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Ten Suggestions for Parents of Gifted Children

Ten Suggestions for Parents of Gifted Children

Dr. James Webb, clinical psychologist and senior author of Guiding the Gifted Child,
offers a list of ten suggestions for parents of gifted:

Treat them as children. They are still children. They need what all other children
need: love but controls; attention but discipline; your involvement, yet training in selfreliance
and responsibility. Even though they are gifted, they have a thorough
understanding of adult problems such as death, sickness, job loss etc. They may need
reassurance in these areas.
Maintain a consistent system of values and a happy, healthy home. Maintaining
harmony in the family is important for their optimum development. As gifted children
may have a greater sensitivity to the world around them, they may be more affected by
family disruption. If there is a breakup within the family, be honest with the child in a
kind and gentle manner.
Give them a special gift: Time. Children need an understanding parent and/or role
model, and they need to spend time with this person. The child needs your attention in
order to discuss values and ideas. These children often love the unconventional. You
need to spend time helping them to understand the importance of behaving in a socially
acceptable way.
Don’t stifle the gifted child. Gifted children are known for their curiosity and parents
should be especially careful not to stifle the gifted child who asks questions. In
particular, the child should not be discouraged for asking questions about what seems
to be an improper or forbidden subject. The parent may, however, insist that questions
not be asked at inappropriate times, and it may be necessary to ask the child to clarify
or rephrase a question. Questions don’t need to be answered completely, but parents or
significant adults should provide a clue, guidance or even a question, which sends the
child into some productive direction. When the parents cannot answer the questions,
they should direct the child to a resource, which is likely to have the information.
Intellectually stimulate the gifted. Pushing and intellectual stimulation are different.
Some parents seem to feel pressured in many activities, such as reading, problems
solving, etc. to push for greater achievement. Rather, you should seek in every way to
stimulate and broaden the child’s mind and enhance research skills through exposure to
books, encyclopedias, collections, charts, travel, technology, the arts, and active
experiences. It is important to take your child to libraries and resource centers. Let them
browse and read, let them use the computer to explore. Often children who never get
out of their home environment need to see what the city core is like. Expose them to
museums and art galleries, educational institutions and historical places to enhance
their background learning and feed their curiosity.
Encourage friendships and discover hobbies. Children need friends who are like
themselves, to play games with and to share ideas. Encourage friendships, talk to their
friends and show your child the value of a real friendship. Parents should encourage
their children’s hobbies and help them share their interests with their peers and friends.
Avoid discouraging unusual questions or attitudes. Parents should avoid direct,
indirect or unspoken attitudes that fantasy, originality, unusual questions, imaginary
playmates, or out-of-the-ordinary mental processes are bad, or different. Gifted
children’s imaginations shouldn’t be discouraged. Instead of laughing at your child,
laugh with your child and seek to develop a sense of humor and balanced outlook.
Don’t over-schedule your child’s life. Many parents feel that all of the child’s spare
time must be filled up with extra lessons of all kinds. They are afraid that the child may
become bored for a short time. Allow your child to become bored and let them find a
way to use time unscheduled by adults. Sometimes parents are concerned if gifted
children spend their time watching TV or reading comic books. While they should not
spend all their time doing so, children cannot be expected to perform at the challenge
level at all times. Remember, TV and comic books have their own place in a child’s
growth and development and help a child develop connections with their less gifted
peers and understand popular culture. Use common sense!
Respect the children and their knowledge. Sometimes, it may be better than your
own. If you feel that a child has made a mistake, start with the assumption that the child
did not intend to do wrong. If your child wishes to follow his or her own methods for
problem solving, interfere only if the child is in jeopardy of physical or emotional harm.
When you have a task you want your child to do, give general instructions to be carried
out in the child’s way, rather than specific commands that do not take into consideration
your child’s personality.
Get involved in school efforts and community programs to plan for gifted
children. Support the schools efforts to plan programs and activities for these children.
Help to interest the Parent/Teacher Association; solicit their help. Support study groups.
Be active in the community and advocate for special education programs. Work to
construct greater community understanding and appreciation of the special education
needs of gifted children and collaborate with all parents in an effort to improve schools
for all children.

