Books on Giftedness for Parents and Teachers

At Royal Fireworks Press, most of our books are not specifically tailored toward children who are gifted. However, we refuse to publish books that are dumbed down or that have mediocre content or themes. We do not believe that any child benefits from such books. Every child deserves to learn meaningful content, to read stories that provide enriching language and engaging ideas, to acquire real knowledge that will stay with them and help to guide them for a lifetime. After all, sophistocation does not necessarily require intimidating complexity. In fact, it can be deceptively simple.

But because we do not abide by low standards, small ideas, or trivial concepts, Royal Fireworks books are uniquely suited for gifted children. Both our curriculum and our novels are designed to challenge children and to keep them engaged and learning, and gifted children in particular crave that kind of intellectual heft. Most of our books are an excellent fit for them.

We also offer several books for the adults who work with gifted children, whether parents, teachers, or other family members, caregivers, or instructors. Giftedness is not simply being smarter, although that certainly is a common characteristic. Rather, gifted children are different from other children in almost everything they do and feel. They tend to be unusually intense, focused, and driven to learn. They become bored easily and turn off their brains entirely during repetition of facts. They may daydream or make up ways to make what they're learning more interesting. And they are typically extremely sensitive, leaving adults wondering what could possibly be worth such reactions. Parenting books, education courses, and the advice of other adults often are frustratingly unhelpful.

The books that follow are specifically designed to help parents and teachers of gifted children understand these children better so that they can meet the children where they are, instead of holding them to expectations that they will never be able to meet. Just as we believe that children will thrive if they are given as much knowledge as they are willing to soak up, adults too will do well to learn as much as they can about these children. The old adage that knowledge is power is true, and together gifted kids and the adults who nurture, support, and teach them can create a powerful partnership to help launch the children into healthy, happy young adults who are ready to take on the world.

Click here for The Cheetah Stories, a series of books for young children that will help them learn to appreciate their own giftedness.

At Royal Fireworks Press, most of our books are not specifically tailored toward children who are gifted. However, we refuse to publish books that are dumbed down or that have mediocre content or themes. We do not believe that any child benefits from such books. Every child deserves to learn meaningful content, to read stories that provide enriching language and engaging ideas, to acquire real knowledge that will stay with them and help to guide them for a lifetime. After all, sophistocation does not necessarily require intimidating complexity. In fact, it can be deceptively simple.

But because we do not abide by low standards, small ideas, or trivial concepts, Royal Fireworks books are uniquely suited for gifted children. Both our curriculum and our novels are designed to challenge children and to keep them engaged and learning, and gifted children in particular crave that kind of intellectual heft. Most of our books are an excellent fit for them.

We also offer several books for the adults who work with gifted children, whether parents, teachers, or other family members, caregivers, or instructors. Giftedness is not simply being smarter, although that certainly is a common characteristic. Rather, gifted children are different from other children in almost everything they do and feel. They tend to be unusually intense, focused, and driven to learn. They become bored easily and turn off their brains entirely during repetition of facts. They may daydream or make up ways to make what they're learning more interesting. And they are typically extremely sensitive, leaving adults wondering what could possibly be worth such reactions. Parenting books, education courses, and the advice of other adults often are frustratingly unhelpful.

The books that follow are specifically designed to help parents and teachers of gifted children understand these children better so that they can meet the children where they are, instead of holding them to expectations that they will never be able to meet. Just as we believe that children will thrive if they are given as much knowledge as they are willing to soak up, adults too will do well to learn as much as they can about these children. The old adage that knowledge is power is true, and together gifted kids and the adults who nurture, support, and teach them can create a powerful partnership to help launch the children into healthy, happy young adults who are ready to take on the world.

Click here for The Cheetah Stories, a series of books for young children that will help them learn to appreciate their own giftedness.

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Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child

Author: Neville, Christine S.; Piechowski, Michael M.; Tolan, Stephanie S.

Subjects: Gifted Education; Gifted Education/Guidance; Asynchrony; Twice-Exceptionality

ISBN: 978-0-89824-380-2

Order code: 3802

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WINNER OF THE LEGACY BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARS*

This is the first publication of the Columbus Group, which in February of 2014 held its first publicly-shared gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico—a special event for the participants. Off the Charts is the most original and important publication on giftedness to appear in many years.

The editors have brought together nineteen essays by renowned gifted education specialists (see below for the full list) to produce this important publication.

Off the Charts is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted children and adults. It contains sections on Asynchrony and the Individual, Asynchrony and the Family, and Asynchrony and Learning. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings. 

The contributors' contention is that gifted education should be from a child-centered perspective, rather than from a "product perspective," in which the emphasis is on achievement, competition, and outer recognition. The child-centered approach concentrates on self-development and personal growth and fosters interrelatedness and wholeness. This is an important resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to highly gifted individuals.

The book is dedicated to Annemarie Roeper (1918-2012), who before she died contributed a chapter. From the introduction: "Unusual intelligence, when understood, accepted, supported, allowed, and even celebrated, can lead, as it did for Annemarie, to a life experience of passion, accomplishment, service to the world, and deep personal meaning."

Review:

"Off the Charts by the 'mythical' and illustrious Columbus Group is an excellent book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to profoundly gifted individuals.... [It] will quickly top the chart of must-reads for parents and professionals alike." – Gifted Homeschoolers' Forum

CONTRIBUTORS:

Fiedler, Ellen D.
Gallagher, Shelagh A.
Gatto-Walden, Patricia
Hutton, Barbara Mitchell
Kane, Michele
Kearney, Kathi
Lovecky, Deirdre V.
Meckstroth, Elizabeth A.
Neville, Christine S.
Piechowski, Michael M.
Roeper, Annemarie
Silverman, Linda Kreger
Tolan, Stephanie S.
Wasserman, John D.

