The idea of the book study was brought in by Patel, a psychologist specialized in understanding gifted students. She decided to bring this idea to the school after she heard about the book “A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children” and saw how it could benefit the parents at Pine View. “I wanted the parents to feel a sense of community so that they didn’t feel alone,” Patel said.
The book study started Jan. 8 and will continue until Feb. 26. Meetings occur in the morning at school. “The goal is for the parents to have a better understanding of their child emotionally and socially,” Cantillo said. Cantillo and Patel plan to aid parents by analyzing the book “A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children” chapter by chapter. The book touches on all areas, including motivation and communication.
Both Cantillo and Patel are considering whether or not to continue this program further with another book.
According to the book study’s founders, these sessions are put together in order to ensure that parents benefit and learn what is needed to help their child succeed. “My job is to help out, and this is just one way that I am proud to be able to reach out to the parents in the Pine View community,” Cantillo said. Ten parents have enrolled in the spring session, making it likely the book study sessions will continue in future years.