Parent Page and Summer Enrichment

Summer Opportunities 2018 Google Doc

Local Enrichment Activities
Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning (AICL) Summer Enrichment Camp

“AICL creates an environment in which it’s safe to laugh and learn, to risk and fail, to experiment with something outside of one’s competence.  We celebrate the life of the mind, but we’ve seen too many bright, interesting campers who don’t necessarily fit well in a traditional school model to limit ourselves to those who’ve been classified as “gifted.”  Instead, we call our campers motivated  learners, figuring anyone who shows up to take biology, math, or art in July is motivated. Campers make lifelong friends at AICL. They experience breakthroughs in their thinking and understanding.  They experience acceptance and new confidence in their social skills.  But most of all, they receive a lesson that we hope will stay with them their whole lives, and that, through all of our changes, we’ve known all along: Learning is fun.”

Each summer, AICL hosts its Summer Enrichment Camp at Warren Wilson College.  They offer both residential and day camp programs, and serve campers ages 8 to 17 (or rising 3rd graders to rising 12th graders). The day camp program accepts children ages 8 to 12. Overnight campers stay in a college dormitory, generally sharing a room with a roommate; a counselor stays in another room on the same hall. AICL typically has a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:5.



Tarheel Junior Historians at the Smith-McDowell House

Beginning August 14, junior history buffs meet on the second Thursday of the month at 3:30. There is a small fee involved, but the activities sound like a lot of fun!



Colburn Earth Science Museum

Colburn Earth Science Museum offers after-school science clubs for K-6 students. Each club is designed for different levels and covers unique areas of earth science with exciting lessons, games, crafts, activities, and just plain fun! Clubs are designed to be fun and entertaining, but also educational using a hands-on approach to understanding science concepts.

To sign-up, you can call and register over the phone at 254-7162.



Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

PARI (pronounced “perry”) is a non-profit astronomical observatory located in the Pisgah National Forest near Balsam Grove, North Carolina. PARI operates multiple radio telescopes and optical telescopes for research and teaching purposes. The observatory is affiliated with the University of North Carolina system through the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Educational Center (PARSEC).

Throughout the year, PARI hosts workshops and tours for students, including “Space Day” each May. Check the schedule to see when you might want to visit for a talk and tour.



Duke TIP

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.

Children with advanced intellectual and academic abilities continually perplex and challenge educators and parents. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

Click here for information on Duke TIP opportunities for 5th and 6th graders.


Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

Located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers Eco-Explorers programs throughout the year for students ages 8 to 13 to engage with the natural world through hands-on investigations. Online reservations are required. Past programs have included animal tracking, primitive survival skills, stream investigation, and fly-fishing, just to name a few.


Asheville Community Theatre Youth Production Classes

Asheville Community Theatre offers Youth Production Classes for K-12 students interested in learning the ins and outs of participating in a big production and Broadway Bootcamp for middle and high school students (beginning at age 12) who want to sing, dance, and act. Both types of classes offer a performance component at the end of the series.

A big thank you goes out to Melissa Hill for the information on local opportunities. 
Parent Resources Google Doc. 
National Association of Gifted Child

Hoagies Gifted Page

They have a very active Facebook Page

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development

48 Essential Links for Parents of Gifted Children

National Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics:


North Carolina Essential Standards for all other content areas:


"What Does No Child Left Behind Legislation Say About Gifted?"


Article 9 - The NC General Statute for Gifted Education





North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented:


Gifted Children Are...


National Association for Gifted Children


Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted Students:


"He Who Laughs Last, Lasts!  Helping Your Gifted Child Cope With Stress"

by Lori Comallie-Caplan



Suggestions to Enrich Bright Children at Home

Adapted from the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented, Inc.


  • Play Scrabble using only words around a theme.  Examples: farm, holidays, weather. Children must give a rationale for words used.
  • Pick a household item and invent 10 new uses for it apart from the obvious.  Or design the perfect broom, vacuum cleaner, oven, etc.
  • Listen to music from another country.  Plan a family meal using only recipes from that country and then invent your own dish using products similar to the national recipes.
  • Plan a trip and mention problems that could arise.  Let your children solve the problem with highway maps, newspapers, phone books, etc.
  • Write letters to manufacturers praising or expressing concerns about their products.  Make suggestions for improvement or for marketing to specific groups. Create a catchy jingle that the company could use to advertise this product.  Discuss television commercials, looking for obvious or hidden messages.
  • Invite an elderly member of the family to discuss life fifty years ago.  Design a family crest depicting family history and symbols of the family’s values.  Prepare a motto to accompany the crest.
  • Investigate various forms of communication in your home—body language, facial expressions, animal communication, etc.  Design your own code of communication.
  • Discuss a favorite television show and plan two plots and sub-plots for the characters.  Discuss the plausibility of the present plots and relate them to your own personal experiences.
  • Learn about calendars to which other cultures adhere (Chinese, Hebrew).  Create a new month with a new holiday.  What would happen if all months had 30 days and the extra days were between months?  What would happen if we had five 6-day weeks per month?
  • Stargaze and investigate astronomy.  Read about the myths associated with constellations.  Create your own myth about a constellation.
  • Scour the newspapers for local problems and plan logical solutions.  Write letters to the editor.
  • Keep a diary of family or personal events and make each entry in a different form, such as a poem, an illustration, a song, etc.
  • Devise a weather station for recording conditions and predictions.  Plan novel ways of conserving water and energy based on your findings.
  • Investigate different number systems.  Devise a new number system and plan equations in your system.
  • Learn about perennial and annual plants, and plan a timetable for planting.
  • Explore chemical components of household items and food.  While cooking, discuss chemical changes in food.  Plan simple chemical experiments from household items.
  • Solve crossword puzzles and create your own.  Have another family member solve it.
  • Plan a garage sale together.  Look through the classifieds in newspapers, and price the items realistically.  Make lists of ways to spend the money from the garage sale. Each person must defend his/her choices.
  • Read current world news items.  Analyze the articles for solutions, and discuss how the possible solutions could filter down to affect your lives.  How would the solutions affect the lives of others in different parts of the world?
  • Design the perfect fictitious household pet, combining characteristics of several animals. 
  • Plan a design for a room in the house that would take into consideration the hobbies, interests, and needs of family members.
  • Watch a new sport.  Create a new sport with logical rules, equipment, and uniforms. Try to play your invented sport.