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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Beyond Academics...

Beyond Academics. What else do we need to teach them, other than academics... at every age! Going to school? Going to college? Can they do their own laundry? Balance their checking account? Can they advocate for themselves with teachers and professors? Do they know how to handle a credit card? There will be plenty of offers, and plenty of kids get into trouble with their first venture into personal credit.

What else do they need to learn? And how can we teach them??

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including Child Activists - Supporting Gifted Idealist Children!, and The "G" Word.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Academics Are Important, But... by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
Without such knowledge, most of us make mistakes in meeting our children’s needs. I thought my first child would be happy rocking in an infant seat while I canned food from the garden. Yeah, for about 10 minutes! Trying to make the second to conform to expectations was not what I should have done either. My third never experienced quiet times without business because, well, third, but also I went back to work half time.

What would I teach them now?...
Built to Be Different, Raised to Thrive- Teaching wilderness skills to our gifted kids by Ana Maria, Gifted Culture Project
It all starts with those inevitable and often frequent moments where gifted kids stand alone in their way of being (feeling, moving, thinking) and need to defend it, advocate for themselves, self-regulate, adapt, and connect through it.

You see, gifted kids (and grownups) are built to be different. Yes, there’s the whole ‘brain wiring is different’ thing, and the ‘different behaviors we call excitabilities’ thing.

But there’s more than that...
What your gifted child won’t learn from academics by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Gifted children benefit from the same social-emotional, and non-cognitive skills as every other child. However, their heightened sensitivities, asynchrony, frequent outlier social status, and tendency to question everything complicate this task. They will scoff at rules or values that do not make sense, hide their insecurities, and may be hampered by their own tendencies toward overthinking, rigidity or existential depression. While Tough suggests how schools can embed non-cognitive skills throughout the educational culture, parents need not (and should not) rely on schools for this to occur. Most of these skills can be taught at home...
Empowering the Abstract-Intensive Child—and Her Future Adult by Jessie in CounterNarration
How do we help young ideators learn to Do Their Thing effectively?

First, I'd teach them what it means to be "gifted" or "abstract-intense." This is an essential starting point. Kids assume that they're in the program because they're "smart." This is distorted, nebulous, and ultimately useless. Many kids who are not in the program may well be extremely bright and/or talented, in a way that's useful but isn't in line with the particular emphasis of the gifted program. This supports what's true in the statement "all children are gifted" and refutes what's false. It demonstrates that not all kids will benefit from this program at the same time it affirms that those other kids still may have great things to contribute...
I Don't Want My Kids To Be Happy by Heather, The Fringy Bit
My list seems unending:
How to shut doors
How to remember to bring shoes on a car trip
How to know when to stop talking and listen
How to sit still for longer than 5 seconds
How to express their fabulously wild ideas in ways us mere mortals will understand
How to advocate without using the words, “This is stupid”
How to sit through a meeting without screaming from the slow pace and utter mundanity
And the list goes on. But, I had to settle on something. For all the things that I think our kids need to learn, I believe one of the most important is To Not Want to be Happy...
Lessons in Adulting by Heather in WonderSchooling
I have embarked on 3 Lessons in Adulting this year (and lots of sidebars as well):

Lesson # 1: We all have tasks we don't enjoy
There are some chores I don't mind, like putting away the dishes or running the vacuum, but I hate dusting. Part of it may have to do with my dust allergy, but these insidious little particles that get everywhere drive me nuts.

Yes, I'm teaching my kids to clean with good attitudes...
Beyond Academics: What Else Our Children Need to Learn by Adventures of Hahn Academy
Sometimes our children are singularly focused on only their interest.  This leaves them less well-rounded.  Some schools stress only academics, again leaving their students less well-round.  Sadly, many schools have eliminated or reduced educational opportunities for music, art, home economics, and shop or trade classes.  These leaves students without learning some basic life skills that we learned while we were in school.  For some gifted children, their academic skills are so advanced that they look inept in other skills...
Beyond Academics... What should we be teaching them at home? by Carolyn K., Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
Gifted kids will learn lots of academics... Maybe not the academics we'd like them to, and maybe not "demonstrating" their abilities in the way the schools want them to, but still, they will learn. But there are more than a few things they won't learn in school, and really need to know by the time they get to college and "adulting."

Some of these things are obvious, but perhaps get missed...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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