What We Are Reading This Month!

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4/1/2021
April is one of our favorite months of the year. The finish line is just on the horizon! There is no question that our students, teachers, and school leaders have worked tirelessly to make the most of this crazy year. Please take a moment to give your child's teacher a shout out! This month, we aren't bringing you something to read. We are bringing you something to ATTEND: The Torrance Festival of Ideas! This festival is a 3-day event that showcases 21 speakers who will present their unique perspectives on themes relevant to creativity, imagination, music, humor, empathy, mindfulness, identity, healing, curiosity, entrepreneurship, and visual and spatial art. This festival is free to attend for up to 1,000 registrants. Check out this opportunity HERE.

2/1/2021
February is a great time to do a "motivation check" with your gifted student. Gifted learners, like all learners, can go through periods where they just feel a little bit run down. It's a natural phenomenon that happens to the best of us! Helping our gifted learners reignite that internal spark as they press onward in their academic growth and social emotional growth is so important! This month, we are reading a great book titled A Love For Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child by Dr. Carol Strip Whitney. This book helps educators and parents learn how they can spark motivation in their gifted child and keep them eager and excited at home and in the classroom. Specifically, Whitney focuses on using the 4 C's of Motivation: creating challenge, creating control, creating commitment, and creating compassion. We hope you enjoy this book as much as we are! You can access a copy through Douglas County Libraries or purchase a copy on Amazon HERE. Have a wonderful, and motivating, February!


12/2/20
December (and a return to virtual learning) is officially here! We hope that this first week of virtual learning is going well for each of you. This month, the RHMS GT Team is ready and willing to help support your gifted child in any way we can.

This month we wanted to share in inspirational quotation with you. We hope it serves as a wonderful conversation starter and causes you to reflect on the amazing natural qualities of gifted learners in the same way it did for us!

Being gifted creates obligations, which means you owe the world your best effort at the work you love. You, too, are a natural resource." - Barbara Sher


11/16/20
November got away from us, didn't it!?! The RHMS GT Team hopes that this update finds you healthy and well. 

This month came with the announcement that we will be returning to remote learning following Thanksgiving Break. While we know this situation is not ideal for our Gifted Learners (or for any of our learners!) we are confident that our students can be successful in the remote environment. Grit, perseverance, self control, accountability, and organization will all come into play. 

To help kickstart your GT student's preparation for the return to remote learning, take a moment to read this short publication put out by the National Association for Gifted Children. This article details some of the most crucial aspects of remote learning for gifted students. We hope you will find this article both helpful and inspiring in the weeks to come. 

Access the article HERE!


10/1/20
It's October! We hope you are enjoying that new crisp feeling in the air. Fall is certainly a magical time in Colorado. 

This month we are diving into a book that not only speaks to parents of gifted learners, but can be a source of excellent inspiration for all parents. This book, called 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, is written by psychotherapist and licensed social worker Amy Morin. Morin challenges parents to consider their current parenting practices, and whether or not those practices might actually be helpful or harmful to raising mentally strong children. By presenting 13 things not to do, Morin identifies the unhealthy thoughts, ideas, and feelings that can hold parents back from raising mentally and emotionally strong children in our increasingly complex world.

If you would like to check out this book further, you can access it on Amazon. Our local Douglas County Libraries also have some copies. HERE is the Amazon link! Happy reading!

 

9/1/20
Welcome to September!

This month we are loving a resource published by the National Association for Gifted Children called the "Gifted Children's Bill of Rights." This document is powerful and we encourage you to read it (and discuss it!) with your gifted child. 

You can find the "Gifted Children's Bill of Rights" linked HERE. Enjoy!


8/1/20
Happy August!

It's no secret that Covid 19 has forced educators and school leaders to rethink the entire educational process. New norms like social distancing, constant sanitization, remote learning, and hybrid learning can increase anxiety in ALL students, and particularly in our Gifted Learners. 

The NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) recently released an article titled "Supporting Your Gifted Child During Covid 19." This article is full of tips and tricks for providing social, emotional, and mental support for children during this time. 

Check it out HERE!