Tips, Advice, and Networks to Support Your Family when Homeschooling Gifted Kids
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You have thrown down the gauntlet (to yourself) and have decided to homeschool your gifted child. A brave move indeed! I am partially kidding, of course. You have taken on a challenge that will test your stamina and creativity, but you have also entered a world that can be full of rewards and can be supported by many other homeschoolers who have learned how to homeschool a gifted child. Further, there are resources on gifted education everywhere, and you can also find resources specifically targeting you—the homeschooler of a gifted child. You can do this!
Here are some resources we have put together to help you on your way:
|Support Groups for Homeschooling Gifted Children|
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Tips and Considerations for Homeschooling Gifted Children
Learning how to homeschool gifted children may take time and effort. You may even feel less confident because you don’t have specific training in gifted education. Luckily, there are professional and homeschool organizations that can help. Don’t forget that you also have something that trained gifted education professionals may not have—a deep understanding of your gifted child. You know your child best, and you can pair that understanding with the techniques you learn about how to teach gifted children to provide an effective and stimulating homeschool experience for your child. Check out these resources to start you on your path of learning:
Are Gifted Children Getting Lost in the Shuffle?
Read about a scientific study that shows how exceptionally smart children may not reach their potentials in typical classroom environments.
Bright Kids @ Home
Bright Kids @ Home is “a place for families who are looking for ideas about homeschooling gifted kids.” Find information and resources, as well as a “how-to checklist.”
Highly Gifted Children in Full Inclusion Classrooms
Kathi Kearney, Gifted Education Consultant and Founder of The Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children, explores the difficulties gifted children can have in typical classroom settings.
Homeschooling the Gifted Child | Demme Learning
Read some advice for homeschooling the gifted child and learn what to consider when choosing homeschool curriculum.
Is It a Cheetah?
Check out this interesting metaphor, by Stephanie S. Tolan, that will get you to consider giftedness and the problem with achievement-oriented thinking.
Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child (Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling) $
By Corin Barsily Goodwin (Author), Mika Gustavson MFT (Author), Sarah J. Wilson (Editor)
“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. “
Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling Gifted Children
Sometimes the best way to add techniques to your toolbox can be by listening to veteran homeschoolers who have already tried, made mistakes, and then succeeded. Homeschoolers who have already had experiences homeschooling gifted children and are willing to share those experiences are valuable to your growth. Sometimes you just need inspiration from these families. Below are some “gifts” from other homeschoolers of gifted children that can help you become the best you can be:
Accidental Genius $
by Kevin James Kearny (Author) and Cassidy Kearney (Author)
“Experienced home schoolers, Kevin and Cassidy Kearney explain in an easy-to-read guide– packed with examples– how you can take charge of the education of your gifted/special needs children.”
Asynchrony: Homeschooling an Exceptionally Gifted Child | Hoagies’ Gifted Education
Hilary Cohen is a homeschooling parent who shares her experiences homeschooling a daughter who is gifted. She describes when she attended a conference for gifted children in order to network with other families like hers.
The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators $
By Resa Steindel Brown (Author), Joseph Chilton Pearce (Introduction), and William Glasser (Foreword)
“This original true story “describes the first successful school model where all children excel; it shows how to find a child’s interests, fuel interest into passion, and passion into brilliance. The book abounds in the success stories of children who achieved extraordinary accomplishments, many in spite of ADHD and learning disabilities, and all before the age of eighteen.”
Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling
(Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling) (Volume 6) $
By Celi Trépanier (Author), Sarah J. Wilson (Author)
“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 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.”
Gifted Homeschooling | My Little Poppies
Cait Fitz, school psychologist and homeschool mother of three, shares experiences and resources for homechooling gifted children. Find information, courses, books, and other resources, and be sure to download a copy of “7 Things I’ve Learned from Raising a Gifted Child.”
The Homeschool Alternative $
By Dr. Myiesha Taylor (Author) and Haley Taylor Schlitz (Author)
“Traditional schooling systems are proving to be suboptimal learning environments for many students of color. Black parents bear witness to the myriad of problems their children face at school and are becoming increasingly frustrated with the inability to implement positive and constructive change. Many understand the immense value an education provides and understand its empowering effects in the lives of their children. However, as traditional systems of education fail their children, they feel they have no alternatives. As a Black mother, Myiesha experienced this first-hand. As she noticed her daughter, Haley, lose her passion for learning in public school, she made the bold decision to simply pull her out and homeschool her.”
Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners $
By Cindy West (Author)
“Written by a veteran homeschooler, this book clearly and concisely teaches parents how to homeschool their advanced learners, focusing on special considerations that often go along with gifted children such as providing challenging curriculum, offering outlets for artistic and creative talents, accelerating students into college courses early, and finding them true intellectual peers. Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Students covers everything from curriculum choices and learning styles, to integrating technology and online courses, to finding social support for both children and parents. From making the decision to homeschool to planning for the transition to college, this book has the answers parents of gifted homeschooled students need to help their children succeed!”
Homeschooling the Gifted Learner – Kim’s Story
Kimberly Smith, religious homeschool mom of four, describes her experiences with her gifted daughter from the early years through high school.
Raising Lifelong Learners
Colleen Kessler, former public school gifted educator and homeschooler of four gifted children, offers loads of information through blogs, podcasts, and books.
Support Groups for Homeschooling Gifted Children
What may be the best way to learn how to homeschool gifted children? Networking with homeschool families directly! You can join general homeschool support groups or special needs homeschool support groups, or you can participate in groups that are specifically designed to support families who are homeschooling gifted children. Read the descriptions and then do your research to see if these homeschool support groups focused on gifted education may be right for you:
Gifted and 2e: For Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers Members
“Secular Eclectic Academics Homeschoolers Gifted and Twice-Exceptional is a support group for parents who are homeschooling gifted and twice-exceptional students. Twice-exceptional students are students who have been identified as being gifted and having a learning disability. Most children are identified as gifted or 2E during testing either at a school or in a private setting. This is a support group and is a shoot-off of Secular Eclectic Academics Homeschoolers…. Potential members need to be a member of the Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers group.”
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) Discussion Group
“Gifted Homeschoolers Forum is a non-profit, volunteer organization that works to support, educate and advocate for families of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) children around the world. We support individualized learning and are working to change the way the world views neurodiversity and education.”
Homeschooling Gifted and Talented
“This group is for parents of gifted and talented children to get support and to share ideas with other parents who are homeschooling gifted and talented children. All homeschooling philosophies welcome.”
Or you can look for local or regional gifted homeschooling support groups like these….
Homeschooling Gifted Kids in Australia
“This is a group for those homeschooling (or contemplating homeschooling) their gifted children in Australia…. Everyone here has a different story, a different journey and it is important we all be respectful and supportive of each other. Having a gifted child is not always easy and this is a safe place to discuss the bad as well as the good. Posts regarding local meet ups are welcome but please remember this is a national group whose main goal is support and be mindful of making sure such posts don’t overwhelm the board…. This is an educational support group, and we welcome posts about new materials and resources that you have found. It’s great to share these and we all benefit.
UK Gifted Home Educators
“For those home educating (or considering it) gifted/ talented/ high learning potential children and young adults. We are a group of home educating families who can offer support as well as sharing experiences and resources to help with the challenges and joys involved in bringing up and home educating gifted/ 2E children. We welcome all parenting and home educating styles.”
Other Resources on Giftedness
All of the above resources can help you specifically with topics related to homeschooling gifted children. However, there is also value in just learning about giftedness and gifted education from non-homeschooling sources. Here are some resources that can help you understand current research and teaching techniques, learn from experts, and discover more strategies to help your gifted child reach that high potential:
Center for Talent Development | Northwestern University
“By continually assessing programs, conducting new research, and surveying participants, CTD remains at the forefront of gifted education and talent development. Today, CTD offers hundreds of enrichment and accelerated courses for students aged 3 to grade 12, parent and educator learning communities, and program development for schools.”
Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, 2E: What the Research Says (2nd Edition) $
By Jonathan Plucker Ph.D. and Carolyn Callahan (Editors)
“Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says is the definitive reference book for those searching for a summary and evaluation of the literature on giftedness, gifted education, and talent development. The book presents more than 50 summaries of important topics in the field, providing relevant research and a guide to how the research applies to gifted education and the lives of gifted children.”
