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.

Child Prodigy–Nature or Nurture?

Child Computer Prodigy–Marko Casalan Most people have heard of Bill Gates and Microsoft but have you heard of Marko Casalan? At the young age of nine, Marko, a child in Macedonia, has earned the title of the world’s youngest computer programmer certified …
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Parents Letting Go of College Students

How Involved Should Parents Be When Their Child Goes Off to College? Having a child leave for college is bittersweet for many parents. Parents look forward to seeing their child grow into a responsible, secure adult. Yet, parents, especially mothers, …
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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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Sheldon Big Bang Theory: Understanding Sheldon

Who knew the goober-smart could be so funny? The Big Bang Theory is one of the most unique and funniest sitcoms on television today. The show is based around four genius guys who are best friends and employed at Caltech. …
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Getting Your Teen to Talk

The quiet, moody teen is a concern for any parent. Getting your teen to talk can be a crazy-maker. From my years of working with adolescents I have found there are two main reasons teens won’t share with their parents. …
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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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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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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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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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Helping Teachers Identify the Gifted Child

A boy with a book hidden on his lap reads quietly while his teacher drones on about the parts of a flower. A little girl secretly passes a note hidden in the top of a pen cap to a friend. …
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