* The Legacy Book® Awards, a service from the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT), honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education, and success of gifted and talented students. The Scholar category guides graduate students or advanced educators to understand and expand upon the latest research on giftedness and G/T education.

WINNER OF THE LEGACY BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARS*

This is the first publication of the Columbus Group, which in February of 2014 held its first publicly-shared gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico—a special event for the participants. Off the Charts is the most original and important publication on giftedness to appear in many years.

The editors have brought together nineteen essays by renowned gifted education specialists (see below for the full list) to produce this important publication.

Off the Charts is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted children and adults. It contains sections on Asynchrony and the Individual, Asynchrony and the Family, and Asynchrony and Learning. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings. 

The contributors' contention is that gifted education should be from a child-centered perspective, rather than from a "product perspective," in which the emphasis is on achievement, competition, and outer recognition. The child-centered approach concentrates on self-development and personal growth and fosters interrelatedness and wholeness. This is an important resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to highly gifted individuals.

The book is dedicated to Annemarie Roeper (1918-2012), who before she died contributed a chapter. From the introduction: "Unusual intelligence, when understood, accepted, supported, allowed, and even celebrated, can lead, as it did for Annemarie, to a life experience of passion, accomplishment, service to the world, and deep personal meaning."

Review:

"Off the Charts by the 'mythical' and illustrious Columbus Group is an excellent book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to profoundly gifted individuals.... [It] will quickly top the chart of must-reads for parents and professionals alike." – Gifted Homeschoolers' Forum

CONTRIBUTORS:

Fiedler, Ellen D.
Gallagher, Shelagh A.
Gatto-Walden, Patricia
Hutton, Barbara Mitchell
Kane, Michele
Kearney, Kathi
Lovecky, Deirdre V.
Meckstroth, Elizabeth A.
Neville, Christine S.
Piechowski, Michael M.
Roeper, Annemarie
Silverman, Linda Kreger
Tolan, Stephanie S.
Wasserman, John D.

* The Legacy Book® Awards, a service from the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT), honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education, and success of gifted and talented students. The Scholar category guides graduate students or advanced educators to understand and expand upon the latest research on giftedness and G/T education.

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Embracing the Whole Gifted Self

Author: Gatto-Walden, Patricia, Ph.D.

Subjects: Guidance; Giftedness

ISBN: 978-0-89824-291-1

Order code: 2911

Price: $22.50
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Many gifted people cultivate and appreciate their extraordinary intellect, but Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden uses her 30 years of clinical experience to explore giftedness through the perspective of all the domains of a person: intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. Only by acknowledging, understanding, and nurturing all the domains can gifted individuals embrace their whole gifted selves.

It is Gatto-Walden's belief that home life, education, and counseling of the gifted must attend to the integration and enhancement of the mind, heart, body, spirit, and social self in order to attain contentment and balance in everyday life. This book encapsulates her holistic approach to understanding the problems experienced by highly gifted children and adults. She covers overexcitability, perfectionism, and asynchrony, with many examples of those she has helped.

Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden has been honored with a SENG Clinician of the Year Award and the Annemarie Roeper Award for exceptional service to gifted youth.

Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden is a licensed psychologist who has worked with moderately, highly, and profoundly gifted individuals of all ages.  In her consulting practice, she has specialized in three areas: holistic health and well-being, educational consulting for the gifted, and staff and program development. She has helped parents, educators, and administrators understand and accept the multifaceted inner world, needs, and concerns of gifted individuals. Her career has included university instruction of doctoral-level counseling trainees, counselor supervision, and educational administration. She has extensive experience guiding staff development, program development sessions, problem-solving groups, and workshops. She has been a featured speaker at national and international gifted conferences and educational workshops and has served two terms as chair of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a Senior Fellow for the Institute of Educational Advancement, which serves gifted youth through various programs, including Yunasa, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth. 

Many gifted people cultivate and appreciate their extraordinary intellect, but Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden uses her 30 years of clinical experience to explore giftedness through the perspective of all the domains of a person: intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. Only by acknowledging, understanding, and nurturing all the domains can gifted individuals embrace their whole gifted selves.

It is Gatto-Walden's belief that home life, education, and counseling of the gifted must attend to the integration and enhancement of the mind, heart, body, spirit, and social self in order to attain contentment and balance in everyday life. This book encapsulates her holistic approach to understanding the problems experienced by highly gifted children and adults. She covers overexcitability, perfectionism, and asynchrony, with many examples of those she has helped.

Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden has been honored with a SENG Clinician of the Year Award and the Annemarie Roeper Award for exceptional service to gifted youth.

Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden is a licensed psychologist who has worked with moderately, highly, and profoundly gifted individuals of all ages.  In her consulting practice, she has specialized in three areas: holistic health and well-being, educational consulting for the gifted, and staff and program development. She has helped parents, educators, and administrators understand and accept the multifaceted inner world, needs, and concerns of gifted individuals. Her career has included university instruction of doctoral-level counseling trainees, counselor supervision, and educational administration. She has extensive experience guiding staff development, program development sessions, problem-solving groups, and workshops. She has been a featured speaker at national and international gifted conferences and educational workshops and has served two terms as chair of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a Senior Fellow for the Institute of Educational Advancement, which serves gifted youth through various programs, including Yunasa, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth. 

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Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness

Author: Tolan, Stephanie S.

Subjects: Gifted Education/Guidance; Asynchrony; Giftedness

ISBN: 978-0-088092-499-3

Order code: 4993

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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"These are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D.

Stephanie S. Tolan set out as a concerned mother to help her highly gifted son have a school experience that matched his intellectual ability and pace of learning. In the process, she became an advocate for gifted children and, as a founding member of the Columbus Group, played a major part in reshaping thinking about giftedness itself.

Her essay "Is It a Cheetah?" is justly renowned for its power and worldwide influence. Other essays deal with spirituality, the problem of pain, self-esteem and the gifted adult, imagination, and intuition.