“This website evolved from the late nineties as a site that began on AOL, and ultimately moved to DiRhody.com. During this time we have been here to provide you with truthful and honest information pertaining to highly to profoundly gifted children and adults, including those with learning disabilities. For several years, DiRhody.com has been here to provide you with honest information pertaining to giftedness and the experts who deal with this overwhelming issue.”
Duke University Talent Identification Program
TIP “helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, and then sharing this research and related advice with our program staff, educators, parents, and the greater gifted community.”
Gifted Children: Myths and Realities $
By Ellen Winner (Author)
“In this fascinating book, Ellen Winner uncovers and explores nine myths about giftedness, and shows us what gifted children are really like. Using vivid case studies, Winner paints a complex picture of the gifted child…. Winner uses her research with these and several other extraordinary children, as well as the latest biological and psychological evidence, to debunk the many myths about academic, musical, and artistic giftedness. ”
Gifted Education | Family Education
Find articles about gifted children, activities to challenge young minds, and resources to help keep your gifted child-centered.
Glossary of Gifted Education
Read about giftedness and education from the perspective of a sociologic social psychologist, Steven M. Nordby. This is a great list for anyone needing to understand gifted education-ese or use terms in official reports.
Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers $
By James T. Webb (Author), Elizabeth A. Meckstroth (Author), Stephanie S. Tolan (Author)
“This book has become a classic in the fields of gifted education and gifted psychology. For years, parents have referred to it as ‘the Dr. Spock book for parents of gifted children.’ Gifted children have unique social and emotional concerns, and this book provides the guidance that parents need to support them. Each chapter features problems or issues common to gifted children and their families. Topics include communication, discipline, friends, sibling rivalry, and educational needs.”
Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers $
By Carol Ann Strip, Ph.D. (Author), Gretchen Hirsch (Author)
“This user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important gifted issues such as working with schools, evaluating classroom programs, forming parent support groups, choosing appropriate curriculum, meeting social and emotional needs, surviving the ups and downs, and much more! The information and useful advice provided make this book an ideal resource both for those just starting out in the gifted field as well as those who are seasoned veterans.”
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
This is a site focusing on “all things gifted.” Find articles, books, links, and other resources to help parents, teachers, and gifted kids and teens.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) – Resources for Parents
The NAGC offers education, advocacy, research, and community building in order to help families, teachers, and researchers work to help gifted and talented children reach their full potential. Find lots of information and publications that can help you as a parent of a gifted child. Remember you can also search for gifted associations within your state!
The National Research Center on Gifted and Talented | University of Connecticut
Read the research examining what works in gifted education and the status of gifted education programming, among other topics.
Find information about a giftedness conference, designed to help parents and teachers understand and work with gifted children.
Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning $
By Barbara A. Kerr (Author), Sanford J. Cohn (Author)
“Boys will be boys–but gifted boys may need help. Depression, underachievement, sensitivity, and relationship struggles are just some of the issues that many smart boys face on a daily basis. This book presents suggestions to help gifted young men embrace optimism, motivation, and achievement, and it offers thought-provoking insights and tips for engaging in successful interactions. There are also interviews with gifted adult men who have experienced and overcome crises or failures.”
Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness (Revised Edition) $
By Barbara A. Kerr (Author)
“Presents current research on gifted girls; provides biographies about eminent women, their lives, and achievements; and examines the educational and family environment.”
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
“SENG provides support through a variety of programs, all aimed to be inclusive and accessible. We offer online support groups for gifted, talented and twice-exceptional individuals and their parents/guardians, online SENGinars with leading experts, in-person regional mini-conferences and an annual conference, SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG) and Facilitator Training, SENG Library, SENGVine e-newsletter, Continuing Education courses for professionals, workshops, and more!”
TAG: Families of the Talented and Gifted
Check here for information and to become part of the community. Be added to one of TAG’s mailing lists to get important information sent to you directly.
Also be sure to check out our Special Needs section for more information and resources to help you teach and support your gifted homeschooler!
Have you been homeschooling a gifted child? Help new families by sharing tips and advice in the comments below…. If you are new to homeschooling a gifted child, feel free to ask questions as well….