Gifted Children: Transitioning Between Public School and Homeschool

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Many families find themselves transitioning between school and homeschooling to better meet the needs and celebrate the quirkiness of their gifted children. What challenges do these families face? How do they make the most of their new lives? What advice do they have for those families considering the change?
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8 Things I Wish I'd Known When We Started Homeschooling  ~ Live, Laugh, Love (Lucinda Leo)

7 years ago, when I trusted my gut and took my kids out of public school, the only other homeschooler I knew lived 5000 miles away. Back then I knew nothing of my son's 2e or my daughter's giftedness, so even after we met local homeschoolers, I felt out of my depth and wondered what I was doing wrong. I wish I could time-travel my younger self forward and show her how well homeschooling's working out! Here's what I'd tell her.


The Importance of Deschooling the Homeschool Mom ~ Sallie Borrink Learning (Sallie Borrink)

Before we dive into the topic of deschooling, take this quick quiz by responding to each statement below with a "yes" or "no." Be honest with where you are in your thinking. Keep a running tally of your yes and no responses.


Skipping the Public School Route - all the Way to College ~ BJ's Homeschool (Betsy Sproger)

We started our homeschooling when my daughter was 4. She was so ready for kindergarten, but was too young according to the schools. So we took the plunge early....But taking on the whole homeschool thing felt so daunting at first, until we started........


The Trouble with Self-Directed Learning ~ Preschool Engineer (Julie Uzelac Schneider)

I was all smiles when Twinkle came out of her first dance class. She had been begging for ballet lessons for almost a year and finally gotten her wish. She looked at me with her almost-four year old pouty face and said, "I didn't get to do anything I wanted! All we did was what the teacher told us to do."

I stifled a laugh. This, I thought, is the trouble with self-directed learning.


Truth Time ~ Houseful of Chaos (Christy Knockleby)

Sending the kids to school and then bringing them home again forced me to confront the serious questions about why are we doing this and what do I want?


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Resources for Choosing An Educational Path

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. Some families move between school and homeschool for a single child, while other families have multiple children in multiple educational settings. The shift back and forth can be confusing at times, especially when you have gifted or twice-exceptional children. There are so many ways to learn! And it's important to be sure you have done your research and are following the law. Having a teenager who may be considering college (or other alternatives) can add a whole new layer of complication to parenting. Add in questions about testing and assessments and you may feel overwhelmed! But never fear; you are not alone.

Don't miss these topical books from GHF Press:


when homeschooling is a dragMaking the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child

by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT

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.


 Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling

by Celi Trépanier

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 (of the blog 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.


educating your gifted child

Self-Directed Learning: Documentation and Life Stories

by  Wes Beach, author of Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling

What guarantees success? Four years of high school? A college degree? A nine-to-five job? Perhaps, but many teens yearn for a different path. In his latest book, Self-Directed Learning: Documentation and Life Stories, Wes Beach argues that people who recognize their genuine interests and talents need only their self-knowledge, confidence, enthusiasm, determination, ability to persevere, and sense of autonomy to carry them where they want to go. Wes shares stories of people whose needs were not met by traditional education, and thus created their own paths. Wes also includes transcripts and information that his students used to gain admission to colleges and universities throughout the country. “Self-Directed Learning” speaks to people who desire to pursue their passions and grow into productive and fulfilled adults.

Learning in the 21st CenturyLearning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create

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.

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