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Home Schooling Gifted Children
"Homeschooling for highly gifted children is sometimes an option
when nothing else works out--when the school cuts the gifted program, eliminates
any ability grouping, refuses to allow acceleration, or is genuinely rigid in
its stance. However, just as often, homeschooling allows the ideal
educational program for a highly gifted child to unfold, by providing maximum
flexibility in the spirit of the best traditions and the strongest research
bases we have in the field of gifted education. Kathi Kearney,
Gifted Children," Understanding Our Gifted, September - October 1992
October 20, 2012
Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List
by Deborah Markus, from
- (humor) We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear
they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children...
Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families
by Lisa Rivero
- This terrific book is for homeschooling parents and more - there is
information for schooling parents, school teachers, gifted teachers, and more,
on gifted children, learning styles, internet resources, and so much more!
First-Year College Performance: A Study of Home School Graduates and
Traditional School Graduates
by Paul Jones and Gene Gloeckner
- Families who home school their children should not feel that the education
they are providing is inferior to the traditional K-12 education of their
neighborhood peers. Although not statistically significant, the average
first-year GPAs, credits earned in the first year, ACT Composite test
scores, and ACT English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science and Reasoning
subtests for home school graduates were all higher than traditional high
school graduates... (requires
Online High School Courses
- Originally compiled for high schooling victims of Hurricane Katrina, these
free resources offer high school courses for schooled, and homeschooled
Homeschoolers Forum (GHF)
- Most homeschool organizations do not address giftedness, and school-based
gifted programs are generally not geared for aiding the homeschooler. GHF
fills that gap. Articles include
Some Reasons for Homeschooling your Gifted Child,
Do I Homeschool My Gifted Child?,
Policy Primer for Homeschooling Families. Also includes an
online community for support and advice, sponsorship of events with
nationally known speakers, and a schedule of conferences, lectures and other
with Profoundly Gifted Kids
by Kathryn Finn
- At the very least, parents of profoundly gifted children will need to
enrich the educational experiences their children receive from standard
schools. At the most, they assume responsibility for the whole learning
process... An excerpt from
IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
- Internet Investigations
- Free full curriculum libraries and units available right on the Internet,
including units in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, the Arts,
and lots more!
Staying Home From
by Lynn Schnaiberg
- "A new breed of home-schooler is emerging, motivated ... by more
practical concerns ranging from school violence to poor academic quality to
overzealous peer pressure."
- A to Z Home's Cool
- Homeschooling community website, with essays and links for adults and kids, message boards, including
Gifted Kids and
World Wide Regional Homeschooling Laws and Support!
Homeschooling an Exceptionally Gifted Child by Hilary Cohen
- Exceptionally gifted children are so different from their age mates, they
often do not fit in school situations...
Home with School by Tracy Staedter, MIT
- With its high-powered curriculum, MIT seems an unlikely place to attract
or produce homeschoolers. But in fact it does both. Alumni gatherings, online
forums, and articles from the Alumni Association indicate a growing interest
in homeschooling among MIT graduates with families of their own. In addition,
the number of homeschooled students applying to MIT has nearly doubled since
2001, with several admitted each year...
High School "Freedom for self-direction"
college-prep in Soquel, California, or by distance education. E-mail
email@example.com to purchase
Beach's self-published booklet on creating a college-admissions high-school
diploma from unusual high school circumstances
Best of Both Worlds by Carol Danz, California Association for the
- Imagine being granted the opportunity to provide enrichment for your
gifted children at home one or two days a week, while they continue to
receive the benefits of their public school experience... (requires Adobe Reader)
Than School: One Family's Declaration of Independence by Nancy Wallace
- See what unschooling highly gifted children looks like in the
day-to-day... This title is out of print, but available used or through
Guide to Choosing a Homeschool Approach by Julie Shepherd Knapp, at
The Homeschool Diner
- As a homeschooling parent you have the freedom to choose the best
educational approach for each of your children. Whether you choose to follow
a public school scope and sequence or try out an alternative approach;
whether you choose to buy a curriculum or pull together your own resources,
it's entirely up to you. It is a big decision! Need help? Try out the
"Click-O-Matic Guide." It's a quiz --- and an annotated guide -- designed to
help you think about what kind of approach you and your student really need...
Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling by Les Beach
- Stories of nine young people who took varying, nontraditional educational
paths and succeeded in their chosen endeavors and vocations. Reconsider the
idea that any highly successful career path must involve piling up gold
stars in high school to gain immediate admission to a prestigious university
in order to earn a degree which can cost more than most people earn in a
year. Discover how passion, persistence, creativity and perseverance can
lead to a life of satisfaction and even some traditional achievements!
(Free) Materials for Gifted Classrooms
- Free materials for educational use, including posters, videos, teaching
guides, and more. Great resources in the homeschool classroom
Online Text Materials
- Collection of online text materials folks find useful. The collection is
heavy on advanced math and science...
