5 Things I Loved about Child Genius


It’s true: I loved the show Child Genius. I’ve got five things I specifically loved about it. Many others did as well, apparently, because it’s currently casting a second season. Others disagreed. This became apparent when  I got tweets like this Ouch. And this So, Jon, I take it you’re not a fan? Some people have […]

3 Ways to Get Boys to Read Books about Girls


Don’t let that girl on the cover throw you: I’ve got three ways to get boys to read books about girls. First, do boys resist books with female protagonists? It’s a commonly held belief, and if you look at BoysRead.org created by Jon Scieszka (I can actually pronounce that), you’ll see a distinctly stereotypically boy flavor […]

6 Steps to Take When School Isn’t Meeting the Needs of Your Child


It’s an open secret that the relationship between parents and schools can be complicated, and this is especially true if parents feel the school isn’t meeting the needs of the child. It can get heated. It can get ugly. And unfortunately, it often doesn’t get solved in a way that really works for anyone. What […]

Read Ahead Contracts

read ahead contracts

Reading is one of the great joys of life, yet for gifted children, reading can become a tedious exercise, fraught with difficulty and frustration. This happens when they are forced to follow along in class while others read aloud.  You know how you feel when you’re stuck in traffic and your car wants to go […]

6 Reasons Not to Give IQ Tests to Young Children


The reasons not to give IQ tests to young children are compelling.  As the Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa®, I receive inquiries every day (sometimes with accompanying videos) from parents (and grandparents) wanting to know how to get a young child tested. Mensa allows youth fourteen and over to take the Mensa Admissions Test, […]

24 Awesome Free Resources for Readers


Readers are always on the lookout for great resources to feed their reading habit.  Here is a list of 24 awesome free resources for readers I compiled for Read Across America Day that we tweeted out from Mensa. 1. Find books for kids recommended by kids at Mensa’s Pinterest page for its young reviewers’ five […]