Get our weekly guide to the best local family events!
We may say our kids are “smart,” but what does that really entail and how can we as parents better help our kids achieve academic success?
There are actually two types of smart kids: the intellectually gifted and the academically gifted. Here, we will explore the difference between both and how to cater to each type of child.
Intellectually gifted means that a child may have a higher IQ and a more developed cognitive ability, and academically gifted means that a child can perform very well on certain subjects. In order to tap into a child’s ability, it is important to first be able to recognize her strengths and weaknesses. “If a parent recognizes that sooner than later, then you can help the child understand what he may need to spend more time on,” Sharon Kim, program manager of Kent Prep, says.
Kent Prep is an academic enrichment program for kids in pre-K through Grade 12 with locations in Midtown Manhattan and Flushing, Queens. It offers a range of programs for all types of subjects and standardized tests, including the Common Core exam in May.
Kent Prep teachers can distinguish the difference between intellectually gifted and academically gifted kids when they are admitted into the program. The kids must first submit their report card grades and take a placement test, and then Kim interviews them. She also speaks with parents to understand their needs and behaviors. For example, an intellectually gifted child may be misunderstood and viewed as “slacking off” in class, but in reality he is bored with the classroom setting. “We work at the student’s pace,” Kim says. “We also have very small classrooms, where teachers are able to understand and embrace of child’s unique personality.”
Kim not only interviews the kids applying for a program, but she also determines which teacher a child would benefit most from based on her personality and by gauging what would be the right fit.
For intellectually gifted and academically gifted kids, Kent Prep allows them the flexibility and freedom to learn at their own pace. For example, a third grader who is academically gifted in math may learn the curriculum taught in private school, but can be given fifth grade math at Kent Prep because she can handle it.
Small class sizes are the key to understanding how a child learns best. At most, there will be seven kids in a class, but it is important for kids to feel that they are receiving the individualized attention they need at Kent Prep. “The larger the group is, the more their levels and personalities will vary,” Kim says.
Main image: Kids meet with a tutor
RELATED: Find Academic Enrichment Classes Near You
Tutors and Test Prep Resources in Your Area
Submit your contact information to get more info from the business above.
Sponsored by Kent Prep
Since 1989, Kent Prep has satisfied the demands of the most competitive student in this diverse city. We have developed an innovative method that enables our students to learn quickly, efficiently and retentively. See More.
FIND LOCAL EVENTS:
Sep 19, 2017
Sep 06, 2017
May 18, 2015
Jun 26, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
NYMetroParents directories list the best businesses, professionals, and resources in your area. Click your region and get started!
Get NY MetroParents via Email