Exquisite Minds: Creative and Gifted Children

Exquisite Minds believes in the importance of cultivating creativity in bright and gifted children. We believe creativity can solve almost any problem; rather than why something can’t be done, it’s how it can be done. Exquisite Minds offers support to parents and educators who want to challenge children to find new and constructive ways to look at the world.

Teaching Gifted Children Through Independent Studies

Independent studies or self-directed learning can be an excellent strategy for challenging gifted children, as long as teachers do not rely too heavily on this teaching method. However, how much independence is too much?
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Google Search Tips: Helping Kids Google

Life gives you questions, Google gives you answers. As teachers we spent time helping our students learn to be good Googlers. This was so they could get correct information as fast as possible. You too can use these Google search …
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Identifying the Creative Child in the Classroom

If you are the parent of a creative child, you are aware of your child’s ability to think differently from other children. However, teachers may have a more difficult time appreciating...
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Hold Off on Techie Toys for Toddlers

Most of us try to be creative in our gift giving. However, Mark Scheerer, with Public News Service NY, reminds us (and Santa) to keep it simple when it comes to kids. An interesting quote from his article is this: …
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Should You Let Your Child Win?

Should Parents Let Their Child Win at Games? Playing competitive games with children is fun and effective on several levels. Children love the one on one attention from an adult and they thrive on attempting to beat an opponent whom …
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Reducing Holiday Stress

How to Identify and Eliminate Sources of Holiday Stress : A teenager was watching her mother prepare a roast for their holiday dinner. The mother first cut...
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Thinking Games Your Child Will Love

The kids in your life will no doubt provide you with an extensive list of their wants this holiday season. However, we also like our kids to have games and toys which promote thinking skills and higher level learning—while keeping …
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Gifted Humor: Hairy Brownies

It was Teacher Appreciation Day at my school and in the teacher’s lounge there were many trays of desserts and treats brought in by the parents. I was relaxing and enjoying my lunch, while pondering all the various dessert options …
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Murderer of Gifted Child Executed

Elissa Self-Braun was an 11 year-old gifted student who attended a school for the gifted in St. Louis, Missouri. Elissa was raped and murdered after she was kidnapped while walking to her bus. This crime happened in 1991 and this …
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Child Prodigy–Nature or Nurture?

Child Computer Prodigy–Marko Casalan Most people have heard of Bill Gates and Microsoft but have you heard of Marko Casalan? At the young age of nine, Marko, a child in Macedonia, has earned the title of the world’s youngest computer programmer certified …
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