Awesome Art Additions

art

Art is a topic in homeschool that can sometimes fall by the wayside, sacrificed in the name of keeping core classes completed. It tends to be phased out the older your kiddos get, confusing art with crafts and assuming that painting, sculpting, or learning about famous artists and movements is either childish or unnecessary. And while it could be argued that art isn't a necessity, I'd argue that the enrichment, history, appreciation, and emotions that all stem from and flow into great works are not only beneficial, but necessary.  Sure, not every kiddo wants to paint or draw or...

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RLL #86: All About Anxiety with Dr. Dan Peters

RLL #86: All About Anxiety with Dr. Dan Peters

  Anxiety can be an enormous problem for our gifted and 2E children. It can cause struggles in education, social situations, and lead to even bigger issues as our kiddos grow older. Just as important as helping our kiddos navigate anxiety is realizing that we need support as well. Listen as Colleen speaks with Dr. Dan Peters, psychologist, author, and co-founder of Parent Footprint, an interactive parenting education community and website, and one of the leading experts on anxiety and gifted families.   Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: Bardsy (free writing...

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5 Simple Ways to Teach Math Without a Textbook

5 simple ways to teach math without a textbook

Math is everywhere, and while textbooks are a basic tool for teaching math, we don't have to chain ourselves to one resource.     Grounding math in reality enables our kiddos to process the subject with a firmer understanding of the concepts they're learning. After all, we learn math concepts so we can use it in our daily lives. So, using math in multiple settings outside of the textbook will help your kiddo become more successful in math. Here are some simple ideas: Calculating Money Money is one of the best math manipulatives you can use. Young children can use play money and...

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Great Books for Independent Learners

independent learners

One of the biggest frustrations I encountered while teaching gifted kids in public school - and continue to encounter with homeschooling my own gifted children - is that teaching can feel so restrictive. Their brains move and process so quickly, it's often frustrating for them to sit and listen, wait for everyone else, and not rush ahead as quickly as they can. Not only is it frustrating, but so much of kids' natural curiosity and excitement can fade when being made to wait while learning. Being lifelong learners, losing that excitement is one of my biggest fears for my...

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RLL #85: Homeschooling Plans for 2020/2021

RLL #85: Homeschool Plans 2020/2021

As another fall arrives, it is probably time for most of us to review our homeschooling plans (even if they are flexible plans) for our gifted and intense children. No matter how you choose to homeschool your kiddos, some decisions probably need to be made soon to start your year off right.  Listen as Colleen shares her plans and favorite resources for the 2020/2021 homeschooling year for her four, mostly interest-led, learners. Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: CTC Math (click on “Homeschoolers” to get HALF off for your whole family!) Why You Should...

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All About Spelling is All About Students

all about spelling

Spelling is one of those subjects that can often go overlooked when homeschooling, especially if you have big readers. For some gifted kiddos, like my Molly, spelling is intuitive, basically absorbed through all of the literature she goes through. Other kids, though, especially twice-exceptional kiddos like my Logan, spelling can be a difficult hurdle. When learning differences like dyslexia muddy up the ability to process words on a page, the rules of spelling don't make themselves naturally apparent.  Because we've had such great success with All About Reading in the past, I was...

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2E Or Not 2E? That is the Question

2e or not 2e

Far and away, overwhelmingly, by far the number one question that is brought to us by parents of gifted children is the desperate query, "How can I tell the difference between an overexcitability and an actual diagnosis? How do I know if my child is just really quirky, or actually twice-exceptional? Is my kid gifted or 2e?"  I've asked this question myself, multiple times, for multiple children... and even multiple times for the same kid. It's a fair question, really. The line between quirks and diagnoses, between OE and 2e, is more of a grey area than a delineation. Quirks fade...

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If You Never Thought You’d Homeschool… But Now You Just Might

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I thought I knew exactly how I'd raise my kids. I would fun but firm, indulgent but just, there for what they needed and encouraging of their independence. I would celebrate half birthdays, I would always make their lunch, I would stay up late watching movies with them, and I was absolutely sending them to public school. I am a product of public school, as is my husband, and we both did well and truly enjoyed our experiences. I was in band, choir, student government, National Honor Society, various clubs and AP classes... heck, I was the mascot. I loved my time in school and was so...

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Add Emotional Education to Your Homeschool

emotional

We've been homeschooling for a really long time now and have gone through a lot - a lot - of different programs and curriculum. I'm asked several times a week what my favorite products are for math, science, writing... you know, the major subjects that all schools teach. While I've definitely formed a list of favorites, one of the most important topics to include in your homeschool isn't found in a typical classroom and doesn't require a calculator or lab coat.  Adding social and emotional skills practice to our homeschool has been tremendously beneficial. Whether we're working...

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RLL #84: Exploring Education and Executive Function with Seth Perler

RLL #84: Exploring Education and Executive Function with Seth Perler

  Does your differently-wired child struggle with getting things done or remembering the steps necessary to accomplish a task? These are some of what is called executive function skills.  The official definition of executive function is a set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal.  When kids struggle with executive function, it impacts them in all areas of their lives.  In this episode, Colleen speaks with Seth Perler, executive function coach, educator, and vlogger who genuinely cares about seeing...

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