Here, collected for the first time, are her essays and talks that are now part of the fabric of the most advanced thinking about gifted people. 

From the introduction: "For more than 30 years now, I’ve written and spoken about the difficulties this rare population of kids and their families face in a world that doesn’t recognize their differences or—if it does—offers little to help them accept and cope with, let alone take joy in, those differences. It can still be difficult for such a child to think or believe, 'It’s okay to be me.'”

The author goes on to say: "In this volume I’ve collected many of the articles and essays I’ve written about the gifted and highly gifted precisely because (in spite of the enormous changes in the world: computers, internet, wi-fi, social media, the legalization of home schooling, the invention of charter schools, and the veritable explosion of information—and arguments—about the gifted)..., children and families still face the same basic challenges."

Read more of what she has to say about this book.

Stephanie S. Tolan has been named a SENG Educator of the Year and a North Carolina Gifted Association Outstanding Parent of the Year.

Stephanie S. Tolan has written and published poetry, plays, and more than two dozen books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery Honor-winning Surviving the Applewhites. She began to write nonfiction about the needs of highly to profoundly gifted children after the discovery that her son and the son of her closest friend were seriously out of sync with the norms of the American educational system. Co-author of the award-winning Guiding the Gifted Child (1982), she has gone on to write and speak about the needs of the gifted ever since. Her novel Welcome to the Ark, about four profoundly gifted children who meet in a mental institution, has given many out-of-sync children the comfort of finding themselves in a work of fiction. 

One of the original members of the Columbus Group, Tolan helped bring the concept of asynchronous development to the gifted community and co-edited Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted ChildA Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement, she participated in designing Yunasa, a summer camp experience for highly gifted children that focuses on helping them balance mind, body, spirit, emotions, and social self.

Reviews:

"I highly recommend Stephanie S. Tolan's latest nonfiction book Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness (2016). Although I'd read many of her essays in the past, when this book arrived in my mailbox, I couldn't stop reading. The book includes essays I've long loved, along with some I missed meeting over the years. The book differs from other books about the gifted experience because Stephanie not only provides us with thought-provoking knowledge; she also poignantly shares how that knowledge has affected her personally. Stephanie provides us with information, but more importantly, she provides us with a model of how we might integrate evolving knowledge about giftedness into our own belief systems. I love the respectful, inclusive, and clear nature of her writing. The book is true gem!"  – Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, emeritus board member and past-president of SENG

"What a pleasure it is to have Stephanie Tolan’s essays on giftedness gathered together in one volume! Several of them I have read before, and to return to them from the perspective of decades in the field brings fresh insight. The pleasure continues as I read unfamiliar pieces. As words leap off the pages, I find myself nodding in understanding, feel a catch in my breath as I encounter new discernment, and shriek with delight when an intuitive belief I held for so long comes to be explicit through Stephanie’s clear and perceptive words. Some readers will want to read and reflect on the content essay by essay. Others will read through it in one or two sittings. Either way, these are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D., consultant in gifted education

"These are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D.

Stephanie S. Tolan set out as a concerned mother to help her highly gifted son have a school experience that matched his intellectual ability and pace of learning. In the process, she became an advocate for gifted children and, as a founding member of the Columbus Group, played a major part in reshaping thinking about giftedness itself.

Her essay "Is It a Cheetah?" is justly renowned for its power and worldwide influence. Other essays deal with spirituality, the problem of pain, self-esteem and the gifted adult, imagination, and intuition.

Here, collected for the first time, are her essays and talks that are now part of the fabric of the most advanced thinking about gifted people. 

From the introduction: "For more than 30 years now, I’ve written and spoken about the difficulties this rare population of kids and their families face in a world that doesn’t recognize their differences or—if it does—offers little to help them accept and cope with, let alone take joy in, those differences. It can still be difficult for such a child to think or believe, 'It’s okay to be me.'”

The author goes on to say: "In this volume I’ve collected many of the articles and essays I’ve written about the gifted and highly gifted precisely because (in spite of the enormous changes in the world: computers, internet, wi-fi, social media, the legalization of home schooling, the invention of charter schools, and the veritable explosion of information—and arguments—about the gifted)..., children and families still face the same basic challenges."

Read more of what she has to say about this book.

Stephanie S. Tolan has been named a SENG Educator of the Year and a North Carolina Gifted Association Outstanding Parent of the Year.

Stephanie S. Tolan has written and published poetry, plays, and more than two dozen books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery Honor-winning Surviving the Applewhites. She began to write nonfiction about the needs of highly to profoundly gifted children after the discovery that her son and the son of her closest friend were seriously out of sync with the norms of the American educational system. Co-author of the award-winning Guiding the Gifted Child (1982), she has gone on to write and speak about the needs of the gifted ever since. Her novel Welcome to the Ark, about four profoundly gifted children who meet in a mental institution, has given many out-of-sync children the comfort of finding themselves in a work of fiction. 

One of the original members of the Columbus Group, Tolan helped bring the concept of asynchronous development to the gifted community and co-edited Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child.  A Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement, she participated in designing Yunasa, a summer camp experience for highly gifted children that focuses on helping them balance mind, body, spirit, emotions, and social self.

