Parent Resources from FREE TIME Can Be Think Time

Parent Resources from FREE TIME Can Be Think Time


Resources For Families with Gifted Children



Creating a Spontaneous Thinker

Spontaneous Problem Solving


Weekly Ideas for Great Discussion:

Puzzlements by Ian Byrd


Kelly Gallagher's Weekly Articles


                        Ex. Pollution in China


Multiple Perspectives: 


Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurman

George vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer


Search for articles with multiple viewpoints for older students. 


Developing Mathematical Thinking:


Bedtime Math Leveled Math activities for the whole family, Books, App, Ideas for Math Club & More


Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck--activities are offered in 3 levels




Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler 




Posing open-ended, pattern-related questions also helps expand children’s thinking     and makes concept connections.  Here are some samples of questions to ask:

  • Do you see a pattern? Tell me about it.
  • What comes next? Can you make a pattern with these different materials?  
  • How can we make a picture that will help us remember this pattern?
  • Can you show me a pattern with your body? What would you do first? Second?
  • What happens over and over again?
  • How would you read this pattern?
  • What would happen to the pattern if I changed ______?





Making connections through:

Comparing engines








*National Association for Gifted Children:


*Virginia Association for Gifted:


*Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted:


*Hoagies Gifted Education Site:


*The Council for Exceptional Children – The Association for the Gifted:


*Davidson Institute for Talent Development:


*Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program:


* TAG is a specialized division of the Council for Exceptional Children dealing specifically with gifted.


University Affiliations


*Duke's free newsletter about gifted education:


*University of Connecticut:


*Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth:


*The Belin-Blank Center provides information to parents about educational programming needs. Their Family Counseling Program provides services for families of gifted children; the Center also offers workshops and helps parents understand how they can advocate for their gifted children.





*To learn more about gifted children with dual labels (those who also have learning disabilities and/or attention disorders) you can view the "2e Twice-exceptional Newsletter" at:


K-12 Public Schools


*Virtual Virginia:


*Advanced Placement Information for Parents from the College Board:


*Virginia State Department of Education:


*No Child Left Behind:




* A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students. A must-read report authored by Nick Colangelo, Susan Assouline, and Miraca Gross detailing years' worth of research regarding acceleration. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (View a brief PowerPoint presentation of A Nation Deceived)





*A calendar for parents of gifted children age 2 and up


* Excellent source for reading materials and resource materials to help understand your gifted child.


*A comprehensive article by expert Linda Silverman. This is a "must read" for parents of gifted children.


*College planning, underachievement, adolescence, activities, and suggested reading are just a few of the topics explored.


* Identification, Encouragement, and Development (GCC) is an on-line parents' newsletter with networking and information dedicated to making a difference in the education of children with special talents and abilities.


* Browse through Dr. Rimm's articles covering various topics.


College/Career Planning


*Career planning for gifted and talented youth. Addresses all ages and issues including multipotentiality.


Internet sites to visit with your child:


*Book lists, ready-to-use booktalks, read alikes, book reviews by children, and other information about children's literature:


*Recommended Reading Lists: reading_lists.htm


*Virtual Library of Math Manipulatives: vlibrary.html


*Brain Teasers and Puzzles:


*Games: aweb/tools/logic/


*Word puzzles:


*Connecting Young Thinkers from Around the World  (Johns-Hopkins)   

*EduHound: Everything for Education K12:


*Filamentality "Learning Web":

*The Academy of Achievement: