Support exceptionally bright children with strategies that challenge them to think with more complexity, depth, and creativity
Nearly every group of children includes at least one exceptionally bright child. From the especially creative child to the child who has already mastered learning outcomes to the ""twice exceptional"" child, exceptionally bright children have a wide range of talents and behaviors. This book will help you understand what it means to be exceptionally bright in preschool and prekindergarten and help you guide children to reach their full potential. It includes three broad strategies-differentiation, conversation, and connection-for creating rich and satisfying learning experiences that meet the needs of all children. Use these techniques to adapt your practices, challenge children to think more deeply, and create opportunities for children to learn from each other throughout your literacy, math, and science curricula. You will also learn assessment methods that can help you identify exceptionally bright children and techniques to support children's social-emotional development and strengthen your partnerships with families.
When exceptionally bright children are supported and challenged, they will be more confident about their abilities to think and learn. And they will go on to make creative contributions to their future classroom communities.
Author and educator Ann Gadzikowski has been helping children, parents and teachers make beautiful messes for more than twenty-five years. Her new book with Redleaf Press, Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood, grew from Ann's work as a teacher of young children and a director of early childhood programs in the Chicago area. A graduate of the Erikson Institute, Ann is the author of numerous publications for children and about children, including her Redleaf Press books, Story Dictation: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals and Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms. Currently, Ann is the Early Childhood Coordinator for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, USA.