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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Problems With Gifted Readers

Just because a child is very, very smart doesn't mean he or she won't have any problems. In fact, the opposite is often true for many good reasons. In the case of a gifted child refusing to read, the primary reason is boredom. The books have either not been challenging enough or more probably, they don't address areas the child is interested in.

The solution for books that are too easy is to give the child older-level books; however, at the same time, the parent needs to be the censor cop--ensuring that the content is still socially age appropriate. This means Mom or Dad needs to read books through before recommending them to their children. Yes, that takes time, but it's time well spent.

As far as interest areas go, see my earlier blog on that subject.

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