Nurturing Bright Children - Some Methods and Techniques
By Andrew Loh
Nurturing a bright child means enhancing intellectual ability of
that child to become more efficient and better endowed to lead a
life like that of a gifted child. A bright child is a superior
child, who just needs a gentle shove to acquire the superior mental
abilities of a gifted child. Gifted children have a series of
superior skills and talent that a bright child does not possess. If
you have bright children who excel in their classroom studies, then
you can teach them the wonderful mental attitude of a gifted child.
A bright child, who acquires salient attitudinal powers of
giftedness, can become extremely endowed to face any challenges in
life, both personal and professional.
Parents may face a hard time understanding who is a bright child and
who is not. Most parents always worry about their children, who tend
to get all A’s, but fail to qualify for a Gifted and Talented school
program. Not every child who achieves very good grades is a genius
or highly gifted, but they could be very dedicated and hard workers.
Some children who score very high in a subject can perform very
badly in others. Such children may simply fail to make it to a
gifted children program. Criteria and actual testing to qualify for
a gifted student program may vary among different children.
Many parents have a number of misconceptions about their children
being gifted. Bright children have a very agile brain that can
perform a number of intelligent functions, when compared to an
ordinary or average one. However, age can play an important role in
deciding how bright your children will be in the future. Some
children may be exceptionally bright, when they are in their young
age, and they may lose that ability when they reach their old age,
say 10 years or 15 years. Training a bright child towards giftedness
is a difficult task as most parents simply fail to understand that
there is always a certain limitation to what a child can do.
To empower your bright children to acquire some skills and abilities
of a gifted child, you can use a number of simple techniques.
However, you should understand that you can apply them at some level
of efficiency beyond which you may find it very difficult to
proceed. The good news for you is that whether your children
extraordinarily bright or superiorly gifted, you still have a great
child in your hand.
Here are some of these simple techniques and methods to make your
bright child become more efficient:
Train your child to develop better vocabulary. This simple step will
help your child to acquire many words and expressions that will
assist them improve their discussion and vocal skills.
Develop their complex thinking ability: Ask your children to design
and weave their own imaginary stories and anecdotes. This will help
them hone their skills of imagination and thinking ability.
Develop simple mathematical skills: Symbolic thoughts in children
can come easily, when they improve their basic mathematical skills
like arithmetic. Working on simple math will help develop analytical
and fine thinking processes.
Develop an ability to develop relationships: An ability to see at
relationship between family members and others will help your
children improve insight and emotional values.
Help develop the ability to create unusual shapes, patterns and
figures by using blocks, clay and crayons. These exercises will help
them streamline their thinking abilities, analytical power along
with reasoning. Gifted children are experts in thinking, analytical
and reasoning power.
There is a thin file line between giftedness and brightness. Bright
children are as good as gifted ones excepting some minute
differences. Gifted children may not realize their full potential
unless parents and teachers make them know, realize and understand
their full and real potential. Bright children deserve the best that
parents can give them. Every child is unique and special. A child
need not be gifted to show his or her potential. What children need
is careful and dedicated parenting and mentoring from their parents
A caring parent can mean a lot to a child, whether gifted or bright.
Bright children could be truly gifted, when they fine tune their
attitude and outlook. Let them know and realize that they can become
the most intelligent and smart children in the world with concerted
and dedicated effort. As a parent, you should understand their mind
and attitude. Just make sure to focus on their real strengths and
weaknesses before acting on your goals.
Burning Bright in the Classroom: Practical, Proven Strategies to Motivate, Challenge, and Support Advanced and Gifted Learners
By David Palmer
An extensive menu of practical, teacher-tested techniques
fills this easily referenced guide designed to help both
beginning and experienced educators reach advanced and
high-ability students of all levels. Through specific
examples, decision trees, and brief surveys, this handbook
matches student traits with education strategies while also
giving a thorough overview of research-based approaches such
as single-subject and whole-grade acceleration and off-site
talent search programming.
Presented in a classroom-friendly format - including teacher
reproducible and worksheets - this reference can be used in
the classroom immediately and every day.