Happiest Homeschooling Moments: Personal Stories, Inspiration and Tips

GHF blog hop Aug

 

Homeschooling is filled with surprising, joyful moments. Discoveries that lead learning down a new path. Hard-won breakthroughs. Spontaneous laughter. Join us as we share the moments that brought us joy, kept us going, and reinforced the reasons why we chose our educational paths.

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GHF blog hop AugEmbracing the Art of “Us”: 10 Ways Homeschooling Can Heal Your Family ~ Not So Formulaic (Ginny Kochis)

Maybe you’re like us, and traditional school isn’t working. Maybe you’re like me, and you really miss your kids. Maybe your kids are like mine, and they're taxed to the breaking point with frustration. Here are 10 ways homeschooling healed our family. It might do the same for yours, as well.


GHF blog hop AugThe Eureka! Moments Are the Best: Doing Things at Kid Pace  ~ Homeschooling 2E (Mary Paul)

For us, the eureka! moments are often the happiest homeschooling moments, because they signal a breakthrough in something the kids have been struggling with. Sometimes they're my happiest moments, sometimes they're the kids' happiest moments."


GHF blog hop AugFinding the Happy ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)

It's so much more than just education, honestly, and it's posts like these that let you see the good things that come - even in the midst of thinking your entire family is going to throttle each other like one of those old school Looney Tunes cartoons. That, as with everything, this too shall pass - and there are really good reasons you're all doing this, even if this week it might feel like the week you're going to say "screw it, boarding school it is."



GHF blog hop AugFinding the Joy in the Everyday ~ BJ's Homeschool (Betsy Sproger)

Little did I know that working in OT and learning about the Waldorf method would help me a few years later, when we adopted our 2e daughter, and began homeschooling her. And that led to a lot of of our happiest times in our homeschooling........Our little one was all hands-on, always wanting to make things, and some of the ideas from the Waldorf method just fit her to a "T". Especially when she was young.


GHF blog hop AugHappiest Homeschooling Moments ~ Teach Your Own (Lori Dunlap)

Amidst the happiness, I’m also feeling quite nostalgic. Homeschooling has allowed our family to spend lots of time together and develop incredibly close bonds with each other. And so, as we prepare for this move forward and celebrate my son’s emerging sense of independence, I find myself looking back, reviewing the past seven years and examining each of the memorable moments as I would a treasured, precious object, one that I haven’t taken off the shelf to fully appreciate in a while.


GHF blog hop AugHomeschooling: It's Not What You Think ~ The Fringy Bit (Heather Boorman)

To a homeschool newbie, we say homeschool and they picture 9-4, sitting in cute little desks in front of a dry erase board, suffering through lectures and workbooks and tests and art projects. When I say homeschool, I picture the following (which just happens to be our typical day).


GHF blog hop AugHomeschooling Memories ~ Eclectic Homeschool (Amy Bowen)

I love homeschooling and the memories it has brought to my family. When this topic came up for the blog hop, I thought it would be good to hear it from a teen who has been homeschooled from the beginning. My son volunteered to write about his favorite homeschool memories.


GHF blog hop AugThe Secrets of a Happy Life. Homeschooling or Otherwise ~ Preschool Engineer (Julie Uzelac Schneider)

For me, there is no single happiest, best, or favorite thing that stands towering above the rest. No holy grail of perfection. Only sitting with our lives as they are and accepting the opportunity and responsibility of teaching and learning with my child.


GHF blog hop AugUnexpected Moments: Trusting the Process of Self-Directed Learning ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)

We have had our moments with homeschooling. Moments of doubt, moments of fear, and moments where it felt like disaster was just a step away. It was almost inevitable once we decided to do things in a very different way. Will it work? Were my kids learning? Will I stay sane? These were the questions that plagued me.

This is our 4th year officially homeschooling. And though we still have our bad times, I have now learned to trust the process.


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Providing an appropriate education for a gifted or twice exceptional (2e) child often means thinking outside the box

when homeschooling is a drag

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:

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.

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.

Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget

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.

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 (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.


FREE Downloadable Brochures:

The Healthcare Providers’ Guide to Gifted Children
The Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children
Twice Exceptional—Smart Kids with Learning Differences
Gifted Cubed -- The Expanded Complexity of Race & Culture


What is a Blog Hop?

A Blog Hop is a way to discover and follow blogs, as well as share your own. Every month or two, we pose a topic, our blogging members discuss it, and we link to their posts. GHF blog hops include bloggers from around the world, all of them committed to articulating the unique concerns, needs, and perspectives of gifted/2e families, especially (but not exclusively) those who choose non-traditional education for their kids.

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