A Gifted Afterschooler's Journey by Ruth Raymond
- I am the mother of a 13 year-old son who was identified in kindergarten
and thereafter as extremely gifted. I wish that we had started the
homeschooling much earlier. The main point in all of this is that if
you are going the school route, sometimes you have to provide an outside
- Gifted Children &
Homeschooling: An Annotated Bibliography by Kathi Kearney
- This list represents much of the written record in this century about
gifted children and homeschooling, from a very wide variety of educational,
religious, and philosophical perspectives
Children At Home by Janice Baker, Kathleen Julicher and Maggie Hogan
- Written by home school moms for teaching gifted students at home
(excellent resource, slight Christian flavor, but could easily be
substituted as any faith / belief)
Homeschooling in the U.S. by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson
- The lessons of homeschooling success for gifted and twice-exceptional
students in the US are many, and argue strongly in favor of an evolution in
education policy which equips our brightest students with the tools needed
to lead us into the global economy of the 21st century...
"H" Word: Home Schooling by Shery Butler, in
Gifted Child Today
- As a public educator, I frowned on parents who chose to teach their
children at home--until I became one of those parents...
Gifted at Home by Karen Morse
- "Because Ben, like many highly gifted children, finds simplicity in
complex ideas, he was actually more able to solve the difficult problems than
the simpler problems generally suited for second graders. In fact it was the
simple problems that confused him. As he so eloquently expressed it was as if
there wasn't enough to wrap his brain around. Ben is now a homeschooler. He is
Room: Debunking the myths of home schooling by Lisa Rivero
- There is much more to the home schooling story than the mainstream media
is telling you. Why people just like you teach their kids at home...
College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth
Transition by Cafi Cohen
- Everything You Need to Prepare Your Homeschooler for College Success.
As the parent of a homeschooler, you have many issues to consider besides
academic excellence: fulfilling other people's expectations and standards,
tackling standardized tests and application essays, and introducing your
homeschooler to the atmosphere of a college campus. Now you can direct
your child confidently and effectively... For a preview, read
What About College? an excerpt from Chapter 5...
- Home Schooling - A Family Affair by Suzy
- Instead of making me stressed and crazy, it brought enormous calm and
peace into our family. No one was more surprised than I was!
Benefits: Children less preoccupied with peer acceptance by William
- Most folks who have never met a homeschooling family imagine that the kids
are as socially isolated and socially awkward. But some new research
by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute suggests
- Homeschooling Curriculum for the Gifted
Child in Duke Gifted Letter
- Parents routinely supplement their children’s formal education. However, the
choice to withdraw them from the traditional classroom for all or part of the school
day is gaining popularity nationwide. Although little information specific to gifted
children is available...
- Homeschooling Gifted
Students: An Introductory Guide for Parents (ERIC Digest #543) by Jacque
- This digest refers to an ERIC Minibib of Homeschooling
Resources for Gifted Students
Has Social Advantage by William R. Mattox, Jr.
- Oddly enough, part of the reason we began homeschooling seven years ago is
because we don't want our children to become social retards...
- Homeschooling Highly
Gifted Children by Kathi Kearney
- Originally published in Understanding Our Gifted
The Homeschooling of Andrew Wyeth A Conversation with the Artist
- Andrew Wyeth attended school only to third grade, and after that received
his art training and all other education entirely at home. He has lived in
and near Chadds Ford almost all of his 68 years...
the Gifted Child HSLDA Home School Hearbeat radio show, audio and
- Is giftedness a blessing or a burden for your child? For many children
with extraordinary gifts, the regimentation of institutional schooling can
drain their creativity, energy, and purpose. Sometimes, our brightest children
appear to be failures because they cannot thrive in a traditional school
Your Child with Special Needs by Isabel Shaw
- For families who have kids with special needs, the decision to homeschool
is usually a desperate move. Parents are often frustrated by the inability of
schools to provide the services their children need. But can ordinary
parents help their children succeed when teams of experts are unable to do so?
Isn't a school environment the best place for kids to learn? And what about
socialization? The answers to these questions may surprise you...
- The HomeSchool Zone
- A great place to visit, learn about state home school requirements, and
Socialization not a problem
- A new longitudinal study titled "Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated
Canadian Adults" surveyed home-schooled students whose parents participated
in a comprehensive study on home education in 1994. The study compared home-schoolers
who are now adults with their peers. The results are astounding...
- I Was
an Accelerated Child by Alexandra Swann
- "My parents did not initially plan to accelerate our
educations," "I still think often about my parents' school at
home, and I am very grateful for the opportunities that my education has
given me." "It worked well for us."
For more detail, see her book No
Regrets: How Home Schooling Earned Me A Masters Degree At Age 16
- Internet Resources for
Homeschooling Gifted Students compiled by Kathi Kearney
- Legal Resources, Gifted Education Resources, Curriculum, Schools, &
Online Courses Particularly Appropriate for Gifted Homeschoolers, Research
Studies and more...
the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child by Corin
Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson
- Do you sense things aren't quite right with your child's school
experience? Maybe your child is clearly struggling or, perhaps, your child
is doing all right, but you believe something is lacking? Instead of trying
to force your child to fit into school, perhaps it is time to consider
finding educational options that fully address your child's academic and
emotional needs. How might giftedness and twice exceptionality affect the
educational needs of your child? Consider a variety of options regarding
educational choices and the path to making them...
