ERIC Number: ED427486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
What Parents Need To Know about...Recognizing and Encouraging Interests, Strengths, and Talents of Gifted Elementary School Children. Practitioners' Guide A9819.
Delcourt, Marcia A. B.
This brochure discusses strategies that parents can use to support the interests of their children and how to recognize and extend their children's talents. Parents are urged to: (1) be aware of what their child likes to do and be patient with the changing patterns as the child explores areas of interests and strengths; (2) help to find a positive role model for the child, someone with whom the child can relate and who can provide additional information about a selected topic; (3) look for sources of information via schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and the Internet; and (4) remember that an important focus of exploring interest should be enjoyment. Questions are provided that parents may want to discuss with their child for developing a particular talent and strategies are included for helping children with multiple talents. Strategies designed to develop interest in gifted children include providing children with a variety of experiences, helping the child develop skills to successfully pursue an interest, facilitating development of possible projects, and realizing the importance of an appreciative audience for the child's work. (CR)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Family Environment, Gifted, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Role Models, Student Motivation, Talent
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007; Tel: 860-486-0283 (Toll Free); Fax: 860-486-2900; Web site: http://www.uconn.edu
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.