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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

You know Your Child Is Gifted When

He walks out side when its foggy and says "This must be what its like to walk in the clouds"

He looks in water puddles for rainbows

He stands guard to protect a mother bird and her eggs that have fallen from the nest.

He takes money from his piggy bank to put in donation jars at the stores.

He figures out what year his great grandfather died by his dad telling him how old his mom was when he died. Going based on the fact that his grandmother was 16 when his dad was born.

You know your child is gifted when you get to the checkout at the grocery store and he has calculated how much your going to spend.

When he reminds his mom to not leave the keys in the car and don't forget to take her purse from the cart at the store.

You know your child is gifted when you have to turn around after getting lost and your child gives you directions to get back to where you started from.

nothing like having your own personal navigator.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Games For Clever Kids

I found some more internet resourses for clever children I want to share them so I'm putting them here on my blog. I know whenever I'm looking on the web for kids games it would be nice to find them all in one place. I will be adding more as I update my blog. To get the list of all of them you can suscribe to my RSS feed.

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Cool Science for curious kids
Nasa Space Place
Learning center for young Astronomers
Music Games
Clever games for clever people
Math Games
Online Etch A Sketch
Seusville Dr Seuss
Cyber Kids
Crack the code

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What's with the grades

Ok, first of all in no way do I expect any of my kids to be perfect but when I know what they are capable of doing in school I do get a tad upset when they bring home D's. For some reason not sure why DS has decided he hates school, doesn't want to go, says its a waste of 6 hours of the day. Now he's bringing home C's and D's on his papers C's are fine but D's I have a problem with since the work he's making this grade on is stuff he's done before. I think what makes me the most upset is that God has given him a brilliant mind but lacks with motivation, he almost needs a match lit under his butt to get him moving sometimes, unless its something that he wants to do. I am so looking forward to the summer.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

A Mommy's Life

I'm straying off topic again as I sometimes do. I found a blog that is about a mom,a wife a bread winner. Her blog Revenge of the Couch Potato's is one women's journey through life with her family tailing behind her. She writes about being creative in the kitchen about her children,her husband and her job. I found her blog to be insightful, funny and real Definitely worth a look.

Are you a Gifted Adult

Since a Gifted childs IQ is very close to there parents and siblings IQ usually within 10 pts, I thought this would be interesting to take a look at. If you are a parent of a gifted child you may want to ask yourself these questions.

1. General Characteristics

Do you have a large vocabulary?
Are you multi-talented?
Do you have so many interests and abilities that it is hard to focus your energies on developing any of them to your satisfaction?
Are you possessed of an unrelenting (and possibly off-the wall) sense of humor?
Can you occupy time usefully without external stimulation?
Are you persistently goal-directed in your behavior?
Is your creativity apparent in all areas of endeavor?
Do you have the need and the energy to develop more capacity?

2. Entelechy

"The forms of `overexcitability' are particularly prominent in the gifted and creative because there we find a higher level of energy and capacity for sustained effort; enhanced differentiation and aliveness of sensual experience; greater avidity for knowledge, discovery, and attitude of questioning and questing; greater vividness of imagery, richness of associations, and capacity for detailed visualization, and greater depth and intensity of emotional life. One may think of these five forms of overexcitability as the substrate of giftedness and creative talent.

A. Psychomotor excitability:

Are you a high energy person?
Do you love intense physical activity and movement?
Do you feel constantly pressured to take action?
Are you impulsive?
Do you have nervous habits?
Are you restless, always on the go, incapable of just relaxing?
Do you talk compulsively?
Are you a workaholic?

B. Sensual excitability:

Are you often moved to tears by music or the visual arts?
Are you prone to eating and drinking excesses because they give you intense pleasure?
Are you adventurous where new sensory experiences are concerned (food, music, erotic experimentation, different environmental settings, for example)?
When you recall an experience, can you also recall the sensory aspects?
Is the touch, smell, taste, and sight of sex as important to you as having an orgasm?

C. Intellectual excitability:

(Not to be confused with high intelligence, since many highly intelligent individuals do not enjoy intellectual activities and pursuits)

Are you always questioning everything?
Do you love to explore a wide variety of theories and ideas?
Are you able to examine ideas outside of the framework of your own opinion?
Do you enjoy research, analysis, and theoretical thinking?
Is problem-solving a source of immense satisfaction?

