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Young Gifted Children
"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,"
Our Gifted, March-April 1993
Smart about Gifted Education: A Guidebook for Educators and Parents
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
poppies: Highly gifted children in the early years
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...
and Gifted Students: Early Childhood
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...
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?
- Many different analogies explaining gifted education...
Out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by
- A good mix of research-based conclusions and anecdotal stories of how
children, parents, educators and society at large deal with giftedness
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...
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
Smarts Equal Success? by Martha Brockenbrough, in
- 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...
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."
asked questions about extreme intelligence in very young children by Kathi
- 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
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...
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
- How Parents Can Support
Gifted Children (ERIC Digest #515) by Linda Kreger Silverman
- Unfortunately, these complicated little people do not come with
Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by
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...
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
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...
the needs of gifted preschoolers by Ann E. Lupkowski and Elizabeth A.
- 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
- 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
Observations of Kindergartners Who Are Advanced in Mathematical Reasoning by
Michael D. Pletan, Nancy M. Robinson, Virginia W. Berninger, and Robert D.
- 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
Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom (ERIC Digest #595) by Joan
- 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...
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
- Tony by Kaye Starbird
- A great poem about a gifted young child. Tony could be your child or mine!
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!
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
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...
- Telltale signs that young gifted children may exhibit
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...
Protected Me from the Sadness"
by Allison Salerno
- How a mother helped her children understand the 9/11 tragedies...
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...
July 08, 2015