Q&A with Dr. Kim Har!
Perezito's educational expert Dr. Kim Har, director of early childhood education at the Aristotle Circle in NYC, was asked:
"How do I know if my child is bright or truly gifted?"
Dr. Kim Har's answer:
"It's difficult to give a one-size-fits-all description, but certain characteristics emerge more frequently in young children who are identified as gifted. Gifted preschoolers often show strong creative or lateral thinking, which means that they problem-solve in novel ways. They are curious by nature and ask questions to understand things beyond the scope of the information they're given."
As for whether children are born gifted or become so from their environment, Dr. Har said that giftedness tends to run in families, but early exposure to rich, educational experiences can certainly make a difference for all children.
She suggests parents,
"Create a language-rich environment with a lot of exchange. Talk to your kids, read to them, ask open-ended questions that encourage them to understand why and how things happen. They will then start to build early reasoning skills."
Thanks for the advice!!
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