In “Color Me Purple,” my book for children ages 8-12, the character Gommgi is music smart. She loves music and is recognized for the excellence of her piano performances. In this photo, I met a music smart child in the making. The research says that smart children often hum and sing early, have the ability to reproduce songs easily, show a strong desire to play an instrument, and display an emotional sensitivity to music. Little Maeve, while playing at her Grandma’s, broke into lullaby as she hugged and rocked her doll. She decided her lilting version of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” needed piano accompaniment, and after playing one chorus invited me to join her in a duet version. Yes, Maeve definitely is showing an early love and talent in music!
Wherever their curiosity and interest takes them, catch the moment!
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Tagged ages 0-7, curiosity, early learning, learning is fun, learning through exploration, Music smart, pre-k to 2nd grade learners, raising smart children, self-confidence comes with accomplishment
Learning has always been and is very important in our household. We encourage our grandkids’ learning in a variety of ways. We think you have to tailor the learning to the child ‘s needs. That being said, we try to get books that help develop the kids’ interests and the work they are doing in school. For example, my grandson loves sports so we will finds sports books, magazines for him. My granddaughter loves science so we get books, games that speak to her interest in the science. We also connect them to people or events that can enhance their learnings. For example, they attended science camp, a two-week computer-coding class, Millionaire’s Club, and a variety of activities so they can have
exposure to different things, ideas, career options, etc. In addition, we encourage them by asking questions, doing research, and reading. We also have family game times where we play a variety of board games that not only teach them sportsmanship but how to play with others. In addition, they all have library cards and belong to a book club at Barnes and Noble. We make reading fun by having a healthy competition on the number of books read. We also encourage all of our grandchildren to learn something new each day even if it is a new word.
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On Saturday, Dec. 10 I had the honor of discussing Color Me Purple and the concepts and theories behind it on “All About Living with Carol Koby” on Hank AM radio 1550 & 97.7 FM.
Carol introduced the program in the following way: “In her latest book, Color Me Purple, author and educator, Ellie Schatz, tells the fictionalized story of 8 children from 8 different ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are smart in 8 different ways. It shows all children that they have different kinds of smart inside them, and knowing about their kinds of smart will help them to be who they want to be. The book is illustrated by Donna J. Parker and written for children 8-12. Ellie describes the broad range of smarts from math smart to sports smart and how these smarts can be supported and applied today to help children develop their fullest potential. Ellie Schatz is the founder and former president of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth and also authored, Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart.”
If you were unable to listen on Saturday the program will be posted on http://www.carolkobyradio.com.
How do you encourage curiosity in your child (between the ages of 8-12) and keep him or her asking questions?
Donna & I are excited to provide two people with free copies of our children’s book Color Me Purple. Donna says, “Color Me Purple is more than a book. There is the compelling storyline that provides information about 8 different types of intelligence (yes there is more than one) that we call ‘smarts.’ It is a flip-book and your child can make the butterfly — fly. Finally, and perhaps most importantly there are Information boxes, to be used for discussion about each smart. Empower your child!” I love this because it is Donna and layout designer Seth who provided all the creativity!
Answer the question in the box above in 150 words or less.
Enter your answer below in the comments box or on http://www.theartofnow.org OR on the Color Me Purple book give-away posts found on my Facebook or Donna’s Facebook page.
Contest Deadline: Saturday, December 10, 2016
The 2 winners will be selected and announced on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Thank you and enjoy!!!
Posted in Book Giveaway Contest, Children's Books, Color Me Purple, Curiosity, Developing a child's curiosity, Different Kinds of Smart, Gifted and Talented Children, Grandma Says It's Good to Be Curious, Growing up smart, Multiple Intelligences, Smart is cool, Teaching smart kids, Views of intelligence
Children in a 2012-13 kindergarten immersion Spanish-language classroom received personal copies of Abuelita dice que es bueno ser inteligente for Christmas. At the end of the school year they wrote their own stories and shared them with me .