Reviews:

"I highly recommend Stephanie S. Tolan's latest nonfiction book Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness (2016). Although I'd read many of her essays in the past, when this book arrived in my mailbox, I couldn't stop reading. The book includes essays I've long loved, along with some I missed meeting over the years. The book differs from other books about the gifted experience because Stephanie not only provides us with thought-provoking knowledge; she also poignantly shares how that knowledge has affected her personally. Stephanie provides us with information, but more importantly, she provides us with a model of how we might integrate evolving knowledge about giftedness into our own belief systems. I love the respectful, inclusive, and clear nature of her writing. The book is true gem!"  – Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, emeritus board member and past-president of SENG

"What a pleasure it is to have Stephanie Tolan’s essays on giftedness gathered together in one volume! Several of them I have read before, and to return to them from the perspective of decades in the field brings fresh insight. The pleasure continues as I read unfamiliar pieces. As words leap off the pages, I find myself nodding in understanding, feel a catch in my breath as I encounter new discernment, and shriek with delight when an intuitive belief I held for so long comes to be explicit through Stephanie’s clear and perceptive words. Some readers will want to read and reflect on the content essay by essay. Others will read through it in one or two sittings. Either way, these are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D., consultant in gifted education

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"Mellow Out," They Say. If I Only Could

Author: Piechowski, Michael M.

Subjects: Guidance; Emotional Needs; Gifted Education/Guidance; Asynchrony; Twice-Exceptionality

Pages: 377

ISBN: 978-089824-491-5

Order code: 4915

Price: $30.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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This highly acclaimed and valued book, now in its second edition, is intended for parents and teachers of intense and sensitive young people and to serve the young people as a friendly mirror in which they can recognize themselves for who they are.

Dr. Michael Piechowski has been honored with a SENG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gifted children and adults tend to be intense, and this intensity often makes them seem strange to others. Their reactions are often viewed by others as overreactions, when in fact these individuals are simply responding to the environment (both without and within) with the overexcitability that is a fundamental trait of giftedness. Mellow Out explores that intensity and sensitivity, giving voice to gifted youth in numerous excerpts throughout the book. 

In this updated edition, Piechowski introduces the concept of openness to experience that, together with intuition and overexcitability, forms the blend of personality characteristics typical of the great majority of gifted children. He expands on the topic of visual-spatial, picture, and nonvisual alternative thinkers, and he introduces the concept of emotional style and its six dimensions that have specific activation areas in the brain. In addition, he expands on the topic of spiritual giftedness, an often-neglected area of study within gifted populations.

About the first edition:

"Reading these pages is like having a heart-to-heart conversation with gifted youth. By letting them speak in their own voices, Michael Piechowski has afforded us the most honest glimpse into the Heart and Soul of giftedness." – Annemarie Roeper, Founder of the Roeper School, author of Educating Children for Life and My Life Experiences with Children

"It is like being introduced to my son for the first time." – parent of a gifted boy

"Your book is like striking gold for us! On the way to a movie, I was listening to you being interviewed on the radio. My two girls (ages 5 and 10) were in the back chatting away. Suddenly, my 10-year-old screamed, 'Mom!  He’s talking about me!  How does he know me?!' I explained that you don’t know her. She then said, 'That’s how I feel. That’s what goes on in my head too!'” – Kathy Bero, Watertown, WI

"For years, I have waited for Michael Piechowski to put together the full picture of what it means to be gifted. In this volume, he does just that. A book of magnificent proportions—it is erudite, down-to-earth, and written with a sensitivity that will cause readers to recognize in themselves the inner qualities of giftedness." – James R. Delisle, Ph.D., author of Gifted Children Speak Out, Guiding the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Youth, and the Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide

"This book is Michael Piechowski’s long-awaited magnum opus on emotional intelligence. It resonates with the real voices of gifted adolescents who speak with insight and passion about the realities of their emotional lives." – Jane Piirto, Ph.D., author of Understanding Creativity, “My Teeming Brain”: Understanding Creative Writers, and Talented Children and Adults

"I believe people are going to have remarkable emotional experiences reading your book. Thank you for fighting the labeling of exceptionality as pathological. I like your contrast of emotionality and emotional intensity. The implicit question of what to do with all this intensity and sensitivity is answered in [this book] with all practicality, providing a sampler of helpful exercises for growth. The exercises come alive because you have studied them with real individuals’ real experiences that are compelling and too singular not to be true. This is a masterful book, apparently charming and innocent but packing a huge punch of higher reality." – Elizabeth Maxwell, Associate Director, Gifted Development Center

Michael M. Piechowski received his M.Sc. in plant physiology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, his hometown in Poland. After a year of study in Belgium, he came to the United States, obtaining a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where he met Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski. They worked together for eight years. Not interrupting their collaboration, Piechowski returned to the University of Wisconsin to obtain a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. Subsequently, he taught at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and Northland College, situated on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Educational Advancement and Professor Emeritus, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, where he introduced an experiential course in transpersonal psychology. He is a contributor to the Handbook of Gifted Education and the Encyclopedia of Creativity. His studies of self-actualizing people and moral exemplars led him to the study of emotional and spiritual giftedness. He has taught at the Honors Summer Institute at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and has lectured in New Zealand and Australia. Since 2002 he has been involved with the Yunasa summer camp for highly gifted youth, organized by the Institute for Educational Advancement. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

This highly acclaimed and valued book, now in its second edition, is intended for parents and teachers of intense and sensitive young people and to serve the young people as a friendly mirror in which they can recognize themselves for who they are.

Dr. Michael Piechowski has been honored with a SENG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gifted children and adults tend to be intense, and this intensity often makes them seem strange to others. Their reactions are often viewed by others as overreactions, when in fact these individuals are simply responding to the environment (both without and within) with the overexcitability that is a fundamental trait of giftedness. Mellow Out explores that intensity and sensitivity, giving voice to gifted youth in numerous excerpts throughout the book. 

In this updated edition, Piechowski introduces the concept of openness to experience that, together with intuition and overexcitability, forms the blend of personality characteristics typical of the great majority of gifted children. He expands on the topic of visual-spatial, picture, and nonvisual alternative thinkers, and he introduces the concept of emotional style and its six dimensions that have specific activation areas in the brain. In addition, he expands on the topic of spiritual giftedness, an often-neglected area of study within gifted populations.

