Many children today are considered to be above-average in the intelligence department. Some children truly are “gifted,” with an IQ that is far above other kids. These children are often identified by a school early in their educational career, and they may be placed in a special program for highly intelligent kids. Even these programs, however, are often not enough to keep a truly gifted child engaged intellectually. Other kids may be more intelligent, but they may not have the intelligence level to be placed in a gifted program. Whether your child is in a gifted program or not, you may believe he or she is not being challenged at school.
One of the biggest complaints that parents have of schools is that the schools simply are not challenging their kids enough. This is interesting because many experts and critics enjoy pointing out that the youth of America is falling behind the youth of many other developed countries in terms of education. So what can you as a parent do to provide your child with a challenge when your school will not?
Challenge at Home. You do not have to leave the education of your child up to schools. It is unfortunate that kids spend so many hours a day in an environment where some are simply not stimulated enough. However, as a parent, you can take the initiative to challenge your kids at home. There are so many activities and worksheets you can download online for all ages and for a variety of subjects. These can be used during school breaks, after school during the week and more.
Beyond Books. While worksheets and books are one source of education for kids, many kids enjoy learning through real-life experiences. Depending on your child’s age, you can plan to take him or her to the children’s museum, the zoo, an art museum, a dude ranch and more.
College-Level Course. Once your child reaches high school, you may consider learning more about enrolling your child in college-level courses while still in high school. Many high schools will allow students to take college courses and earn both high school and college credit. This is not available in all locations, but it is worth researching.
Testing Out of Classes. Some school districts will allow children to test out of classes or even to test out of an entire grade. This will allow a child to quality to take a more advanced class that is being offered at the school.
It would be great if you could count on your child’s school to provide him or her with every educational opportunity possible. However, because of the number of kids enrolled in public school as well as the wide range of abilities each of those children have, it is simply not feasible for every teacher to teach to a specific child’s abilities. With this in mind, you do need to be proactive as a parent to ensure he or she is being stimulated in different ways.
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