They ARE all their cracked up to be!  What gifted groups would YOU like to be a part of?

Don't miss our March Math-ness! Math. The subject that excites or strikes fear, engaging our imagination or making our eyes glaze over.  Join us this month for a smorgasbord of Math, from our favorite curriculum and enrichment sources, to our most challenging math moments. Math phobia to Math frenzy, this month has something for YOU!

Other Achievement: when your child doesn't achieve where you hope.  Call it underachievement.  Or non-scholastic achievement.  Or scholastic non-achievement. What is a parent or teacher to do when the gifted child they know and love isn't accomplishing in school what we know they can? And other achievement isn't just about gifted kids... what about gifted adults?  Gifted elders?  We all achieve, but it's not always what others are expecting!

Surviving the Holidays with a House Full of Gifted Folks! The holidays bring school breaks and family time, and we love the hours spent with our friends and relatives and all the kids.  But sometimes... those large gatherings in small spaces bring along stress. 

And while this was written for the holidays, these great hints will serve you as well in your family picnics, celebrations, and holidays, no matter what time of year they occur!

Ages & Stages of Giftedness. Giftedness looks unique across the lifespan, yet most of what you find on the subject addresses the K-12 school years. But are we any less gifted as toddlers? As adults? As parents? As senior citizens? Giftedness affects every part of our human development. Join us to explore those ages and stages!

How and When to Ask For Help. So many things happen with our kids, our students, older family members, and even ourselves, that make us think, "Is this normal?" Good question!  When should we ask for help, and when should we just "let it ride..."  And how and where and to whom should we, could we, ask for help? 

As a teacher, when should we ask for help with the education of the gifted kids in our class?  As a parent, how can we ask for help when our previously sparkle-in-their-eyes child slowly comes home from school sullen-and-withdrawn, commenting about "never learning again"?  Our gifted teens... that's another time when both parents and teachers find themselves scratching their heads wondering "Is this normal?" or "Should I be worried?" There are so many times and reasons to ask for help with the gifted...

OverExcitabilities. Dabrowski called them over-stimulabilities, and now we call them OverExcitabilities, or OEs, for short. They're that over-reaction that gifted folks often have, in one or more of the 5 areas Dabrowski identified: psychomotor, sensual, imaginational, intellectual and emotional. How do these OverExcitabilities affect your life as a gifted person? Your kids' lives? Your life as the parent of a gifted child? How can we help our kids understand and appreciate their own OverExcitabilities while still living comfortably in the world around them?

Gifted 101. We were all beginners at one time or another, whether as parents discovering our kids' giftedness, or as adults discovering our own giftedness.. We welcome you to the gifted community with the advice we wish we'd heard during those first days, weeks, months and years! What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

What's the best (and worst) advice you received?

Gifted Relationships. How does giftedness affect our kids relationships, with their peers and teachers, with their siblings, with their parents and grandparents? Do gifted kids prefer real life or online relationships? Why?

And how does our giftedness affect our relationships? More than we'd like to admit!

The Gift of Free Time. Do our gifted kids get enough free time? What do they spend their free time doing? Are our lives too organized and regimented these days? How can we give our kids more of the gift of free time?

Our lives, and our kids' lives, are more scheduled today than ever.  School, after-school activities, organized sports, even daycare hours are regimented into subjects, with little time for play.  Whatever happened to summers full of free time?  Read and find out!

2e kids. Twice Exceptional. Dually Identified. No matter what you call them, gifted kids with another struggle are more than twice the challenge; they're more like challenge squared. Can you imagine a gifted mind, trapped inside a body that doesn't conform to the expectations of school, family, or society?  As challenging as this might be for parents and teachers, the biggest challenge may be internal to the 2e child herself!

How can you identify the 2e child? What flavors of 2e kids are there? How does the 2e child fare in traditional school? In homeschooling? What challenges face 2e adults? Recommendations? What tips and tricks help the 2e child, their parents, teachers, and other professionals, to accomplish all that they are capable of without frustration and struggle?

Anxiety.  It's real.  It can be debilitating. How can we deal with it?  How can we help our kids deal?

Research tells us that gifted kids and adults are no more likely to struggle with these difficulties than other kids and adults. Some suggest that giftedness protects from Anxiety, while others suggest that it can create excess anxiety. What are the symptoms and side-effects of gifted anxiety in your life?

Acceleration: It's not just about speeding up!

According to A Nation Deceived, there are at least 13 kinds of academic Acceleration, from early entrance (to kindergarten, middle school, high school or college), subject or full grade acceleration, compacting, mentors, and lots more. The last 100+ years of research tells the same story: acceleration of gifted students is a good thing. The worst result research reports is that some forms of acceleration aren't bad.  The best result includes positive growth for the academic and social/emotional well-being of the gifted child.

