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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, "Homeschooling Gifted Children," Understanding Our Gifted, September - October 1992
The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List Recommended by Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling
(humor) We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children...
 
Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families Recommended 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 Recommended 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 Adobe Reader)
 
(Free) Online High School Courses Recommended
Originally compiled for high schooling victims of Hurricane Katrina, these free resources offer high school courses for schooled, and homeschooled students alike
 
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) Recommended
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, How Do I Homeschool My Gifted Child?, Education 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 opportunities...
 
Homeschooling with Profoundly Gifted Kids Recommended 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 High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
 
Internet Investigations Recommended
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 School Recommended 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
Homeschooling community website, with essays and links for adults and kids, message boards, including Homeschooling Gifted Kids and USA and World Wide Regional Homeschooling Laws and Support!
 
Asynchrony: 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...
 
At Home with School by Tracy Staedter, MIT TechnologyReview.com
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...
 
Beach High School "Freedom for self-direction"
Self-directed college-prep in Soquel, California, or by distance education.  E-mail beachhi@cruzio.com to purchase Beach's self-published booklet on creating a college-admissions high-school diploma from unusual high school circumstances
 
The Best of Both Worlds by Carol Danz, California Association for the Gifted, 1999
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)
 
Better 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 inter-library loan
 
Click-O-Matic 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...
 
Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling by Les Beach (or from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum)
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
 
Free 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 challenge...
 
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
 
Gifted 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)
 
Gifted 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...
 
The "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...
 
Highly 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 profoundly gifted."
 
Home 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...
 
Homeschoolers' 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 And 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!
 
Homeschooling Benefits: Children less preoccupied with peer acceptance by William Mattox, Jr.
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 otherwise...
 
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 Ensign
This digest refers to an ERIC Minibib of Homeschooling Resources for Gifted Students
 
Homeschooling 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...
 
Homeschooling the Gifted Child HSLDA Home School Hearbeat radio show, audio and transcripts
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 environment...
 
Homeschooling 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 lots more...
 
Home-Schooling: 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...
 
How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips, and Strategies from Parents by Pamela Price  (or from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum)
Do you want to homeschool, but you need to keep working? Maybe you’re already homeschooling, but you would like to start a business? Perhaps you’re homeschooling, working, and volunteering, but need to create space for yourself? Can this be done? How do other parents manage?
 
After interviewing parents dealing with these very issues, Pamela shares her findings. Filled with real world examples and tried-and-tested approaches, find the ideas and confidence to develop a game plan to incorporate work, homeschool, family obligations, and more into your busy life. Bust the myths about work and homeschool, shares some truths, and even provides sample schedules to help you get started...
 
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...
 
Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create by Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee (or from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum)
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 and Neil of Engaging Educators offer 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...
 
Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson (or from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum)
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?
 
Mathing 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
 
Notable Homeschoolers collected by Carolyn K.
Home schooled, highly successful members of our society...
 
Once Upon a Mind: Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education by James Delisle
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."
 
Raising My Twice-Exceptional Children... Not What I Signed Up For! by Sarah Garrison
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...
 
Schools Are For Fish by Jason L. Holm
A great new weekly cartoon for homeschoolers...
 
School's 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...
 
A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah Sheffer
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"
 
And 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 listserv@maelstrom.stjohns.edu
 
Talking About 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 experiences...
 
The Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box by Rebecca Greene, Elizabeth Verdick 
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...
 
The 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
 
Teens 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...
 
Trustful 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...
 
When 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."
 
Why Is Assessment Important If We Plan On Homeschooling? by Alexandra Shires Golon
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
 
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