Parents of gifted children – All you need ask questions to make them think.

22 Jun

Parents of gifted children often want to know what they can do to nurture the abilities and interests of their kids. What gifted children need is challenge, and those challenges do not always need to come from school or from special materials or programs. When the weather gets warm and the plants are beginning to grow and the insects are starting to populate the backyard again, opportunities to stimulate the minds of gifted children abound.

The main thing parents need to remember is that gifted kids love to think. That means that parents don’t need all the answers; they just need the questions. If you understand the different ways our minds think about things, it’s easy to come up with questions. We tend to classify (put items into groups) and compare and contrast, among other things. All you need to do, then, to help stimulate your child is ask him or her to classify things or compare and contrast them. For example, you can go for a nice walk and as you go, ask your child how the different flowers you see can be grouped together (classifying).

Lots of gifted kids tend to classify things around them constantly, so this is an activity they will enjoy. Some kids will group flowers according to their color — yellow flowers, pink flowers, etc. But others might classify according to the height of the flower or according to the type of petal. You don’t need to do the grouping; you just need to ask the question. The same is true of comparing and contrasting. How are the flowers you see the same? How are they different? You don’t need the answers, but if your child is stimulated enough to want more information than you can provide, plan a trip to the library to check out books!

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