The Social Emotional Needs Of Gifted And Neurodiverse Children

The Social Emotional Needs Of Gifted And Neurodiverse Children

The social and emotional needs of gifted and twice exceptional children are a common concern for parents. How do we help strengthen and support our neurodiverse children as they navigate social development and emotional regulation?     The Challenges Of Raising Gifted And Twice Exceptional Children: Social Emotional Needs Asynchronous Development First, let's define asynchrony as it related to gifted and twice exceptional children.  Asynchrony is the term used to describe the mismatch between cognitive, emotional, and physical development of gifted individuals. Gifted...

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25 Great Gifts for Animal Lovers

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My house has been a miniature zoo for as long as I can remember. You've probably seen our turtles swimming calmly in the background of some of my Facebook live videos. We became chicken keepers this year. At any given moment you can catch my youngest daughter snuggling a gerbil, our rabbit, or a lizard she's found outside. Our dog, Bellatrix, makes frequent appearances on my social media, and that same animal-loving daughter of mine is angling to add a horse to our menagerie in the future. We love animals around here, and I know we're not alone! Animals are a great equalizer, typically...

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Homeschooling High School: Transcripts, Mom-Guilt, And Finishing Strong

Transcripts, Mom-Guilt, And Finishing Strong

Homeschooling high school with an interest-led approach can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be! These practical tips and tricks for assigning grades, creating transcripts, and managing the worry and guilt will help you and your child finish strong.      Grades For Interest-Led Learning It can be difficult to know where to start if grades are required for your interest-led homeschool. Whether it is to meet a state requirement or to create a high school transcript, most homeschoolers eventually have to determine grades their our children. But how? Do we base grades on...

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Homeschooling High School With Interest-Led Learning

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There is a misconception that interest led learning is not appropriate for a high school education in your homeschool. The good news is that all the same benefits of interest-led learning still apply in the middle and high school years.   Does Interest-Led Learning Really Count For High School Credit? One of the first objections I hear from parents has to do with creating a transcript as a record of your interest-led approach.  Please, let me assure you, this is not only doable, but many of us have found that a high school transcript filled with advanced studies in particular...

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Traveling with Kids Who Struggle with Anxiety

Traveling With Kids Who Struggle With Anxiety #ConfidentKids #ad

As a mom of child with anxiety, I know that the disruptions to routines caused by travel can be the start of all sorts of problems. We love traveling, and try to take advantage of short trips near and far for fun, and to enhance our homeschooling. But, since we’re raising four kids, two of whom struggle with anxiety, our trips take a bit of extra planning to make sure our anxious children have confidence when they’re embarking on new adventures. Tips For Traveling With Anxious Kids Traveling with kids who struggle with anxiety requires a bit of extra planning and effort, but the rewards...

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Interest-Led Learning In The Early Years: Preschool and Beyond

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Curious about Interest-led learning for your younger child, but not sure where to start? This will guide you through letting your child take the lead beginning in preschool and on into the elementary years.   Following your kids' curiosity and crafting your homeschool around their interests can be a powerful way to motivate learning. When your homeschool becomes more playful, it becomes more interesting and engaging. The Value Of Interest-Led Learning For Neurodiverse Children Using our kids' interests to fuel their education is a powerful way to motivate and tap into their natural...

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STEM Gifts for Science Loving Kids

How many of you -- like me -- have kiddos who will get all excited about science gifts if they find them under the tree?  Just look at all of these great STEM gifts. You can launch rockets, make perfume, build structures, and even program robots. These hands-on gift ideas will be a guaranteed hit for the entire family.     Experiment and explore new and exciting games and toys to create a solid foundation for STEM discovery. You can create a passion for learning by making STEM interesting, and above all, fun.   STEM Gifts for Science Loving Kids Weather Station...

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Interest Led Homeschooling: Helping Your Child Find Their Interests

Helping Your Child Find Their Interests

How do we help our kids find their interests? What can we do to foster them and what happens if our kids change interests? These are all good questions and worth exploring as we move into a more relaxed, eclectic, interest led, child driven approach in our homeschools.     What Is Child-Led Learning? Child-led learning is an approach to homeschooling in which kids pursue their own interests in their learning. This is opposed to having the parent or adult actively driving all the different components of their child's education. It's a chance to step out of the way a little bit,...

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Knowledge is Power: Helping Our Gifted Children Cope

Knowledge is Power: Helping Our Gifted Children Cope

Raising gifted kids is an amazing but sometimes crazy ride! There are definitely some challenges we have to navigate along the way. For example, gifted kids struggle with anxiety more often than their neurotypical peers.  Along the way, we’ve learned that knowledge is power. Kids are more likely to feel anxious in uncertain situations where they don’t know what to expect and don’t understand how or why something is happening. To help our gifted child cope, we’ve learned to arm her with knowledge.     Knowledge is power when it comes to managing anxiety or, as our daughter...

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The Pros And Cons Of Homeschool Charter Schools

The Pros And Cons Of Homeschool Charter Schools

Does your state offer charter school options for homeschoolers? Have you been wondering if a charter might be a good option for your family? I am joined by Shawna Wingert from Different By Design Learning as she shares her own experience with a homeschool charter, and what she sees as the overall pros and cons of enrolling in one.        What is A Homeschool Charter School? A homeschool charter is a program offered in many states where funding is provided to families specifically for  homeschooling. The family is enrolled in a public school charter and is...

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