ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child
In ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids, award-winning author and gifted education expert Dr. Joanne Foster reveals ways to help kids thrive. Moving from A to Z, she offers helpful information on child development, and shares hundreds of current resources and practical suggestions. Each letter/chapter features a different thematic focus such as Education, Health and Happiness, Motivation, and Productivity. Beautifully illustrated by Christine Thammavongsa, ABCs is a comprehensive, reader-friendly, and unique parenting book.
Being Smart about Gifted Education A Guidebook for Educators and Parents
Authors:Dona Matthews, Ph.D. and Joanne Foster, Ph.D.
Written for both parents and educators, Drs. Matthews and Foster present practical strategies to identify and nurture exceptionally high ability in children. These authors promote the “mastery” (rather than the “mystery”) model of gifted education and challenge several common practices and assumptions. They assert that if children are to learn optimally, teachers must provide them with educational experiences that are appropriate for each individual child’s level of readiness. An important step in the process of determining a child’s level of learning is pre-testing before starting a new unit of instruction to discover the correct level of classroom instruction necessary for each child. The authors also advocate achievement testing for the same reason, and they explain how this works in the classroom.
- “Mastery” vs. “mystery” models of gifted education
- How giftedness develops
- Relevant brain research
- Use and misuse of assessment
- Programming options
- Social and behavioral concerns
- Teacher development processes
- Parenting strategies
Length: 448 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-95-2
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-95-4
Bright Adults: Uniqueness and Belonging Across the Lifespan
by: Ellen Fiedler
Explore unique challenges faced by bright and gifted adults throughout their life stages, beginning with age 18. These individuals often do not see themselves for the complex adults they are. This book addresses their needs to belong, to remain authentic to their identities, to contribute to the world, and to find challenge and meaning in life when faced with issues of multipotentiality, idealism, and feelings of isolation. From decisions about college and graduate school to first jobs and career paths, from marriage and parenthood to aging and death, Fiedler provides thought-provoking insights and advice on the lives of bright and gifted adults.
Length: 320 Pages
ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-41-2
Bright, Talented, and Black A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners
by Joy L. Davis, Ed.D.
Being gifted and talented and also African American makes children double minorities, and the issues they face can be different from those faced by most other gifted children. This book provides helpful insights and guidelines for the parenting and education of Black gifted children. In addition to the challenges that are frequently experienced by many gifted children, such as underachievement and idealism, Black gifted children often must also deal with issues like discrimination and low expectations of them. Dr. Joy Davis offers practical information based on her personal experience as a parent and a gifted education professional. Several appendices in the back of the book provide useful resources for minority gifted students, as well as reading lists that will help empower these children and their parents. This book will help both African American parents and the educators who work with these bright, talented children.
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Bust Your Buts: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate
Silver medal winner of a IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, this book is for teens who struggle with procrastination. There are hundreds of tips in this book to help them get rid of some “buts” that are common to procrastinators:
- I have too much to do
- I don’t feel well
- I might do badly
- I’m confused
- I get distracted
- I’d rather do something else instead
- Other people keep pestering me.
Bust Your BUTS helps teens be productive, use time better, and become more successful. This book is a worthy companion to popular Dr. Foster's Not Now Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination.
ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-33-7
Cheating, Dishonesty, and Manipulation: Why Bright Kids Do It
by Kate Maupin, M.A.
A shockingly large percentage of gifted students self-reported that not only had they cheated in an academic setting, but they had also never been caught. Bright children try to manipulate parents and teachers for many reasons—boredom and a lack of appropriate challenges, social anxiety and a need to fit in, fear of failure, or simply avoiding responsibility. Kate Maupin addresses the symptoms, the underlying causes, and how to address roots of the problem, rather than simple punishment, so that children do not become repeat offenders.
Cheaters only cheat themselves out of the true joy of learning and accomplishment, at best achieving the cheap satisfaction of beating the system and at worst locking themselves into an unhealthy pattern of deceit. Dishonest, manipulative behavior can become so ingrained that the habit is difficult to break once students reach high school or college. Maupin discusses solutions and strategies to build honesty and confidence and to provide appropriate challenges and healthy outlets for creativity so that children can become self-sufficient, life-long learners who no longer feel a need to resort to cheating, dishonesty, or manipulation.
Length: 320 Pages
ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-29-0
College at 13: Young, Gifted, and Purposeful
by: Razel Solow, Ph.D. and Celeste Rhodes, Ph.D.
