Finding tips, tricks, tools and toys for NEST Ed on the Blog Hop

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While Retweet and her tweetlets stayed here to welcome visitors to their display of a geodesic dome nest cover created with Zometools, Sprite and I went on the GHF May Blog Hop

Special Tips, Toys, Tricks, & Tools for Parenting & Educating Gifted/2E

http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/special-tips-toys-tricks-tools-gifted2e/

Retweet should be delighted with all the tips, tools and toys we brought back for her.

Here are the posts we visited and the comments we left or tried to leave.

5 Toys, Tools, or Things That Have NOT Worked for Me ~ Susanne Thomas, Building Wingspan http://buildingwingspan.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/things-that-have-not-worked-ghfblog-hop.html
Not everything works, these are 5 things that didn’t work for me or my kids and why they didn’t (and don’t) work. The five things that did not work for her were flashcards, pom pom based crafts, workbooks, hourly schedules and classical picture expectations of excursions

Here is the comment we left
I agree about the hourly schedules. We began our home schooling with weekly and hourly timetables but realized as we progressed that the real beauty of home schooling was that there were no bells ringing to tell you to change subjects just as you became completely engrossed in the current one!

Apps for Working Homeschool Families Pamela Price, How to Work and Homeschool Looking for Educational App Ideas? How to Work and Homeschool  readers share some of their favorites http://www.howtoworkandhomeschool.com/2014/05/ghf-blog-hop-apps-for-working.html

Apps for the iPad which Pamela’s readers had found useful include Dragon Box Algebra 5, Handwriting without tears, Algebra Touch and Long Division Touch. As well as these Pamela liked EpicWin, GoSkyWatch and StarWalk, Mystery Math, Marble Math Jr, and Math Drills, Vocab Ahead and Spell Tower

Here is the comment we left It is always good to find out what others have found useful. Thank you for these suggestions, Pamela

Beyond School: Tips for Life Appreciation ~ Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life & Learning http://wendasheard.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/beyond-school/
The more parents and educators give children time and opportunity to appreciate life, the better their lives will be. We owe children freedom to enjoy their senses, their curiosities, and their childhoods.
Wenda’s strategies included
Tip One Apply Sideways
Tip Two Slow down
Tip Three Follow New paths
Tip Four Plant seeds
Tip Five Embrace the Unknown
Tip Six Examine carefully
And the conclusion The more parents and educators give children time and opportunity to appreciate life, the better their lives will be. We owe children freedom to enjoy their senses, their curiosities, and their childhoods.

Here is the comment we left
Thank you very much for such a beautiful, deep, thought provoking post, Wenda!

Do Your Best ~ Sarah Wilson, Watch Out For Gifted People http://watchoutforgiftedpeople.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/do-your-best.html
“Now, my parents were loving, affectionate parents. And it is true that they didn’t do everything for us that I do for my boys (perhaps I do too much). But the difference between what I do and they did is a matter of things, not love, which is what really matters. My parents did what they could, with what they knew and what they had. They did their best.”

Here is the comment we left
Thank you, Sarah, for this message. We do the best we can with the resources we have at hand at the time! The Internet has magnified the resources, support and friendship opportunities available to global proportions.

Educational Tricks for Keeping Up With a Natural Learner ~ Kathleen Humble, Gluten Free Mum http://yellowreadis.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/educational-tricks-for-keeping-up-with.html

Resources Kathleen shared
Chemistry shelf
Craft cupboard
Bookmarked Internet pages
Good library
Open ended toys
Link lists Google and You Tube

Here is the comment we left
What a great collection of resources! Thank you for sharing.

Herding Cats: Trying to Manage the Insanity ~ Care Martin, Homeschooling Hatters http://homeschoolinghatters.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/herding-cats-trying-to-manage-insanity.html
“I’ve known this blog hop was coming, and I thought I maybe had some good ideas to share. Inevitably that’s where things take a definitive left-hand turn – which is exactly what happened. But, as I stopped to really think about it, I’ve realized there are a bunch of things we already do – things that might help other families. And so, here we are again, full circle, with a bunch of suggestions for things that will hopefully help other people.”

Care includes tips on the topics of
Routine
Physical activity
Scheduled breaks
Anticipation of needs

Here is the comment we would have left
Thank you for sharing these strategies, Care!

What is the one thing I wish I had known or done differently BEFORE I started on this journey of raising my gifted sons? Let Them Know They are Gifted ~ Celi Trepanier, Crushing Tall Poppies http://crushingtallpoppies.com/2014/05/19/let-them-know-they-are-gifted-2/

Here is the comment we left
It was a huge relief to our youngest who always felt so different from his age peers to find out the reason at the age of 5. And the way he found out was by reading an academic article titled “Should you tell your child they are gifted?” over my shoulder and then asking me about it!

