Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Kids' Kaleidoscope

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Kids' Kaleidoscope

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FAMILIES LEARNING TOGETHER

GET A CLUE!

"It was Miss Scarlet, in the library, with the candlestick." Have you ever played the game of Clue and become really excited about solving the mystery? You might be a detective at heart. Do you love having clues to mysteries, putting the pieces together, and solving something that others are baffled with? Find yourself getting excited to read books that have a twist to the plot? What about watching movies that have an ending that was completely unexpected? All of these mysterious situations can be a lot of fun - especially if you can really use that logic to think about the hidden clues. Mysteries can be all around us, so put on your detective hat, get your logical mind in gear, and start your creativity flowing, because we have some mysteries to solve!

SENTENCE SLEUTH

Quickly! Find a friend or two and your imagination and get ready to have a mystery come to life before your eyes. First, the idea of this game is to create a mystery by using the letters of the alphabet. One person will start with just one sentence that begins with any letter of the alphabet. Their sentence will be the beginning of a mystery. Sounds dark and shadowy already, doesn't it? The next person will say his or her sentence to build on the mystery and use the next letter of the alphabet. So, if the first person started by saying, "Have you seen my diamond earring?" the next person might say, "I think they're in your jewelry box," and the next person might say, "Just to be sure, I think you should double check to make sure the earrings are safe and secure." Notice that each person said only one sentence and that each sentence began with the very next letter of the alphabet? H (Have), I (I) J (Just)... By the time you get going you will really get a creative and fun mystery. And who knows, you might even solve it!

IT'S A BIRD...IT'S A PLANE...IT'S A... CRYPTOGRAM!

Mysteries can be hidden in simple, everyday messages. Did you know that? You can send the simplest of messages, such as "Meet you at the mall at 3:00'' in a secret message that might look something like this, "Znnc lfd re cqn zryy re 8:55''!! Cryptograms are secret coded messages that use other letters or numbers in the place of the real letters and numbers of the message. So, in the example above, the word "meet" became "znnc" because the z became the code letter for m, the n's became the code letters for the e's and the c became the code letter for t. Get it? This kind of secret coding goes all the way back to Roman times, and we still use it today; you can try it out right now. Here's how. First, let's make a cryptogram decoder ring. The decoder ring will be your best friend once you start solving your friend's secret messages!.

Let's get started. You will need a drawing compass so that you can draw two different sized circles. One circle needs to have a diameter (that's the distance across) that's about one inch smaller than the second circle (but not too much of a difference between the sizes of the two circles). Cut out both circles and lay the smaller circle directly on top of the larger circle. Using a fastener, pop it through the center of both circles to attach them together so that you have the smaller one snugly (but moveable) on top of the larger circle. Next, write the letters of the alphabet around the top of both circles. As you write the letters around the top of each circle make sure that the spacing is the same so that anytime you line up your small circle with the large circle you can only get a one-to-one match up of the letter. …

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