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101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook [NOOK Book]


Pssst! Want to know a secret? 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook is a must-read for gifted kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life. If you're a gifted kid or you know gifted kids, you need the 101 awesome secrets, tips, and tricks included in this book!

Chock full of fun suggestions and practical strategies, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids covers topics including bullying, school performance, perfectionism, friendships, and ...

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Pssst! Want to know a secret? 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook is a must-read for gifted kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life. If you're a gifted kid or you know gifted kids, you need the 101 awesome secrets, tips, and tricks included in this book!

Chock full of fun suggestions and practical strategies, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids covers topics including bullying, school performance, perfectionism, friendships, and sibling rivalries. Fun quizzes, tip sheets, and practical Q & A sections from other gifted preteens and kids make this book fun to read and give gifted kids insight into everything they've ever wanted to know about being gifted. Proven strategies on dealing with stress management, parents' and teachers' expectations, anxiety, cyber-bullying, friendship troubles, and more make this the must-have guide for every gifted kid!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Fonseca explains what it means to be labeled "gifted," how to cope in school, and how to interact with friends and family. Information is delivered in a friendly, conversational manner with firsthand advice from gifted kids and their parents. The myriad tips include how to deal with stress, how to complete homework assignments effectively, how to be respectful of others, how to accept oneself, and even how to deal with bullies. All are incredibly useful. In fact, the advice would be helpful for all kids. Slightly problematic are the few occasions when the author seemingly disparages non-gifted children. For example, in success secret #29, "Homework is not a race," the author remarks, "Your friends are bugging you to come out to play. They don't have the same diligence you do about your homework. They seldom get it done." The format is straightforward, and dialogue bubbles, quizzes, and text boxes lend visual interest. Noticeably missing is an index, but web and print resources are included. As long as our educational system attaches labels to children, this title will serve as a useful tool for those designated as "gifted."—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593635466
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 720,814
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction 1

A Word to Parents 3

Part I And so It Begins 5

Chapter 1 I'm Gifted? What Does That Mean? 7

Chapter 2 The Good, the Bad, and the Stressful 17

Chapter 3 I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Smart 29

Part II The World of School 43

Chapter 4 Why Homework Takes So Long and Other School Mysteries 45

Chapter 5 If I Was Really Smart, This Wouldn't Be So Hard 61

Chapter 6 Pressure? What Pressure? 77

Part III The World of Friends 89

Chapter 7 Too Many Chiefs 91

Chapter 8 I Am Who I Am 105

Chapter 9 What Is "Normal" Anyways? 121

Part IV The World of Family 139

Chapter 10 Why Are You Yelling at Me? 141

Chapter 11 What? I'm Allowed to Say, "No"? 155

Chapter 12 Stop Trying to Fix Me, I'm Not Broken 169

Recommended Resources 187

References 189

About the Author 191

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    A Test Trial of the Book

    This won't be a normal review. It is a record of Ms. Fonesca's book in a trial situation with three of my gifted children. A girl age 11, a boy age 13, and a girl age 14.
    On first impression each child liked the layout of the book and the easy way they found sections turning the book sidewise and thumbing the pages. I asked them to take the book in their backpack to school and to see if it helped when there was a problem or a situation that made them feel frustrated.
    Each child had been having problems either with peers or with teachers. There's always something, right? The 11 year-old seemed quickest to grasp the concepts and more accepting that the answers would help. Maybe because of her age, her ideas and the way she sees the world is less set in stone. She found the secrets of test taking and went to town, bringing her test scores up from C's and B's to mostly A's. What I discovered is that as a parent, I can tell them to study for tests until I'm blue in the face and they won't. But if they read it in this book then of course they need to study.
    The 13 year-old boy found the secrets about getting along with your peers to be the most helpful. They brought him out of his own head long enough to focus on others and to see them as individuals. He made the friend cards suggested. It made him more agreeable to others and I've noticed that his social circle has grown considerably. He also utilized the suggestions on how to deal with bullying and made a huge difference not only in his own experience, but in that of several classmates.
    The 14 year old girl found the most help in the sections that pertained to emotion. She was able to deal with her own intensity in a calmer way and learned more tolerance. By understanding that others did not think in the leaps of the gifted, she learned to explain herself better to peers. This was a huge help working with others in group projects.
    All in all, this book was a success with all three children and the results a definite improvement in their interactions with others.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    101 Success Secrets
    Christine Fonseca
    189 pages
    Review copy from publisher

    Okay. How to put into words the awesomeness that is this book.

    First off, while the target audience is kids that have been identified as gifted, this book is applicable to so many more people--both kids and adults.

    The format is fun and highly interactive. There are words of wisdom from gifted kids sprinkled through out, and the sections are short and snappy. At the end of every chapter is a Parents Sound Off section that gives parents the opportunity to show kids where they're coming from. There are also What Do You Think? sections following the Parents Sounding Off where the reader can crystalize what they've learned. This section contains questions the readers can ask themselves for even better understanding of the section and themselves. There are also tip sheets, quizzes, and questions and answers.

    So why do I love this book? Because I'm a highly intense person with highly intense, children who are incredibly smart. This books speaks to the kids--to, not down--on how to manage the traits that come with being gifted, high intensity being a hallmark trait. The book points out that their brains are wired differently, so while some of the traits can be hard to manage at times, there's nothing wrong with this.

    As the book says, it's filled with 101 secrets to succeeding, and one of the first steps is understanding what it means to be gifted and embracing it. And that's really what the success secrets all boil down to: understanding yourself, accepting yourself, and embracing yourself.

    Kids need more books like this. :)

    But 101SS isn't simply a feel good book. Many of the sections give ideas and suggestions on how the reader can change their perceptions and actions so the intensity and giftedness works for them, not against them. And doing this takes work. 101SS deals with the reader on a personal level, as well as hitting topics dealing with school life, friends, and family.

    101SS is geared toward gifted kids, but I believe it can benefit adults and highly intense people as well. I would definitely recommend this to anyone regardless of age.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    A Must Buy for any Gifted Student!

    Any parent or teacher of a gifted child needs to purchase this book! Geared directly to the children themselves, this book offers tips and advice both from Ms. Fonseca and from other gifted students. This book covers everything from how to deal with parents' and teachers' expectations, and the expectations the kids place on themselves, to how to deal with stress, struggles in school and with friends, and learning what being gifted really means. Ms. Fonseca has included tip sheets and quizzes to help kids figure out exactly what is going on in their lives and how they can correct any issues they may be having. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's written in an informal, conversational tone, perfect for kids. The best feature of this book is the advice that is given from actual gifted students. These are kids that have experienced all the issues Ms. Fonseca describes. They know what they are talking about and bring their real life experiences to the book with tips for how to deal with the unique issues that face gifted students. If you know a gifted student who may be in need of a little guidance, from an expert in her field and from kids who know what he or she is going through, this is definitely the book for them!

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