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Celebrating May the Fourth Be With You!

This week we've explored the pop culture phenomenon-Star Wars! The kids talked about favorite characters, wars, species of life on planets. It was fascinating! Then some made lightsabers and others made sensory/calming jars.

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Smash Books

This week in Sprout, we tackled big issues: OUR THOUGHTS!  Gifted kiddos often think and feel bigger than others.  They can be told they are too sensitive, you talk too much, you have too many opinions!  How frustrating for our kiddos! Our groups went round-robin style telling us quickly their random thoughts and feelings, LOL!… Continue reading Smash Books

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Student Request: Video Games

  Well, it happened. The request was made for a day of video games at Sprout... who would've thought!  So, of course, I had to comply. We began with a timeline - when, why, and what. Then we moved into a pros and cons list.  The pro side: They are fun!  They could be used… Continue reading Student Request: Video Games

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What is happening with my gifted child in the classroom?

The school year is underway.  Supplies bought and sent off. The nerves of meeting your child’s new teacher have melted away.  New clothes for the first day and class photos worn out already. The buzz and excitement of the new school year has faded.   And now what? Each day your child comes home with… Continue reading What is happening with my gifted child in the classroom?

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Tessellations

Monday's Sprout Class Tessellations!  Third time a charm... even though it was still a frustrating/abstract idea for some, we had many terrific outcomes.  Feelings of accomplishment and delight flew through our class today! One child commented, "It's finally quiet in here!" LOL 🙂 We do have lots of energy in Sprout. This week, we explored… Continue reading Tessellations

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Who are the Gifted And Talented?

This is a great article that NPRed published on September 28, 2018.  It talks about the need of gifted students finding their "tribe" of people and the need to be challenged without judgement.  It talks about what schools should be doing to identify gifted learners and how best to advocate for them.  I hope you find… Continue reading Who are the Gifted And Talented?

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Rules and Laws

What makes a good rule or law?  The Sprout kids debated many ideas of what makes a good law after reviewing The Code of Hammurabi and our Middle School Assistants talked about the Bill of Rights too!  After our discussion we played a game of guess the rule, where the students had to guess the… Continue reading Rules and Laws

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Student Request: Polymers, viscosity, and Ions!

    What a fun Sprout session!  This week we made cloud slime!  The Sprouters learned about polymers and ions, states of matter, and viscosity.  There is so much science to know in a fun sensory activity! It never gets old.

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Student Request: Art

We took a look at contemporary artist: Sandra Silberzweig this week.  After talking about lines and patterns, the Sprout kids set off to emulate her designs with their own spin on it!