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“Why does my toddler need to keep everything?”

Given that the two-year-old future polymath appears disorganized and even scattered, how can we help? We can start by trying to understand the likely source of the outer chaos we’re observing. Almost from birth, the diverse abilities of the polymath … Continue reading

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Creativity and Your Gifted Child, Part One

Total absorption is a key state of mind for fostering creativity, and in this sense many gifted children are already well equipped. We’ve all tried to get a student’s attention when he or she is either thinking deeply or involved … 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 Two: How the Right Brain Works

In The Right Brain, author Thomas Blakeslee states, “…each half of the brain has its own separate train of conscious thought and its own memories…while the left brain tends to think in words, the right brain thinks directly in sensory … 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 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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What’s Calling My Gifted Child the Loudest? Part Four: Achieving Balance

After my six-year-old son Lewis told me that woodworking was calling to him more loudly than cello playing, my husband began teaching him basic carpentry. He thrived under this instruction and was soon able to pay attention to other things. … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Child the Loudest? Part Two: Learning from My son

How can you deal with a problem you don’t have a concept of? How can you help your gifted child when you don’t realize what sort of help he or she needs? I faced this difficulty in June 2001 when … 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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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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