Any Summer Plans for your Gifted Child

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Continue Home Schooling
Trampoline
Vacation Bible School
Hopefully find a Big Brother or my brother has more time to take extra time with him.
Walks and hiking, teaching him photography.
Family genealogy as I work on our family project. he has already expressed interest in helping
Going to Rendezvous, Renaissance Festivals, and several day trips of fun and educational value.
Teaching him to fish............fun since he doesn't like getting dirty! Hopefully, he will enter Cub Scouts next fall.

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Debby - posted on 08/05/2009

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I'm a little late lol but we did school work a few days a week this summer, went to nature centers, took swim lessons, enrolled in cheerleading, plus took time for mindless fun like movies & the beach! :)

Ellen - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son is at Camp Invention for the first time ever this week. He said it's the first time he's felt like everyone else. He asked if school could b like this. I love that he's finally connected with something!

Sonja - posted on 06/13/2009

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camp invention is national, sponsored by the patent office, and it is great. You can go to their website to see what they offer in your area. If there isn't one, talk to your school system about sponsoring one next year. My 8yo son went last yr and is going again this summer.

Angela - posted on 06/02/2009

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We're planning on spending a lot of time in the water. In Texas in the summer that's the best place to be, and fortunately we all love the water. We have waterpark passes, and zoo memberships, so that keeps us fairly busy. We are also lucky to live near many great museums, so we will be spending some time at a variety of those. Deborah, we are SO excited about the Michelangelo! I'm so glad you'll get to see it. My oldest loves art (and music). He took an art class this year that sparked his interest this year in the 5th grade, so he's taking it as his elective in school for an entire semester next year. We've always spent a lot of time in museums and have a ton of art history books; I'm excited to see his expanding interest. Our youngest is even more interested in art than our oldest was at that age. I love it! Sorry for the tangent - I got excited. :-) We may take a short road trip to Austin, but we aren't sure yet. I have a busy summer with school stuff. I'm preparing to teach AP classes next year. I've only taught pre-AP in the past. I'm also working on a grant and will travel to Atlanta for a week. We live on a small farm, so there are so many things that keep the boys busy having fun and learning. I love summer!

Rebekah - posted on 06/01/2009

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We're doing a few different sessions of summer camp at his preschool and one at the zoo. Lots of swimming. He's so excited about both of those things. Music class if it doesn't conflict with the camps. I was hoping to do something language related to improve his retention over the summer as he's starting an immersion program in the fall, but haven't found anything that will work yet. Also several "blank" weeks and at least one beach vacation. Yay!

Heather - posted on 06/01/2009

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My daughter will go to Camp Invention (science based camp) and horse camp. We're road-tripping to MT and WA to see family and friends...so that's 2 weeks. Then just the kids and I will visit AR and TN to visit other family and friends. Both kids are swimming on Fridays most of the summer. My son has 2 workbooks he wants to work through this summer, and my daughter is planning to learn to type and practice her handwriting (we have issues there...typically messy!!...but she wants to learn cursive, so we're going with it). I'm sure the rest of the time will be spent at the splash park or playing in the yard. We love free play!

Deborah - posted on 05/31/2009

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Since mine is a toddler, summer camps are a little limited but our plans include:


a week of dance camp (she has already been in dance this year and loves it so I know she will love the camp.)
Spanish immersion camp which I am excited to see how she takes to it b/c we have her signed up for a church preschool in the fall but still have our doubts. She is way past their academics but the preschool is more for socialization so I hope she soars in it. If not the Spanish immersion program is an option.

We also have plans to travel over the summer. We have already visited the beautiful Charleston, SC this month and will be going to NYC later this summer. Being from an art background, visiting the museums is a must when I'm there and I have so much exciting exhibits at the MET to look forward to. FYI: a recently discovered painting has been claimed as a Michelangelo and will be on display at the MET for the summer before being permanently displayed at the Kimball in Fort Worth. It is the find of the century in the art community and I for one can not wait to see it.

So those are our plans ... we will have a busy summer ahead of us.

Rita - posted on 05/30/2009

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I'm sending my gifted performer to be in a community theater summer musical. She will stay w/ her grandmother 3 hrs away and perform in the chorus and dance line w/ professionals and other dedicated amateurs. The audition was hair-raising but she got in . I have a few concerns about sending her off for such a long time. We've done Spanish immersion in past summers but that was only two weeks where this is over a month. she can be very enmeshed and dependent yet is overjoyed at the opportunity to perform in such a professional setting. BTW she's 14

Sandra - posted on 05/16/2009

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Check out your local university, museum or science center for summer camps. My kids once spent a week at a lego robotics camp they still talk about. Go with their interests and let them learn something new.

Lisa - posted on 05/15/2009

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I'm in the same situation. Son is signed up for summer day care, but is bored to tears with the lack of intellectual stimulation there. Not sure if hiring a nanny would be better for him and his sister - she hasn't been labeled gifted, not sure if she is or not. His IQ is at least 140, he ceilinged-out on the WISC-III at age 5. He's 8 now and has a mentor he works with an hour each day at school. We start baseball on Saturday and he just learned to ride his bike - maybe that will make his summer worthwhile.

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