For remediating learning gaps
Your child may have straight A's in English but struggle to achieve a B in Math. While one or two B's won't be a deal breaker at some schools, it won't help if your child is applying to very competitive schools. What to do? As soon as you discover that she has a problem with a core subject like mathematics or reading, do something about it. Tailor the solution to the situation. If a little extra help at her present school is all that is necessary, then go that route. If more drastic measures are required, then hire a tutor. We did that one summer, and it made all the difference in our daughter's comfort level with mathematics.
Children learn in different ways. So, be sure to observe how your child is being taught. That will guide you on what solution to seek. It's very important not to make your child feel like she is being punished or that she is a failure. Instead, you need to explain that core subjects are taught over many years. She needs to understand each level thoroughly before she advances to the next. Core subjects are the foundation on which
Because you are his parent, you must follow your own instincts about how to nurture and educate him. It is entirely possible that no one program or school setting will satisfy his needs and requirements. If you approach educating your gifted child as your responsibility and not somebody else's responsibility, then you will take ownership of your child's education. At that point schools and enrichment programs are adjuncts to what you are providing.
Parenting a gifted child is an enormous responsibility. As the authors of Helping Gifted Children Soar state so succinctly: "Parenting a gifted child is like living in a theme park full of thrill rides..."
National Association For Gifted Children
This umbrella organization offers a vast array of resources and information. If you are looking for enrichment programs for vacations and breaks in the school year, check out their Resources Directory.
IQ Tests and Evaluations
- Wechsler Tests
Schools don't actually administer these tests. You will pay a professional psychologist to administer it.
- A Place to Start: Is My Child Gifted?
There is a difference between a bright child and a gifted child.
Maria Montessori established her school in the poorest neighborhood of Rome because she was convinced that every child, no matter what his social circumstances, was capable of learning. Dr. Montessori carefully observed the children in her school and recorded the results of her experiment.
Rudolf Steiner like Dr. Montessori earned a doctoral degree. Steiner earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Rostock in 1891. [Source: Wikipedia.org] He established his first school for the children of factory workers in 1919.