Philosophy Slam for Kids

Hate or Love:  Which has a greater impact on society? The Kids’ Philosophy Slam will give your young thinker the chance to answer that question! The Kids’ Philosophy Slam is an annual contest in which students express their feelings or ideas about a philosophical question.  Students may use any creative combination of words and artwork to…

Spotlight on Junior Great Books

Although the Great Books Foundation was originally conceived of for adults (and went by the curiously named “Fat Men’s Great Books Group”), it has since branched out and now includes a set of materials for children called Junior Great Books.  Junior Great Books benefits many students, but is tailor made for gifted learners. The equation is…

Read Any Good Books Lately?

One of the questions I am frequently asked is “Can you recommend any good books for my child?”  The answer is a rapid and resounding ‘yes’ because, frankly, our world is chock full of books that fuel the imagine, lift the spirit, provide insight, and transport you to new worlds! A good place to start…

Time for Tiger Pause!

Tiger Pause classes got under way this week for all of the ACE students.  Expect to hear more about the creativity and adventure in the coming weeks! Third Grade ACE students will spend their Tiger Pause time figuring out the lay of the land on Mystery Island, where they recently found themselves shipwrecked (complete with stormy…

A Pair of Opportunities

A pair of interesting opportunities recently landed in my inbox, so I thought I’d share them with you! (1)  Roblox Game Development: Let’s Build an Obby This course, held on the campus of George Mason University, teaches students the basic tools of Roblox development, beginning with how to create parts, and the various properties of…

A Few Minutes of Fun

If you find yourself with eight spare minutes at this super busy time of year and you’re looking for something to entertain you, then go no further! Brought to you by Level 2 ACE English fifth graders — a delightful assortment of claymation videos!  Although the total running time of all eight videos is a…

Final Word Masters Challenge Results!

The WordMasters Challenge™ is a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.  The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words, and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the…

Jumping with Success

This year’s Math Kangaroo results have arrived and, once again, TJ’s students have pocketed a number of top prizes. Third grader Gabriel Hjerstedt finished in an impressive 19th place in the nation. Our fourth grade performed beautifully, with eight students earning spots in the top 20 nationally.  Congratulations to Aslan Gadd (20th), Avery Hyra (18th), Nick…

My Oh My Oh Math Con

It’s hard to believe that just one week ago today, I was in Chicago with a pretty incredible group of fifth grade students.  The journey started when a parent suggested that TJ participate in the Math Con competition.  I quickly jumped on board, signed us up, and sent an email to fifth grade ACE parents…

Periodically, the Kids have Great Ideas!

A few months ago, the fifth graders started buzzing about the Periodic Table of Elements.  They started singing Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”, dropped words like atomic number, electrons, and Mendeleev into conversation, and generally became obsessed.  For their amusement I started posting alternative periodic tables in my room.  “Ye Olde Periodic Table” consisting of only…