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Believe it or not, the most successful adults aren’t necessarily the ones who scored the highest on IQ tests when they were young. Studies have shown that it’s actually the kids who develop the most resilience in childhood who are better equipped to identify, engage, and ultimately overcome life’s hardships.
Our comprehensive resources are designed to activate intellectual resiliency by integrating reading, writing, math, science, social studies, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Pardon the brag, but learners of all types and abilities have achieved quantifiable growth using our comprehensive learning processes.
Together, we champion challenge, cultivate curiosity, and celebrate cultural diversity!

The adaptability of the human brain over time

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It's never too late to improve your child's well-being, but the sooner you can start the better

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2016). From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts: A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young Children and Families. http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu

Let's Seize the moment!

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     A child’s brain possesses more malleability than it will at any other point in its existence. This endows the developing mind with an uncanny ability to form new neural connections to rapidly process information. Providing robust academic challenge at home is the perfect way to prime your child’s mental resiliency and start building that mental framework. Because no matter what school your child attends, learning conditions for your child will vary from year to year depending upon the teacher, district, or ever-changing state mandates. But that doesn’t mean your child’s growth has to stop.

     Across more than 30 years of teaching, I’ve witnessed firsthand the difficulties young gifted learners can face if they are not provided appropriately accelerated challenges, and I’ve spent my lifetime working to rectify that problem. Together we can navigate what to do with or without adequate support at your child’s school to ensure your child’s ravenous mind stays well fed.

     And whether you realize it or not, you are the ideal conduit for your child to accomplish this! Science has shown us again and again the more time and active attention you invest into nurturing your little one’s early development, the more positive dividends it pays in every facet of his or her lifetime. All this from simply giving your focus and encouraging your child’s creativity, integrity, resilience, and empathy. That means the learning process is a 24/7 emersion by modeling, enforcing, and reinforcing desirable behavior at the home.

     Don’t worry though: that doesn’t mean you’re expected to be perfect! And thank goodness, right? Part of modeling resilience in the home means being able to acknowledge your own mistakes and then demonstrate the ability to use setbacks as growth opportunities. Strong communication builds relationship and bolsters the genetically coded connectivity in your child’s brain. Remember, aptitude can’t be actualized without daily effort. 

Together we can navigate what to do with or without adequate support at your child’s school to ensure your child’s ravenous mind stays well fed.

     So, how can you reinforce these principles of resilience while simultaneously expanding your child’s intellect? Well, throughout my career I began pre-surveying my students to discover what topics might excite their curiosity. From there I incorporate scope and sequence (aka the depth of content/principles covered and what order that information should be learned based on the requisite skills required). After then factoring in the school’s requirements, I craft integrated materials based on student interest. Integrated learning combines multiple disciplines, like STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), language arts, social studies, reading, writing, listening, and speaking, to toughen up the brain from every angle. And kids love the challenge because the material consists of the wonderful array of topics that interest them, such as: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, space, the deep ocean, the Salem Witch Trails, dangerous creatures, the Jungle Book, the Titanic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the Civil Rights movement, “the Wizard of Oz”, and oh so many more.

     Fortunately, you and your gifted child are capable of facing those challenges, and K5 Gifted absolutely has your back. It’s time to expand our brain’s limits beyond what we thought possible!

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