About the first edition:

"Reading these pages is like having a heart-to-heart conversation with gifted youth. By letting them speak in their own voices, Michael Piechowski has afforded us the most honest glimpse into the Heart and Soul of giftedness." – Annemarie Roeper, Founder of the Roeper School, author of Educating Children for Life and My Life Experiences with Children

"It is like being introduced to my son for the first time." – parent of a gifted boy

"Your book is like striking gold for us! On the way to a movie, I was listening to you being interviewed on the radio. My two girls (ages 5 and 10) were in the back chatting away. Suddenly, my 10-year-old screamed, 'Mom!  He’s talking about me!  How does he know me?!' I explained that you don’t know her. She then said, 'That’s how I feel. That’s what goes on in my head too!'” – Kathy Bero, Watertown, WI

"For years, I have waited for Michael Piechowski to put together the full picture of what it means to be gifted. In this volume, he does just that. A book of magnificent proportions—it is erudite, down-to-earth, and written with a sensitivity that will cause readers to recognize in themselves the inner qualities of giftedness." – James R. Delisle, Ph.D., author of Gifted Children Speak OutGuiding the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Youth, and the Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide

"This book is Michael Piechowski’s long-awaited magnum opus on emotional intelligence. It resonates with the real voices of gifted adolescents who speak with insight and passion about the realities of their emotional lives." – Jane Piirto, Ph.D., author of Understanding Creativity“My Teeming Brain”: Understanding Creative Writers, and Talented Children and Adults

"I believe people are going to have remarkable emotional experiences reading your book. Thank you for fighting the labeling of exceptionality as pathological. I like your contrast of emotionality and emotional intensity. The implicit question of what to do with all this intensity and sensitivity is answered in [this book] with all practicality, providing a sampler of helpful exercises for growth. The exercises come alive because you have studied them with real individuals’ real experiences that are compelling and too singular not to be true. This is a masterful book, apparently charming and innocent but packing a huge punch of higher reality." – Elizabeth Maxwell, Associate Director, Gifted Development Center

Michael M. Piechowski received his M.Sc. in plant physiology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, his hometown in Poland. After a year of study in Belgium, he came to the United States, obtaining a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where he met Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski. They worked together for eight years. Not interrupting their collaboration, Piechowski returned to the University of Wisconsin to obtain a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. Subsequently, he taught at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and Northland College, situated on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Educational Advancement and Professor Emeritus, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, where he introduced an experiential course in transpersonal psychology. He is a contributor to the Handbook of Gifted Education and the Encyclopedia of Creativity. His studies of self-actualizing people and moral exemplars led him to the study of emotional and spiritual giftedness. He has taught at the Honors Summer Institute at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and has lectured in New Zealand and Australia. Since 2002 he has been involved with the Yunasa summer camp for highly gifted youth, organized by the Institute for Educational Advancement. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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From Stress to Success

Subtitle: A Handbook for Parents and Teachers of Gifted Children

Author: Whitney, Carol Strip; Hirsch, Gretchen

Pages: 156

ISBN: 978-0-89824-624-7

Order code: 6247

Price: $19.99
Website price: $15.00

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Everyone experiences stress, but gifted children can experience it for a variety of reasons and in an array of situations that may be surprising to some people. Their keen intellects and heightened sensitivities make them vulnerable to stressors that may not affect other children, and their characteristic intensity can cause them to react in ways that might seem exaggerated and overblown to others. Adults who deal with these children, whether parents, teachers, or other family members or caregivers, can learn about the circumstances that can trigger stress in gifted children, and they can work to help these children learn how to manage themselves and their environments to enable them to find a sense of peace and calm that will make everyone happier.

Everyone experiences stress, but gifted children can experience it for a variety of reasons and in an array of situations that may be surprising to some people. Their keen intellects and heightened sensitivities make them vulnerable to stressors that may not affect other children, and their characteristic intensity can cause them to react in ways that might seem exaggerated and overblown to others. Adults who deal with these children, whether parents, teachers, or other family members or caregivers, can learn about the circumstances that can trigger stress in gifted children, and they can work to help these children learn how to manage themselves and their environments to enable them to find a sense of peace and calm that will make everyone happier.

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Manifesto of the Gifted Girl

Author: Smutny, Joan Franklin

Subjects: Gifted Education/Guidance; Gifted Women and Girls; Self-Esteem

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0898243642

Order code: 3642

Price: $12.99
Website price: $7.00

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Order code: 3642S

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"This book touched my heart." – Gabrielle, age 9

Manifesto of the Gifted Girl reaches out to girls and women in all walks of life and in every kind of circumstance. It strengthens, inspires, and counsels those who are struggling to find their place in school and society, as well as those who are venturing out on their own for the first time. 

Framed with the voices of the girls themselves, the book is conversational in style and is written so that both girls and young women can gain strength and hope from the messages contained within its pages. 

This is an important book that will help advocates (parents, older friends, mentors) understand and support gifted girls. It is beautifully illustrated with images of women and girls in art and history.

Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She is a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has authored many books and articles on gifted education.

Also by Dr. Smutny available from Royal Fireworks Press: The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You and Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women

Reviews:

"As a gifted girl, I related to just about everything in this book…. Reading Manifesto of the Gifted Girl was uplifting, raising me out of a sometimes oppressive world to stand securely on my own two feet and declare that I can be great." Clara, freshman at the University of Iowa

"In our society, we are often pummeled with stereotypical images of who we 'should' be. Girls are especially vulnerable with the air-brushed images of 'perfection' paraded before them in magazines and pop culture stars that emphasize body over brains. Manifesto of the Gifted Girl presents a refreshing, liberating perspective for girls, highlighting women role models in history and exploring a wide spectrum of concerns and needs of real girls. This book will help every deep-thinking girl discover who she is and learn that it is not only okay but right to be herself." – Kathryn P. Haydon, teacher and founder, Ignite Creative Learning Studio, Ojai, CA

