Gifted School Chicago

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Science & Arts Academy 1825 Miner Street Des Plaines, Illinois 60016 847-827-7880 http://www.scienceandartsacademy.org Science & Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in Junior Kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Gifted Education Programs help Students understand Current Events Every day it seems we’re hearing news reports of events ranging from devastating and frightening to exciting and uplifting. It’s no secret that gifted children are aware of and interested in events and news that are relevant to them. Furthermore as our lives have become more and more globalized it’s easy to see how we are becoming increasingly more connected. Consequently parents of gifted children should be helping them find different articles that are appropriate for them and hold their interest. By discussing various news topics as well as using questions and specific steps many gifted education programs inChicago are helping gifted children personalize events and issues that are happening throughout the world. If a student has a limited or minimal amount of knowledge about current events global politics and international relations this activity could be extremely beneficial. For instance if they gain an understanding of global politics it will help them identify and interpret certain news biases. Gifted education courses in Chicago based on current events can also enable the student to acquire and master their critical thinking skills so they can use them whenever they need or want to. It also helps them become more engaged informed and inquisitive students. Furthermore implementing a current events inquiry process enables them to ask questions while generating and interpreting certain data and what it means to them. The following 2-step process will help you with this. Step 1: The “how” and “what happened” Allow the child to choose an article from the international section of a major newspaper such as the New York Times so they can read and analyze it. If you prefer to speed things up and save time select a few articles yourself and let your child choose the one that they want to read. This particular step enables them to learn the “who what when and where” so they can summarize what they have learned from reading and analyzing the article. Step 2: The “Why” The next step in the learning process for the gifted student is to analyze the news article in order to determine the actions or involvement of a particular group individual international organization or state. This is more commonly known as the “Why” stage. Students use this stage to analyze the actions of those parties that are involved in order to determine what the goals and purposes of their actions were. With the aid of their parent or the gifted education teacher in Chicago they can collaboratively proceed and analyze the news article at hand.

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How You can support the Gifted Learner suffering with Anxiety Is there a greater risk of anxiety among gifted learners than the average student While anxiety is associated with giftedness the determination of a relationship between the two has yet to be more than speculation. However gifted learner studies in Chicago have revealed that these individuals experience the world around them more intensely and oftentimes exhibit a heightened level of anxiety-based behaviors. Children enrolled in gifted learner programs in Chicago commonly have an awareness of what is going on in the world around them and globally. As a result many of them may begin to exhibit symptoms of anxiety because they are worried about:  general fears about situations they cannot control  global as well as local issues and problems  perfectionism within themselves A Hungarian study conducted as early as 2009 by the Semmelweis University revealed an association between creativity higher academic performance and a specific gene known as the T/T genotype that exhibited a higher risk of onset psychosis. This may help explain why anxiety and stress are associated with gifted children. Anxiety may manifest itself in one of the following ways:  carelessness or a lack of enthusiasm  changes in attitude or temperament  excessive sleeping or insomnia  fidgeting or other forms of “hyper” behavior  health complaints so they can avoid certain situations or tasks  inability to concentrate  inappropriate or unprompted outbursts and tantrums  irritability  persistent worrying  separation from their peers  signs of withdrawal  tension If your gifted learner has been showing any of the above symptoms or a combination thereof you should consider discussing the matter with your child’s gifted learner program instructors in Chicago. Furthermore consider the following supportive tips: Emphasize the importance of cognitive excellence and emotional well-being – accept and love your gifted child for who they are express feelings and encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities of an exploratory nature.

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Encourage them to engage in social interaction – ways to do this include playing a specific role in social situations preparing the student for certain events ahead of time and teaching positive affirmations. Stimulate their creative genius – this will provide your student with the tools he or she needs in order to be self-expressive stress-free and successful at what they do. Also you need to encourage them to:  engage in imaginative social situations  model their creative thinking  participate in creative arts  teach them creative problem solving skills Teach your child coping and relaxing skills – including deep breathing exercises methods or techniques for overcoming their fears relaxing muscle tension and any other anxiety-relieving skill that is approved by a gifted learner administrator in Chicago.

