Category Archives: High Intelligence

When Your Gifted Child Tries Impossible Things, Part Two

At age twelve, Annette became so interested in history and indepth research that she decided to go through The Timetables of History, item by item, and make a reading list for each separate entry. The energy behind this effort was … Continue reading

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Independent Learning, Part Four

If you persevere in independent learning, preferring to discover things for yourself—and you nurture this trait in your gifted child—wonderful things can happen. Moments of revelation break over you like the morning sunshine, and even if a long night of … Continue reading

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Independent Learning, Part Two

As we have seen, my son Lewis couldn’t take my advice in cello lessons because he needed to learn in his own way. This drive to discover things for himself ensured that he would become an independent learner. Until I … Continue reading

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Independent Learning, Part One

Years ago I read about a local teenager who was playing the violin so well that he was winning competitions and otherwise distinguishing himself. I knew his teacher slightly and was not surprised that she’d done a good job with … Continue reading

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Your Creative Child: Feeding the Tiger, Part Two

After my daughter, Annette, had been playing the cello nearly ten years, I asked her what might have happened if I’d refused to give her lessons, or even delayed her lessons until she was five. “I don’t know,” she replied,” … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Gifted Child the Loudest? Part Six: The Rewards of Listening

To govern our children’s home education not by what we thought they should be studying, but by what they were most interested in, turned out to be a wise choice. Along the way, they absorbed enough of the basics to … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Five: Uneven development

A primary indicator of high ability is the non-linear path to learning. It’s common for a young math whiz to want to explore Geometry before mastering the times table, or for a young musician to try pieces that are much … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Four: Complex Thinking

If your child gets lost in his head, causing inattention in school and then bad grades, this may be a better indicator of giftedness than more obvious signs. Complex thinking is common among gifted children, and it can become a … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Three: Stubbornness

Character traits, as we have seen, indicate giftedness as much as, or possibly more than, good grades, academic acceleration, or any of the more obvious clues. A primary indicator is stubbornness. It isn’t just that a gifted child can stick … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Two: Arguing

Aside from the more obvious manifestations of giftedness, such as high ability in one or more areas, character traits are an excellent guide. For example, the argumentative child almost certainly has a high IQ. The advanced thinking that goes along … Continue reading

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