Educational Options and Issues of Gifted Children
By Carol Bainbridge, About.com Guide
- Schooling Options
- Extracurriuclar Enrichment Opportunities
- Motivation and Underachievement
- Careers and Occupations
The majority of parents send their children to public schools. It is a good idea, therefore, if parents understand the options available to schools for use with gifted children. Hoever, sometimes a public school does not offer what a gifted child needs. Other options for educating gifted children include private schools and homeschooling.
- Definitions of Terms Related to Gifted Education
- Ability Grouping
- Cluster Grouping
- Grade Skipping
- Homogeneous Grouping
- Pull-Out Program
- Self-Contained Classroom
- Early Entry into Kindergarten for Gifted Children
- What to Look for in a Good Gifted Program
- Should You Homeschool?
- Before You Decide to Homeschool Your Gifted Child
- Are you considering a private school for your child?
- What kind of school is best for gifted kids? Public or private?
- Private Schools for Gifted Children
Extracurriuclar Enrichment Opportunities
Sometimes, even when a gifted child's school tries to accommodate his or her learning style and academic needs, it simply isn't enough. In those cases, it's a good idea to find outside enrichment opportunities. However, outside enrichment is good for gifted children, even when most of their needs are being met inside the school environment. These outside opportunities can expose children to subjects not covered in school, provide more in-depth coverage of subjects that are covered in school, and can provide plenty of hands-on experience in both kinds of subjects.
- Summer Camps for Gifted Children
- Why send a child to a summer program?
- Space Camp - An Ideal Program for Gifted Children Who Love Outer Space
- Math and Science Summer Camps for Gifted Children
- Earth Science Summer Camps for Gifted Children
- Arts and Humanities Summer Camps for Gifted Children
Motivation and Underachievement
It can be difficult to motivate gifted children to work hard and do their best. It can even be difficult to motivate them enough just to do their homework and then turn it in! When they aren't motivated, they run the risk of becoming underachievers. Underachievement is a serious - and common - problem among gifted children.
- Understanding Underachievement in Gifted Children
- Motivating Gifted Children
- What is Intrinsic Motivation?
- What is Extrinsic Motivation?
- Underachievement of Verbally Gifted Children
- Tips for Motivating Gifted Children
- What is Underachievement?
- Help Your Child Set Goals
Careers and Occupations
Some gifted kids know what career path they want to follow practically since they were born. Others aren't sure even when they are seniors in high school. They may have zeroed in on one interest or they may have so many interests that it's hard for them to narrow it down.