From Hermione to Iron Man: A Character Study of Gifted Kids’ Overexcitabilities

From Hermione to Iron Man: A Character Study of Gifted Kids’ Overexcitabilities

An overexcitability (OE) is a marker of giftedness and can help alert parents and teachers to giftedness in a child (Winebrenner, Brulles, 2012). Kazimierz Dabrowski (1902–1980), whose work laid the foundation of today’s OE research, established five OE categories to describe these innate intensities: emotional, imaginational, intellectual, psychomotor, and sensual. Most gifted kids have two…

7 Brilliant Battleship Games to Develop Logic and Critical Thinking Skills

7 Brilliant Battleship Games to Develop Logic and Critical Thinking Skills

Let me start off by saying I am not a logical thinker, nor am I strategic, and I blame my parents for this because they never introduced me to battleship games while I was growing up. The various battleship games on the market are relatively simple to play, they are a lot of fun and are…

5 Great Beds for Kids—Let there be Sleep!

5 Great Beds for Kids—Let there be Sleep!

As a parent, there is nothing quite like that feeling when your child first sleeps through the night. Part of creating this peaceful dreamland is finding great beds for kids since they need to feel comfortable at night too. There are many options available but these five great choices are fun, comfortable and fit perfectly into…

Stability or Constant Change—What Do We Need to Realize the Lesson of Life?

Stability or Constant Change—What Do We Need to Realize the Lesson of Life?

I heard two things that got me thinking the other day. Actually, three, but let’s do this one at a time. I have already written about being a Third Culture Person, someone who has lived in so many places that she can’t pinpoint where she is from and what defines her. I love it, truly,…

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

When I was seven-years-old we moved from the United States to Switzerland because of my father’s job. I was born in Brazil, but having left it just two years old, I didn’t really know anything other than the U.S. I didn’t even realize I was Italian, not American. From the moment we stepped off that…

7 Dinosaur Games for Passionate Young Paleontologists

7 Dinosaur Games for Passionate Young Paleontologists

Dinosaur games—there is nothing quite like the lure of Prehistoric creatures to get kids excited about science, and no better way to do it! From the roaring T-Rex to the soaring Pterodactyl, dinosaurs are the pet project of of many young children. You may even know a handful of serious enthusiasts—you know the type: too…

7 Puzzle Mats for Kids’ Play Areas

7 Puzzle Mats for Kids’ Play Areas

A puzzle mat is a children’s play area accessory you will wonder how you ever lived without once you have one. These foam play areas provide hours of building and puzzle solving fun for young kids. Most also provide extra lessons in color, animal, letter or number recognition. You can use the right puzzle mat…

9 Awesome Art Sets To Inspire Imagination And Creativity

9 Awesome Art Sets To Inspire Imagination And Creativity

Artistic activities like painting, drawing and coloring are wonderful activities for children and teens. Art positively affects children’s brains by encouraging neural connections. Artistic expression promotes creativity and problem-solving skills and helps children understand and process the world around them. In addition, scribbling serves as a pre-cursor to writing for younger children. Art sets are a…

The Solar System for Kids: 11 Out of this World Options

The Solar System for Kids: 11 Out of this World Options

People have been looking up at the sky for thousands of years of human history wondering about what is up there. We now have telescopes and satellites that take some of the mystery away for us adults – but kids still have the wonder. Children are naturally curious about the world, ours and the ones…

9 Cool Math Games to Enchant Your Little Math Magicians (Maybe You Too?)

9 Cool Math Games to Enchant Your Little Math Magicians (Maybe You Too?)

In the old days, learning math was often a hard slog. Memorizing tables, endless exercises, stressful school tests… Thankfully, the world has moved on since then and there are endless cool math games to be found! There are tons of cool math games for kids of all ages on the market now. Through gamified learning,…

Is Your Child Having Friendship Problems?

Is Your Child Having Friendship Problems?

At some point throughout their schooling years, children will experience problems with their school friends. Have we not all been there? Because of this, it is important to differentiate “normal” childhood conflicts and bullying. Normal childhood conflict is characterized by both children having equal power where neither one is seeking control. They just happen to…

Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read

Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read

Recently, I asked a boy in seventh grade, a football player and video game fanatic, how many books he had read in the last 6 months. He responded, “two books for summer reading… maybe three if comic books count.” Then I asked him, “what would get you reading for 15–30 minutes every day, between going to…

Worried About Your Little Worrier? A Guide to Manage Kid’s Anxiety & Stress

Worried About Your Little Worrier? A Guide to Manage Kid’s Anxiety & Stress

On a recent trip to Mexico I encountered one of my favorite souvenirs, the worry doll. Worry dolls, or trouble dolls, are tiny, only about one inch tall and an eighth of an inch wide. They are handmade in Mexico and Guatemala, with tiny clothes and painted on faces. The legend says to tell the…

Extension, Enrichment and Acceleration: Conducive Classrooms for Gifted Students

Extension, Enrichment and Acceleration: Conducive Classrooms for Gifted Students

For much of history, the educational paradigm has dictated that the student should adapt to the classroom. Children and teens were told to sit down, be quiet, remember what was said and repeat it. Implicit in this mindset was the belief that all students of the same age should study the same material, at the same…

3 Things to Remember When You Have a Gifted Child

3 Things to Remember When You Have a Gifted Child

Were you surprised to discover that raising a gifted child was not at all what you would have expected beforehand? Do you sometimes feel alone on this journey, certain that no one could possibly understand the struggles you and your gifted child are facing? Are you feeling as though your child’s school does not understand…

10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should

10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should

But you are gifted, you should be at the top of your class! I’ve been writing about gifted children for a few years now, and the more I write, and the more I connect with parents of gifted children, the more I realize just how misunderstood giftedness is, even among professionals who should have sufficient…

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