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Oppelt April 24, 2013 at 01:08 am
Having no knowledge about the book (which sounds like a good read)...we created a floatable (wine)Read More cork boat with our 5 yo. Or rather, we competed at which team (mom/son, dad/son) could come up with a way to make it float in a bubble bath. Twine, tape, glue, pennies, small shells, a USA flag, you name it were thought (by our son) to attempt to secure or decorate. It took weeks for us all to devise a way that wouldn't break down, float and use all the saved corks he'd set aside for his (not ours) wish of "I want to make a boat". That boat is much more admired, used and talked about than any other toy boat we have (thank goodness). As a creative professional I am concerned about innovation and the loss thereof with everything so matchy-match and kit based if not shiny, packaged and ready. Thus, SCAMPER sounds like a great read for adults that really have a hard time thinking outside the box. Glad you put it together. Cheers!
Napoleon Solo April 24, 2013 at 01:24 pm
If youi need help devising these sorts of things, Marbles the Brain Store has lots to offer. ForRead More example, there is a dice game with a large number of dice having different pictures on the sides. You roll the dice, and have to create a story using the first die's picture, and then the next person has to take the next dice picture and continue the story. Its fun to leave off your story at a difficult point to see how the next person can recover. The store is online and there is one in the Westfield mall in SF that is attached to a BART stop, so you can go there and not even have to go up to the street level.
Albany Denizen March 21, 2013 at 01:20 pm
Don't leave out the possibility that the child has a nonverbal learning disorder. Kids with NVLDRead More talk all the time. They need verbal interaction to process what is going on.
Piedmont mom March 7, 2013 at 01:46 pm
Hmmm. I would take great issue with 8 hours for grade school. Dr. Marc Wiessbluth probably would asRead More well. Of course, there is a spectrum and parents should take note: Is my kid grumpy at the end of the day? Do I have to WAKE them up in the morning? In my experience as a child sleep consultant, the sleep needs for grade-schoolers may range from 8.5 to 10 hours!
Tamsen March 7, 2013 at 03:11 pm
My kids (all three) have typically slept between 9-10 hours a night. Two are teenagers now, andRead More still need at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night.
Rockridge Optometry May 28, 2014 at 11:05 am
There are some studies that show that the use of computers, tablets, and phones disrupts the naturalRead More sleep cycle due to exposure to high frequency blue light radiation. I think that this is just going to be a growing factor when it comes to sleep patterns for kids AND adults.
Alvin Mabuhay March 7, 2013 at 07:59 am
Anne, I am with you. As I eluded to earlier, I am of the opinion that the increase in autism isRead More directly related to the increase of those in the business to detect, diagnose and treat. It's an easy argument to make that those in the profession need to develop and maintain a clientele base. If they do not diagnose autism, they cannot treat it, and thus, cannot make a living. And now that we have been so inundated with questionable statistics on the mysterious boom in the number of kids with autism, the public just goes along with it without challenge. Deep breaths are good-no doubt, but "doubt" is also good.
Tatter Salad March 7, 2013 at 08:07 pm
Boris is trying to be 'more to the point' then the OP; and he is IMHO. The 'feel good' let meRead More handle it (as our 'foundation' could use more patients) is the OP's main message IMHO. Boris is correctly identifying that both public and some private schools have a room full of kids, and it is the teacher's goal to be successful with the 'majority' placed before them. For example, you find children that are at the 'older' age of the the classroom spectrum doing MUCH better than those at the other end of the scale, but this reality is ignored. You also find, in both private and public schools, that in order to reach the 'majority', the 'giftedly smart, or 'distracted' fall-off from pier group interaction, and instructor attention, by necessity. In Albany Schools, you'll find children judged by their 'peer' associations, rather than by the child's actual performance IMHO, and you'll find children that are placed on a 'stimulating' or 'boring' track, -again, based on perpetuated hearsay of previous instructor's prejudices, which may be based more on the students 'friends.' Sometimes, bigger schools ARE better, where the teachers tend to grade/judge students by their actual performance.
