Gifted Guardian - January 2017
Columbus City Schools Gifted & Talented Family Newsletter
Winter is Here!
An Evening at Home
When a child can experience those types of activities, it can broaden their horizons beyond expectation. At the same time, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of overscheduling, which eventually will lead to burnout. As the adults in their lives, we are responsible for both helping them explore their interests and develop their talents while learning the essentials of self-care and time management so that life is well-rounded and fullfilling into adulthood. So how do you find the right balance?
One idea is to sit down with your child to create a time budget . This exercise is a great learning opportunity for your child as they learn time management in general. Begin by blocking out any family commitments, such as chores, personal care time before bed, family meals, and other routines. Also budget in a reasonable amount of time for homework or studying each evening. If your child doesn't have homework on a given night, it can be spent studying for future tests, reading a book, or an unexpected bonus free time window.
The next step is where your child begins filling in time with other interests. Have your student list their interests and prioritize them by importance. Block time out for those interests in a manner that still leaves some unallocated "down time" each day. Your child may realize that there is one thing that he or she is passionate about that is important to include every week. But also encourage him or her to make time for something new, such as an unknown but interesting topic or a set of skills yet to be learned. Include a mix of commitments that last long term, such as ongoing music lessons, and those with shorter terms, such as a 6-week art class or a fall soccer season or even a one-day workshop at the library or rec center. This allows your child to develop advanced talent in an area while having the freedom to explore other areas without feeling trapped forever if he or she realizes the new area isn't something truly enjoyed. It also allows your scholar to have variety in what is explored by rotating new things season by season without overfilling the evening and weekend schedule.
As adults. finding balance between work, family, and leisure can be a challenge. teaching our students to budget their time to include multiple things of value without burning out will serve them well into the future. For more information about this topic, visit the sites below:
- Time Management for Gifted Kids - https://www.familyeducation.com/school/gifted-education/time-management-gifted-kids
- The Overlooked Side Effects of Overscheduling Kids, Families - http://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database/entry/R14770
- Overscheduled Kids: When Is It Too Much? - http://www.exquisite-minds.com/idea-of-the-week/overscheduled/
Resource Review: Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) Website
Summer's A' Comin' Closer!
Families interested in pursuing financial assistance may also begin looking at Support for Talented Students and the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. Support for Talented Students (www.supportfortalentedstudents.org) helps match students to funds donated by community organizations specifically for the purpose of summer enrichment programs. The majority of the group's funds are earmarked for gifted learners in Columbus City Schools. Scholarships are need based, and families can visit the STS website now to check eligibility and submit an application for this summer. The Ohio Association for Gifted Children also offers scholarships for families of gifted learners across Ohio, which may be used for summer programs of other enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Visit their webpage (http://www.oagc.com/scholarship.asp) for application timelines and eligibility criteria.
Gifted Service Information Coming Soon!
Students entering grades 1 and 2 will not receive letters regarding formal gifted services, however their schools and teachers will be notified of gifted identification in the fall so that the teachers can provide support in the classroom. Students who are gifted and entering grades 9 through 12 may self-select advanced coursework, such as Advanced Placement, KAP, International Baccalaureate, and College Credit Plus, available at their school of enrollment. Rising high school students will not receive a service letter but are encouraged to speak with their counselor when scheduling to ensure enrollment in challenging courses as appropriate.