So, what about the summer slide for all those gifted kids? Do they suffer from that as well?
I think so. This isn't true for all gifted students; some kids want to be totally off for the summer, or they are totally engrossed in other activities. But for many gifted students, they want (or secretly want) to continue learning all the time, especially if you can incorporate their particular areas of interest. So how do you do that, particularly for your own little smartie pants at home?
Well, it may not be as much trouble as you think. In our super-technological age, kids are computer literate at such a young age. My daughter is moving into seventh grade next year, and she ALWAYS wants to learn something. What I have done with her this summer (outside of library events and VBS) is give her a project to work on. She is very interested in fashion and loves to create drawings of her own creations. So, in order to capitalize on that interest, I gave her a fashion project. She is to research three different designers from different countries and learn something about those different countries where they are. Then, she may choose one or more of those designers and create a fashion line using that designer's style, yet adding her own twist where she wants. She will create a Prezi to show her learning. She is so excited!
You might say, "But my child doesn't care about fashion! She's into softball!" Or, "He loves Legos!" So, adapt. There are softball stars from different countries; Lego lovers from all over the world; and so on. The same type of activity could be adapted to meet the interest of your child.
You may think that most gifted kids are NOT interested in this sort of activity, or any sort of summer project that involves learning. Well, you might be surprised! One of my third grade Smarties at school asked me if I would give them a project to work on over the summer. I was shocked. So I asked the group if they would be interested in doing that. And out of 13 kiddos, only two said that they didn't want to. Can you believe that??