Elementary enrichment opportunities enable children to move beyond grade-level lessons and extend the regular curriculum with individualized opportunities. Examples of enrichment include exposure to new topics and ideas, training in creative and critical thinking skills, problem solving, firsthand investigative opportunities, the development of an independent study in areas of choice with individual research, and the use of advanced research methods.

There are a variety of factors to consider when planning elementary enrichment for gifted and talented children. For example, what types of enrichment opportunities can and will be made available? Will the regular curriculum be extended with enrichment or will it be compacted and replaced with teacher-selected advanced content? Will students have the opportunity to pursue their personal interests using independent study? Enrichment can take many ...

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