D. Imaginational excitability:

Do you write, speak, think, or dream in vivid imagery?
Do you embellish the plain truth in ways that make your end of a conversation more impactful or amusing?
Do you express yourself in ways that demonstrate a rich association of images and impressions?
Do you entertain yourself endlessly with private jokes and wacky visual, auditory, or associational images?
Do you creatively reframe events to support your perspective on life?

E. Emotional excitability:

Are you excruciatingly sensitive, with intense emotions?
Can you describe your feelings with great precision?
Do you have intense emotional attachments to others?
Are your emotions sufficiently profound to take you beyond yourself into areas of philosophical consideration?
Do you suffer from extraordinarily high levels of fear and anxiety or suffer attacks of psychological depression?

4. High Intelligence

"Gifted adults differ intellectually from others. They are more sophisticated, more global thinkers. In addition, they have the capacity to generalize... They can grasp difficult concepts and phenomena. Their imagination and creativity are often incomprehensible to the average person... they have the ability to predict consequences... and foresee problems which are likely to occur. Gifted adults are able to see the pattern of development and growth, and therefore will recognize a trend. This allows them to predict and, by certain actions, to influence the trend.

Are you an independent thinker, individualistic, and mentally self-sufficient?
Are you a divergent thinker with unique and interesting perspectives?
Are you highly intuitive, with insight and foresight?
Do you enjoy experimenting with psychic and metaphysical ideas?
Are you relentlessly curious and investigative?
Are you verbally agile?
Do you love intense discussions?
Do you have an exceptional memory?
Do you think things out at an accelerated pace?
Can you work with extraordinary amounts of mental data?
5. The Search for Truth

"Those of us who are contemplative from the heart cannot tolerate the idea that life is accidental, purposeless, directionless. Therefore, we are faced with two alternatives: to erect and inhabit belief systems so as to posit meaning and purpose, or to cultivate the capacity to feel and experience life directly, and allow it to teach us its secrets, in accordance with our level of development
Do you strive to understand the nature and meaning of life?
Have you read extensively on the nature of mind or done any meditation practice designed to help you experience the nature of mind directly?
Are you attracted to, and long for, spiritual or mystical experiences that will provide the basis for a deeper understanding?
Are you preoccupied with death and the possibility of after-death experience?
Are you determined to make a meaningful contribution during your life?
Do you have strong feelings regarding issues of morality and justice?
6. The "Autonomous Factor" (from psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski)

"... the autonomous factor enables the individual to transcend the limitations of both heredity and environment through self-determination. The autonomous factor is a sense of inner-directedness, an inner drive to make conscious choices in accordance with those principles which are highest in oneself." (Linda Kreger Silverman, Institute for Advanced Development)

Are you driven toward self-actualization and self-perfection?
Are you highly self-aware?
Have you demonstrated the capacity for intrapsychic transformation?
Do you feel a great deal of empathy and compassion for others?
Do you exhibit a high level of moral responsibility and integrity?

7. Perfectionism

"In a world in which emotional health is defined in terms of contentment, ability to relax, satisfaction with self and with life, and lack of inner conflicts, it is no wonder that the perfectionist is perceived as neurotic. Worse, the consistent messages that perfectionists receive throughout life convince them that there is some basic flaw in their personality which must be eradicated. This greatly exacerbates the amount of inner conflict with which they must cope. Not only do they feel shame, guilt and inferiority for not meeting their own standards; in addition, they feel shame, guilt and inferiority for having all this inner conflict. And this is where the tension can mount to the point of paralysis." (Linda Kreger Silverman, 1987)

Are you determined to do your best at all costs?
Do you feel inadequate to measure up to your personal standards?
Are consumed with self-doubt and self-criticism?
Is self-perfection or the perfection of your life's work the central driving force of your existence?
Do you have a sense of your potential destiny and feel responsible to live up it?
Do you have inappropriately high expectations of others?

8. Introversion

"All introverts are perfectionists. All gifted individuals are perfectionists in something (usually not their rooms). The gifted introvert is the perfectionist squared.

