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.

Girl Drama and the Creative Child

Contributed by: Angela Roche My nine-year-old daughter came home from spending the day at her cousin’s house.  Her cousin is in the sixth grade and had invited another friend over.  Three is never a good number!  Lauren snuggled up with …
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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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No One Thinks Like a Thirteen-Year-Old

A friend of mine has several gifted children. One afternoon her 13-year-old son called her at work and said he was going to a friend’s house for awhile. His mom reminded him to hide the key for his sister Beth, …
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Benefit of Gifted Education for All Teachers

Gifted education for all teachers: A study of 10,000 students indicates if you teach children as if they are gifted, more children will perform as if they are gifted. Gifted is as gifted does—or in this case—gifted is as gifted …
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Understanding Your Child’s State Test Scores

Most national exams are NRTs, most state tests are CRTs. State test scores can be important for parents to know. Your child's state scores are used for...
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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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Best Strategy Board Games

Teaching gifted students over the years gave me the opportunity to discover the best strategy board games for kids. If the game held their interest, challenged them, and helped develop critical thinking, then it was a winner. It became apparent …
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10 Best Apps for Kids (that will encourage creativity)

These are the top 10 apps we found to encourage creativity in kids. They are either educational and/or entertaining and they all foster creativity! World of Goo by 2D Boy: This app for kids has won many awards. A game …
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Discussing Sensitive Topics with Kids: Stranger Danger, Birds and the Bees, World Events

A parent I know was talking to their three year old about “stranger danger”. After explaining in detail the dangers of approaching a stranger, the parent asked the little boy if he had any questions. He looked up at his …
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Creativity: With a Sleeping Baby and a Camera

Adele Enerson, while on maternity leave, came up with a unique outlet for her creative energy. Since then, Adele’s photos have been copied from her blog, misused and forwarded through e-mail. While in someways this is a compliment to her …
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