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Parenting A Profoundly Gifted Child!

Discussion in 'Schoolgoers & Teens' started by nuss, May 27, 2021.

  1. Srama

    Srama Finest Post Winner

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    Thank you JS Ma'm for your words.
    I am indeed truly fortunate to be in kids' world, in a school environemt where I thrive because of the students. I am delighted that you will share with your grandchildren - especially if they are between the ages 8 and 14, it is such an awesme age to influence and grow as well.
     
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    You are welcome! We all are learning so much from these amazing women at IL!
     
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    Dear @Srama ! I don't know how to thank you for this amazing post!

    I feel so fortunate to be a part of this community! You are a wonderful teacher! I can see your passion for education shining through your words!

    I noted down the books you recommended. We are planning to go to the library today and I will see if I can find some of these. We have read The Big Wave (My MIL sent it for his 8th birthday) and enjoyed it very much. Your classroom sounds so exciting! I can't wait to see what kind of projects my kids will be doing. I am learning so much from them. As an educator, I do a lot of hands-on in my classroom, and getting a nice note from a student, as you mentioned, is the utmost reward for being a teacher!

    We are fortunate that so far we haven't seen much of an issue with motivation or getting bored. Kindergarten was a bit of a challenge but his sunny disposition helps. He is usually a happy child who can play with anything (even sticks in the park). He does need a lot of mental stimulation. We are also fortunate that my husband was also a high-performing child. I do get frustrated with his perfectionism but when it comes to our children he knows what to do. He will make haiku poems with the vocabulary words and our son will then follow his lead and the homework turns into a fun assignment. I started playing "antakshari" with words with the kids on our way to school, mostly to help my kindergartener with spelling but my son really loves it too. They love playing 20 questions on long drives. You mentioned comic strips, my husband does that with the kids. He will start a comic strip and they will keep coming with ideas to add. Our son developed a board game that is one of our favorite games. My daughter came up with the idea of "writing" a book last year. She said, " J you write the words because I don't know how to write and I will illustrate because I am better at drawing". They wrote and illustrated the book together and her pre-school teacher was so excited that she got it printed from Amazon Children's book service! Both kids love cooking and baking. That's how we taught them fractions.

    My husband is a scientist but he is also an accomplished artist. Kids have been exposed to all sorts of arts. Our neighbor is a high school teacher and a musician. They also get to hear a lot of music (and guitar lessons) from her. It's interesting how their hobbies are developing. My son loves birdwatching and will go on hikes with his bird guide and binoculars while my daughter is a gardener. She knows more flowers and plants than I do.

    Since we travel a lot for work it helps them be able to figure out how to stay entertained without their toys. I still remember them making a bonfire and a pretend camping trip at the University of Glasgow. They spent half a day building and enjoying their "camping". Same way when we go to India, they can turn anything into a fun game. During our last trip two years ago, they found out that cushion covers make great "skis" on the marble floor.

    I am sorry if I am blabbering too much! I am just trying to see how we can incorporate more fun learning and help the kids be emotionally mature so they see learning as excitement, not as a chore.

    Thank you so much again for helping me see the possibilities that their classrooms might provide!
     
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    I agree! I want to be in Srama's classroom! What a wonderful teacher!
     
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    @Srama This is exactly what I am looking for! How to help these children to become stronger, well-adjusted individuals! Everything else will fall in place! I also believe that the home environment is very important for the overall development of the kids and as you said- teaching and parenting overlap!

    I look forward to hearing more from you! Please do come back if you think of something to share! This will be very helpful for all parents here in IL!
     
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    As I read all these replies, I can't help but feel how privileged I am. I have this amazing community to get help when I need support! I am surrounded by people- friends, neighbors, and family who are educators at all different levels- from kindergarten teachers to university teachers! I am just so fortunate and grateful for people in my life (virtual and in-person).

    My kindergartener wants (for now) to be a veterinarian or a gymnastic instructor. I have friends in both careers and it was fun to introduce her to my friend who is a veterinary professor-she got her hamster and was excited to show it to my friend! Same way, one of my colleagues is a geologist and part of the Mars Mission. She showed all the tools they were developing to help the launch of Perseverance! How lucky one has to be right in the middle of these amazing women?

    Just counting my blessings and realizing that my children and we are lucky beyond measure! Makes me even more passionate to have first-generation college students in my lab because not everyone has these experiences!
     
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    OMG. this thread is amazing. @Srama I cannot thank you enough for sharing these details. My daughter is not gifted or anything. She is just an above average child in her studies, but has a lot of creativity. She builds, draws, writes and anything creative comes so easy for her. I have been struggling to keep up with that . You post gave me a lots of information teaching and otherwise!! Thank you very much. @nuss so grateful for starting this thread!
     
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    A study of child prodigies biography might help to get ideas to equip the gifted child.
    Mathematician Ramanujam, chess prodigy Bobby fisher, connaisseur musician Beethoven, Carnatic music giant Bala Murali Krishna are few examples. More ideas might emerge from browsing pages
    nurtuing of gifted children in japan - Google Search.
    Just my two cents.
    Wishing your boy and the daughter too the very best always.
     
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    Dear @nuss,

    thank you for your words. Both your husband and you know what you are doing and that is what is needed for the children.
    You certainly don't have to thank me but you may have to excuse me if I am not on top of responding right away - way too much on my plate right now.

    Funny you should mention perfectionism. I just finished reading a paper on the same and I have one student in my class who struggles with this. I know you said your husband knows how to handle this but here's something else you can use perhaps - I say two things to these students "aim for excellence, not perfectionism" and two when frustration builds up quite a bit, I smile and tell them "this is Mrs.S approved". It is amazing how unburdened the kids feel.

    Not a blabbering at all - i am sure it is helpful t many. I am speaking as a teacher now because I relate to the younger age group as a teacher better since my own two brats are all grown up :) We share simialr interests with travel and all that - I just wanted to add one thing. Every time I traveled with kids to india, when they were younger I made sure that they either attended a week's school (like JK school) or taught something they know in one of the schools where my husband and I volunteer along with some friends. That has helped both of them to be rooted well and that sense of eitisism if any, has taken a back seat. Both of mine are practical, down to earth kids.

    With summer break coming soon, I hope to engage more regularly.
     
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    Hello every one, I am touched and overwhelmed with the appreciation and likes I am getting for the little information I am sharing. I will continue to post as much as I can and when I can. Please continue to share the wonderful things about your little ones - i do in my head, have this happy place where children are learning for the sake of learning and enjoying it!
     
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