Gifted and Talented Newsletter

Discover the Journey of Tomorrow's Greatest Minds

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"May" Your Days Be Filled With Dreams And Wonder!

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Gifted and Talented Students in Action!

Parenting Gifted Children

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Developing Social Skills in Gifted Children


“The day a child is identified as a gifted learner life changes for them and their families.” ~ Angie French


Social skills are necessary skills that allow children to get along with others; especially age-peers. These skills include self-control, good manners, and being able to cooperate, communicate and engage with others. These skills are not innate; they must be taught and gifted children are no exception. Too often adults mistakenly think all gifted children can develop social skills instinctively.


“Social skills is a huge area encompassing all the ways we get along with other people – parents, peers, teachers, etc. [They] include a vast array of “hidden” and “zero order” skills – things only noticed when they fail. GT kids may need extra help with social skills, as their peers might be few and far between ” ~ Dr. Peter Flom


Academic placement can affect social competency. Poor and inappropriate placement exacerbate its development. When gifted kids enter school without social skills, behavior can be misinterpreted as being spoiled rather than being bored and unchallenged. (Ruf)

Who should be responsible for teaching social skills – parents, schools, or both? Although both parents and schools need to teach social skills, it initially starts at home. Basic social skills need to be in place long before the child enters school. For gifted students, schools need to differentiate instruction taking asynchronous development and individual needs into consideration.


“Parents can be their safe place of acceptance. GT kids often feel different – being OK with self can help with social anxiety.” ~ Shanna Weber


The conversation then turned to where and how should social skills be taught in schools – regular classroom; pull-out sessions; with intellectual peers? Social skills can be incorporated into all phases of school life. Pull-out classes can deal with issues associated with giftedness. Regular classrooms provide the opportunity to practice social skills with age-peers. Particular skills may need to be taught when gifted kids are working with older intellectual peers; new circumstances.


Margaret Thomas added an important reminder, “GT kids don’t want to be singled out, condescended to, or lumped with label of lacking emotional intelligence.”


“Let kids problem solve social issues. Don’t rescue them but guide them. Nudge them to get comfortable with uncomfortable.” ~ Valerie King


What are some things parents can do to teach social skills at home? Modeling good behavior at home is an important part of parenting. They can be vigilant in discussing the importance of other’s feelings (empathy) in response to one’s own behavior. Jo Freitag of Gifted Resources and Sprite’s Site suggested, “Parents can role play possible situations with their children to try various outcomes.” Parents need to set clear rules and family standards; have high, but reasonable expectations. (Pfeiffer) They should look for signs of aggressive or anxious behavior; consider professional help when necessary. Carol Beinbridge, gifted expert at About.com, added, “Responses children get from parents, peers, and teachers helps them learn what is and isn’t appropriate social behavior.”


“Final thought: Just as we never stop learning, we never stop building social skills. Everyone can develop confidence with others.” ~ Jeremy Bond

~March Out In May To ~

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Saturday, May 7th, 10am

2511 Farm to Market 66

Waxahachie, TX

This event occurs Daily from 04/09/2016 to 05/30/2016

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 07:00:00 PM

Cost: ticket prices vary

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Location Address: 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie Click for Google Map

Description: Step back in time to a 16th-century English village featuring jousting knights, artisans, a slew of performances by entertainers, food and a variety of demonstrations (falconry, candle making, glass blowing) and more. Days: Weekends and Memorial Day Monday 10 AM to 7 PM. Discount tickets can be purchased online.

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Sealife Grapevine Claws Exhibit!

Saturday, May 7th, 10am

3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway

Grapevine, TX

This event occurs Daily from 04/22/2016 to 12/31/2016

Cost: $20/Adults; $16/children ages 3 - 12 yrs

Ages: All ages

Location Name: SeaLife Aquarium @ Grapevine Mills Mall

Location Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine Click for Google Map

Description: Experience some of the world’s crabbiest creatures with the opening of Claws at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium on Earth Day, April 22. The yearlong Claws exhibit will feature different crustaceans from around the world including mighty coconut crabs, unique porcupine crabs, lively land crabs and even lobsters. The exhibit will also feature Japanese spider crabs, the largest arthropod in the world, with legs that can reach 12-feet across when fully grown.

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11th Annual Frontier Forts Days

Friday, May 13th, 10:30am to Saturday, May 14th, 5pm

130 East Exchange Avenue

Fort Worth, TX

During this free, two-day heritage event, the Stockyards National Historic District is transformed into an authentic representation of Texas frontier life. Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards will be lined with encampments of historic fort sites from the Texas Forts Trail and elsewhere in Texas. Approximately 10 forts and related programs will participate in the event. Designed to highlight frontier-era life, Frontier Forts Days brings together authentic wagons, flags, music, colorful uniforms and military gear from Texas landmarks. Infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations and military parades will fill the event schedule on Friday and Saturday. Re-enactors will also be on hand to discuss frontier life.
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Perot Museum Imax

Friday, May 6th, 9pm

2201 North Field Street

Dallas, TX

THIS EVENT OCCURS DAILY UNTIL 5/26

Cost: $8

Location Name: The Hoglund Foundation Theater at the Perot Museum

Location Address: 2201 N. Field Street Dallas, Texas 75201

Description: You can either take a Journey into Space, experience Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, or see interesting Tiny Giants

The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience is the museums cutting edge theater featuring 4K digital projection and Real 3D capabilities.

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Have You Thought About What Your Gifted Child Will Do This Summer?

Summer Camp Opportunities!

Camp Invention

http://www.campinvention.org


Camp Pursuit

http://numien.com/camp-pursuit-2015/


Duke University

http://www.tip.duke.edu/


Newton's Lab Summer Camps at Sci Tech

http://mindstretchingfun.org/newtons-lab/


SMU Summer Youth Programs

http://www.smu.edu/CAPE/SummerYouth


Summer Institute for the Gifted

http://www.giftedstudy.org/


Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science

http://www.tams.unt.edu/


UTD Summer Camps

http://www.utdallas.edu/summercamps/academic.html


Arts and Technology

http://www.myati.org/


The Texas Association of the Gifted and Talented Presents Even More Opportunities!


http://www.txgifted.org/k-12-program-listing

Robotic Coloring STEM Activity

Let me show you how we took the parts from an old broken toy and turned it into a motorized coloring machine. It's the coloring of the future!


You too can design your very own Robotic Coloring Machine.


Complete directions here

Activities and Websites for GT Students

14 Catapults for Kids to Create

There's something fulfilling in sending an object hurtling through the air, don't you agree? Well, even if you don't, something tells me some of the kiddos you know would agree with me. Why not channel that interest into these amazing catapults for kids!?


Get directions here.

TED Ed YouTube Channel

Explore this YouTube Channel with all sorts of Educational Videos from 'Questions No One Knows the Answer to' to 'Football Physics' to 'How Computers Translate Human Language'.