REACH News 5th Grade

Newsletter: 1st Nine Weeks

What's Up in REACH?

There is a lot of great stuff happening in REACH!

One unit we will be working on this semester is economics. We’re taking a look at each sector of the economy-households, businesses, government, and banks, and how they work together. We’ve used the School Store as our example of a business and our first semester employees have started to work. We’ll choose a new crew second semester to give others the opportunity too. We will have a bank rep come in to discuss personal saving and spending soon! We will also get access to an online learning platform that we’ll practice here at school. Students will also have the opportunity to practice at home as well. I have an exciting project lined up to explore entrepreneurship towards the end of October. Let’s just say, you may want to start saving some cardboard at home :-) .

Our second unit this semester, that we are working on simultaneously, is learning more Lego Robotics! We will be working with the 3rd and newest generation of Lego robots, Evolution3 (or EV3 for short). We will begin learning about the robotic elements, such as motors and the various sensors. We will also be studying the Lego programming platform and will use drag and drop programming, which is similar but more detailed than last year. Initially, during our introductory stage, we will try tasks like having the robots perform different types of turns - pivot, ballerina, and race car as we call them. We will then move on to creating our own robot design and making it perform a certain task of the student's choosing. Students will work at their own pace to learn more about the program needed for their robot. For our final project, we will put these robots up against one another to see which design and program works the best!

thanks so much for sending in supplies for REACH !! We truly appreciate it !!

REACH cancellation...

REACH is cancelled this week and next. We are in a testing window to find new REACH students! Gifted teachers are required by the state to do a "talent search" multiple times a year to test students for advanced opportunities. I apologize for REACH being cancelled and appreciate your understanding as I am working to find other students who need this enrichment!!

The AMAZING news is that another testing window won't occur until January, so I won't have to cancel again for a long time!!!

Interesting Links !

tips for helping your gifted child!

Helping Gifted Children Soar

Some tips from "Helping Your Child Soar - A Practical Guide for Parents" by Carol Strip....

“Parenting a gifted child is like living in a theme park full of thrill rides.”

· One part of the child is “older” (cognitive or thinking ability) than the other parts-- emotional, social and sometimes, physical-- of the personality. It is called “asynchronous development.”

Highly gifted children are as different from “moderately” gifted children as “moderately” gifted children are from average students.

Ten core attributes of giftedness:

· Communication skills

· Creativity/imagination

· Inquiry

· Insight

· Interest

· Memory

· Motivation

· Problem solving

· Reasoning

Gifted children may underachieve because they don’t like the teacher, are in a power struggle with their parents over schoolwork, or because of emotional problems.

Gifted children are children first. Academically gifted children are out-of-the-box, unusual thinkers.

As long as gifted children receive reasonable opportunities to explore, think, and create, their intellectual gifts can thrive, sometimes with relatively little stimulation.

Gifted children need adults to support them when they feel confused, friendless, and frightened.

You are on a journey fraught with thrills, chills, spills and wills.

When adults listen to them, allow them to explore, give them a voice in planning classroom activities, reward them when they try things that stretch their intellectual limits, and respect their dignity and individuality children feel safe and supported.

Many gifted children have said people who have had the greatest impact on their lives are those who:

· Accept their feelings

· Love them, not just their gifts and talents

· Give them focused attention

· Spend time with them

· Support their attempts as well as their achievement

· Believe that learning is important

· Help them believe in themselves

· Encourage them to follow their dreams

Gifted children are sometimes terrified because they believe that:

· They are weird and no one will ever like them

· They must always have the right answer to every question

· They may not be as smart as everyone thinks they are.

The Ten Commandments of Trust:

1) Give the child focused attention.

2) Provide ways for the child to communicate when you can’t be there.

3) Make sure your body language matches your words.

4) Respect the child’s privacy.

5) Insist that the child respect your limits as well.

6) Be prepared to explain rules and limits.

7) Respect the child’s feelings, even if you must restrict behavior.

8) Respect the child’s confidences

9) Include the child in decisions that affect her life.

10) Tell the truth.

Adults must always be in charge of the home and the classroom, because no matter how bright and capable they may appear, they don’t really want to run the show. Because gifted children have the ability to think analytically, they respond well to choices and options. They are able to understand reasons when adults take the time to explain.

The gifted child can’t help being gifted any more than the hearing impaired child can help needing hearing aides. The gifted child’s mind works differently just as the hearing impaired ears hear differently. Their mind is often out of synch with their bodies. Accept the gifted child as they are, nurturing their uniqueness, yet at the same time modifying their behaviors that sometimes result in their being ostracized or criticized by their peers and by adults.

Parents are their child’s first mirrors. If what they see there is not unconditional love, joy, and acceptance, but instead disappointment, frustration and anger, it can lead them to believe that they are not important or worthwhile.

Are you an accepting parent? How well do you:

· Listen to your child

· Support the child’s interests

· Praise your child appropriately.

· Avoid “put-downs.”

· Respect the child’s intelligence without being in awe of it.

· Help the child develop social skills.laugh with your child.

Many gifted children are perfectionists with little tolerance for their own human errors.

Common emotional issues gifted children face are:

  • perfectionism
  • depression
  • stress
  • friendships
  • self-esteem

Limits imposed in consistent discipline create the boundaries that give children a sense of predictability, a feeling that the world is a comprehensible place, and the opportunity to experience freedom within these limits.

Rearing or teaching a gifted child, the goal should be to encourage, not deflate, the child’s enthusiasm, curiosity and originality. Positive words encourage positive thoughts in both the speaker and the listener.

Gifted children are deep, emotionally challenging, totally exhausting, and just wonderful. Enjoy them!