Challenging the Gifted Child: An Open Approach to Working with Advanced Young Readers

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 15, 2008 - Education - 192 pages
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Gifted children are quick on the uptake, can be frustrated by repetition and easily become impatient when unchallenged. Challenging the Gifted Child outlines a tried and tested approach for encouraging able children to focus their active minds in a productive way and discover the joy and value of reading. The author explains the criteria for choosing appropriate reading for the child and describes ways to help deepen their understanding of both literature and language. Using examples from the author's extensive experience, this book encourages the development of independent learning skills and will help parents and educators to create a personalized reading programme for a gifted child at home or small groups of children in school. Photocopiable materials are included, along with samples of reading lists for different age groups. This book provides practical advice for working with advanced young readers and will be an ideal resource for anyone who has responsibility for educating a gifted child.
 

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Contents

1 Building Your Course
23
2 Reading and Responding
33
3 Openness and Challenge
45
4 Choosing and Juxtaposing the Books
73
5 Practical Issues
91
6 Language and Writing
103
7 Concluding Thoughts
112
FURTHER RESOURCES
118
THE LEGACY OF CHARLOTTE MASON 18421923
182
WRITING FOR USE ON A LARGER SCALE
185
FURTHER READING FOR ADU
186
INDEX
189
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Margaret Stevens is qualified in special needs teaching and has personal experience of raising a gifted child. She lives in the UK and since her retirement has been acting as a mentor for distance learning pupils of her reading programme for able young readers.

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