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What might have helped Writer B?

My acquaintance with Writer B taught me that a gift such as his must be guarded, nurtured, and if possible, developed with the most special care a parent or mentor can give. Had things been different for Writer B, his … Continue reading

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Why So Many Gifted Children Are Stubborn, Part Two

Because I’d noticed the compelling nature of Beethoven’s music, it was no surprise to me to learn that he was incorrigibly stubborn. This trait is not easy to deal with in students, but if it’s integral to their creativity, they … 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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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 Five: Following the Clues

In 1998 and 1999 we had our children IQ tested at the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. At the post-test conference, Dr. Linda Silverman advised us to let Annette and Lewis take the lead in their learning. I didn’t … 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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Is My Child Gifted? Part One: Asking the Question

If you’re wondering if your child is gifted, there’s probably a good reason for this. Parents are usually correct in their perceptions that their children are different; in cognition, learning style, and accelerated or elevated levels of interest in a … Continue reading

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