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.

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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5 Important Areas For Evaluating Your Child’s Progress This School Year

(First published in The Light Magazine September, 2012) Getting kids ready for back-to-school can be a daunting task for any parent. Once the lunches are negotiated and backpacks prepared, it’s time to think about how you will ensure your child …
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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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Creativity Scores Falling in the US

Recently, I’ve read in the news that creativity scores are falling. I was left to wonder, where was this data coming from and should we prepare to alert Chicken Little? While I did not really doubt what I read, I …
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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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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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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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Questions to Ask at Parent Teacher Conferences

Bringing your own questions to parent teacher conferences ensures that the issues foremost on your mind are discussed. If you are not proactive about organizing your thoughts prior to the conference, your concerns may be neglected.
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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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Psychology for Kids

Typically, children are not familiar with the science and concepts of psychology, but because they are egocentric, they absolutely love learning about themselves. One of the main difficulties psychologists face in working with children stems from the fact they have a poor …
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