Uniquely Gifted:The Different Areas of Giftedness

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Giftedness manifests in a multitude of ways. Some children pick up a college-level physics textbook in elementary school. Others might start talking especially early or learn to read years before their peers. Still others might struggle academically, yet sing and act with a maturity beyond their age. Discover the range of ways giftedness can be seen, and learn how to support the unique needs of each child

 

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Differentiation: A Radical Solution to IEPs, 504s, ALPs, and the Drudgery of Accountability ~ Free-Learning (Julie Schneider)

It Matters Not At All, and Entirely

Homeschool offers us the opportunity to teach and learn without IEPs, 504s, ALPs, and standardized tests. My children get to be their unique selves without the stigma associated with it. They get to pursue their interests, be curious, make decisions, and be productive members of the community early and often.

So it doesn't matter exactly how my children are different because I don't have to figure out a way to make them be the same as everyone else.

And yet, it matters entirely.

By recognizing the different ways my children are drawn to the world, I am able to be the facilitator they need.


My Uniquely Gifted Kids ~ Homeschooling 2e (Mary Paul) 

Reluctant gifted kids are learners whose passions just haven't been tapped yet. Really! There's hope for all of you who, like me, are battling a lack of motivation or just a super-smart kiddo who is not reaching his or her potential...

 

 


100 Online Resources for Gifted Kids (From the Arts to the Sciences, and Everything in Between) ~ Not So Formulaic (Ginny Kochis)

Every gifted child is unique, with individual interests. Here are 100 online resources for gifted kids sure to ignite their dreams and fuel their passions.

 

 

 


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Resources for Understanding Giftedness

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Giftedness is not just test scores or academic achievement. It's not all difficulties, either. Jokes about duct tape and soundproof closets aside, it can be helpful to understand what your child is feeling, how they are developing, and what they were thinking when they asked that unusual question or performed that dangerous experiment alone out in the shed (and how do you explain the damage to your neighbors?). After all, not all children are gifted and  all gifted children do not learn alike. These kids are asynchronous, intense, and endlessly fascinating to live with. Sometimes their giftedness may be easy to communicate to others in the community, but sometimes it's hidden by twice exceptional (2e) issues or by the expanded complexity of race and culture (Gifted Cubed). Having a gifted or 2e teenager can add a whole new layer of complication to parenting. Additional resources here give some perspective to those of us raising such children and reassure us that we 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 considering 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 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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