Choosing Extracurricular Activities for Gifted Children with Overexcitabilities in Mind

extracurricular overexcitabilities

Choosing Extracurricular Activities for Gifted Children with Overexcitabilities in Mind. Most kids want more than just work, work, work. They want to learn, play, and have fun! Finding the right fit for a gifted or twice-exceptional child can be challenging, since the same asynchronies and other quirks that present a challenge in the classroom come into play in extracurricular activities. Read how our GHF Bloggers handle the "when," "what," and "if" when deciding what activities will work for their kids.


extracurricular5 Things to Consider When Choosing Extracurricular Activities ~ Hands On Parenting While Earning (Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag)

What are your top considerations when choosing extracurricular activities for your kids? One mom shares what she usually looks into before investing their time, money and energy. Find out what's on her list.


extracurricularChoosing Extracurricular Activities for Children with Overexcitabilities ~ Laugh, Love, Learn (Lucinda Leo)

Intense, sensitive and hyper-reactive? How do you channel the energy of a child who melts down in groups?


extracurricularDrawing the Line: Keeping "enough" from being too much ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)

I realized what was happening. The places Mad Natter found success - Preschool, Hockey, Robotics? They had something very important in common. They played to his strengths, and minimized his weaknesses.


extracurricularEnough Kids for a Basketball Team: Finding extracurricular activities with multiple children ~ GHF Blog (Eleen Kamas)

With six children, many factors come into play when we look for extracurricular activities. The children’s individual interests and aptitudes are of course most important, but cost in time and money are also big factors. Also, the age spread among my children, from teens to toddlers, can make finding activities interesting: keeping a non-participating sibling happy during an activity can be difficult. In our family, the oldest two were the trailblazers, the guinea pigs if you will, trying things out and showing the way for their younger siblings.

extracurricularExtracurricular Activities to Calm Kids Down ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)

This post was written in my mind.  I was going to talk about how challenging it can be to find extracurricular activities for asynchronous children, and how grade levels pose a challenge for these kids even outside of school.  And then I was I was going to share the activities like tae kwon do, soccer, and skiing, that have been a great match for my little guy and his overexcitabilities.  Buuuuut.... life threw us a curveball this week...

extracurricularLet Her Lead: Choosing Extracurricular Activities for Your Gifted Child ~ Not So Formulaic (Ginny Kochis)

Society equates precocity and intellectual prowess with maturity and poise. But intense physical, sensual, emotional and imaginational characteristics lead to social and emotional struggles in the outside world. A gifted child’s academic experiences, creative outlets, and physical interests end up bearing the brunt of it. Parents push their children into all manner of classes and activities from infancy. I saw it in the classroom, and I saw the toll it took on my students. I swore I would never become one of those parents.

And now I had.


extracurricularLiving in Extracurricular Purgatory ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)

When, all those years ago, we decided that homeschooling was the right choice for our deeply asynchronous children, I kind of hoped that this would mean an escape from age-based norms and expectations. We would be free to craft the curriculum and activities that 'fit' our kids without the limitations that came with the age-grade lockstep that is the traditional way schools organise learning.

Gosh was I naive.

Because, whether I like it or not, almost anything to do with children is organised based on these traditional age-grade levels. Finding places that 'fit' my kids and their very different needs has been like ground-hog day. Reliving the same situations over and over again, with only the surface details changing. And each time feels like another walk through extracurricular purgatory. . .


On Being Intentionally Active ~ The Fringy Bit (Heather Boorman)

There are so many fantastic opportunities for our kids these days. It becomes difficult to say no or to find the right match. But, I’ve found that when I can be intentional in the ways I’ve described, my kids can flourish. They learn how to build upon the strengths and modulate the weaknesses of their intense personalities.

extracurricularSometimes Staying Home is the Best Extracurricular Activity ~House of Chaos (Christy Knockleby)

In western culture children are granted full rights and responsibilities at the legal age of adulthood. Until 18 most children are dependent beings who are under the control of the adults around them both at home, in school and elsewhere. In an unschooling home these notions of attaining freedom based on age maturation are obsolete. Children of all ages are completely free in an unschooling lifestyle and their ability to self-govern is supported and nurtured. Teens and tweens who embrace their freedom and their authentic personalities should have less issues than their mainstream counterparts. Teenage rebellion and peer pressure are nonexistent as our entire lifestyle rebels against societal norms.

extracurricularTee Ball and Other Fantasies ~ Homeschooling 2e (Mary Paul)

Are extracurricular activities a fantasy for our five year-old? It's all about putting his needs first and tossing the rest.


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