"The three parts of this book directly relate to how girls should go about living out their gifted abilities. I really love the part that says, 'I am different from a lot of girls, but I still want to feel part of a community.' [The author] knows how young girls think and what they should do about things like this. Joan Smutny is an inspiration to all who read this." Lauren, high school student

"This book touched my heart. Manifesto of a Gifted Girl by Joan Smutny is about how special you are, not as just as a person, but as a girl. When I read this book, I came downstairs and cried in my mom’s arms. My favorite part was at the end of the book when Ms. Joan talked about all the women who accomplished something that no one else had done as a woman…. I give this book five out of five stars. This book inspired me to be the first to cure cancer or progeria. Thank you, Ms. Joan." – Gabrielle Rose Sharp, age 9

"This inspirational and informative book, Manifesto of the Gifted Girl, is a very attractive discussion of three major areas concerned with academic, social, and educational development. I should emphasize that the format, graphics, and illustrations are excellent and clearly highlight the three major sections:

"Part I emphasizes that gifted girls should follow their own interests and motivations to decide upon their life goals and careers….

"Part II discusses many of the characteristics that gifted girls must have to reach their highest academic and life goals….

"Part III is the culmination of the two previous sections, since it concentrates on how gifted girls can attain their life goals and make important contributions to all endeavors by applying their knowledge and self-understanding with confidence….

"Both the author and publisher should be congratulated on the synergy that obviously occurred between them in producing this book. As the result of this synergy, Manifesto of the Gifted Girl provides all girls who have the potential for outstanding accomplishments with the encouragement and resources to achieve their goals. I highly recommend this book for use in the gifted classroom, the homeschooling environment, and as a gift of confidence from parent to child." – Maurice D. Fisher, Ph.D., publisher (Gifted Education Press) and educational psychologist  

"Many gifted and talented girls and young women experience moments when they strain to find their way and others when they strive to exert their independence. In Manifesto of the Gifted Girl, Joan Franklin Smutny delivers a small gem that provides guidance, grounding, goals, and grace to girls and young women coming to terms with their gifts. In thirty pages, this wonderful book helps gifted girls come to understand their talents and identify what supports they need to thrive. Beautifully written and illustrated, Manifesto of the Gifted Girl also allows gifted girls a glimpse of their future, using quotations from accomplished women, some historical and some contemporary, to provide inspiration and impetus. An instant classic in the field, the book is necessary reading for every gifted girl and young woman and those who help nurture their talents." – Professor Stephen T. Schroth, Knox College

"I come from a family of gifted individuals. As I turned the pages of this brilliantly written book by the prolific author Joan Smutny, I found the gifts of all of my sisters’ lives written within the pages. Manifesto of the Gifted Girl is a gift to gifted girls of any age. This book is a discovery of identity for individuals whose gifts have been lost and are waiting to be found and given to others." – Gail Arnold, Chicago teacher

"This book touched my heart." – Gabrielle, age 9

Manifesto of the Gifted Girl reaches out to girls and women in all walks of life and in every kind of circumstance. It strengthens, inspires, and counsels those who are struggling to find their place in school and society, as well as those who are venturing out on their own for the first time. 

Framed with the voices of the girls themselves, the book is conversational in style and is written so that both girls and young women can gain strength and hope from the messages contained within its pages. 

This is an important book that will help advocates (parents, older friends, mentors) understand and support gifted girls. It is beautifully illustrated with images of women and girls in art and history.

Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She is a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has authored many books and articles on gifted education.

Also by Dr. Smutny available from Royal Fireworks Press: The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You and Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women 

Reviews:

"As a gifted girl, I related to just about everything in this book…. Reading Manifesto of the Gifted Girl was uplifting, raising me out of a sometimes oppressive world to stand securely on my own two feet and declare that I can be great." – Clara, freshman at the University of Iowa

"In our society, we are often pummeled with stereotypical images of who we 'should' be. Girls are especially vulnerable with the air-brushed images of 'perfection' paraded before them in magazines and pop culture stars that emphasize body over brains. Manifesto of the Gifted Girl presents a refreshing, liberating perspective for girls, highlighting women role models in history and exploring a wide spectrum of concerns and needs of real girls. This book will help every deep-thinking girl discover who she is and learn that it is not only okay but right to be herself." – Kathryn P. Haydon, teacher and founder, Ignite Creative Learning Studio, Ojai, CA

"The three parts of this book directly relate to how girls should go about living out their gifted abilities. I really love the part that says, 'I am different from a lot of girls, but I still want to feel part of a community.' [The author] knows how young girls think and what they should do about things like this. Joan Smutny is an inspiration to all who read this." – Lauren, high school student

"This book touched my heart. Manifesto of a Gifted Girl by Joan Smutny is about how special you are, not as just as a person, but as a girl. When I read this book, I came downstairs and cried in my mom’s arms. My favorite part was at the end of the book when Ms. Joan talked about all the women who accomplished something that no one else had done as a woman…. I give this book five out of five stars. This book inspired me to be the first to cure cancer or progeria. Thank you, Ms. Joan." – Gabrielle Rose Sharp, age 9

"This inspirational and informative book, Manifesto of the Gifted Girl, is a very attractive discussion of three major areas concerned with academic, social, and educational development. I should emphasize that the format, graphics, and illustrations are excellent and clearly highlight the three major sections:

"Part I emphasizes that gifted girls should follow their own interests and motivations to decide upon their life goals and careers….

"Part II discusses many of the characteristics that gifted girls must have to reach their highest academic and life goals….

"Part III is the culmination of the two previous sections, since it concentrates on how gifted girls can attain their life goals and make important contributions to all endeavors by applying their knowledge and self-understanding with confidence….

