Just as gifted children's abilities and interests vary widely, so do the educational options that work for each child. Read our latest blog hop to discover the approaches that have worked for gifted and 2e families, and those that haven't. Look to our bloggers' suggestions for ways to tweak or even rethink entirely your educational journey.
Building Your Gifted Learner: Throw Your Plans Out the Window ~ Atlas Educational (Lisa Swaboda)
The adjectives we use to describe our lives as parents of gifted children are often polar opposites which can conflict with each other, often in the same day, within the same moment. The analogies and aphorisms describe some sort of sanity-stealing life surging us up and then sucking us down, way down. Often. Daily. Hourly.
Creating an Unschooling Environment for my 2e Kids ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)
As much as I would love to be able to say 'you can do whatever you want' and let it happen (with me strewing and facilitating, but having the kids in charge), it hasn't happened. Instead, we have taken a lot of slow, small steps in that direction, and have had to treat it as more of an end goal than a blueprint.
Educating Gifted Children ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)
We already know about homeschooling and how we apply it here in our Mooselandia home, and other people will talk about public schooling and how it does or doesn't work for them, but there's another option - one we'd not taken before, and one that I wanted to share today.
Educating Gifted Children: Learning to Let Go ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)
Sometimes gifted children and public education do not mix. The thought of educating a gifted child can be completely overwhelming. It gets easier when you learn to let it go and listen to your gut.
Five Minute Math ~ Empowering Parents to Teach (Sheana Johnson)
To supplement our children's public school education, I began giving them Five Minute Math after school. This is a simple way to help a gifted learner maintain math skills without loading on too much extra work after school.
Flocks and Shoes ~ Sprite's Site (Jo Freitag)
Choosing a school is always a big decision but it is even more complex when choosing an education method for gifted children.
Considerations include type of education- public school, private school, religion based school, alternative philosophies, Montessori style, Reggio Emilia, homeschooling
For the folk at Sprite’s Site the search for an ideal education can be expressed as Flocks and Shoes.
Homeschooling Gifted Children | Meeting Asynchronous Abilities ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)
Gifted kids are asynchronous. Their development is uneven and out-of-sync compared with age peers. This often makes them feel very different when it comes to age-based school expectations. This is also why boxed, or grade-level based, complete curriculums rarely work well for them. Instead, parents need to get creative...
The Loneliness of Homeschooling a Gifted Child ~ Sallie Borrink Learning
Sometimes things seem so obvious in retrospect. The loneliness of homeschooling a gifted child is one of those truths that somehow escaped me until recently. I realized it feels a bit like I'm going down a never-ending rabbit hole of moving further and further out of the norm in terms of our homeschooling. And the further you move away from the mainstream, the lonelier it becomes.
“Poke the Box”: Inviting Students to Wonder and Initiate ~ The Fissure (Ben Koch)
If set expectations and the fear of failure are the gravity that keep us in an orbit of the familiar, than I like to think of curiosity as the one force strong enough to break us free from that orbit. The rocket fuel to leave the atmosphere of Planet Status Quo.
Resources for Educating Gifted Children: The Many Ways We Approach Their Learning
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