Helping Gifted Kids Study
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2017 16:02 PM
Because gifted kids are smarter than their peers, many people do not realize they still must work to learn. While they have exceptional intelligence, they do not just automatically know things - these kids must study too! Parents can assist their gifted kids in learning healthy study habits at an early age. This will help them cruise through primary school and onto higher education with the ability to be extra productive. Here are study tips to work on with your gifted kids:
Just about everyone struggles with timing - especially kids whose minds are always on the go. Gifted kids can be easily distracted, so it is especially important to help them plan out studying for a big test or working on a complex project during several months or weeks. Gifted kids may feel like they need not study or spend much time on homework because of their intellect. However, slapping together a project the night before it is due can lead to bad grades even though the student is smart. Make sure your gifted children know about crucial school assignments and tests well in advance. Have them keep planners to write this important information down. Then, work out a schedule to prepare, so it is not a last-minute undertaking to get ready or complete the project.
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After-School Snacks to Fuel your Gifted Kids
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 16:26 PM
Gifted kids need to eat delicious snacks to keep their brains running full speed. Digging into a bag of chips sometimes is not an issue, but junk foods can lead to obesity and other serious health problems. Instead of providing not-so-great options for after-school snacking, here are some healthy alternatives to have on hand:
Cheese and crackers
Typical snacks for kids are full of sugar and offer little nutritional value. Cheese and crackers, however, is a great way for children to enjoy protein, calcium and fiber. Whole wheat crackers, or nut crackers for those with gluten sensitivities, can provide an excellent source of long-lasting energy. Add the protein in the cheese, and your kids will have plenty of energy to play sports and finish their homework.
Fruit is a tasty alternative to fruit snacks and other super sweet treats. Fruit has natural sugar combined with fiber, which makes for better energy regulation. Fruit snacks provide a high and a crash, but regular fruit adds extra nutritional value that reduces that intense need to take a nap after snacking. Your children could even dip their favorite fruits into Greek yogurt for some extra calcium and fun.
Unlike chips, popcorn is not fried. You can make this great snack with olive or coconut oil to reduce bad fats. Use a little bit of salt and add some awesome extra... (read more)
Does your gifted child need a mentor?
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017 14:08 PM
Mentors are not just for kids who need a little extra help to keep up in school. In fact, gifted children can benefit from these formative relationships. Think for a second, have you ever been stumped on how to help your gifted students improve on their schoolwork? You might not answer a question because your kids are learning at a higher level than you did in school. Mentors can offer assistance that is unmatched, especially for gifted students enrolled in age-appropriate classes and may seek outside stimulation. Here are some positives of mentoring to consider:
Mentors promote advancement toward careers
Gifted kids may not receive extra attention in class. This means while their teachers may know of specific aptitudes and interests, they are not nurtured. If a gifted kid is really into biology a mentor may be the perfect person to further related learning. Outside of the classroom, the mentor can create and assign stimulating projects, research and homework that will help the student get a sense of the subject and potentially identify a career path to work toward. It is essential that adults who interact with children in an academic setting know of their students' goals and skills so they can guide the kids in the right direction.
Addressing multiple potentials
In an essay published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, author S.S. Berger noted th... (read more)