"Both the author and publisher should be congratulated on the synergy that obviously occurred between them in producing this book. As the result of this synergy, Manifesto of the Gifted Girl provides all girls who have the potential for outstanding accomplishments with the encouragement and resources to achieve their goals. I highly recommend this book for use in the gifted classroom, the homeschooling environment, and as a gift of confidence from parent to child." – Maurice D. Fisher, Ph.D., publisher (Gifted Education Press) and educational psychologist  

"Many gifted and talented girls and young women experience moments when they strain to find their way and others when they strive to exert their independence. In Manifesto of the Gifted Girl, Joan Franklin Smutny delivers a small gem that provides guidance, grounding, goals, and grace to girls and young women coming to terms with their gifts. In thirty pages, this wonderful book helps gifted girls come to understand their talents and identify what supports they need to thrive. Beautifully written and illustrated, Manifesto of the Gifted Girl also allows gifted girls a glimpse of their future, using quotations from accomplished women, some historical and some contemporary, to provide inspiration and impetus. An instant classic in the field, the book is necessary reading for every gifted girl and young woman and those who help nurture their talents." – Professor Stephen T. Schroth, Knox College

"I come from a family of gifted individuals. As I turned the pages of this brilliantly written book by the prolific author Joan Smutny, I found the gifts of all of my sisters’ lives written within the pages. Manifesto of the Gifted Girl is a gift to gifted girls of any age. This book is a discovery of identity for individuals whose gifts have been lost and are waiting to be found and given to others." – Gail Arnold, Chicago teacher

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Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women

Author: Smutny, Joan Franklin

Subjects: Gifted Education; Resources; Gifted Women and Girls

ISBN: 978-0-09824-3550

Order code: 3604

Price: $19.99
Website price: $12.99

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In Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women, the author writes about the special challenges and needs of gifted females, based on both academic research and the life experiences of individuals. This is a practical guide, with activities and strategies to strengthen the inner life of gifted girls, enhancing their ability to find "the freedom to be themselves."

The book is divided into two parts. The first part examines the challenges that gifted girls and women face, and the second part explores how teachers and parents can better prepare girls for future growth and development.

Both gender bias and societal expectations mean that women often give up on their road to fulfillment in order to serve the needs of others. “In my work with gifted students,” the author writes, “I have noticed repeatedly the struggle of gifted girls and young women teetering between different and often conflicting influences.”

The book emphasizes the importance of self-knowledge, self-understanding, and self-acceptance as pillars for building a strong foundation for gifted girls and women to lead progressive and fulfilling lives. It is a vital contribution to girls' gifted education.

This book is part of the Royal Fireworks Press series of monographs on education.

Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She is a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has authored many books and articles on gifted education.

Also by Dr. Smutny available from Royal Fireworks Press: The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You and Manifesto of the Gifted Girl

In Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women, the author writes about the special challenges and needs of gifted females, based on both academic research and the life experiences of individuals. This is a practical guide, with activities and strategies to strengthen the inner life of gifted girls, enhancing their ability to find "the freedom to be themselves."

The book is divided into two parts. The first part examines the challenges that gifted girls and women face, and the second part explores how teachers and parents can better prepare girls for future growth and development.

Both gender bias and societal expectations mean that women often give up on their road to fulfillment in order to serve the needs of others. “In my work with gifted students,” the author writes, “I have noticed repeatedly the struggle of gifted girls and young women teetering between different and often conflicting influences.”

The book emphasizes the importance of self-knowledge, self-understanding, and self-acceptance as pillars for building a strong foundation for gifted girls and women to lead progressive and fulfilling lives. It is a vital contribution to girls' gifted education.

This book is part of the Royal Fireworks Press series of monographs on education.

Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She is a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has authored many books and articles on gifted education.

Also by Dr. Smutny available from Royal Fireworks Press: The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You and Manifesto of the Gifted Girl

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One School, Many Paths to Success

Subtitle: The History, Philosophy, and Educational Program of The Logan School for Creative Learning

Author: McKinnell, Patti

Subjects: Gifted Education; Creative Learning

ISBN: 978-0-89824-674-2

Order code: 6742

Price: $17.50
Website price: $15.00

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The Logan School for Creative Learning is a special place where individualized learning is the foundation of each and every student’s education. Every student pursues a different path, guided by superbly creative teachers who make sure that those paths include meaningful content across the curricular spectrum. In this way, students can follow their passions, and in the process, they learn a tremendous amount of information about a range of subjects related to their topic. In addition, they share what they learn with their classmates, who enthusiastically reciprocate. Fieldtrips, collaborative work, service learning, and schoolwide and community events are just some of the ways in which Logan learners build their knowledge from their experiences in the real world, setting them up for success at a level that goes beyond simple academic achievement.

One School, Many Paths to Success describes The Logan School’s exceptional educational approach. Although procedural and financial limitations may restrict other schools from fully emulating this approach, the book is filled with great ideas that will help both school educators and homeschooling families incorporate exciting and enriching learning experiences into their students’ academic studies, paving the way to their success!

The Logan School for Creative Learning is a special place where individualized learning is the foundation of each and every student’s education. Every student pursues a different path, guided by superbly creative teachers who make sure that those paths include meaningful content across the curricular spectrum. In this way, students can follow their passions, and in the process, they learn a tremendous amount of information about a range of subjects related to their topic. In addition, they share what they learn with their classmates, who enthusiastically reciprocate. Fieldtrips, collaborative work, service learning, and schoolwide and community events are just some of the ways in which Logan learners build their knowledge from their experiences in the real world, setting them up for success at a level that goes beyond simple academic achievement.

One School, Many Paths to Success describes The Logan School’s exceptional educational approach. Although procedural and financial limitations may restrict other schools from fully emulating this approach, the book is filled with great ideas that will help both school educators and homeschooling families incorporate exciting and enriching learning experiences into their students’ academic studies, paving the way to their success!

