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!
Posted in All kinds of smart or talent, Awesome children, Color Me Purple, Curiosity, Developing a child's curiosity, Different Kinds of Smart, Early identification of giftedness, Early Learning, Gifted and Talented Children, Grandma Says It's Good to Be Smart, Grandma Says It's Good to Be Curious, Growing up smart, Learning by doing, Lessons in talent development, Natural learning, Parenting talented children, Passion for a field of learning, The chance to learn, Young Children
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
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
Little Bird—Written by Germano Zullo; illustrated by Albertine, 2012. This book captivated me—at first with its illustrations and its silence—and then with its message. Turn the pages! OK, a truck is driving along a road—what is so special about that? Keep turning the pages. Following an improbable and glorious flock of birds being released into the wide open sky, we read, “One could almost believe that one day is just like another.” This is a touching story, told mostly in pictures, of a man and a bird, and so much more than how they help each other fly. “There are no greater treasures than the little things.Just one is enough to change the world.” What a powerful message!
This gem of a book has spare illustrations and few words. It won the French equivalent of the coveted Caldecott prize for children’s picture book illustration. I have given this to special friends of the heart as well as graduates. What a wonderful, encouraging book! I recommend you share it with those you love.
Early reading is such a delight for this little boy and his grandma.
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Every Sunday evening Liliana’s Restaurant in Fitchburg welcomes families, giving parents the opportunity to kick back, while their children (under age 12) eat free. This Sunday night there is an added bonus. I will be there, reading my book to children ages 0-7. If you live in the Madison, WI area or will be there for any reason on Sunday, Dec. 4, stop by anytime after 5 p.m. with your children.
I look forward to meeting you, exploring ideas with your children, and signing books as well.
Start your child off reading like this little guy. A world of wonder is the result.
For more information on Liliana’s go to http://www.lilianasrestaurant.com/. And don’t forget – every Sunday is Family Night, and kids eat free.
Posted in Early Learning, Grandma Says It's Good to Be Smart, Growing up smart, Picture books, Smart is cool, Young Children
Tagged ages 0-7, grandparent alert, learning is fun, parent alert, pre-k to 2nd grade learners, raising smart children