• Primary Talent Development (Grades K-1)

    Primary Talent Development
    Kindergarten through Grade 1

    The Primary Talent Development Early Learning Program is a science-based critical and creative thinking curriculum integrating gifted education and early childhood education theory and practice. PTD engages all students in open-ended, hands-on, problem solving experiences which promote the learning behaviors associated with lifelong success: perceptive, communicative, inquisitive, persistent, creative, resourceful, and leadership

     

    Goals of the Primary Talent Development Early Learning Program

    • Provide opportunities for all children to develop and demonstrate advanced learning behaviors, including children from groups underrepresented in advanced programs.
    • Provide models of the Essential Strategies of analyzing attributes, questioning, and creative problem solving which are transferrable to new learning situations.

     

    How Can I Help Develop My Child's Full Potential At Home?

    To encourage communicative behaviors:

    • provide time, space, and materials for your child's oral and written repsonses to everyday experiences 
    • use oral language that describes and explains everyday situations.
    • talk with your child to model and encourage communication skills.
    • engage in conversation with your child about what is seen and heard.


     To encourage perceptive behaviors: 

    • join your child in observing patterns in the world around you.
    • sort everyday objects and subjects by the various ways in which things are alike and different.
    • do puzzles with your child.

     

    To encourage inquisitive behaviors:

    • guide your child in self selecting reading amterials based on interests.
    • encourage opportunities to explore, create, and invent by visiting parks, museums, libraries, neighborhood attractions as well as your own backyard.
    • encourage your child to use resources in seeking their own answers to a "Why?" question even if you already know the answer.
    • encourage questions and respectiful challenges.
     

     To encourage persistent behaviors:   

    • encourage a "stick to it" attitude by providing a few extra curriculuar activities.
    • provide encouraging words or a listening ear; celebrate the product or outcome.
    • keep activities challenging, yet easy to be completed with a positive attitude.
    • allow time for your child to become absorbed in a project.  
     
    To encourage creative behaviors:
    • provide your child with a variety of materials in a personal space.
    • provide your child with opportunities to make choices and time to explore them.
    • visit museums and exhibits with your child and discuss the artist's process.
     
    To encourage resourceful behaviors:
    • provide opportunities for your child to be included in problem solving.
    • encourage your child to use familiear objects in new ways.
    • ecourage your child to elaborate on ideas, such as planning a party or a trip.
     
    To encourage leadership behaviors:
    • spend time alone with your child to encourage self worth and importance.
    • give your child responsibility for certain tasks showing your trust.
    • allow time for your child to share or teach a skill or song learned at school. 
    • let your child know that you trust him or her to do what is repsonsible. 
     


        PTD Modules
     
    Kindergarten:
    Module 1- All About Attributes
    Module 2- A Sense of Wonder

    1st grade:
    Module 1- Design Dilemma
    Module 2- Bubbleology