Some of you may accuse me of doing nothing more than clearing off my desk during my Chanukah/Blogaversary giveaways, and to some degree, you might be right. Still, I'm certain a free copy of the Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual: A Guide to Whole Grade Acceleration K-8 (2nd Edition) will make a great gift for a parent of a highly gifted child.
Sometimes the decision to accelerate a child a full grade is easy, sometimes it's not (welcome to my blog, er, world). The Iowa Acceleration Scale is designed to help clear up some of the murkiness in the case of the latter.
When talking with teachers and school administrators about acceleration, anecdotes will only get a parent so far (meaning, of course, not far at all), and objective data are required. Such data includes things like IQ and achievement tests (which the school may provide. Or not.).
The Iowa Scale provides an outline to help parents gather the right information like school history, assessment of ability, aptitude and achievement, school and academic factors, developmental factors, interpersonal skills and resources for support.
In the end, none of this might actually matter, but you have to try, right?
Please note the cover has a dog-eared corner and my name is scratched out on it, but the book is otherwise is excellent shape. Also know there is a newer edition available, but it will set you back more than $40, so why not give this one a try?
If you or someone you know could use this tool, fill out this form below by December 14, 2010 to be entered to win.
And check out my other giveaways:
- A Grand Rapids, MI Family Getaway
- A t-shirt to support Heifer International
- A National Wildlife Federation Pre-schooler Prize Pack
- A book that will really get your family talking
- And a bonus giveaway coming the week of 12/13 (or so): A Tassimo T20