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.

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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Effects of Divorce on Children: Change Equals Stress

Effects of divorce of children: As an educator, I found most of the physical and emotional symptoms experienced by children dealing with their parents divorce were related to the uncertainty of how divorce would change their life. The more a …
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Standardized Testing Partially to Blame for ADHD?

This is a very interesting video by Sir Ken Robinson, told through animation. Sir Ken talks about shifting educational paradigms. He may strike a chord with parents of children with ADHD, but his points are compelling and worth hearing. For example, …
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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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Motivating the Gifted Child

Motivating the Unmotivated Child Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. As Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Throughout my teaching career, I often heard this …
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Parenting Styles: Choosing Your Child’s Activities

A parent’s approach determines how much time their child spends in extracurricular activities. Some of the more common parenting styles are:
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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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Class Size Matters

Budget cuts in education are causing school districts to reduce staff resulting in an increase of the number of students per classroom. I have read various contradictory research studies which state class size matters, class size doesn’t matter, or it …
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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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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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