Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring 2013 Resource Materials For Parents Of Gifted Children



Song:  Where Do The Children Play?

Artist:  Cat Stevens





My wife had gotten these great resource books from
Prufrock Press during their Spring Clearance Sale.

These books are on sale for .99 cents to a couple of dollars.

My wife had bought these because of the information they give...
NOT because they were on sale.

However...
at pennies on the dollar...
it was time to get many of them at once.

We, as parents of highly gifted children...
 know our main challenge is 
keeping up with our children's voracious intellectual appetite.

We, as parents of highly gifted children know...
we must engage our children in a very deep and meaningful way...
or we may lose them to boredom and apathy.


One book in particular came just in time for Alex's debating practice.

We were running out of material...
so my wife had gotten us this great book:



The courtroom...
where intellectual combat is played out on a daily basis.

Our laws are built upon moral principles
(although the spirit of the law often gets corrupted
by either the letter of the law taking precedence...
or by the willful manipulation of the system to effect
an immoral result).

This book will be our next discussion and debate resource.

Alex will learn about morals and reason...
about assertions and supporting evidence...
about rationales and conclusions...
about our legal system...
and critical reasoning.

Although this book should provide many hours of discussable material...
what we will do upon completion of the book...
is to set up our own scenarios...
in a manner similar to this book's...
and further discuss them.


My wife is very good at researching Alex's resource material...
and securing them...
ON SALE! :)


One other VERY important point...
create an educational portfolio for your child.

Keep evidence of all of your child's educational achievements...
all transcripts...
all special testing...
all educational contests...
all special on-line courses...etc.

These will provide support for admission to 
following opportunities.

My wife...
from the very beginning...
was highly driven and astute enough to thoroughly research
ways to support our son, Alex.

She researched possible future educational opportunities...
researched their requirements...
went on to educational chat rooms to learn from mothers
who had successfully navigated the system to get their children
to greater educational heights.

She had sought out the valued testing and courses...
prepared Alex through daily studying...
compiled his results into a portfolio of achievements...
and she has successfully presented this as supporting evidence
for entrance into further educational opportunities.

One piece of supporting evidence adds to the next...
which then opens more doors.

It is an ongoing process involving constant online research...
compilation and cataloging...applying for and going to testing...
but one which has extremely important ramifications.


Always remember...
you and your highly gifted child's competition...
is with the other highly gifted children and their parents.

The more highly organized are the parents...
the more plausible the positive results for their children shall be.






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