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.

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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Creativity Test for Children

How to Test for Creativity in Children Many people will be surprised to know you can actually test for creativity. As a teacher of 16 years I worked with and tested many students, some were creative and gifted, some were …
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Creative Kids: Making Videos for You Tube

Encouraging your child to create videos can stimulate creativity and keep them busy. If your child gets lucky, they may even make some money. Creative kids
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Overscheduled Kids: When is it too much?

How many children’s activities can you handle without over-functioning? How do you know when you have overscheduled your kids?
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Are Chinese Mothers Better?

Naysayers will state, "Ok, so Asian parents get their kids to succeed, but at what cost to the child?" The answer to that question is one only their children can answer.
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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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Psychology for Kids

Typically, children are not familiar with the science and concepts of psychology, but because they are egocentric, they absolutely love learning about themselves. One of the main difficulties psychologists face in working with children stems from the fact they have a poor …
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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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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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Creativity Scores Going Down

“While IQ scores continue to rise an average of 10 points with each passing generation, researchers are finding the opposite is true of creativity scores. They’re going down.” –Nick Meyer As Nick Meyer writes about the recent Creativity World Forum held …
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