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.

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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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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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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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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Volunteering Ideas: Be a Guest Presenter

With so many people concerned about our educational system today, it is time to get more citizens into the classroom. Acting as a guest presenter in your local school is a great way to add a fresh face, new information, and an …
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Parenting a Gifted Child

Parenting a gifted child can have its own unique challenges. Parents feel frustration when their child does not fit in with other children or is unappreciated by adults. This can be difficult to understand when they see their child building …
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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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Homesick at Camp: How to Help

Getting homesick at camp can ruin what would otherwise be a great time for your child.  The summer camp experience has been celebrated in movies, songs, and many of our own childhood memories. There is something special about sleeping away …
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How to Request a Teacher

How to Request a Teacher for Your Child And When You Should Request a Change of Teacher:   Children know who the best teachers are, just ask them. Kids across the nation have their fingers crossed hoping to get their …
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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Critical Thinking Skills for Kids

Updated: December, 2014 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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