Booktalking “Gifted Children” by Ellen Winner

According to Winner, gifted children share three characteristics: precocity, insistence on marching to their own drummers and a rage to master. Savants show extraordinary ability to recall, calculate, and draw, but they do not creatively alter their domains. Gifted kids spend more time alone, which they need in order to develop their gifts. They tend…

ESSA and the Inclusion of the Arts in Education

ESSA and the Inclusion of the Arts in Education The arts and music are part of a well-rounded education. Even during these heavily partisan times, it is an idea that Congress and President Obama could agree on. And on December 10, 2015 this agreement became part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal…

So many preschools which one is the best?

So many preschools which one is the best? There are many great realities to living in the digital age and one of them is the vast amount of information at our fingertips. The difficulties lie in the ability to consume all of the information and apply it in a functional way. Choosing the right preschool…

Admission Letters

Admission Letters A couple of weeks ago, the letters went out. For six springs I waited for those letters. I prayed for fat envelopes and made deals with my friends not to talk about the contents. I was convinced that the information they contained would change the trajectory of my children’s lives. For those of…

Encouraging Artistic Expression

Encouraging Artistic Expression Aesthetics, performance, or both My earliest memory of experiencing the arts is with my grandmother. I was three or four years old, and when I sat next to her on her piano bench, I would be taken to another place. “How do you get it to sound like that?” I’d ask her…