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SP School District Info

Here is a list of some of our events and the approximate starting times:

Middle School Forensics: Starting the beginning of November. Open to all students grades 6-8.  $15 registration fee. Scholarships are available.

Math 24- Starting the beginning of December. Open to all students grades 4-6. 4th graders will use the single digit cards, 5th grade will use the double -digit cards and the 6th graders will use the variable cards. District competition is in Feb. and the 6 winners from each grade level will move on to compete in Reedsburg at the regional competition in March.  No cost.

YAC-Young Authors Conference (previously known as the August Derleth Young Writers Conference) Currently open to students in grades 3-5. (We may be able to add 6th graders this year!) Completed pieces of work are due to classroom teachers by the end of Jan. The students will get info on this in early November, which will include the categories and writing prompts. All grade levels can enter poetry. The poetry pieces must be at least 8 lines long or if doing Haiku, 3 Haikus. All entries must fit on one page typed at 12 font. More detailed information will come to the students in November. No Cost.

Weekly Math Challenges: Grades 6. Open to all 6th graders. Each week challenge sheets will be available to students on the door of our office Rm 109. Points are awarded for correct answers and/or completed projects. Points can be accumulated for prizes.

 

Weekly Math 24 Challenge: Grades 6-8-Open to all middle school students-Each week 3 math 24 cards will be posted on the GT door, Rm 109. Students can fill out a sheet with the correct solutions to the problems, which will enter them in a weekly drawing for a prize.

Creative Arts Festival: Grade 5-students are chosen by their art teacher to attend this day-long event in Wautoma in April.

 

 

List of Summer Camps

A comprehensive list of summer camps.

Click here for more information.

Madison College Boot Camps

Registration is now OPEN for
Summer 2017 Career Discovery Boot Camp!
We are excited to announce Madison College’s innovative summer 2017 Career Discovery Boot Camps!  This is our fifth year offering week-long enrichment programs for 11-15 year-old students, encouraging them to explore career paths in a hands-on college-level environment.  This year, we have 14 different Career Discovery Boot Camps, taught by Madison College faculty, and featuring the exceptional resources and facilities of Madison College.

Thank you for supporting this effort, helping us get the word out, and for all you do to positively impact the lives of our children.

We are excited to offer 14 camps this year!
  • Diesel, Gas & Body Repair
    Mornings • 6/12-6/16
  • Neuroscience
    Afternoons • 6/12-6/16
  • Biotechnology
    Mornings • 6/12-6/16
  • Health Care Occupations
    Mornings • 6/26-6/30
  • Secret Code of the Courts
    Mornings • 6/19-6/23
  • Challenge Course
    Afternoons • 6/26-6/30
  • Interior Design
    Mornings • 6/26-6/30
  • Be a Sportscaster!
    Afternoons • 6/12-6/16
  • Developing a Documentary
    Afternoons • 6/19-6/23
  • Movie Makers
    Afternoons • 6/19-6/23
  • Character Design & Cartooning
    Afternoons • 6/26-6/30
  • Exploring Machine Tools
    Mornings • 6/19-6/23
  • Robotics
    Afternoons • 6/12-6/16
  • Executive Assistants Rule!
    Mornings • 6/12-6/16
Seats fill quickly!
Registration Ends:
May 19, 2017
Questions? Call (608) 258-2301, Option 2
Mail Registration Forms to: Madison College School of Professional and Continuing Education, 1701 Wright St. Madison, WI, 53704
-or- Scan and E-mail to: ace@madisoncollege.edu

WCATY classes at UW Madison

Click here for information on WCATY (Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth) classes.

Growing Early Minds Summer Program: Grades 2-4

• Time: Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
• Program Dates: June 26th through June 30th
•For students currently in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades
• Application Opens: January 3rd, 2017
• Application Deadline: April 28th, 2017
• Program Location: UW- Madison

Financial Information
• Application Fee: $30 (Non-Refundable)
• Cost: $220 per class
• Financial Aid Available- See GEM Financial Aid Form
• Tuition due: June 7th, 2017

 

YSSP-Grades 4-6

Young Students Summer Program classes are fast-paced and cover a great amount of material. Our philosophy is that students completing grades 4-6 need to learn about the many different avenues open to their curious minds.

