Advanced Learning at Home

Families can support their advanced learners at home in many ways. From exploring potential interest areas together to learning about the unique social and emotional needs of your child, parents and guardians provide some of the most important ingredients for talent development.

Resources to support families at home include:

  • Parenting Advanced Learners Group: Sign up to attend this eight-week supportive learning experience. The PAL model is intended to serve as both a support group, providing opportunities for parents to share experiences and connect with one another, as well as a parent education opportunity. Concurrent with parent meetings, we will hold a separate, affinity group for advanced learners, which will emphasize social-emotional topics for exploration. Parents/guardians must commit to attending all eight weeks (barring emergencies) in order to participate. Contact Maggie Smith ( for more information.
  • Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented: The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) is a support and advocacy organization for parents and educators of gifted children. MCGT publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, hosts a member-only email discussion list, sponsors an annual state conference with special children’s programs, conducts monthly CHAT Nights and occasional topical seminars, promotes advocacy at all levels for gifted and talented children, is active in legislative efforts on behalf of kids, and supports local chapters. (source:
  • NUMATS Midwest Academic Talent Search: Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’
    educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The PSAT 8/9™ test, designed for students in grades 8 and 9, is administered to students in grades 3 through 6. SAT® and ACT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.(source:
  • Davidsons Institute for Talent Development: This is a great resource for parents who are looking for articles and information to support their child and plan down the road for secondary and post-secondary opportunities. Davidsons has a very robust online database brimming with research, much of which is specifically directed at parents. 
  • National Association for Gifted Children: NAGC is the national organization developing policies and practices at the forefront of the field of gifted education. Their website is full of information and opportunities helpful to parents of students with advanced learning needs. 
  • Supporting Social Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG): SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities. (source: Their website has loads of information for families.


Resources to support talent development at home:

  • Figure this! Family Math Challenge: Have fun exploring some challenging and unusual math problems
    together at home.
  • Fermi Math Off the Wall Math League: Participate in this local program at home if you have a child who loves problem solving and likes to think outside of the box. 
  • Newsela: Stay up to date on current events with this great resource offering versions of the news at varying ages and reading levels.
  • Instructables: Tackle a fun do-it-yourself project at home. Discover a new interest area!
  • Writer Ignite: Need some inspiration to delve into some creative writing at home?
  • Sketch up: Learn how to draw in 3-D.
  • Lego Movie Maker: Does your child love Legos? Is she or he interested in how movies are made? Explore this potential interest area with Lego Movie Maker. 
  • Code Academy: Learn to write code, create your own video games, and much more.
  • Brain Rush: Fun, adaptive learning games you can play together.
  • 101 Questions: Be curious together. Practice asking questions with these intriguing photo prompts.
  • Geoguesser: Play this fascinating game together and develop your geography know-how
  • Roadtrip Nation: Help your child discover role models in her/his interest areas and imagine future career paths.