Ah, homeschooling! The fun! The togetherness! The freedom! The challenges! The drudgery! The exhaustion!
Everyone needs to change up their game once in a while. Try something new. Get outside that comfort zone. Recharge those homeschooling batteries. If homeschooling your gifted child has you in a rut, check out these posts and give our GHF Blogger-tested tips a try!
3 Reasons Why Homeschooling Kids With Overexcitabilities Can Stop Being Fun - And How To Fix It ~ Laugh, Love, Learn (Lucinda Leo)Homeschooling kids with overexcitabilities is like flying a plane - a constant exercise in course correction. When things become a drag it's usually for one of three reasons. Here's how I've learned to fix things and get us back on track.
10 Tips on How and Why We Need to Schedule in Homeschool Fun ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)
The pressures I placed on my homeschool mama’s shoulders were tremendous and my role as homeschool “teacher” dominated my role as loving, gentle and fun mama. Homeschooling became truly exhausting for two years and it just wasn’t fun anymore. Worst of all, being with my child was not enjoyable and our relationship suffered. What I really struggled with were the power struggles, negotiations, personality clashes, disciplining, and days when things just didn’t work out. I would take these breakdowns in my homeschool system personally and the day would continue to deteriorate. I wasn’t able to STOP, breathe, reassess the situation, and simply move on. In time, I discovered that homeschooling doesn’t have to be such a chore. In fact, homeschooling can be fun. Just PLAN for FUN. Here are 10 tips on how and why we need to schedule in homeschool fun.
Encouraging Words from Top Scientists When the Chips are Down ~ A 2e Fox Revived (Carolyn Fox)
The really big science questions need problem solvers. They need kids who are curious and who question, and often authority including your authority as a parent. Granted, these kids are not the easiest kids to parent (ie. they often question your authority as a parent!) and at times homeschooling them can feel like a drag. Encouraging words from top scientists restored my faith in educating my son but also imparted pertinent information on obtaining a quality education in science when homeschooling.
Getting Out of Survival Mode When Homeschooling is a Drag ~ Not So Formulaic (Ginny Kochis)
We know what our kids are capable of. We know their hobbies and interests. We know we have other responsibilities, both professional and domestic. It's tempting to hand off a worksheet, tell them to read it, and plow through the million things on our to-do list all before that afternoon homeschool arts program starts.
But what is that doing to our kids? What is it doing to us? When we’re in this place, life at home starts looking like all the reasons we quit school.
They were good reasons. Valid reasons. And they are still good for spurring us onward, out of survival mode and into creative.
We just have to remember a few things.
We all have times when homeschooling becomes tiresome and annoying. Like everything else around gifted kids, homeschooling fatigue is more: more intense, more difficult, more to deal with. Dealing with a 2e child complicates matters for us: ADHD and anxiety force us to constantly try new things. Here are 5 different tips from our experiences to help bump your family out of the gifted homeschooling rut you might have gotten stuck in.
Homeschooling Through Chronic Illness ~ Teach Your Own (Lori Dunlap)
I’m a big fan of homeschooling, and will enthusiastically talk to anyone who’s interested about the benefits of this lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. In fact, some days it’s really, really hard.
Homeschooling Through Long-Term Illness ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)
When trying to figure out what my kids can do for their homeschooling, it can be very easy for me to get carried away - grand plans, high expectations and all that, and when the unexpected happens, like a sudden illness, it can feel like everything is falling apart. Finding both the energy to keep going as well as the inspiration to keep planning when I'm house-bound has been a challenge, but there are things I have learned about how to manage and still make homeschooling a wonderful experience for everyone.
Here are some of the things I have done.
Homeschooling my 2e child means that many aspects of my life are not remotely similar to many of my friends’ and family’s lives, or to what I had imagined for my own life...
Keeping Yourself Inspired in the Midst of the Drudgery ~ The Fringy Bit (Heather Boorman)
In this culture of child-centricity, it becomes easy to get lost. It becomes easy for homeschooling (or parenting in general) to become overwhelming or flat or uninspiring. It becomes easy to keep moving through the motions without any passion. Here’s one theory as to why: it’s hard to feel or inspire passion when you personally feel uninspired and neglectfully passion-less.
Set Sail ~ Atlas Educational (Lisa Epler Swaboda)
Homeschooling sounds as though you're tied to port and in some ways you are, but in others ways you're just learning to set sail. Along the way, we learned how to navigate some rough waters. I hope these Rules of Navigating Homeschool are helpful to you on your journey.
When It Becomes a Drag ~ Preschool Engineering (Julie Uzelac Schneider)
There is a cartoon by Cathy Thorne that describes my experience as the parent of a twice exceptional child, as a human, and especially as a part-time homeschooler. It says "I love routine. Until I'm bored, then I love excitement. Until I'm overwhelmed, then I love routine." Sound familiar? This conundrum is the basis for my best tips for when homeschooling becomes a drag...or, really, when anything becomes a drag. ...including but not limited to The Panacea.
