Wednesday, 18 June 2014

It's Gifted Awareness Week!

I found this a number of years ago in a Tall Poppies magazine. It always makes me smile and reminds me why I love to work with students who 'think outside the square.' You can find copies of Tall Poppies in the parent's section of our Library...

“25 Things I’ve learnt from my children (honest and no kidding).”

  1. A king-size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 3 bedroom house about 4inches deep.
  2. If you spray hairspray on a nylon duster and then run over it with roller blades, they will ignite.
  3. A 3 year old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
  4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a large room.
  5. You should not throw balls up when the ceiling fan is on, using the fan as a bat. You have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can then hit a ball a long way.
  6. The glass in windows (even double glazed) doesn’t stop a ball hit by a ceiling fan.
  7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words uh-oh,” it’s already too late.
  8. Brake fluid mixed with bleach makes smoke. And lots of it.
  9. A 6 year old can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36 year old says they can only do it in the movies.
  10. Certain bits of Lego will pass through the digestive tract of a 4 year old.
  11. ‘Play dough’ and ‘microwave’ should not be used in the same sentence.
  12. Super glue is forever.
  13. No matter how much jelly you put in a swimming pool you still can’t walk on water.
  14. Pool filters do not like jelly.
  15. VCRs do not eject toasted toasted sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
  16. Rubbish bags do not make good parachutes.
  17. Marbles in petrol tanks make lots of noise when driving and are very expensive to remove.
  18. You probably do not want to know what that smell really is.
  19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on. Plastic toys do not like ovens.
  20. The average response time for the fire brigade is about 20 minutes.
  21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
  22. It will however make cats dizzy.
  23. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
  24. The mind of a 6 year old is a wonderful and amazing thing.
  25. 60% of people who read this will try mixing the bleach and brake fluid.
Updated from Rosemary Cathcart, 2005

There are a number of things happening around the country as part of Gifted Awareness week. These include:

*  Rose Blackett, educational Psychologist, teacher and parent was interviewed on Radio NZ on Saturday. You can hear Rose online here:

* Our local gifted network group 'CenGATE' is now hosting 2 meetings a term: the first is open to parents and caregivers. If you would like to go on the mailing list for this (meeting dates, upcoming events, minutes from meetings etc) please email me:

* There is also a blog tour as part of gifted Awareness Week: Blog Tour 

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