What is it like to be 13 and going to college? Is such radical acceleration helpful or harmful? This book describes 14 highly gifted young women, now in their 30s, who left home to attend college at age 13 to 16, skipping all or most of high school. The authors describe what the women were like as young college students; the leadership, idealism, and sense of purposefulness they developed, and their lives 10 to 13 years later. This inspirational book will help educators and parents understand that gifted kids need academic challenge, that there are colleges with specific programs for such students, that it doesn’t harm them to leave home early, and that keeping them interested in learning is vitally important.
Length: 304 pages
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-10-7
Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More than 700 Famous Men and Women (2nd Edition)
by: Victor Goertzel, Ph.D., Mildred George Goertzel, B.A., Ted George Goertzel, Ph.D., Ariel M.W. Hansen, B.A.
This fascinating book contains information about the childhoods of more than 700 famous people, including Walt Disney, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordon. Dr. Victor Goertzel and his wife Mildred, the original authors of this book, which was first published in 1962, were curious to see whether these well-known people had undergone similar experiences in their childhoods that would explain their later rise to eminence. The authors found that, indeed, there are several common threads in the childhoods of these individuals.
That provocative classic (now out of print) is printed here in its entirety and is updated for the 21st century (in Chapter 12) by the Goertzels’ son Ted, with information from Three Hundred Eminent Personalities (1978), as well as from current published biographies. Parents will feel reassured as they learn about the struggles of other families and the hardships faced by other talented children.
Creative Homeschooling: A Resource for Smart Families
by: Lisa Rivero, M.A.
More and more parents of gifted children are wondering about home schooling as a way to provide continuous academic progress for their child. This book offers practical advice on getting started, adjusting to new roles, designing fun and educational schoolwork, and planning for social and emotional growth. Author Lisa Rivero says that she wrote the book she wished she’d had when starting to home school her son.
The author explains how her highly gifted son loved learning but didn’t like school. After trying several different schools, the family decided to let him learn at home. Rivero describes several different popular approaches to home schooling, then explains the method she chose, giving plenty of examples of curricula and websites she found useful. She goes on to explain that many home school families network with one another, and children are able to learn some subjects cooperatively, as when a parent teaches a special unit on an area of expertise. And since home schooled students often interact with other home schooled children, as well as people in the community, at the library, doing volunteer work, etc., home schooled children tend to develop excellent social skills, contrary to what some may think. This book is an outstanding resource for any family that is considering home schooling their child or children.
Length: 416 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-48-0
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-48-0
Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration
by: Sal Mendaglio, Ph.D., Editor
Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD), which includes the widely known “overexcitabilities,” is one of the most influential theories in gifted education. This groundbreaking book, edited by Dr. Sal Mendaglio, brings together information from leading professionals, many of whom knew Dr. Dabrowski himself, and provides readers with a diversity of perspectives on TPD. It summarizes the research and application of TPD and compares it to other theories of personality and psychological development. This is a thought-provoking textbook that provides powerful insights and information not previously published about Dabrowski’s theory.
Length: 326 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-84-7
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-84-8
5 Levels of Gifted
by: Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
Giftedness exists on a continuum—there is a broad range of traits and behaviors that children can exhibit based on where they fall in that continuum. Formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind, this award-winning book describes these differences within the gifted population. From her 35 years of experience as a consultant working with gifted children and their families, the author looks at 78 gifted children and groups them into five levels of giftedness based on developmental milestones, as well as test data. This information gives parents and educators a reference guide to compare with their own gifted children or students. The author then offers different educational approaches and practical advice, including how to find the best type of school for children at each level.
Length: 368 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-98-7
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-98-5
A Forgotten Voice: A Biography of Leta Stetter Hollingworth
by: Ann G. Klein, Ed.D.
Step into a world of child abuse and prejudice, and discover how it led to the field of gifted education. Leta Hollingworth (1886-1939), born in rural Nebraska, was a very bright child who suffered from her step-mother’s insensitivity and wrath and was forbidden to see the one person she loved most in the world, her grandmother. Somehow, though, Hollingworth rose above the odds to become one of the first women to attend a university. She married a psychologist and later became an influential psychologist herself, as well as a feminist, educator, author, and advocate for both special education and gifted children. Since she was one of the earliest psychologists to research and write about extremely bright children, and the first woman to do so, she is often called “the mother of gifted education.” Her story is fascinating, not only as a biography of an amazing person, but for the historical perspective on gifted education, psychology, and the rising feminism of the day.
Length: 264 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-53-7
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-53-4