Providing an appropriate education for a gifted or twice exceptional (2e) child often means thinking outside the box
Sometimes a traditional classroom setting is a good match, but it's not for everyone. Many families choose various methods of homeschooling (secular, religious, unschooling, eclectic, carschooling, and so on), while other families prefer charter schools, independent study programs, part-time homeschooling or other alternatives. Check out our resources for homeschooling and read about everything you ever wanted to know about educational alternatives. You can also find curriculum resources and great ideas to make learning fun, as well suggestions at New from Nikki and reviews from our GHF Bloggers.
Don't miss these topical books from GHF Press:
A concise guidebook for parents rethinking their educational choices, Making the Choice discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families. In Making the Choice, Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Mika Gustavson, MFT, demystify and de-mythify some of the perceived barriers to homeschooling and other alternatives. For those families wondering if alternative education is an option they should consider, Making the Choice offers ideas, guidance, and encouragement to fully evaluate the option.
by Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee
The world has transformed on an epic scale, but education has barely budged. How can you incorporate all the creativity technology has to offer into your learning experiences, even if your technological abilities are limited? How can online tools help students, especially gifted and twice-exceptional students, connect with others from around the block or around the world to collaborate on projects?Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee of Engaging Educators give you step-by-step instructions to get you started using technology in your learning experiences. Discover new online tools geared toward collaborating and creating. Try out projects specifically designed with these tools in mind. Create a positive and interesting online portfolio to share with college recruiters and potential employers.Regardless of educational choice, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create will fill you with ideas and inspiration that will revolutionize how you approach learning.
by Jade Rivera
Gifted and twice-exceptional students often struggle to fit in traditional classrooms, and homeschooling isn’t always an option. Enter micro-schools, an educational option bridging the gap. Micro-schools offer personalized learning in a school setting, led by instructors who understand the nuances and needs of gifted and 2e kids.Starting your own micro-school may seem daunting, but a successful micro-school doesn’t require a huge budget or the latest everything. Instead, it requires a passionate individual at the helm. One like Jade Rivera, author of Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget. In her latest book, Jade shares her successes and challenges working in and starting micro-schools. She discusses how to organize your school, hire the best instructors, work with parents, create an open and accepting environment, and so much more. After reading Jade’s book, you’ll be inspired to get your own micro-school up and running, ready to serve the gifted and 2e students in your community.
What would make a dedicated public school teacher decide to homeschool her own children? In her new book, Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling, Celi Trépanier (Crushing Tall Poppies) shares her journey from a top teacher in traditional schools to a disillusioned parent struggling to get an appropriate and challenging education for her gifted sons. How is the current educational system failing our gifted and twice-exceptional students? How can parents fight for the education their children need and deserve? What options do parents and their gifted children have? Celi addresses these concerns and more in Educating Your Gifted Child.
Past Blog Hops
- Navigating Family Life When Gifted Traits Collide
- Gifted Children and The Role of Mentors
- Gifted Children: Academic and Career Planning Beyond K-12
- Gifted Children: The Importance of Finding Intellectual Peers and Community
- Choosing Extracurricular Activities for Gifted Children with Overexcitabilities in Mind
- Preparing for Their Future: Parenting Gifted Teens and Tweens
- Gifted 2E Kids: What Makes Them Twice-Exceptional
- Recognizing Giftedness in Our Children and Ourselves
- Loving the Unexpected Gifts of Giftedness
- Educating Gifted Children: The Many Ways We Approach Their Learning
- The Highs and Lows of Gifted Parenting
- Discovering the Depth and Breadth of Giftedness
- Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring
- Bullying Across the Gifted/2e Lifespan
- Perfectionism and Other Gifted/2E Quirks
- Gifted at Different Ages & Stages
- A Day in the Life of a Gifted Homeschooler
- How Do You Say “Gifted”?
- Gifted in Reel Life
- End of Year Blogger Wrap Up!
- The Most Popular Posts on Giftedness in 2014
- Parenting OEs, 2Es and Everything in Between
- Finding Your Community
- Gifted Grown Ups
- Gifted Parenting
- Special Tips, Toys, Tricks, & Tools for Parenting & Educating Gifted/2E
- Promoting Health and Wellness in the Gifted/2E Child
- Homeschooling & Parenting Gifted/2E Kids into the Teens (and Beyond)
- Staying Motivated throughout the Homeschool Year
- Surviving & Thriving at the Holidays with a Gifted/2E Kid
- Homeschooling a Gifted/2e Kid
- Sleep and Other Forms of Parental Self-Care
- Homeschooling: Where and How to Begin
- Homeschooling with/without a Partner
- Stealth Schooling
FREE Downloadable Brochures:
The Healthcare Providers’ Guide to Gifted Children
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Twice Exceptional—Smart Kids with Learning Differences
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