Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Announcing...our revamped (not to be confused, this October, with revampired!) WEBSITE

Ta Da...we've updated our look. Please swing by for a look at the new Talents Program website!

Just for fun, I "wordled" our Program Philosophy....here's what it looks like as a visual:


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GT Parents Open House - Hold the Date!

Save the date! 

for the Annual GT Open House 

Tuesday, November 19th

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

HMS Library

This evening is designed for parents/guardians of kids in the Talents Program (grades 3-8).

Come find out more about what our program is all about, learn about the unique social/emotional traits of the gifted and how you can find resources for raising gifted learners. Here you can also connect with other parents of GT identified students. Please bring your questions! Light refreshments will be served. 

Illustration courtesy of 7th grade artist, Dylan Doyle

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Evolution of Language - a Snapshot

For our warm up today, the sixth grade group browsed The Youth's Companion, a publication from the late 1800's, as well as Muse, the modern magazine (of life, the universe, and pie throwing). We were looking for how writing for children has changed, and thinking about why it has. The stories in the old "companion" are so long and complex. There is no material submitted by children themselves!
This investigation brought us into socioeconomic territory (did all kids go to school back then?) as well as much vocabulary....who would choose to buy an item advertised as "drab?" Did the word mean something different back then? We noticed that some things are constants: Webster's Dictionary, Quaker Oats, and that some things have faded away. What should your family take on vacation in 1900? A portable telescope!
As always, Muse magazine could easily steal our whole session. Check out its online presence here, although sometimes hard copy is just so much better smelling!