meep (meep) wrote,

"Coaching the gifted child"

Contrary to what many people believe, highly intelligent children are not necessarily destined for academic success. In fact, so-called gifted students may fail to do well because they are unusually smart. Ensuring that a gifted child reaches his or her potential requires an understanding of what can go wrong and how to satisfy the unusual learning requirements of extremely bright young people.

This is pretty true. It is extremely easy to be academically lazy when you're very smart. I rarely had to study for the longest time. I mainly "studied" by doing my homework. Usually that was enough to get me where I needed to be.

I see they've got the ole "acceleration vs enrichment" thing going on. My own thought is that one should accelerate the "basic skills": reading, writing, math; enrichment for general knowledge areas: history, literature, science, etc. Now past a certain point for math, you can really go the enrichment route, or broaden the curriculum. But you have to lay down a certain amount of foundation before you get there. Which reminds me, I need to get more books for Mo.

Anyway, none of the above is much of a problem for right now. The kids are all little, and we're homeschooling right now.

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