The ABCs of Challenging Gifted and Talented Kids

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  1. Dan Kelly says:

    I’ve got a very bright 8th grader who is flunking 3 classes because he doesn’t do his homework. My wife and I feel that part of the problem, as you stated about, is the repetitive drills/homework he feel unnecessary.

    How can Connections Academy provide him with the instruction he needs along with the motivation to stay on task?

  2. Beth Werrell says:

    That’s a great question. Bright children often find what they perceive to be repetitive tasks boring and unsatisfying. However, some portion of all our lives involves doing tasks over and over again–like making the bed, cleaning a room, and shopping for and putting away groceries. So, first, encourage your son to take a deep breath and find pride in accomplishing such academic and other tasks that are important to his education and to you as a family. Second, talk to your son’s teacher. Several portions of the curriculum are provided to enhance the learning experience for those students who need them; for those students who do not, those portions do not need to be completed. If a student can demonstrate to himself and his teacher that he has mastered the objectives of a lesson, he can move on to other lessons and challenges.

  3. Frances says:

    I am a busy grandmother of a bright 6-year-old granddaughter.  One day when she and her younger brother were noisily running around, I said to her “Go into the kitchen (at the table) and write a story.  She then wrote an illustrated “novel” of 4 pages.  When she was 4 years old, she would open a 2nd -grade workbook,  read the instructions at the top of the page and then complete the page.  So she can challenge herself whenever I need a break. Something busy parents of gifted children could keep in mind.  They might just need a little suggestion.

  4. Pam says:

    My daughter at age 4 would engage in higher level activities, and taught herself how to read.  Now, she is in fourth grade and often “checks out” during school according to her teachers.  Now when she is faced with a challenge, she tends to shut down and avoid the challenge.   I am struggling with how to communicate with the school about how to best motivate my daughter.  I am being met with defensive responses and comments such as “well, she’s just not motivated”.  

    I would appreciate any advice as to how to reignite my daughters’ motivation to engage in academic work. 

  5. Amy Padilla says:

    Seems challenging  but I’m I’m up fotit

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