- Making it Work:
Homeschooling while Working at Home by Natalie Thomas
- Homeschooling is a wonderful lifestyle choice for us. But how can I do
this as a work at home Mom?
Off Yahoo mailing list
- Mailing list about unschooling math, deschooling math, deprogramming math
anxiety, and just plain having fun with math! This list is dedicated to
exploring how math can be learned without "school", without canned
curricula, without lesson plans, without artificially dividing it up into
grade levels and testing and drilling it to death; and how math is naturally
all around us and how children (and adults too!) are doing math all the
time, whether they realize it or not!
- Mensa's special
interest group on homeschooling
Homeschoolers collected by Carolyn K.
- Home schooled, highly successful members of our society...
Upon a Mind: Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education by James
- Introduces the research and practice of gifted child education, as well as
the individuals who represent current and historical thinking in the
discipline, with a strong emphasis on the social and emotional aspects of
giftedness. Chapter 8, Issue #8 is "Homeschooling and the Gifted"
- Radical Possibilities for the Profoundly Gifted by Gay
- "My son, age 10, whom we've home schooled since he was 6, started
taking a 2nd year Spanish class at a local community college last fall at
age 9. He will be enrolled at a local university this coming fall."
My Twice-Exceptional Children... Not What I Signed Up For! by Sarah
- Our homeschooling adventure began abruptly, when we realized that a bad
preschool situation had become intolerable. Every day, it seemed, Origami
left school either in a rage or in hysterics. Removing Origami from
school produced an immediate positive change in his behavior and in his
state of mind...
Are For Fish by Jason L. Holm
- A great new weekly cartoon for homeschoolers...
Out by Daniel H. Pink
- Here's a riddle of the New Economy: Whenever students around the world
take those tests that measure which country's children know the most, American
kids invariably score near the bottom. Yet by almost every measure, the
American economy outperforms those very same nations...
Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah
- It is not that homeschooling per se protects a girl, but that its a
different picture among girls "whose homeschooling was characterized by
a high degree of choice, autonomy, and control"
the skylark sings with me by David H. Albert
- Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education. This account of
the nurturing of child genius is a superb model of what all parents can do
to bring forth the best in their children...
- TAGFAM MonTAGe
E-Journal: Homeschooling, Vol. 1, No. 7 editor, Valorie J. King
- Includes articles "Resources for Beginning Homeschoolers" and
"Taking Charge of Your Child's Education"
- TAGMAX Mailing List part of the
TAGFAM on-line support community
- Home educating gifted and talented children. To subscribe, send a message
with "subscribe tagmax firstname
lastname" in the body to firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Learning by Heidi Priesnitz and Tracy Robinson
- Heidi was almost entirely home educated, Tracy was entirely public
schooled. Tracy interviews Heidi about the differences in their educational
Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box by Rebecca Greene, Elizabeth
- Great ideas for learning outside of the four walls of a school, including
volunteering, summer programs, mentorships, study abroad, and much more.
Questions are answered, and ideas planted...
Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and
Education by Grace Llewellyn
- For adolescents (and their parents), discusses the differences between
education and schooling with an emphasis on how to get the former even if
you eschew the latter
Challenged to do Hard Things by Michael Smith, the Washington Times
Is teenage rebellion inevitable, or are there new ways of thinking that
could address the problem? Responsibility for teenage rebellion and
underperformance must fall primarily at the feet of parents and other
adults. This is because our current expectations for teenagers provide very
little challenge. Alex and Brett Harris, 19-year-old home-schooled twins,
are trying to give adults and teens a wake-up call. In their book, "Do
Hard Things," they attempt to explode the myth of adolescence...
- Transcript Kit by Home
School Resources and Consulting
- Helps you prepare a professional looking, college approved transcript in
just a few minutes...
Parenting May Require an Alternative to Conventional Schooling by Peter
Gray, in Psychology Today
The power of schools over children and families has increased steadily over
the decades, to the point where it is almost impossible now to be a trustful
parent of a child in a typical public or private school...
Schools Fail: Is Homeschooling Right For You and Your Highly Gifted Child? by Karen Morse
- "In a classroom of 25 to 30 children it is hard for even the best teachers
to meet the individual needs of every child. The children with learning
disabilities have daily mentors and abbreviated course work. The highly gifted
children in our country are the only group of children who receive no federal
mandate for a free and appropriate education. Full inclusion classes are the
norm in our country rather than the exception, but the diversity and variance
of abilities in a regular inclusion classroom is gaping for the child who
needs rapid acceleration and engaging material."
Is Assessment Important If We Plan On Homeschooling? by Alexandra Shires
- other homeschooling parents often ask me,
“Why is assessment important if we plan on homeschooling?” My answer, though
likely more than they wanted to hear, seldom has anything to do with
obtaining an IQ score. Assessment also is critical for
determining if your child has any weaknesses;
assessment can reveal a variety of learning disabilities including...
- And for AOL subscribers, The Practical Homeschooling Bulletin Board on AOL
(Keyword: PHS) has a folder on gifted homeschooling