Chris Nicholson March 7, 2013 at 09:18 pm
You seem to know a fair bit about cross-dressing BDSM aficionados. Anything you want to share?Read More Unless you (without consent) harm others, I would encourage you to continue whatever practices bring you joy and fulfillment. In terms of grammar, I offer one lesson for starters. Fill in the blank: "Thank you sir, ____ I have another." Some would use the word "can," but the speaker likely (depending on context) intends a polite deferential request and not an inquiry as to technical physical capacity. Therefore, the proper word is generally (but by no means always) "may." And for God's sake, if you pick a safe word, make sure you can pronounce it.
Tatter Salad January 28, 2013 at 08:49 pm
Regarding your statement: ...."may find himself feeling left out or unimportant in light of theRead More attention being paid to his or her sibling. In these cases there are a few important things to remember in order to keep the peace at home and promote a healthy environment for all children involved." We have all seen this issue when the first born is confronted with more attention being paid to a slightly younger sibling; and imitation of the younger siblings behavior scores more attention then behaving at the correct age. This can be most pronounced (and damaging) when there is a gender difference, and the older child is male IMHO.
shirley kirsten January 19, 2013 at 02:12 pm
Another "prodigy" whose parents have kept a sane perspective about her enormous talent, isRead More Aimi Kobayashi.. ( a very happy camper) At age 3 this child was phrasing at the piano like a virtuoso, and today she is a well-refined musician at 16, same for George Li, whom I interviewed. http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/my-interview-with-george-li-a-seasoned-pianist-at-16/
shirley kirsten January 20, 2013 at 11:49 am
It's sometimes all in the family:Read More http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/musical-families-andrew-li-11-follows-older-brother-george-to-the-piano/
Trixie November 11, 2012 at 05:37 pm
All children are "gifted".
dj November 11, 2012 at 06:16 pm
No, all children are not gifted intellectually. This is exactly what's wrong with NCLB. All childrenRead More are not intellectual equals, and the current system does not address the needs of gifted children at all if they are not in wealthy schools.
Chris J Kapsalis November 11, 2012 at 06:45 pm
How can anyone tell who is gifted? Einstein was thought to be slow. It was clear later, maybe at 20Read More years old what he was. So who knows. I think these labels do them a disservice, because gifted or not you will just be a number when you turn 18 unless someone recognizes your genius and puts you in front of the line. Lots of humans are super smart. And they will inevitably get it wrong anyway. I would guess half the kids they think are so called gifted will not be, and half will remain in the general population of other less intelligent students. This whole thing is strange. But if someone is bored and acing tests without study and you think they are being held back, then yes let them excel. Otherwise I think we should drop labels like gifted, normal or slow. And no matter what gifts you are given, you still have to have the drive and practice, exercise your brain. They will do that anyway. I don't think you can hold back true genius and drive.
Sarah Lauer November 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm
I was a gifted child who was bullied from second grade through 9th grade. Back then, if you told aRead More teacher you were being bullied, they would not get involved. They would tell me I shouldn't take it to heart or that I was a big girl and could take care of myself. I'm glad that there is more awareness of bullying and that it is being addressed at school.
Jose October 13, 2012 at 09:57 pm
With dog as my copilot
Jose October 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm
Chris K: There is nothing scarier to me than someone in a position of power who has absoluteRead More confidence, no second thoughts, and no regrets. Dubya's advisors would be a case in point. Pretty scary guys. So, yes, I would agree that those best able to judge intelligence in others are probably those who are most circumspect and a bit uncertain about their qualifications for the assignment...
Dr. Dan Peters October 16, 2012 at 05:45 pm
2e kids, such as your son, often fall through the cracks as Special Ed takes a remediation approachRead More and often does not include acceleration or advancement for their well developed abilities. These folks often do better as the years progress in high school, college, and grad school as they are able to specialize in their areas of strength and learn compensatory strategies for their weaknesses.
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