At a Glance: Young Student Summer Program

• Residential Summer Program with 25 Hours of Class Time
• Program Dates: July 30th- August 5th, 2017
•For students finishing grades 4 through 6
• Application Opens: January 3rd, 2017
• Application Deadline: May 12th, 2017

Financial Information
• Cost: Residential ($950), Commuter ($600)
• Application Fee: $60 (Non-Refundable)
• Financial Aid Available
• First half of tuition due May 17th, 2017 and second half of tuition due June 7th, 2017
• If applicants wish to choose a 5-month payment plan, they must contact the WCATY office by the program application deadline to arrange the details. Please note that applicants choosing the 5-month payment plan will be charged an additional $50 finance fee.

 

Preparatory Academic Campus Experience (PACE) 

This program gives current 5th through 8th grade students an opportunity to explore their current interests and passions with like-minded peers in a college setting. Students will spend one week taking one accelerated course designed specifically for middle school advanced learners on the UW-Madison campus.

At a Glance:
• Day camp with 25+ hours of instructional time
• Program Dates: July 9th- July 15th, 2017
• For students finishing 5th – 8th grade
• Application Deadline: May 12th, 2017

 

• Sunday Orientation from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
• Monday – Friday Classes: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday Closing Ceremonies and Exit Interviews: A.M. TBA

Financial Information
• Cost: $400
• Application Fee: $30 (Non-Refundable)
• Financial Aid Available, due April 10th, 2017
• First half of tuition due May 17th, 2017 and second half of tuition due June 7th, 2017.

 STEP-Grades 7-8

The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) gives an opportunity for students, who are finishing grades 7-8, to spend two weeks on a college campus studying one accelerated course.

At a Glance: Summer Transitional Enrichment Program

• Residential Summer Program with 50 Hours of Class Time
• Program Dates: July 16th -July 29th, 2017
•For students finishing grades 7 and 8
• Application Opens: January 3, 2017
• Application Deadline: April 28, 2017
Financial Information
• Cost: Residential ($1850), Commuter ($1200)
• Application Fee: $60 (Non-Refundable)
• Financial Aid Available
• First half of tuition due May 17th, 2017 and second half of tuition due June 7th, 2017
• If applicants wish to choose a 5-month payment plan, they must contact the WCATY office by the program application deadline to arrange the details. Please note that applicants choosing the 5-month payment plan will be charged an additional $50 finance fee.

 

ALP-Grades 9-12

The Accelerated Learning Program gives gifted high school students the chance to learn and live alongside each other on the beautiful UW-Madison campus. ALP is an intense, three-week summer camp designed to push students to the next academic level while housing them in an intimate learning environment. Students enroll in a single course for an in-depth experience not possible in crowded high school schedules.

(The new 2017 Summer classes will be posted in December. Examples of previous ALP classes include: Introduction to Critical Reasoning, Physics of the Impossible, The Human Body and Disease, Theatre; An Analytical Approach to Acting and Play-writing, and Science of Sustainability. The ALP classes are continually changing and new classes are added each year.)

At a Glance: Accelerated Learning Program

• Residential Summer Program with 105 Hours of Class Time
• Program Dates: June 25th – July 15th, 2017
• For students finishing grades 9 through 12
• Application Opens: January 3rd, 2017
• Application Deadline: April 28th, 2017
Financial Information
• Cost: Residential ($2700), Commuter ($1850), International ($3300)
• Application Fee: $60 (Non-Refundable)
• Financial Aid Available
• First half of tuition due May 17th, 2017 and second half of tuition due June 7th, 2017
• If applicants wish to choose a 5-month payment plan, they must contact the WCATY office by the program application deadline to arrange the details. Please note that applicants choosing the 5-month payment plan will be charged an additional $50 finance fee.

Camp Invention- 1st-6th Poynette

Here is a link to Camp Invention for this Summer in Poynette. It is for students entering 1st-6th grade.

Date: June 12-16  9:00-3:30

 

Click here for more info.

UW Baraboo Summer Courses

Robotics, Art, Middle School and Elementary Academy, and even an overnight STEM camp, are all part of UW Baraboo’s summer list of courses.

Click here to find out more!!!!