The teacher told me how one little boy had gained in confidence between December and May. Another little boy affirmed his teacher’s comment that he carried his copy of the book to and from school every day by taking it out of his backpack and showing me the sticker that marked it as his and his only!
What delightful outcomes. What charmingly smart children!
October 8, 2013 in Creative Kids, Diversity of giftedness, Early Learning, Showing versus hiding one's talents, Teaching smart kids, Young Children
Tagged Book in Spanish, Immersion classrooms, raising smart children, self-confidence comes with accomplishment, smartness across diverse populations, the gift of reading
As people all over the world have been watching the Olympics this summer, myself included, I wish the lessons shared by the participants would be equally applied to all kinds of smart. Whether your talents lie in linguistics, mathematics, music, art, nature, interpersonal, or intrapersonal areas of development, the requirements for success are the same.
As Gabby Douglas flew through the air, and touchingly a rare flying squirrel landed at our birdfeeder (no one in our area had ever seen one until this creature appeared for a few days and then again disappeared), here are a few talent-development lessons I felt were worth repeating:
- Opportunity is the key: From Michael Phelps to Gabby Douglas, from track sprinters from around the world to athletes of all backgrounds and specialties, we have heard how the doors of opportunity had to be opened. There are so many potentially talented children out there who are never recognized, supported, and applauded when successful; anchored when in trouble. Gabby’s mother made the supreme sacrifice for her little girl to shine.
- Letting go must happen sooner or later: Over the years I have seen parents struggle to let their talented children go to a summer camp in their area of passion, be it academics, music, or any other field. Gabby’s mother listened to Gabby and Gabby’s encouraging older sister when it was time for her to leave home. She let her go, not for a week, but for years of hard training, living with a new family and community, and facing a diverse world of new values and hard lessons.
- Hard work: In her first interview upon winning her gold medal, Gabby attributed her success to hard work and dedication. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it isn’t. Young talented children often think success comes naturally or with a little luck. The necessity of hard work, i.e., practice and persistence, must be taught. Our Olympic champions are great role models.
- Success is golden: Gabby became homesick in Iowa, but she persisted in reaching for her dreams. Of her win, she said, “I did think it was a gold-medal performance.” Self-confidence and focus are not easy to achieve when things go wrong, as they frequently did for members of the gymnastics team, including Gabby. But, as Gabby explained, “If you can push through the hard days, you can get through anything.”
- Belief is golden: “It’s very tough for me to focus,” Gabby reported in The New York Times, Aug. 2, 2012. But as Douglas was going to the Olympic arena, her mother called and said, “I believe in you, baby.” Douglas said, “I believe, too.”
- Success is not perfection: Even Michael Phelps did not always win. Doing your best and working through the disappointments are lessons that loving families bestow upon their talented youth. As Gabby inspires other young African Americans, her message is clear: I am so happy to be me, and although I would have preferred another gold, it’s not the end of the world that I didn’t get it. On to the next competition! On to the next challenge and new experience.
- Respect others for their talents and dreams: At WCATY summer programs, I have had students who received perfect 800’s on their SAT Math tests at ages as young as 13 and 14 sit in an advanced math classroom with other smart students who did not and most likely could not achieve perfection. I saw the same kind of respect and camaraderie in those classrooms as I’ve been observing among the gymnastics, swimming, track and other competitors. That their passion for their field includes a desire to experience new levels of knowledge or success by others as well as by themselves is exciting to behold.
In summary, may we realize that the lessons learned by our young Olympians are lessons to be learned, valued, and respected for children with all kinds of smart.
Posted in All kinds of smart or talent, Gifted and Talented Children, Lessons in talent development, Multiple Intelligences, Parenting talented children, Role models, The chance to learn
Tagged all kinds of smart, becoming good at something difficult, Lessons from Olympians, multiple intelligences, raising talented children, talent development