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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Encouraging your Gifted Child

If you are a parent of a gifted child, the Educational Resources Information Center recommends that you:

Read aloud to your child. It is important that parents read to their gifted child often, even if the child is already capable of reading.


Help your child discover personal interests. Stimulation and support of interests are vital to the development of talents. Parents should expose their child to their own interests and encourage the child to learn about a wide variety of subjects, such as art, nature, music, and sports, in addition to traditional academic subjects such as math, reading, and science.


Encourage the support of extended family and friends. As an infant, a gifted child can exhaust new parents because he or she often sleeps less than other babies and requires extra stimulation when awake. It can be helpful to have extended family in the home, grandparents who live nearby, or close friends in the neighborhood who can spend some time with the child so the primary caretakers can get some rest and to give the infant added -- or different -- stimulation.


Speak and listen to your child with consideration and respect. From the time he or she can talk, a gifted child is constantly asking questions and will often challenge authority. "Do it because I said so" doesn't work. Generally, a gifted child will cooperate more with parents who take the time to explain requests than with more authoritarian parents.


If your child isn't in school yet, you might look for a preschool program for gifted children or make some effort to support your child at home. This might include frequent visits to a museum, zoo, bookstore, nature center and other field trips. Home use of educational programs, including books and computer programs, might also be helpful.

Once your child starts kindergarten, you might have to consider advanced placement vs. participation in a gifted and talented program. It doesn't make any sense for a child who already knows how to read to attend a regular kindergarten class and get bored as the other kids are just learning to read.

Your state or local gifted education association (see the Internet Links above) should also offer some help and additional resources for your child and school counselors/psychologists can offer advice on the best placement for your gifted child

21 comments:

Chris said...

have you tested jea already?

Sherry said...

my friend told me that she send her kid to best school

Sherry said...

its best school that cost $6K a month

Sherry said...

yeah i want to know too did you test on her?

Sherry said...

lucky to have gifted child

Sherry said...

I like this post very much

Sherry said...

about education website its not all available here

Sherry said...

even if there is they do not give you info, you still need to go there to ask for it

Sherry said...

it is true because I have see before..

Sherry said...

you know..kindergarten here got all sort of prize. I went forum just to view

Sherry said...

even extra language they will charge $70

Sherry said...

so mean every month need pay extra amount

Sherry said...

a friend told me that some child is not gifted its the parents that force

Sherry said...

a kid supposed to go 4 yr old class, mom pushed him to 5 yr old class. little kid cry ...

Sherry said...

gifted child need to maintain that level

Sherry said...

always encourage in what jea like to do

Sherry said...

when in school I like accounts but teacher not encourage at all and now I am sucked in account

Sherry said...

the teacher just not want tell me there is books I can buy to do more exercise on accounts

Sherry said...

always pay attention to your gifted child

Sherry said...

looks like everyone is still busy celebration new year as I got a comment saying reward be pending. I mean the prize

Sherry said...

so its okay to wait, its a contest won from mommyko