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Educating Children for Life

Subtitle: The Modern Learning Community

Author: Roeper, Annemarie

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Education; Self-Actualization

Order code: 1987

Price: $14.99
Website price: $13.00

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Educating Children for Life was Annemarie Roeper's first book in which she laid out her philosophy of education and the principles behind the Roeper School for Gifted Students, which she and her husband founded. It is a beautiful and compelling statement of the philosophy of education that she spent her lifetime achieving. Roeper died in 2012, and this edition has an introductory tribute to her from The Columbus Group.

For Annemarie Roeper, the child’s Self was paramount. She proposed a Self-Actualization Interdependence Model to structure the education of children. She argued that what is wrong with traditional education is that the weight of the entire system is brought to bear on making the child conform to the system, whereas what works is an organization that helps the child’s Self develop. Such an organization must be total, she said, and must include the ways in which all the people in the educational institution relate to one another. She called for a cooperative, interdependent structure in which consultation and discussion are key. Cooperation between the children should be fostered by the administration and the teachers, and the children should be taught to respect the Self of each child. Roeper sketched the role of the administrator, the relationships between administration and teachers, and the role of the teacher in her SAI model. She discussed curriculum, rules, and behavioral attitudes, and she included a discussion of the Roeper City and Country School experience.

This is an exquisite statement of what education could and should be.

Educating Children for Life was Annemarie Roeper's first book in which she laid out her philosophy of education and the principles behind the Roeper School for Gifted Students, which she and her husband founded. It is a beautiful and compelling statement of the philosophy of education that she spent her lifetime achieving. Roeper died in 2012, and this edition has an introductory tribute to her from The Columbus Group.

For Annemarie Roeper, the child’s Self was paramount. She proposed a Self-Actualization Interdependence Model to structure the education of children. She argued that what is wrong with traditional education is that the weight of the entire system is brought to bear on making the child conform to the system, whereas what works is an organization that helps the child’s Self develop. Such an organization must be total, she said, and must include the ways in which all the people in the educational institution relate to one another. She called for a cooperative, interdependent structure in which consultation and discussion are key. Cooperation between the children should be fostered by the administration and the teachers, and the children should be taught to respect the Self of each child. Roeper sketched the role of the administrator, the relationships between administration and teachers, and the role of the teacher in her SAI model. She discussed curriculum, rules, and behavioral attitudes, and she included a discussion of the Roeper City and Country School experience.

This is an exquisite statement of what education could and should be.

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Reflections on Being Gifted: Poems by Gifted Children

Author: Warren, Sandra (Compiler)

Subjects: Gifted Education; Parenting; Children's Writing

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-173-0

Order code: 1731

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Through their poetry, gifted children give immediacy to the range of emotions engendered by their daily experience. In the poems collected in this book, they share their joys and fears, their fantasies and disappointments, their confusion and their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.

This book of poems by gifted children touches on the topics of being gifted, finding friends, school issues, imagination and creativity, social issues, dealing with death, and parents of the gifted.

Through their poetry, gifted children give immediacy to the range of emotions engendered by their daily experience. In the poems collected in this book, they share their joys and fears, their fantasies and disappointments, their confusion and their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.

This book of poems by gifted children touches on the topics of being gifted, finding friends, school issues, imagination and creativity, social issues, dealing with death, and parents of the gifted.

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Off the Scale! or Sherwyn's Progress: Raising a Profoundly Gifted Child

Author: Sarabi, Amanda

Subjects: Gifted Education; Parenting; Identification of Gifted; Testing; Gifted Education/Guidance; Giftedness

ISBN: 978-0-88092-596-9

Order code: 5969

Price: $15.00
Website price: $13.00

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For orders of Off the Scale!  in the UK, payable in pounds sterling, please go to this special page. For orders in the U.S. and elsewhere, stay here.

"An informative and instructive book for those parents who have just discovered they have a bright spark on their hands.’" – Lyn Kendall, Mensa's Gifted Child Consultant

Sherwyn Sarabi showed remarkable abilities even as a baby. At the age of three, with an IQ of at least 160, he was the youngest member of Mensa, the international high-IQ society. At four years old he was hailed as a genius and a prodigy. He is now five years old with a reading age of fourteen. He is also musically talented; after only three months of lessons, he performed on his violin and recorder for his school’s Easter service.

To help other parents understand the emotional and educational needs of their gifted children, his mother, Amanda Sarabi, a former secondary school teacher, shares her experiences, challenges, and choices. She writes that living with Sherwyn was at times puzzling, confusing, and lonely yet also a continual delight, with “every day an adventure.”

Topics covered in the book include signs of a gifted child, social and emotional traits and needs of gifted children, nurturing the brain from birth to four years old, school versus homeschooling, whether or not to skip a grade, and what it's like to be a parent of a gifted child.

For orders of Off the Scale!  in the UK, payable in pounds sterling, please go to this special page. For orders in the U.S. and elsewhere, stay here.

"An informative and instructive book for those parents who have just discovered they have a bright spark on their hands.’" – Lyn Kendall, Mensa's Gifted Child Consultant

Sherwyn Sarabi showed remarkable abilities even as a baby. At the age of three, with an IQ of at least 160, he was the youngest member of Mensa, the international high-IQ society. At four years old he was hailed as a genius and a prodigy. He is now five years old with a reading age of fourteen. He is also musically talented; after only three months of lessons, he performed on his violin and recorder for his school’s Easter service.

To help other parents understand the emotional and educational needs of their gifted children, his mother, Amanda Sarabi, a former secondary school teacher, shares her experiences, challenges, and choices. She writes that living with Sherwyn was at times puzzling, confusing, and lonely yet also a continual delight, with “every day an adventure.”

Topics covered in the book include signs of a gifted child, social and emotional traits and needs of gifted children, nurturing the brain from birth to four years old, school versus homeschooling, whether or not to skip a grade, and what it's like to be a parent of a gifted child.

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