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Learning center ideas

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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Projects for Gifted Students

Projects for gifted students can keep accelerated readers motivated and engaged.
Gifted and talented children need to be challenged to prevent boredom, underachievement and social problems.

Keeping these gifted kids challenged and excited about learning, needs to begin early.

You need to pro-actively work with gifted children and prevent social and educational problems - before they begin!

One way to do this is to create interesting projects for your young gifted student. Even gifted toddlers can learn—and they can learn fast! Creating independent learning centers or learning stations in your home is an easy way to create interest in learning.

Learning Center Activities

Independent Learning Centers are simply places in your home where your accelerated reader can exercise his talents, be independent, and provide the potential for linking reading and writing together with the real world.
When I taught 3rd grade, I set up little independent work stations for my students. When students finished their assignments, they could visit the work stations to explore a topic that they found especially interesting. The kids loved the stations and they viewed being able to visit them as a reward for finishing their work promptly.


Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 Game - by Elenco. This is really cool. The set included 305 do-it-yourself electronics projects that actually teach children how electricity works. The parts are numbered and color-coded to make identifying the parts easy. Projects go from simple to more complex.

And, if your child wants to go to the next level, you can upgrade later to include projects with even greater complexity. The set is for children who are 8 and older, and it is great for gifted students!


Here are some possibilities that you might consider for your younger gifted and talented children. These projects for gifted students encourage very young children to learn practical tasks.

Encourage your child to do these things in the real world as well. For example, your child could read the menu and order, himself.

Restaurant Center - with a tablecloth, dishes, napkins, menus, order pad and pencil, aprons for the waiter or waitress. Children's can play at taking orders and reading menus.

Travel Center - could include brochures, maps, tickets, wallets with play money and credit cards, and a suitcase. The children could play being a travel agent or a customer and write itineraries. Your children might even want to create some brochures of their own for their own town.

Veterinarian's Office - could include posters of animals (with names), bottles of medicine with labels, and an old prescription pad (or a pretend one). Children get to discuss the poor sick stuffed animals and write down directions for taking care of it. They can also read and write prescriptions.

Banking Center - could include play money, play checks, deposit slips, signs, ads, and receipts. This is a great learning center for math!

Supermarket Center - with food packets and boxes, plastic fruit, price stickers, play money, grocery bags, marking pens, ads, and coupons. Gifted children can pretend to make a shopping list, go shopping, go through the check out line and pay for the groceries.

These gifted student learning centers don't have to be dedicated corners of the house. Why not place the supplies for a center in a plastic tote? When it's time to set up a learning station, have your child get the tote and "set up" the pretend area.

So, the next time your child is bored...have them help you gather the items you need to create one of the learning centers! You'll both have a lot of fun with these projects for gifted students and help them improve their reading at the same time.

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Albert Einstein -- 
   "Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." 

by on Jun. 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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by Platinum Member on Jun. 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I like the travel brochure one. 8)

oredeb
by debbie on Jun. 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

 weve done most of these, the bank one my 2nd dd loved to do !1 all the time, guess where she works!!hahahah

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