One of the characteristics often found in gifted children is a deep curiosity. Curiosity can be defined as the intense desire to explore novel, challenging, and uncertain events. Curious children are filled with wonder. An important benefit of being curious is that a person is very open-minded toward new ideas, interests, and adventures.
How many of you had chores for which you were responsible as a child? How many of you require your children to do chores? Do your children understand what chores are? One small study, done over a period of 25 years, found that the best predictor of young adults’ success in their mid-20s was whether they participated in household tasks at age 3 or 4.
Slowly and steadily, we have implemented improvements to traffic safety, including yield and stop signs, speed bumps, directional signs, lane striping, and cones. Over the last several years (has it really been years?) that I have been working my second job as the traffic controller at afternoon carpool, I have learned much about what it takes to be an intersection traffic controller.
During my thirty-one years as Director of Admissions at Sycamore, the question I have been asked most often is "How do I know if my child is gifted? "Identifying children with high academic and intellectual potential can be extremely complicated. The process often includes some type of formal assessment. Listed below are other key components we at Sycamore use to generate reliable information that informs the identification process.
Integrating math and technology can be tricky. Many times, teachers use apps on iPads or use websites like IXL, Mathletics or more to have students practice skills and then track the students progress. That’s fine and those apps do provide a much-needed service especially in the data-rich educational classroom of today.
Sycamore was quite a drive for us, about 45 minutes each way in good traffic. And it was expensive. My father was a serviceman for a heating and air company and my mother was a cardiac nurse at St. Francis, working mainly on weekends. Even though it was a stretch for us geographically and financially, my parents knew the value of a great education and wanted to provide the best for us. Sycamore, to them, was worth every sacrifice.