Do you prefer depth to breadth, concentrating on one activity at a time?
Are you hard to get to know, more involved with your internal world than you are with others, and have only a few close friends that know you well?
Are you easily humiliated, therefore keeping people at a distance?
In a social situation, do you wait to be approached rather than introducing yourself, and take time to observe others before engaging?
Do you develop skills in private before showing finished products to the world?
Do you need privacy, respect the privacy of others, and resent having your personal space invaded?

9. Idealism

"Advanced development has to do with recognizing and admiring a universal principle such as justice -- and then growing to the point where you do justice. You do justice, not only because it is right but more so because you cannot do otherwise. You don't believe in one thing but find yourself doing another; you become a just person." (Karen C. Nelson, 1989)

"Excellence may be a universal ideal, but it is a personal goal for only a few. The attainment of excellence begins with a vision -- a vision of what is possible. The vision does not visit everyone; it selects the most fertile ground for its development. What criteria does it use? Inherent capability, surely. However, there must also be emotional receptivity, a willingness to embrace the vision and devote oneself to it. If the ability is there, but the receptivity is lacking, the vision will be fleeting. It only remains with those who are willing to work toward its fruition.

Are you driven to achieve "what could be" when you think of "what is?"
Are you solidly connected to an inner vision and aware that that vision will continually evolve?
Do you feel compelled to connect directly with painful social ills, so as to educate others through your compassion and sacrifice?
Do you work tirelessly to make a contribution to better the world, in accordance with your ideals?

(taken from Rocomora schools)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mothers Day coming soon

With mothers day around the corner its time for me to start thinking of Mother's day gifts I love this time of the year when my little artist brings me home gifts he's made with this own little hands and of course I love the gifts that my Husband buys as well. This is the one time of the year that moms are actually recognized for all their hard work, I can't wait.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Gifted Siblings

Image hosting by PhotobucketLooking back at my other children when they were growing up I had to stop an think of all the things that they were going through and what was causing their behavior and the struggles they were having at the time I had never heard the term gifted. My oldest son who is now 25 faced major challenges in school, he was in SLD classes during most of his school years he struggled with written expression and math. Paying attention was his downfall. I found out years later that he was ADD/ Gifted he is twice exceptional but at the time I had no idea since I had never heard the term gifted before I had no idea what that meannt. Today he is doing well and understands himself a lot better and was able to overcome his learning disabilities he still struggles with certain things but has learned to work around these problems.

My oldest daughter who is now 19 was my problem child she always did pretty well in school but was always a challenge for her teachers, by the time she was in 6th grade she was skipping school, getting into trouble and the list goes on. We thought she was just rebelling and we continued to punish her thinking she would get tired of staying in her room. Please remember we still have no clue about gifted children at this point our son still had not been tested. Soon the school intervened and she was skipped a grade and was put into the 7th grade immediately, at this point she settled down the challenge for her was in place and from that time forward she excelled in school and graduated in 2004. She now at age 19 makes a little over 3000.00 a month in income working for State Farm insurance one of her greatest qualities is the need to constantly be challenged and this works good for her in her field of work.

Our 17 year old daughter is much like our son She flies through school with very little effort, never studies and still makes straight A's but she lacks common sense which is vital to making it in the real world. She scored in the top 100 in our county for Fcat which is wonderful but at the same time she's what I would consider and air head. She's academically brilliant but at the same time she doesn't have a clue about how life really works and because of this her future could be a rocky one.

As our kids were growing up we had no idea what a gifted child was. I wish I knew then what I know now. I wonder sometimes how or if I would have done things differently for them.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A very serious situation

I want to change pace for just a bit, We recently discovered that a friend of the family had filed a Vioxx Lawsuits I don't know if anyone reading this is aware of the dangers of Vioxx. I felt that I should share information in order to get the word out of how dangerous this drug is and anyone that had taken it in the past should seek legal council. My husbands friend became very ill after taking Vioxx it almost took his life. He has filed a Vioxx Lawsuit just recently and we are wishing him the best and we hope he prevails to compensate for the suffering and damages that has occurred.

Monday, March 20, 2006

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