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ERIC Number: EJ1103947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
The Importance of Parent Intuition & Observation in Recognizing Highly Creative Children
Haydon, Kathryn P.
Parenting for High Potential, v5 n3 p16-18 Spr 2016
Sometimes it's not easy for highly creative children to "comply" with a regular curriculum, even at the preschool age. They are wired to explore, experiment, build, imagine, and create. If forced at a young age into a diet heavy on rote learning and directed work, they may struggle. It's not that these children can't do the work, it's that the work does not engage their depth of thinking, ability to make connections, and need to contribute original ideas. Their needs are so much more complex than what a traditional classroom can meet, especially if they want to voraciously pursue knowledge on their own. There is tremendous pressure today for kids to conform, academically and socially. For gifted, creative kids, this is often not possible or prudent. Highly creative children are unique, and the only way for them to thrive long-term is for those around them to accept their uniqueness. They will still need to do what is required to be successful, but they may need different routes to get there.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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