Official Statements

Official Statements from the Apostles

Challenge Your Child Outside the Classroom

There is a constant emphasis on getting students up to speed and helping students that are falling behind. But what if your child is already meeting state standards for his grade level? Sure, your child’s teacher can do a lot to challenge him, but there are also many things you can do at home.

  • Talk to your child’s teacher or librarian about books that are appropriate for an above grade-level reader. Many times, books at higher reading levels contain content for older students so you will want to be selective when choosing challenging books. Hoagies’ Gifted Education reading list has a list of reading materials for above-level readers.
  • If your child is in high school, many community colleges allow students to begin earning college credits early.
  • For students excelling in math, allow your child to work ahead on concepts being taught in class. For example, if he is learning division, challenge him with remainders. Ask your child’s teacher if the school’s curriculum materials offer challenge books that you child can do at home.
  • Many exceptional children do well and have fun with brain teasers. Check your local book store for some or find them online, like those found on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Hoagies’ Gifted Education brain teasers.
  • Take advantage of your community. Museums are learning warehouses. Find a topic your child is interested in, and search for a museum that caters to that interest.

One of the most important things to remember is that a child that needs to be challenged doesn’t simply need more work; he needs more challenging work or activities that are outside or an extension of what he is doing in the classroom. Communication with his teacher is key in order to bridge what you are doing at home with what your child is able to accomplish in the classroom.

Study Tips for Your School Child

Do you find it hard to get your son or daughter to study? Would their grades improve if they had better study skills and resources? If you answered yes to either question, we have some helpful tips for you! is a great online resource with tips to help your child prepare for a successful study session. The site is for mainly middle school students, but most of the rules can be applied to all students. Simple tips such as how to organize their study space, plan time to study, and having proper study materials can go a long way toward helping your child be successful. For more detailed information about how to help your child develop and practice good study habits, please visit

If you prefer the approach of helping your child directly, then you may want to refresh your memory on topics you learned in school. A good place to get started is Internet Public Library. This online resource can help anyone with a wide range of topics. Here you can look up information that you need, or your child can go there to do research! It has everything your child needs to advance learning. Topics include Arts and Crafts, Nutritional Information, and even information on Athletics and Sports. Simply put, if you or your child wants to learn about something, Internet Public Library is a great place to get started! 

If studying in the traditional way is not working for your child, you should look online at Fun Brain for a more interactive approach to studying. Don't let the fact that it is full of games discourage you from letting your child go there. The games provided on this great, interactive site teaches your child a variety subjects while reinforcing basic skills in math, reading, science, and other subjects. Remember, even though they are playing games, they are learning! Any kind of learning is good!