REACH News 3rd Grade

Newsletter: 1st Nine Weeks

What's Up in REACH?

There is lots of great stuff happening in REACH!

We are starting our year off discussing Greek Mythology! To get us started, we went over the "beginning" of Greek mythology, the background info, and what myths are. We will be looking at a Greek myth each week, in the form of a play, and we will examine the characters, moral, and connection to American culture and literature. We have cultivated many English words as well as American ideals from this society, including democracy. Concepts like understanding morals of a myth are part of 3rd grade ELA Standards! When going over the beliefs in Greek mythology, I stress with the students that some ideas and beliefs may be confusing and they may disagree with them, this is fine - even better, because we want independent thinkers...not followers.

Once we have many basic myths under our belts and an understanding of some of the characters, the students will work in small groups to write their own Greek myth play! We will write, edit, and practice these scripts so we can perform our Greek plays for you - in full costume!! This will be sometime in November or December, so more info on that to come later on!

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!