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ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child

ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child


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In ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids, award-winning author and gifted education expert Dr. Joanne Foster reveals ways to help kids thrive. Moving from A to Z, she offers helpful information on child development, and shares hundreds of current resources and practical suggestions. Each letter/chapter features a different thematic focus such as Education, Health and Happiness, Motivation, and Productivity. Beautifully illustrated by Christine Thammavongsa, ABCs is a comprehensive, reader-friendly, and unique parenting book.

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ISBN-13: 9781733775861
Publisher: Gifted Unlimited, LLC
Publication date: 06/26/2019
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Dr. Joanne Foster has a Master's degree in special education and adaptive instruction, and a Doctoral degree in human development and applied psychology (both from the University of Toronto). She is a multiple award-winning author of five books, and she has been a consultant, educator, teacher trainer, advocate, and presenter in the gifted education arena for over 30 years. Her experience and credentials provide her with a broad network of readers, and she understands-and thoughtfully responds to-parents' concerns, and the kinds of challenges that children and teens confront. Dr. Foster is not only an expert in child development with many published works, she also has extensive knowledge of reliable resources across disciplines connected to educational psychology. People seeking guidance appreciate mastery from those who offer it. Dr. Foster is a highly skilled, caring, and accomplished professional who provides relevant information and excellent advice throughout ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids, and all of her other publications. You can find out more about her work at

Christine Thammavongsa, B.A., A.O.C.A., is an illustrator, artist, author, product designer and long time gifted advocate. During three decades as a design professional applying her creative talents to home and lifestyle product, including merchandise for children, while running a home-based business and parenting a gifted daughter, she worked with dozens of well-known brands including Dora the Explorer, Peanuts, Care Bears, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and a parade of classic Disney characters including Mickey & Friends, Winnie-the-Pooh, Bambi, Tinker Bell and all the Princesses. Thammavongsa now focusses on original illustration projects and gallery artwork to explore her artistic vision and creativity. She also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Association for Bright Children of Ontario (, a parent support network which represents the voice of bright and gifted children while advocating for excellence in education.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

A “Letter Guide” for Parents



A is for Attunement, Appreciation, and Action

B is for Basics: And the B Goes On

C is for Clarifying Complexities (I Can C Clearly Now)

D is for Development

E is for Education

F is for Fit and Flexibility

G is for Gifted

H is for Health and Happiness

I is for Independence and Initiative

J is for Journey

K is for Kindling

L is for Learning

M is for Motivation

N is for Nurturing

O is for Opportunities

P is for Productivity

Q is for Questions

R is for R We There Yet? Reflecting upon Parents’ and Teachers’ Roles

S is for Supporting

X is for Xtending the Gifted Xperience

ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids

T is for Tips for Working with Teachers

U is for Understanding

V is for Viewpoints

W is for Wondering and Well-Being

X is for Xtending the Gifted Xperience

YZ is for Youthful Zeal




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