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Home of the Ruf Estimates
of Gifted Online Assessment
June 2011
In This Issue
Meet Me at the Corner
The Games Kids Play
Advisory Board Members Wanted - Adults and Teens
And Another Advisory Board for Young Writers
Ideas for Summer Fun
Make Your Own Magnetic Silly Putty
Webb Lecture on the Web
IDEAL Solutions for Math
Keeping Up With Dr. Ruf

Besides her years of expertise as an educational consultant, Dr. Ruf also is well established as a national and international speaker on all issues of giftedness.

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Dr. Ruf will be presenting at the 58th Annual Convention of the National Assn. for Gifted Children (NAGC) in New Orleans November 3-6.


I have been going over previous newsletters - mainly from Educational Options, which go back to 2006 - for links to post on our TalentIgniter and Educational Options Facebook and Twitter pages. In the process, I have found a couple of items that I wish to feature again in our newsletter, either for their relevancy or because of advances in the particular website. So check out the articles about Meet Me at the Corner and The Games Kids Play below.


If you enjoy these posts, you may wish to go to our newsletter archives for both Educational Options and TalentIgniter. Or you may like to "like" our Facebook pages and follow us on Twitter!


Best wishes to you all, as we begin summer!



Kathy Hara, Editor



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Meet Me at the Corner


We first learned about Meet Me at the Corner in 2008, when their field trips were just in New York City. The virtual trips now include other states of the Union, with the intent to expand all over the world. In addition, the site now also features video book reviews by and for kids!  


Meet Me at the Corner, originally designed for home schooled children, was started in 2006 by children's book author Donna W. Guthrie. The site provides virtual educational and informational "tours" of various landmarks around the country from a child's point of view via video pod cast technology. Besides tours of landmarks, there are also interviews by children of "The Most Interesting Person I Know."  New educational, kid-friendly episodes are uploaded every two weeks.  


The Games Kids Play


Do you know what video games your kids are playing? We all know that there are a lot of games out there you wouldn't want your kids to have, but which ones are they? Here's a website that provides guidance for parents. What They Play is a searchable website as to game types and recommended ages and ratings, and they even have articles and blogs, a place for parents to submit questions, and a newsletter.  A nice resource - especially for parents who don't play games, but whose kids do!


Advisory Board Members Wanted,
Adults and Teens 


Free Spirit Publishing is looking for teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors, and social workers, whose focus is on children from preschool to 12th grade, to join its advisory board. Those on this board will provide feedback to the publishers on such things as content, text and art, and to help identify what educators need to support the kids they serve.  


Free Spirit also seeks young people, grades 6 and up, to join its teen advisory council. The teen advisors will provide valuable feedback on such things as the design, art, and content of Free Spirit's resources for young people, which will help keep their books and other products current and relevant.


And Another Advisory Board for Young Writers


Creative Kids, a magazine by and for kids published by Prufrock Publishers, is also looking for members to serve on their Advisory Board. This is a two-year commitment of providing feedback about the magazine and reviewing products for the magazine which also includes submitting two pieces of work for publication in the magazine or on the website. But hurry - the deadline for submitting an application  is July 1!


Ideas for Summer Fun


This summer, don't just ride on a roller coaster - design a roller coaster!


This is just one of many summer activities listed by EducationWorld.com.  There are also summer reading lists and summer recipes. The website is designed for teachers, but there are also plenty of good ideas for parents to keep their curious children engaged and happy.


Magnetic Silly Putty Make Your Own Magnetic Silly Putty


My daughter is a puppeteer, and she once performed a short piece using just Silly Putty and the plastic egg it came in, creating a number of characters and creatures. I think she would love this - Silly Putty that is magnetic and that you can make yourself.


This idea was submitted to Instructables.com by mikeasaurus, who includes step-by-step instructions. 


By the way, this website now has a toy contest going on. There's not much time - submission deadline is July 3 - but if you already have an idea it could be fun. If not, then you might just want to browse through this interesting website.



Webb Lecture on the Web


Dr. James T. Webb gave a lecture May 19 to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Medical School on Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children. A video of this lecture is now available free from the school's video library.  


For more information on this topic, please refer to the award-winning book, Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults  If you order this title directly from Great Potential Press' website, you will receive a 20% discount on this item. To receive the discount, you must order the book online and use the code "MDD0611" during checkout.


IDEAL Solutions for Math


Ideal Solutions LogoIDEAL Solutions® for Math Acceleration is a new web-based system from the Belin-Blank Center provides a roadmap for meeting your child's needs in math.  Based on test scores and demographic information, IDEAL Solutions® creates a customized six-to-eleven-page report analyzing your child's current aptitude in math and suggesting a future course of action.  Go to the IDEAL Solutions website to learn more.


The Belin-Blank Center, by the way, is located at the University of Iowa and is a renowned center for gifted education and talent development. The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy. Check out their website to learn more about what they do and what they can offer you.


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Newsletters from Educational Options

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TalentIgniter invites you to browse the many features offered on its website, including the following:
  • Dr. Ruf's Talent Igniter Blog 
  • The Parents' Picks section (with recommendations for parents of eager little learners, starting at infancy with more age groups added weekly!)
  • Book Recommendations for people wanting to learn more about gifts, talents, and how to develop both!
  • Detailed insider information about the Ruf Estimates of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment, the inventory parents fill out to know how to help their own young children thrive. It's so much more than just a kid's IQ test! 
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Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child

You know your child is gifted. But how does that impact day-to-day life and your role as a parent?

Written by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., and Larry A. Kuusisto, Ph.D., this ebook is for parents who are new to the idea that their children might be intellectually advanced or gifted. The book addresses important parenting issues, including what to actually tell your child about his or her giftedness, how schools approach learning differences, best ways to provide emotional support, sibling rivalry, and more.

The book delivers lots of provocative information that will lead to hours of good discussion, debate, and further investigation and research by group or class participants studying the gifted and talented.

The book is available for purchase at www.TalentIgniter.com/products.

5 Levels of Gifted

5 Levels cover5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind). 5 Levels of Gifted, published by Great Potential Press, combines four years of data gathering from 50 families with nearly 30 years of research and experience in the field of giftedness, individual differences, and high intelligence. The book is aimed primarily at parents and vividly describes the upper 10 to 15 percent of the intellectual continuum in human beings from birth to adulthood as manifested in their behaviors, thoughts, accomplishments, and test scores. She introduces the concept of Levels of Giftedness and makes it very clear how many factors contribute to a person's intellectual levels and achievement.