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Gifted and Talented but not motivated enough

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Kbhawnani Fri 28-Mar-14 11:23:06

Hi Mums

My DD is 8 years old in year in a prep school in London, her teacher says that is she very bright but not motivated to do creative writing.. she is extremely good at maths and in the gifted/talented group in her school but isnt just motivated to do story writing or creative writing.. which is v imp for 11+.. any thoughts and ideas on how to handle it.

tess73 Fri 28-Mar-14 11:26:42

if it's not her "thing" and she is more into maths it is difficult.
it really helped my DD when i said to her that she needed to really impress the reader, use big vocab, lots of similes, descriptions, metaphors, go to town see how elaborate you can make a piece of writing. This might help her rather than try and let it come naturally like it does to some.

tess73 Fri 28-Mar-14 11:28:03

what kind of books is she into?
like art, it helped DD when she developed her own quirky style rather than being perfect.

tess73 Fri 28-Mar-14 11:29:11

saying all this, she's only in yr3 right? My comments above were from DD1 who is 10. DD2, i am just grateful she writes anything at all and she is bright. there's a long way to go until 11+ i wouldn't worry too much yet.

TheNightIsDark Fri 28-Mar-14 11:37:05

Usborne do a write your own storybook that looks good for inspiring kids to write. I've got one for DSD for her birthday. They are only about £6 on amazon.

mummy1973 Fri 28-Mar-14 14:44:22

My dd is the other way round. I haven't been able to find a chink into the "fun" of maths. However she found it herself last week..."graphs are so exciting".
So I guess I'm saying give lots of fun opportunities like reading plays aloud or making comics.
With my dd overt pressure didn't work! Gets that from her mother.

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