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.

Creative Toddlers Tell the Best Stories

Laughs from the Gifted Side True Story: A three year-old boy was recently potty trained but was still having trouble during the night. When his father walked in one morning and found his son had wet the bed, the boy …
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Helping Teachers Identify the Gifted Child

A boy with a book hidden on his lap reads quietly while his teacher drones on about the parts of a flower. A little girl secretly passes a note hidden in the top of a pen cap to a friend. …
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How to Keep Your Child Focused This School Year

Why are some children able to stay so focused throughout the school year and others seem to drift like jellyfish without a care in the world?
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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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Creative or Creepy?

Recently I came across a new website called, I Am a Stuffed Animal. Now you can go online and make a stuffed animal of yourself, a loved one, or as my sister laughingly suggested, a Voodoo doll of a not-so-loved one. …
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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Critical Thinking Skills for Kids

Updated: December, 2013 We all want our children to use necessary critical thinking skills. Thanks to Bloom’s Taxonomy, parents can help develop and strengthen their child’s thinking skills at home. Unfortunately, teachers and parents are more likely to ask children …
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Motivating the Gifted Child

A complaint often heard from parents of gifted children is, “My child is smart but has little or no motivation.” How can a child who is so smart have problems completing their work? Intelligence and motivation are not necessarily related. …
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Changes in Teaching

Where has the creative teacher gone and how is this loss affecting our children? Changes in teaching: When I first began my teaching career teachers were allowed to manipulate the provided curriculum, teachers could even write their own lessons and supplement with …
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Why Nurturing Creativity in Kids is so Important

By Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. Recent academic studies have shown that American kids are no longer as creative as they once were.  This should not come as a shock to anyone, as we live in an era obsessed with numbers, data, …
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Benefit of Gifted Education for All Teachers

Gifted education for all teachers: A study of 10,000 students indicates if you teach children as if they are gifted, more children will perform as if they are gifted. Gifted is as gifted does—or in this case—gifted is as gifted …
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