Is My Child Gifted?

Is My Child Gifted?

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce When our son was six, he was labeled gifted. He had tested in the 99th percentile on some exam and had an IQ of 126, so the school said he was gifted.  We started suspecting he was a fast learner – most IQ tests not only measure...
Teachers Make the World Go Round

Teachers Make the World Go Round

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce Being an educator in this country can be a pretty thankless job, especially under the current administration (no, this post isn’t going to get political, you can keep reading). Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Stop for just...
College Financial Planning

College Financial Planning

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce Well,  that decade went quickly! We’re back in college financial planning phase again. Almost 10 years ago,  Kira graduated from high school,  setting us down the path of FAFSAs, scholarships, and sticker shock at the cost of...
College Isn’t for Everyone so Don’t Force It

College Isn’t for Everyone so Don’t Force It

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce They start talking about careers and colleges with our elementary school students. It’s like there’s a rush to get them locked into their cubicles (picture Matrix, only less wet and pod-like). I reject that rush and push to...
Reading to Your Infant

Reading to Your Infant

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce Reading to children, before they are even capable of reading themselves, has shown to promote healthy brain development. Children exposed to books from an early age are often more successful academically, and they are also able to better...