by Sharon Duncan
As a former homeschool mom and a gifted child consultant, I wish this book had been around when I started my journey. While some parents proactively decide to homeschool their children, others end up homeschooling because their gifted children were not destined to fit within the traditional school environment.
For the parents of kids who struggle to find the right fit, the decision to homeschool frequently comes after many frustrating attempts to make things work. These parents arrive at the homeschooling decision by default. Disillusioned, angry and terrified they need the validation that comes from knowing others have successfully walked the path they face, that their experiences are shared, and that things will not be just all right, but that they will be good.
In just 76 pages, Celi Trepanier shares her sometimes amusing, sometimes painful, often aggravating, and always poignant personal journey from public school teacher to homeschool parent. Her story will resonate with parents of gifted children whether they already homeschool, are thinking about homeschooling, or are happy in the traditional setting. Stepping off the path of "normal" is scary, and I think this is one of those books that all gifted homeschooling parents should have on their nightstand, to inspire and comfort, and to alleviate nighttime worries and panic. It’s a warm hug between the covers of a book from someone who has been there.
Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling is available in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and for Kindle and Nook.
Sharon Duncan is a consultant who helps parents, educators, and psychologists understand and meet the social, emotional and educational needs of gifted children. She is co-founder of Gifted Identity and Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO), a non-profit with the mission of promoting a comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.