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1 of the 24 suggested books from the Huffington Post for your child to read this summer

1 of the 24 suggested books from the Huffington Post for your child to read this summer

I’ve been collecting a few links over the summer that I thought might interest parents:

10 Things Parents/Guardians Should Do Now – I particularly like #4 and #5!  (If you are interested in #5, I highly suggest you check out this post I did on a neat new product that uses stickers to make electrical circuits!)

How to Get Into Harvard – Bottom line?  “Make your children interesting!”

Brainteasers and College Readiness –  Here is a link to some brainteasers if you need a supply!

Check out this list of 24 Books That Will Captivate Your Kids This Summer from Huffington Post.  I have not read any of them, but I definitely want to try some out!

Are you a parent of a girl?  I encourage you to check out this post I did on my professional blog recently.

If you read anything that you think would be good for me to share with other parents, please e-mail me the link!

Transforming My Classroom

As you know, the staff is back to work at Hidden Forest.  We learned at our Convocation on Monday that our district is working on “Transforming the Future.”  Coincidentally, I had already dreamed up a few transformations I want to implement in the GT room for this year. They are probably not on the same grand scale that the district envisions, but I think the students will enjoy their altered learning space.

For a sneak peek at what’s in store, you might want to read today’s post on my professional blog, “Rows of Desks are SO Yesterday.”  Below is a picture of one of my works in progress, “The Genius Bar”, that I am going to set up in the classroom – a resource and collaboration area for the students.

Don’t worry – this is definitely not the finished product!

As you can see, I still have a bit left to do!

With only a few more days left until the beginning of school, I am sure that you are as busy as I am.  But I do want to share this resource with you so you can take a look at it during your “spare” time.  This is a list of “55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents.” It will probably will not surprise you to learn that I have not read all of these articles.  However, I did read “From Perfection to Personal Bests: 7 Ways to Nurture Your Gifted Child,” and I highly recommend it.  Please let me know if you see any others on the list that I should mention in a blog post.

I am not sure if everyone received the e-mail that I sent yesterday, but I want to let you know that I will, unfortunately, be unable to attend Hidden Forest’s “Meet the Teacher” this Thursday.  If you have any questions or would just like to chat about how to make this the best year for your GT child, please feel free to contact me at  Also, we will have our annual parent meeting at the beginning of October, which is a great time to find out more about the program.

I’m going to get back to my transformation project now.  Shhh!  Don’t tell the kids about the surprise 😉