Maximalist Manifesto: Creating a Prepared Environment ~ Amy Harrington, A Voracious Mind http://giftedunschooling.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/maximalist-manifesto-creating-prepared.html
My desire for minimalism will never reach fruition because without our plethora of engaging resources abound, we would live a very sterile life.

Amy says “Strewing is the random placement of interesting materials spread around the house in the hopes of inspiring interest.” wonderful magnetic building collection of Magformers, Magnatiles, Tegu, and Y-Ball
My youngest collects traditional building toys like Lego, Citiblocs, and our new favorite Plus Plus
Fidget toys, manipulatives,
Emails and open web pages directing to educational apps
The library and free online resources

Here is the comment we left
I love this concept of Strewing, Amy! Spread the inspirational material about the house and car, stand back and let autonomous learning happen! Thank you for all the great suggestions!

Keeping Bright Minds Engaged: Our Favorite Toys and Games for Gifted Kids ~ Sheana Johnson, Empowering Parents to Teach http://www.empoweringparentstoteach.com/uncategorized/favorite-toys-gifted-kids/

Sheana’s favourites include Snap Circuits Jnr Mad Science kit Human Body game Equate Pattern play Blokus Stratego Mancala Mastermind

Here is the comment we left
Thank you for a great selection of fun educational games!

The Quest for the Best: Finding Awesome Educational Resources ~ Gwyn Ridenhour, STEAM-Powered Classroom Vlogs, lists, and tips on finding the best in creative, educational resources that will leave kids begging for more. http://steampoweredclassroom.com/the-quest-for-the-best-in-educational-resources/

Here is the comment we left
Gwyn, what a great collection of resources and ideas you have here! I love the appearance of the website too!

That Mom. ~ Jen McGarry, Modern Homeschooling I was concerned about how I looked to others, I didn’t want people to think I was bragging. I didn’t want to stand out and be noticed and be vocal and loud. I didn’t want to be ‘that’ mom. http://modernhomeschoolblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/that-mom/

Here is the comment we left
When we started home schooling I found that a whole area of stress was removed when I did not have to debate and advocate for necessary provisions.

Tips and Tricks to Help Motivate Twice-Exceptional and Gifted Kids ~ Colleen Kessler, Raising Lifelong Learners http://www.raisinglifelonglearners.com/tips-for-motivating-gifted-kids/

Gifted & 2E can be tough to motivate as they often have their own agenda — and want nothing to do with yours. So, what do you do? Here are a few practical tips and tricks to help you get your bright kids motivated.

Colleen provided valuable advice about
Get them on board
Help them see their future
Make learning authentic
Value them

Here is the comment we left
Colleen, thank you for these wise considerations for keeping them motivated!

Using PLAY in helping kids from good habits and behavior ~ Carissa Leventis-Cox, The Cardinal House Disciplining an intense gifted child? Try using PLAY so that they can self-direct and independently form good habits and behavior. http://thecardinalhouse.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/good-habits-training-through-childs-play.html
A child’s greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become her basic level of real action.”  – Vygotsky –

Here is the comment we left
Great post, Carissa! I love your use of imaginative play in your learning and thank you for the Vygotsky links too.

The Search for Friends: Where do you find friends when you don’t fit in anywhere? ~ Anya Warde, Scleratus Academy http://sceleratusclassicalacademy.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/the-search-for-friends.html

Here is the comment we left
I like your advice about determining your child’s actual needs. It is easy to fret when our idea of perfect playmates for our children does not happen.

You Must Be 21 to Read This Post ~ Jen Merrill, Laughing at Chaos I may have, once or twice, indicated that my roundtables on parenting twice-exceptional kids would include cocktail recipes. It is time to share those cocktail recipes. http://www.laughingatchaos.com/ghf-blog-hop-must-21-read-post/

Another great humorous post from Jen!

Here is the comment we left
Just LOL!

Zome Dome NEST Ed Home ~ Jo Freitag, Sprite’s Site
Learning about geometry, art, architecture, physics, chemistry and bubbleology is fun when investigating with Zometools.

Here is the comment we left
Well here we are – back from the Blog Hop and we have collected a great selection of tips and strategies! Nice job on the zome dome for the nest, Tweet family!

Please visit this month’s Blog Hop contributors and leave a comment. Be part of the conversation! http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/special-tips-toys-tricks-tools-gifted2e/

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