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"If an optimal educational match is achieved, the child will realize that school is an exciting and challenging place that fosters curiosity, thinking, imagination, and friendships." Lisa Wright, Ed.D, "Preschools for the Gifted: What to Look For," Understanding Our Gifted, March-April 1993
Being Smart about Gifted Education: A Guidebook for Educators and Parents Recommended by Dona J. Matthews and Joanne F. Foster
Practical strategies for the education of exceptionally high ability (a.k.a. gifted) children.  After addressing all the questions, debates and arguments about nature vs. nurture, elitism, testing, creativity, and more... all that's left is to serve the child's educational needs! or Amazon.co.uk
 
Small poppies: Highly gifted children in the early years Recommended by Miraca Gross
Highly gifted children are frequently placed at risk in the early years of school through misidentification, inappropriate grade-placement and a seriously inadequate curriculum. Additional factors are their own early awareness, that they differ from their age-peers, and their consequent attempts to conceal their ability for peer acceptance...
 
Talented and Gifted Students: Early Childhood Recommended by Gifted and Talented Branch, Department of Education, West Australia
Resource to assist classroom teachers in the Early Childhood phase of development to: identify gifted and talented students, provide appropriate curriculum for gifted and talented students, monitor the progress of their gifted and talented students, evaluate the success of their programs...
 
Activating Your Young Child’s Potential in Mathematics by Marsha Landau
What clues should parents be watching for to identify a special aptitude for mathematics in their young children?
 
Metaphorically Speaking
Many different analogies explaining gifted education...
 
Bringing Out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacquelyn Saunders
A good mix of research-based conclusions and anecdotal stories of how children, parents, educators and society at large deal with giftedness
 
Developing leadership skills in young gifted students by Amy Bisland, in Gifted Child Today ($)
By ignoring the needs of students gifted in leadership at a young age, it is possible that they will not develop the skills necessary to reach their full potential as leaders. Teachers and parents can help students to build a foundation early in life by acquiring the skills and concepts necessary to become successful leaders...
 
Discovering Mathematical Talent (ERIC Digest #482) by Richard C. Miller
Mathematical talent refers to an unusually high ability to understand mathematical ideas and to reason mathematically, rather than just a high ability to do arithmetic computations or get top grades in mathematics. When considering mathematical talent, many people place too much emphasis on computational skill or high ability in replicating taught mathematical procedures. Unless mathematical talent is correctly perceived, however, important clues can be overlooked and less important clues can be given too much significance...
 
Do Smarts Equal Success? by  Martha Brockenbrough, in Encarta
Six months is an awfully cute age for babies... Psychologists know something else about these chubby wonders--namely, how to predict their IQ scores with a simple test.  Brokenbrough follows up with How Your IQ Impacts Your Wealth and Health
 
Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children's Talents by Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Lisa Limburg-Weber, Steven Pfeiffer
advice and guidance for parents on how to recognize and nurture talent in preschool and elementary school-aged children...
 
Flowers Are Red "There's no need to see flowers any other way than they way they always have been seen"
Harry Chapin wrote this song after his secretary's son brought home a kindergarten report card that read "Your son marches to the beat of a different drum, but don't worry. We'll have him joining the parade by the end of the term."
 
Frequently asked questions about extreme intelligence in very young children by Kathi Kearney
FAQs about early signs of extreme intelligence. She offers answers about developmental needs, testing and assessment, challenges in raising a profoundly gifted young child, educational needs, play and preschool...
 
Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at Home and at School by Barbara Clark
Offers interesting, information-packed introduction to the characteristics of the gifted and talented children
 
The highly gifted baby by Kathi Kearney
Information about highly gifted infants is often scattered, retrospective, and anecdotal. We know relatively little about highly gifted babies because, unlike developmentally delayed or mentally handicapped children, gifted infants seldom have been studied...
 
How Is Your Child Smart?
Does your child prefer words or things?  Does he invent stories or stick to the facts?  Here’s a look at learning styles and how to encourage your own child’s unique approach...
 
How Our Children Really Learn: Why Children Need To Play More And Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
Don't be taken in by the messages about enhancing your baby's brain development that appear on flashy product lines. Marketers have figured out that brain development sells to parents. What is an appropriate way to use playtime? Take your cues from your children... Excerpt from Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
 
How Parents Can Support Gifted Children (ERIC Digest #515) by Linda Kreger Silverman
Unfortunately, these complicated little people do not come with instruction manuals...
 
