How do you help a gifted child to be well rounded? Volume 57, Program 25 1/21/2005
On today's edition of Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith is joined by Inge Cannon of Education PLUS to discuss ways that children can develop all of their talentsnot just the ones that make them "gifted."
If we have a gifted and talented child and that child has an interest in one particular subject, and that's basically all they want to do, should we be concerned, and if so what should we do?
You can't go through life doing math all day long. You're going to have to at some point read; you're going to have to at some point shop for groceries and cook a good meal. So we don't want to leave our gifted children in a position where we in effect bow down to their gifts to the point where we don't have them live normal lives in every other area.
But Inge, how do you try to help that child be well rounded?
We back up again to what your end product is supposed to look like. What many parents don't understand is that their goal is to get their children to the place where the children come side by side to be shoulder to shoulder with me in the process of building God's kingdom. And parents need to build into that as they're sitting down as spouses together and deciding, alright, what should the end product look like? And then making sure at each turn of the way that I'm putting in the pieces that are necessary, prayerfully, at proportions that will yield that result.
Thank you so much for sharing on this issue of giftedness. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.
For more information and helpful resources from Inge Cannon, visit us online at www.homeschoolheartbeat.com.
For more information on gifted and talented children, visit the website of Education PLUS, Inge Cannon's speaking and publishing ministry.
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