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4 Reasons To Introduce Your Gifted Child To The Arts The goal of every gifted school program in Chicago suburbs is to provide a well-rounded education rather than letting the child focus on one or two subject areas of their choice. This is why gifted education programs include a broad range of enrichment courses that focus on introducing their students to the creative arts. These classes help to spark a child’s creativity during the school year and even throughout their summer vacation. However they also provided the type of benefits that will enhance a gifted child’s rigorous academic curriculum by expanding their education beyond the traditional classroom setting. There are 4 reasons why gifted school programs in Chicago suburbs have chosen to introduce students to the arts: It helps the child to discover their hidden talents – it goes without saying that even the gifted child will not be able to discover their specific talents if they aren’t called upon to do so. Since they have the ability to acquire new skills quickly the gifted student oftentimes discovers a talent they were unaware of. Furthermore discovering a new talent increases a child’s self- confidence especially if they doubt their own abilities or are constantly striving to be perfect and being too hard on themselves. It promotes relaxation and helps to relieve stress – in addition to being isolated socially the gifted student is at a much higher risk of “stress overload.” This can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression. Incorporating creative arts classes throughout a student’s day will enable them to de-stress in between more rigorous classes. It also provides them with some enjoyment that they can look forward to each day. It provides an environment where they are able to safe master their social skills – because gifted children tend to stand out in the traditional classroom they are at much greater risk of struggling socially. The gifted learner tends to focus so heavily on their academics that they overlook being more social and starting conversations with their friends. Conversely if they were able to spend time role playing in a drama program for example it would provide them with the opportunity to practice in a social situation. It reinforces the ability to learn in different subject areas – in addition to academics a creative gifted school curriculum in Chicago suburbs stimulates the brain differently. For example a child can learn certain rhythm and timing skills by playing an instrument or singing in a choir. This can also be applied to a child’s language and math skills. It can also help them overcome certain learning challenges when the only classes they are exposed to can be mastered too easily.

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4 Ways that Gifted Schools help Asynchronous Children When it comes to gifted behavior nothing is more indicative of it than asynchrony or the different developmental degrees possessed by gifted children in different subject areas. It’s what makes them look as though they’re out of sync with those peers that are in the same age group. A good example of this is the preschooler that can read at a 3 rd 4 th or 5 th grade level but still exhibits the type of behavior that is commonly associated with their specific age group. Since traditional educators expect children of a certain age group to behave in the same way and have similar abilities asynchronicity can be somewhat challenging in a gifted school program in Chicago. Here are 4 helpful tips for parents as well as teachers: Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of others – if you encounter any asynchronous behavior issues that frustrates you or causes problems it might be a good idea to talk with a professional. Any gifted school in Chicago can make recommendations if and whenever needed. This might include counselors or educational psychologists as well as occupational therapists and speech therapists. You can also complement this with non-chronologically defined outside programs. Help you child understand who he or she is – as a parent you need to encourage your child to grow in all areas. However you need to allow them to do so at their own developmental pace. This will help them become aware of the many challenges that they will face. But most importantly this will make them aware of their strengths and weaknesses. You should also encourage learning coping skills in order to avoid any frustration that may occur. Implement creative activities – gifted school programs in Chicago will rely on creative activities in order to successfully manage asynchronous behavior. Creativity that doesn’t rely on age-driven behavior or a child’s abilities can help them develop good life skills while at the same time providing the ideal opportunity for socializing them. When a child learns that there are no wrong answers it will enable them to produce ideas that are perfect for them. Know where the child stands emotionally intellectually physically and socially – with the help of dialogue observation and testing you can learn more about a child’s emotional intellectual physical and social make-up. You can help the gifted school in Chicago that your child is attending by sharing any information that you have knowledge of. This will help them address specific issues in the right way and at the proper time.

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