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.

Gifted Testing

Gifted Testing: IQ Tests for Children Gifted Testing: For lack of a better method, individual standardized tests are used to determine a person’s level of intelligence. Level of intelligence can be used to determine who qualifies for the label of …
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How to Challenge the Gifted Child at Home

As a teacher of gifted students parents have often asked me what they can do to challenge their gifted child at home. Before the parent looks for outside activities, they may want to look at their own special abilities. Parents of gifted children...
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Quick Tips For Not Stifling a Child’s Creativity

My college art teacher once told the following story: His wife was volunteering in a first grade classroom in which the teacher had the students draw a picture. As the teacher was walking around the room she noticed a little …
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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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The Issue: Sexual Harassment at School

It is distressing to find out your child is being sexually harassed by another student, it can also be equally upsetting to find out your child is the perpetrator in a sexual harassment incident. The best of parents can have a child on either side, one who behaves inappropriately or a child who is a victim. Avoiding the common mistakes parents and educators make can help prevent additional trauma to those involved.
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The Three Biggest Mistakes Made in Disciplining Children

Child Management and Disciplining Children at School and at Home As a teacher of 16 years I can attest that my greatest battles in the classroom were due to behavioral issues with students. I knew consistency was the key but …
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Bipolar Disorder in Children: A Misdiagnosis?

The trend of assigning bipolar disorder to young children may be reversing. Many mental health professionals are not succumbing to popular influence but are holding to a stricter scientific standard when evaluating and diagnosing children
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Thinking Games Kids Will Love

We like our kids to have games and toys which promote thinking skills and higher level learning—while keeping them entertained for more than a few mere minutes. Below is a list of some of our favorite thinking games for kids. As adults we enjoyed playing many of these games too!
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Getting Your Teen to Talk

The quiet, moody teen is a concern for any parent. Getting your teen to talk can be a crazy-maker. From my years of working with adolescents I have found there are two main reasons teens won’t share with their parents. …
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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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