What does Acceleration mean to you? Good or bad? Were you accelerated as a child? Were your children accelerated? How does it affect the teenage years? ...adulthood? Welcome to the world of gifted acceleration!

We'll start this year's Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hop with a tough topic... Testing.  Testing means so many things. In this era of annual testing, it means those public school achievement tests that take weeks and months away from our kids' instructional year, much to the dismay of kids, parents, teachers, administrators... just about everyone.  But with gifted kids, testing can also mean high-stakes IQ tests that do, or don't, qualify our kids for the "gifted" program or school... whether it suits our kids or not. 

To homeschooling parents, testing may bring up feelings of it being unnecessary. Homeschoolers already meet their kids instructional needs, so why test at all?  Then there are our 2e kids, to whom testing can mean the difference between diagnosis and folks understanding and supporting them, or folks calling them "lazy" or "unmotivated."  Testing is a loaded topic!

How can we "do" the holidays without the kids' chorus of "Give me, give me"?  How can we ignore the ads and the stores and the constant bombardment that the less we spend, the less we love our loved ones?  What options are there for our gifted families? Holiday Gifts without the Buy-Buy-Buy helps us find our way, in many ways...

Before we head into this year's holiday season, let's talk about Gifted Self-Care.  Whether it's caring for our selves, or teaching self-care to our kids, we all need to spend a little time taking care of me, myself and I. Care for yourself might simply be a cup of coffee or a chocolate bar all by yourself, a massage, a good book, or date night with your spouse (and without the kids). For our kids, we might teach them deep breathing, meditation or even escaping a stressful situation, when possible.  And we always want them to know that we, like them, need to take care of ourselves!

Fall brings school, and school brings Gifted Advocacy.  We find ourselves advocating for our gifted children in many places.  We may be in school, talking to the teacher and administrators.  We may be in the community, signing up for a camp or afterschool program.  We may be advocating with our pastor or our neighbor, in the grocery store line or at the soccer game. We may even find ourselves advocating for ourselves, as gifted adults.  Gifted advocacy comes in many colors and flavors... where do you find yourself advocating?

Gifted, How? The different faces of giftedness. The creatively gifted, the math gifted, the chess kid, the twice exceptional child (also known as 2e, dually identified, or gifted & learning disabled), the introvert and the extravert, the writer, the comic book author, the programmer, the easy-going and the anxious. All gifted kids (and adults) don't all look alike!  What does the face of giftedness look like to you? 

Friendship. One word that has many meanings. For most kids, friends are those they play with.  But for the gifted child, friendship is often far more than that. Gifted friendships can be more complex, more deep, and more difficult to find. Visit our August 2014 blog hop, where we take on Gifted Friendships, charting the waters and traveling the seas as they affect gifted children and adults!

For July 2014, we turn our attention to Summer Reading. Summer reading means so much more than a reading list sent home from school.  It might mean "mind candy" reading, just to escape from the summer heat.  Or it might mean non-fiction reading, and hopefully spending time doing the things you learn. For some kids, summer reading, like school-year reading, is still a struggle; gifted kids may have these struggles too, and we can support and help them.  Reading should be fun for everyone... and with graphic novels and books on tape in our modern repertoire, it can be!

In June 2014, just in time for summer, we Hop on Gifted @Play. What does "play" mean to gifted kids?  What kinds of play are best? Indoors or outdoors?  Structured or free-play?  Creative play using tools such as Lego, Kapla or Zome?  Exploring nature through geocaching, or exploring gravity through old-fashioned playground equipment?  What kinds of play are favorites of gifted kids, teens and adults?  What kinds of play can gifted families do together? Play is important to us ALL!

In May 2014, Hoagies' Gifted Education Page introduced our very own Blog Hop with our first topic: The "G" Word.  Bloggers from all corners of the gifted community--parents, teachers and counselors--join us to share their perspectives.  The "G" Word.  Gifted.  What does it mean to you? What does it mean to others?  Is it good?  Is it bad? Should we use it?  Change it? Read on to see what over two dozen Hoagies' Blog Hop bloggers think and feel! Thanks to all our bloggers for opening up this conversation. 

If you'd like to join in our Hop, contact us at carolyn@hoagiesgifted.org.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our great Blog Hop graphics!

Follow @HoagiesGifted on Twitter, Hoagies' Gifted Education Page fan page on Facebook, or Carolyn K. on LinkedIn. Now on Google+! Different than Hoagies' Page updates, this feed includes timely short articles and links for kids, and brain research and gifted education features for adults and kids!


Updated October 25, 2016

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