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Fermi Math is Off the Wall
Testing Children with Brain Injuries
Free Comics about Physics
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
Just for Fun: A Quiz From 1912
Studying Education
Encouraging Girls' Interest in Engineering
In Minnesota: MCGT Annual Conference

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It has been a busy, busy summer for those of us at Educational Options. On the job, we have heavily scheduled our calendar with WISC-V testing. We are now in the process of scheduling October, November, December and January with this standardizing project. We are also looking for testing subjects who have recently suffered moderate to severe brain injuries - see our email below.

Outside of work, Dr. Ruf and I both attended high school reunions this summer. And otherwise we kept busy with our families and our gardens.

We hope you also enjoyed a warm and fruitful summer, in all senses of those words.

Best wishes,


Kathy Hara, Editor         



Fermi Math is Off the Wall

Do your kids love math and love to play with technology? Are they creative and love to play around with big ideas? Do they have friends who like to do projects together? Then Fermi Math is for your family.


The Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League is an entertaining internet-based math competition open to schools, districts, and individual students around the world. For the younger students, families can work together as a team. And it's great for home-schoolers!


Registration is now open for the fall season, which starts October 1. For registration forms and additional information, go to the website for Minnesota's Independent District 287.


Testing Children with Brain Injuries

As you may be aware, Dr. Ruf has been participating in a normative testing project for the 5th edition of the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children. Pearson Education, the publisher of this test, is seeking children who have experienced a recent moderate to severe tramatic brain injury (TBI).  This is the most difficult clinical group to find, and so they are requesting our help.     

I am including some information about this here. If you know of anyone who fits this description, please have them contact us at Kathy@educationaloptions.com. Thank you for your help.


Eligible children must have had moderate to severe TBI anytime after February 2012.  Children with TBI's that occurred before February 2012 are not eligible.


The TBI must have been moderate to severe.  NO CONCUSSIONS-a concussion is considered a mild TBI.   A moderate to severe TBI is more severe than a concussion.  In a moderate to severe TBI, the child had at least 1 hour of impaired consciousness-this can range from confusion to a coma.  In most moderate to severe TBI's, the child went to the hospital.  Car accidents are the most common reason for moderate to severe TBI's. 


WISC-V testing must occur 6-18 months after the injury.  For example, if the injury occurred on March 21, 2012, you could test the child anytime between September 21, 2012, and September 21, 2013.


Children must be between the ages of 6 to 17. They must also have previous IQ testing results, which can be from 80 on up.   


Children participating in this testing will receive $50.


Free Comics about Physics


From the examiner.com website, we hear that the American Physics Society is offering free resources for kids of all ages. Under the subject of physics, they are offering comic books to read online, as well as coloring books, activity guides, podcasts, physics games, book suggestions and more. The comic books are designed for the middle school age, and the coloring books (in PDF format) are designed for kids in elementary school. All are designed to further interest in and knowledge about physics and physicists. These are great resources for teaching physics.



Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum recognizes that more and more families of gifted children are opting out of public schools and are educating their children at home. In support of those families, GHF offers information and resources, as well as a network of other homeschooling families.  Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that works to support, educate and advocate for families choosing alternative educational paths for their gifted children.

To help offset all their free services, GHF has added GHF Online, a division that offers online classes designed especially for gifted and 2e kids, and GHF Press.  

Just for Fun: A Quiz From 1912


The Smithsonian online magazine recently published an 8th-grade test from the Bullitt County Schools, Kentucky. If you're up for a daunting challenge, give this a try!



Studying Education

Here's an interesting article by Gina Kolata from the New York Times, Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education. Kolata discusses how the Education Department's Institute of Educational Services has been conducting randomized tests of the effectiveness of educational programming. The results have been surprising in some cases, and could end up being transformative.


Encouraging Girls' Interest in Engineering

A friend recently pointed me to GoldieBlox as a great gift for young girls. It is a book series plus a construction set starring Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build.


GoldieBlox, Inc. is a toy company founded in 2012 by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University. "Engineers are solving some of the biggest challenges our society faces," she says on her website. "They are critical to the world economy, earn higher salaries and have greater job security. And they are 89% male. We believe engineers can't responsibly build our world's future without the female perspective."


In Minnesota: MCGT Annual Conference
Online registration is now open for the 2013 Annual Conference of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented. The conference is Saturday, November 16, at the Minneapolis Campus of the University of St. Thomas. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Ann Robinson, Professor of Education and founding Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Dr. Ruf will present a session on "Levels of Giftedness - How Unusual is Your Child?"


Go to www.mcgt.net for more information. Registration deadline is November 4.

Educational Options

EO LogoVisit www.EducationalOptions.com to learn about how Dr. Ruf's 4-Step Process will empower you to get your bright child's needs met. The website also includes many articles written by Dr. Ruf and others about gifted issues; categorized lists of books recommended for those seeking more information about their gifted children and themselves; Dr. Ruf's speaking schedule; an archive of this monthly newsletter, beginning in 2006; and more.                 
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TalentIgniter invites you to browse the many features offered on its website, including the following:

  • Dr. Ruf's TalentIgniter Blog.
  • The Parents' Picks section (with recommendations for parents of eager little learners, starting at infancy will have more age groups to be added as we find volunteers to send in their ideas to us! Please contact us at support@talentigniter.com if you have products and resources to recommend.) 
  • Book Recommendations for people wanting to learn more about gifts, talents, and how to develop both!
  • Detailed insider information about the Ruf Estimates Kids IQ Test 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!  
  • Self Esteem Test for Children and Self Esteem Test for Teens, filled out by the child with feedback for the parents.  
  • Milestone Tracker, a free online method to keep those precious memories and details of your child's growing years.   
  • A free resource, Ed Planner is your assistant and guide in planning and tracking your children's education for Grades 1 to 12. It will help you maximize your children's achievements as well as increase their chances of qualifying for highly selective colleges.  
5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options
5 Levels coverFormerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind), 5 Levels of Gifted, published in 2005 by Great Potential Press, combines four years of data gathering from 50 families
78 children 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. 
Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child
Keys ebook cover
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., Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child is for parents who are new to the idea that their children might be intellectually advanced or gifted. This ebook 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. 

Deborah Ruf

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