The month of April has some really fun and interesting days to celebrate. The days listed here are those that should be of special interest to gifted children and their families. The month has also been set aside to focus on some special interests. You can find information and activities for the month as well as the special days in it.
- National Poetry Month
Whether your child is a budding poet or one of those who doesn't seem to enjoy poetry, April is a good month to either nurture or spark an interest in poetry. Here are some ways to do it.
Fun Poetry Books for Gifted Kids
Poetry for Young People Books
30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month
10 Ways for Kids To Experience Poetry
- Autism Awareness Month
The autism spectrum is quite a wide one, and reported cases of autism seem to be growing larger every year. It's a good idea to become aware of what autism is. It's also good to understand that some types of autism can be confused with gifted behaviors.
Parents of gifted children with an early obsession with words and letters sometimes worry that their child has this disorder.
This is a disorder whose symptoms look very much like those of a normal gifted child. Gifted children are often misdiagnosed.
- Math Awareness Month
If you have a child who loves numbers and math, you can have a lot of fun with this month. Even if your child seems a little math phobic, you can have fun with this month and do all you can to help your child get over that phobia and learn to love math - or at least appreciate rather than fear it!
Math Fiction Books for Gifted Children
Books About the Number Pi for Gifted Children
- National Humor Month
We all need some humor in our lives. It would be nice to think we can find a little humor all year long, but if you've had a hard time finding some, make an effort this month. This is a perfect month for most gifted kids, since a sense of humor is one of the characteristics of giftedness.
"Horse Story" of Gifted Education
Humorous Web sites and articles about parenting and family life
Fun With Spoonerisms
Science - Humor for Kids
Jokes for Kids
- National Garden Month
There are lots of reasons to encourage an interest in gardening in your child. Here are some ways to do it.
Gardening with Gifted Children
Gardening with Your Child
Tips for You and Your Child to Enjoy Gardening
Kids Gardening Projects
- International Guitar Month
The guitar is a wonderfully versatile instrument. One can strum simple chords on a simple acoustic guitar or one can become a guitar virtuoso on any number of fancier acoustic or electric guitars. One of the great advantages of guitar playing is that it doesn't take long to learn to play enough basic chords in order to play some recognizable songs and even sing along.
When Children Should Start Guitar Lessons
Finding a Guitar Teacher
How to Learn Guitar for Kids Video
- National Frog Month
Frogs aren't exactly cute and cuddly, but they are interesting creatures and some kids want to learn all about them. This is the perfect month for that learning.
Frog-based fun for kids
All About Frogs (This site is a bit hard on the eyes, but it has a lot of information about frogs.)
Scientists in the Field Series (one of the books in this series is Frog Scientist in the Field)
A Guide to Choosing a Pet Frog
- Month of the Military Child
Many people don't realize that it isn't just our military men and women who make sacrifices for their country. Their families do as well. Those sacrifices can be tough on the kids. April is a month to think about those children and help them out in any way we can. It's also a good month to think about the pros and cons of military careers since some kids are drawn to the military.
Pros and Cons of Military Careers for Gifted Children
April is Month of the Military Child
Books for Children with a Deployed Parent
- Financial Literacy Month
We hear so much about literacy and when he hear about it, we usually think about reading. But there are other kinds of literacy, and one very important one is financial literacy. Get your kids started early learning about money and finances.
Jump$tart Financial Smarts for Kids "Reality Check"
The Centsables - A New Breed of Superhero to help kids understand "financial fitness"
Career Forward - Offers a free course for middle and high school kids