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I have spent many hours scouring the net for information on activities for gifted children, but found little out there. So I have decided to start my own website, which will be a work in progress.
Students who excel at sport are readily identified and encouraged. Those who are musically gifted are also encouraged to develop these skills from an early age.
If you say your child is “gifted” or excels in vocabulary skills or maths, most people think you are being “bigheaded” or boasting.
Australia suffers from tall poppy syndrome when it comes to recognizing bright students and taking them aside for quality time with their peers. After all we don’t want to seem elitist, do we?
Teachers are also extremely busy and do not necessarily have time to spend on additional preparation for those children who finish their work quickly. They are often just given more to do or asked to help those who haven’t yet finished. How many students spend some time each day gazing out of the window, dreaming of other things? Some parents too, turn to home schooling. Often, parents do not know how to deal with a clever, inquisitive child who is always asking questions and has a short concentration span. Parents are very busy too!
I believe it is the right of a gifted student to be able to spend at least part of their learning experience with other gifted children, so that they are challenged and can form relationships that their classroom peer groups would not normally offer.
I am hoping to challenge those students by offering games and activities which stimulate their verbal, spatial, logic and lateral thinking skills, amongst others. Their teamwork and social skills will also benefit.
There is plenty of information out there on gifted children, how to recognize them etc, but very little in the way of actual activities for them to do! So I have decided to pass on my information gained thus far. These ideas come from many sources, mostly from my head, but I have also modified other ideas I have come across.
There are many fine puzzle books out there, but the group of children I have experience with, do not enjoy word games, written games such as crosswords or maths games very much, so I tend to avoid them. Your experience may be different.
Of course this site is a work in progress, so check back regularly and join my forum so we can exchange ideas. Any photographs of children appear with permission.
Wherever you are in the world, let's share our ideas! Please visit my store to check out my new book of ideas and activities for gifted children and to check out "Games in a Box" which is now available Australia wide.
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