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Why Brilliant Children Often Appear Slow, Part Five

Part of my problem in math class, in addition to divergent thinking, was my need to work things out for myself. I had to explore, to my full satisfaction, all those ramifications and implications about language. I didn’t want any … Continue reading

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The Value of a Meltdown, Part Three

The day arrived when I could no longer tolerate cello lessons in which Lewis pushed away all my advice and teaching. I knew he couldn’t help it; I knew he had to learn independently. Yet this left me wondering just … 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 Six

As we have seen, our children’s stubbornness is often the best way for them to express their learning needs, especially at an early age. The most important thing I ever learned from my years-long struggle with my son and his … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Four

Lewis’s mis-reading of the notation in “Don’t Bother Me” in favor of a far superior and more spirited rendition, put me in a brief quandary. If I corrected his performance, he might learn something about music-reading, but I’d be pushing … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Three

Your child’s talent and style will probably surface early, as it did with my son Lewis when he was between three and four. Music burst out of him before his cello technique could handle it, and I’ll never forget one … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part One

Our children are never too young to start thinking for themselves, forming their own opinions and drawing their own conclusions, even if wrong. Strong-mindedness is a typical trait of the gifted, so why not nurture it? It’s easy for me … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Four

When an idea hits your gifted child, the ability to carry through may or may not be present. Thus, in cello practice, when Annette discovered how to use her bow better, this didn’t immediately translate into better playing. On the … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Three

When my daughter, Annette, then approximately seven, hit on a great idea for practicing the cello, she could think of nothing else. For hours she’d sit in her room, working out this idea, and all her talk about it dominated … Continue reading

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Independent Learning: Why I Guard It in My Children

My glorious discovery of how Dorothy Sayers put together one part of her plot in The Nine Tailors was only the first of many similar experiences. At some stages of my cello practice, I’m showered with nearly continuous revelations about … Continue reading

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