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv 
Today's kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world, says Louv (Childhood's Future; Fatherlove; etc.), even as research shows that "thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can... be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorder and other maladies." Instead of passing summer months hiking, swimming and telling stories around the campfire, children these days are more likely to attend computer camps or weight-loss camps: as a result, they've come to think of nature as more of an abstraction than a reality...
 
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline
A fun-filled approach to parenting children ages birth through six years, full of easy-to-use, fun, practical techniques that you can put to use immediately... Also available on CD
 
A Model Program for Precocious Children: Hollingworth Preschool by Lisa Wright and Connie Coulianos
Research on precocious preschoolers is scarce. Therefore, the preschool, invites both its own faculty and members of the Teachers College community to engage in studies incorporating the Hollingworth population. In the past, research topics have included mathematics readiness, problem solving, free play, and social problem solving. Current areas of interest among the preschool faculty include friendship patterns, gender differences, and the characteristics and development of the teachers.  Perhaps the most exciting prospect is undertaking a longitudinal study of this population...
 
Meeting the needs of gifted preschoolers by Ann E. Lupkowski and Elizabeth A. Lupkowski
Traditional IQ tests have been fairly unsuccessful in the identification of young gifted children. Parent and teacher observations of the children are a more dependable and effective means of identification. Characteristics associated with the "ideal" teacher of young gifted children--such as flexibility and acceptance--play a crucial role in the development of the gifted child. Programs for young gifted children should emphasize individualization and foster independence in learning...
 
Musings on our report card by Hilary Dale
An IQ score this high is surely not a predictor of first grade success. "You see, we don't think he's really all that smart. Those silly tests are meaningless."
 
Nurturing Giftedness In Young Children (ERIC Digest #487) by Wendy C. Roedell
Look for open-endedness, flexible grouping, and opportunities for advanced activities in a program that allows their child to learn in the company of intellectual peers
 
Parents' Observations of Kindergartners Who Are Advanced in Mathematical Reasoning by Michael D. Pletan, Nancy M. Robinson, Virginia W. Berninger, and Robert D. Abbott
What behaviors and abilities do young, mathematically precocious children display?  Are parents able to recognize such precocity?
 
Some ideas on parenting gifted preschoolers
Realising that your preschooler is gifted can catch you unawares, especially if the child is your firstborn... includes a great chart of early developmental milestones!
 
Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom (ERIC Digest #595) by Joan Franklin Smutny
Recognizing and nurturing giftedness in young children presents an important challenge to educators. Schools need to respond to their educational needs before their abilities diminish or become less recognizable to those who can do something about them...
 
Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9 by Joan Smutny, Sally Walker, Elizabeth Meckstroth
A new guide for our youngest gifted students... or Amazon.co.uk
 
Tony by Kaye Starbird
A great poem about a gifted young child. Tony could be your child or mine!
 
Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley
Though written about a Down Syndrome child, the experience is quite similar when you discover your child is gifted... you thought you would have a "normal" child, and now you have a whole new, different, set of criteria...  Welcome to Holland!
 
You Know Your Child is Gifted When...: A Beginner's Guide to Life on the Bright Side by Judy Galbraith
Lots of great stories of gifted kids, from verbal to humor, and lots of great quotes from the experts, all to get you started on your adventure with your gifted child
 
Young Children's Social Development: A Checklist (ERIC Digest) by Diane E. McClellan and Lilian G. Katz
Early childhood educators have traditionally given high priority to enhancing young children's social development. A body of evidence has accumulated to indicate that unless children achieve minimal social competence by about the age of six years, they have a high probability of being at risk throughout life. Hartup suggests that peer relationships contribute a great deal to both social and cognitive development and to the effectiveness with which we function as adults...
 
The Young Gifted Child
Telltale signs that young gifted children may exhibit
 
Young Gifted Children by Gifted Canada
From Help needed to identify young gifted children, to Different From Birth, and Over excitable, this is a great summary of our young gifted children! Easy to print for yourself, spouse, teachers...
 
"You Protected Me from the Sadness" by Allison Salerno
How a mother helped her children understand the 9/11 tragedies...
 
Your Gifted Child: How to Recognize and Develop the Special Talents in Your Child from Birth to Age Seven by Smutney, Veekner and Veekner
How to recognize giftedness, from the obvious signs such as advanced language, math and motor skills, to the less obvious ones such as sense of humor, good memory and active imagination, and offers a variety of age-appropriate techniques to stimulate your child's curiosity...
 

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