Tag: gifted children

Thanks to this new law, in Illinois your child can now enter Kindergarten at age 4

Did you know the Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421) was signed into law on August 25, 2017? It takes effect on July 1, 2018 in advance of the new school year which starts as early as mid-August for many Illinois school districts.  In short, according to the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, “This Accelerated Placement... Read more »

Here is what I discovered in searching for April 7 showtimes for "Gifted"

Back in January we took the family to see “Hidden Figures”, a wonderful movie I might add. Before the movie we saw this trailer for another Octavia Spencer movie, “Gifted”. With a gifted son, to say this caught our attention is an understatement. Like Mary, the main character in “Gifted”, my son is gifted in... Read more »

The lonely kid in the cafeteria meme gets it all wrong. Intelligence and kindness are not mutually exclusive

Over the past couple of days I keep coming back to this quote from that wonderful movie “The Help”: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Viola Davis’s character says it over and over to a young girl of maybe 2. What a simple, empowering message and it makes perfect sense. Who wouldn’t... Read more »

Contrary to what you read in HuffPost, it really does matter if your child is gifted

Yesterday HuffPost published this piece from Farrah Alexander’s blog titled, “Maybe My Child Is Gifted. Maybe Not. Maybe It Doesn’t Matter”. I was having a great day, spectacular really until I read that piece. The author with such vast knowledge of gifted children that accompanies parenting a 3-year old boldly states, “I just said it... Read more »

To the woman at the pool who watched my 8 year old swim for the first time

Dear kind woman in the yellow hat at the pool today, I cannot thank you enough for your words today as you watched my son swim and float independently in the pool for the first time. You smiled, commended him for doing a great job and then you told me, “There is that summer, you... Read more »

It makes no sense that Illinois dropped PARCC for high school but not for grades 3 through 8

On Monday the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) eliminated the requirement for high school students to take the PARCC exam. Instead high school juniors will be able to take the SAT free of charge. You can read the ISBE press release here. That’s great if your kid is in high school. One less test... Read more »

Gifted and talented article roundup February 2016

Happy Leap Day! Here are some of the articles I have come across in the gifted and talented space during the month of February. “Can boredom cause behavior problems in school?” by Carol Bainbridge. This Q&A format article, addresses a common observation among parents of gifted children, that these children are often bored which is... Read more »

Gifted and talented article roundup January 2016

Here is my first installment of the roundup in 2016 so this is what I have been reading in the gifted and talented space this  month. “How parents of talented children hold the line between supporting and pushing” by Robyn Gearey.  I liked this article so much I featured it on my Facebook page when... Read more »

Gifted and talented article roundup December 2015

Happy New Year! I thought I would kick off the new year with a few notable articles (and webcast) I have come across in the gifted and talented space during the month of December. “Should We Treat Gifted Boys Any Differently From Gifted Girls” by Lane Severson. This post which incorporates findings from recent research... Read more »

Yes, I made my gifted second grader do homework over Thanksgiving break

I sent my second grader back to school today after being home since last Tuesday afternoon. His Thanksgiving memories consist of turkey, dressing, lots of pumpkin pie, a visit from grandma and his second cousins, a trip to the Field Museum…and computer homework and piano practice. It’s true. I made him do unassigned homework over... Read more »