Category Archives: Daydreaming

Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part Five

To help gifted children achieve flow, parents and teachers need to understand that state and if possible, experience it themselves. Flow requires an absolute release of normal attention and this means you have to trust the process first, and later … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Six

We need to learn to stay out of the way of our children’s learning patterns, even if these patterns don’t make sense to us. When my son wanted to daydream through his cello lessons and practicing, I was sure he … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Four

Perhaps the best outcome of my son Lewis’s stubborn, self-directed learning was that it defended his learning style. I’d try and try to influence his cello practicing, and utterly fail. His lessons were the same until I began to despair … Continue reading

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Helping Your Gifted Right-Brain Learner, Part Four: Why Letting Go Works

If you let your gifted child daydream, he or she will achieve synthesis. Say your daughter is good in math. After working a series of difficult problems, she should let her mind wander off. This activates the right brain and … Continue reading

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Helping Your Gifted Right-Brain Learner, Part One: Daydreaming is Better than Direct Focus

If your gifted child is a daydreamer, he or she is almost certainly a right-brain learner. Therefore it’s necessary to nurture this style of thought, since right-brain learners are often misunderstood and made to learn in ways that actually work … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Gifted Child the Loudest? Part One, Becoming Aware of the Problem

In raising two profoundly gifted children, the biggest puzzle I ever faced was in figuring out what they most needed to learn, beyond the basic curriculum. This didn’t even begin as a clear question. Rather, it was first a mysterious … Continue reading

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Your Dreamy Child, Part Five

“Lewis, after you’ve finished your cello practice, you can go to the basement with Daddy and learn how to use a hand saw.” I never saw my dreamy six-year-old so task oriented as on that first day when he was … Continue reading

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Your Dreamy Child, Part Four

In home schooling our daydreamer son, I learned early on to ask him what he was thinking about. Often it was math, and our school sessions always went more smoothly when we switched to whatever he was wondering about at … Continue reading

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Your Dreamy Child, Part Three

When my son, Lewis, began cello lessons at age 2½, I wondered if I’d ever get him to listen to me. Preferring his own thoughts and ideas, he became lost in his head while I was trying to explain a … Continue reading

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Your Dreamy Child, Part Two

An important early discovery with my dreamy son was that when he was engaged in an activity that interested him, he had plenty of focus. Gradually my husband and I figured out that at least some of his daydreaming arose … Continue reading

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