Parent Resources and Support
Key Resources for Parents of Advanced Learners:
Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented:The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) is a support and advocacy organization for parents and educators of gifted children. This website is loaded with valuable local and national resources.
MCGT Resource Library: In addition to providing parents and educators opportunities to work together in advocacy, MCGT has a fabulous parent resource page to support you in learning more about the unique characteristics of your advanced learner.
Annual MCGT Conference in November
Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented: MEGT cooperates with other organizations and agencies in efforts to promote the education, funding and welfare of gifted and talented students and encourages scholarly research and the dissemination of information pertaining to gifted and talented children in school and society.
National Association of Gifted Children: NAGC invests all of its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate administrators and policymakers on how to develop and support gifted children and what's at stake if high-potential learners are not challenged and encouraged.
MPS Parent Resources and Support
MPS District Page for Talent Development and Advanced Learner Eduation
Online Academic Resources for All Parents:
Math Facts Practice and Learning
First in Math
SoftSchools.Com - Extra practice - worksheets, games, etc. for lots of different subjects
Talking Math With Your Kids Blog
Evaluating Age appropriate books / Reading Resources
Common Sense Media: A site you can use to review all types of media for age/emotion appropriateness. It also appears like they have some activities to do as well.
GoodReads: A site that does book reviews
http://www.books4yourkids.com/2008/08/age-appropriate-books-for-advanced.html This site just gives some advise and ideas of things to look for.
Scholastic Book Wizard (For help finding books at your just-right level)
http://www.fossweb.com/ This site requires a bit of navigation but it offers the children the opportunity to play games, do activities and read the books associate with our science unit.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Apps for Fun and Learning
Tinker Box - Free Physics Game & Puzzle App
Where's My Water? - a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics
Mine Craft - creative building and exploration
Fun with Computer Coding: 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills
Scratch (free - for web platform)
Hopscotch (free - for iPad platform)
Daisy the Dinosaur (free - for iPad platform)
Cargo Bot (free - for iPad platform)
Tynker (free - for web platform)
Game Star Mechanic
Move the Turtle
Computer Science Education Resource Guide
Academic Summer Camp Programs
U of M
Intermediate District 287 - West Suburban Summer School (WSSS)
Local Museums / Places to Explore and Learn
Bell Museum of Natural History
Children's Theater Company
Minnesota Children's Museum
Mill City Museum
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Minnesota Historical Society
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of Russian Art
Science Museum of Minnesota
Walker Art Center
The Works Museum
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Lake Harriet Lower Campus Principal: Merry Tilleson
Lake Harriet Lower Campus Principal: Walter Schleisman
Minneapolis Public Schools
Talent Development and
Advanced Learner Education