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  • Cure for Boredom
    By Peggy Kord, Suite101. The sun is shining! Birds are chirping! Flowers are blooming! Temperatures are rising! It's summer! You picture your children playing and laughing happy to be free of the regiment of school! What a glorious time of the year! Then it happens! The serenity of the season is broken. Two words can cloud the sun, silence the birds and freeze you daydream! You know what they are but play along with me. Shrug your shoulders, roll your eyes and in your whiniest voice (with defiance please) scream, "I'm bored!" The summer's worst syndrome has attacked your family!
    (Added: Wed Sep 19 2001)
  • Helping Your Highly Gifted Child
    ERIC EC Digest #E477 1990. Author: Stephanie S. Tolan. Most parents greet the discovery that their child is not merely gifted but highly or profoundly gifted with a combination of pride, excitement, and fear. They may set out to find experts or books to help them cope with raising such a child, only to find there are no real experts, only a couple of books, and very little understanding of extreme intellectual potential and how to develop it. This digest deals with some areas of concern and provides a few practical suggestions based on the experience of other parents and the modest amount of research available.
    (Added: Tue Aug 21 2001)
  • Homeschooling Gifted Students
    ERIC EC Digest #E543 February 1998. Author: Jacque Ensign. During the last 20 years, increasing numbers of families in the United States have chosen to educate their children at home or outside the conventional school environment. Current estimates range from 500,000 to 1.2 million students (Lines, 1991, 1995; Ray, 1996). Of that number, a significant percentage of families have chosen homeschooling as the educational option for their gifted children.
    (Added: Tue Aug 21 2001)
  • Nurturing Giftedness in Young Children
    ERIC Digest #E487 1990. Author: Wendy C. Roedell. Versions of the following conversation can often be heard when young gifted children start school. "Bill doesn't belong in kinder-garten!" the parent cries. "Look, he's reading at the fourth-grade level and has already learned two-column addition." The teacher or principal, having already decided this is a 'pushy parent,' replies, "Well, Mrs. Smith, Bill certainly doesn't belong in first grade; he hasn't learned to tie his shoelaces, and he can't hold a pencil properly, and he had a tantrum yesterday in the hall."
    (Added: Tue Aug 21 2001)
  • Personal Computers Help Gifted Students Work Smart
    By Geoffrey Jones. Since the early 1970's, schools across the nation have been adding computers and instruction in computing to programs for students of all ages and abilities. Gifted and talented students in most schools now have access to computers in their classrooms, and an increasingly large percentage of these students have home computers. As the goals for technology education and the promises of educational change have grown, the hardware and the software used in both schools and homes have improved steadily.
    (Added: Wed Jul 18 2001)
  • Underachieving Gifted Students
    ERIC EC Digest #E478 1990. Authors: James R. Delisle and Sandra L. Berger. There is perhaps no situation more frustrating for parents or teachers than living or working with children who do not perform as well academically as their potential indicates they can. These children are labeled as underachievers, yet few people agree on exactly what this term means. At what point does underachievement end and achievement begin? Is a gifted student who is failing mathematics while doing superior work in reading an underachiever? Does underachievement occur suddenly, or is it better defined as a series of poor performances over an extended time period? Certainly, the phenomenon of underachievement is as complex and multifaceted as the children to whom this label has been applied.
    (Added: Tue Aug 21 2001)