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.

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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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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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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Back to School Anxiety

Preparing Your Child for the Upcoming School Year and Preventing School Anxiety: Starting back to school can be stressful for children of all ages. Your child has settled into their routine of summer fun and switching into back-to-school mode can …
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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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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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Schools to Blame for Decline of Creativity

Many teachers are themselves quite creative and at the very least would like an opportunity to be more innovative in their teaching. However, the decline of creativity...
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Gifted Humor: Hairy Brownies

It was Teacher Appreciation Day at my school and in the teacher’s lounge there were many trays of desserts and treats brought in by the parents. I was relaxing and enjoying my lunch, while pondering all the various dessert options …
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Letting College Students Choose Their Own Courses

No one knows more than a teenager, just ask them and they’ll tell you. Talk to a gifted teenager and you may even get additional attitude. What happens when the child-who-knows-everything wants to start college by choosing their own courses? Reasons for letting college …
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Gifted Programs: Is Inclusion the Answer?

There is a drive to create a more inclusive gifted program in our schools. Is this one of the answers to a system that many say is failing the public or is it just another way to pacify those who …
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