Peek at the Week in Project Extra!
What's Going on???
Elementary continued to research and prepare for their adventure next week on The Island. They are learning ways to research effectively and follow credible resources. We read about Katherine Johnson this week and did an instant challenge where they had to build the tallest self-standing rocket out of spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and gumdrops.
Middle School students discussed the definition of power in preparing for their unit on empowerment. 6th grade watched a movie about The Children's March and both groups will look at global issues. Stock Market is still rolling but teams have been hit this week with reactions to the coronavirus.
Focus for the Week - Parent 101 on Overexcitabilities
- Children with this excitability seem to be constantly on the move, a motor always going. They have very high levels of energy and this can happen more when they are not mentally stimulated. If they are mentally stimulated, they can focus for long periods of time. Unfortunately, this is why many gifted students are misdiagnosed with ADHD.
- Signs of Psychomotor OE:
- Rapid speech
- Impulsive behavior
- Compulsive talking
- Compulsive organizing
- Nervous habits and tics
- Preference for fast action and sports
- Physical expression of emotions
- Appreciation of beauty, whether in writing, music, art or nature, including the love of objects like jewelry.
- Sensitive to smells, tastes, or textures of foods * This can cause students to feel sick or to even obsess over certain foods because of the taste.
- Sensitivity to pollution
- Tactile sensitivity (bothered by the feel of some materials on the skin, clothing tags) * My youngest child is this to a T!! We have to cut out all tags on clothing, he refuses to wear underwear or socks, and his favorite clothing is UnderArmour because of how it feels.
- Craving for pleasure
- Need or desire for comfort
- Deep curiosity - they want to know how things work
- Love of knowledge and learning
- Love of problem-solving
- Avid reading
- Asking probing questions
- Symbolical thinking - they can connect multiple concepts
- Analytical thinking - sharp sense of observation or independent thought that can come out as criticism.
- Independent thinking
- Concentration, ability to maintain an intellectual effort
- The main sign of imaginational overexcitability is vivid imagination. Children with this overexcitability can dwell on things they see in the news or can visualize the worst case scenario in a situation.
- Vivid dreams
- Fear of the unknown
- Good sense of humor
- Magical thinking
- Love of poetry, music, and drama
- Love of fantasy
- Imaginary friends
- Detailed visualization
- Children with emotional overexcitability have intense emotions and feelings.
- Extremes of emotion
- Feelings of guilt and sense of responsibility\
- Timidity and shyness
- Concern for others
- A heightened sense of right and wrong or injustice and hypocrisy
- Problems adjusting to change
- Need for security
- Physical response to emotions (stomach aches caused by anxiety, for example)