Does My Gifted Child Really Need a Label?

does my gifted child need a label

I know, I know. We're in modern times and people aren't really into labels these days. Never before in history have we enjoyed a society so willing to acknowledge and embrace an individual's uniqueness. Personality tests and enneagrams and DNA heritage tracking make it possible to understand oneself in ways that never existed in previous generations. We are not only free but encouraged to explore what makes us us and appreciate every unique detail that goes into our makeup.  It's no surprise, then, that with this celebration of the individual comes the often-heard complaint...

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Are You Letting Fear Stand in the Way of Your Homeschooling?

Fear and Your Differently Wired Kids Learning

When we try to fit our homeschooling into a box of others' making, we fail. And we ruin things for the kids and ourselves. But why do we default so often to that boxed curriculum or the school-like co-op our friends love when they both make our kiddos miserable? Or worse, keep them in an education setting -- be it a co-op, traditional school, magnet school, online program, whatever -- that isn't a fit for them and is conditioning them to loathe, rather than love, learning? Fear.     Are You Afraid To Homeschool Your Gifted And Twice Exceptional Child? We are terrified of all the...

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A Parent’s Guide To Friendship For Gifted And Twice Exceptional Children

gifted children and friends

Friendships are a topic that parents tend to worry about when it comes to their kids. Add in the eccentricities and quirkiness that often accompany giftedness, and it can be worrisome for many families. This is a parents guide to friendship for gifted and twice exceptional children.     ​It's one of the topics that comes up most often when I am speaking. How can I help my child with friendships?  We worry. We wonder if and when they will ever find "their person." All for good reason. Gifted and twice exceptional children often struggle to form and maintain meaningful...

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100 Things to Never Say to the Parent of a Gifted Kid

Look, we get it. Gifted kids are statistically fairly rare. It's not every day you meet a child who has memorized the periodic table or who can hold their own in a political discussion on the playground. A child with a high IQ can be a bit jarring to encounter, we know. We're fairly used to the stares, the gawking, the raised eyebrows and even the guffaws. But what we can never get used to are the comments. Oh, the comments. People often confuse unique with novelty and have quite a bit to say about - or even to - our gifted kids, treating them like specimens, or worse - competition....

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Homeschooling and Public Schooling | Differentiating for Your Own Kids

differentiating for your own kids

Spend a solid five minutes with the parents of gifted kids, and you're like to hear the term "differentiating" tossed around at least a few times. It's the golden standard for kids of varying gifts and abilities, the seemingly-perfect answer to the seemingly-endless question, "What do I do about my kid being so different?"  Got a kid who is a few grade levels ahead in math? Differentiation. Is your daughter reading chapter books while the rest of the class is still sounding out phonics? Differentiation. Maybe your asynchronous son excels in science but still struggles with...

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Harry Potter Homeschooling with Waldock’s Wizards And Wands

Harry Potter Homeschooling

Are your kids begging to read Harry Potter? Do they love all things magical and desire with all their hearts to attend Hogwarts? I’ve got the next best thing! Get ready to homeschool with Harry Potter using Waldock’s Wizards and Wands homeschool curriculum.     This complete curriculum includes six core subjects, four fun electives, tons of resources, and even some cool ideas for making your homeschool more magical. Get ready to dress up as your favorite characters, learn all about magic, and taste some fun Harry Potter recipes too. Your whole family is going to love this...

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Taking An Eclectic Approach To Homeschooling Your Gifted Child

Taking An Eclectic Approach To Homeschooling Your Gifted Child

Taking an eclectic approach to homeschooling when your child is gifted or twice exceptional makes sense. In fact, I believe it to be one of the best ways to engage and challenge a gifted learner. Here are all the reasons why.      We are an eclectic homeschooling family. This makes it hard to describe what we do, and sometimes, just as difficult to measure our progress.  What Is Eclectic Homeschooling? We pick and choose from a variety of different approaches to learning, curriculums, and styles — and we are very often following a child’s lead, diving down rabbit...

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Should I Test My Gifted Child?

Should I Test My Gifted Child?

To label or not to label… that is an important question to ask as you journey through the world of parenting gifted kids. Children who can be intense, difficult to manage, asynchronous, and amazingly spectacular… often at the same time. Is testing gifted children important? Maybe.     The issue of testing {and labels} is highly personal – and what’s right for one person may not be right for another. Nobody can make the decision for you because you are the one who knows your child and your circumstances the best. I have only had one of my children tested formally because they are...

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Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children: What You Need To Know

Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

This continues our overexcitabilities series for parents of gifted children. Today, the focus is psychomotor excitabilities and gifted children.     Gifted children with psychomotor overexcitabilities display extreme energy and activity levels. Due to heightened energy in the neuromuscular system, these kids seem like they never stop. They appear to move simply for the sake of moving.  Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And ADHD Child with psychomotor overexcitabilities are often misdiagnosed with ADHD. While ADHD is very real, there are gifted children who exhibit some of the...

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The Importance Of Play For Your Entire Family

Dad playing with daughter

It's easy to think of examples of how play helps young children and preschoolers. But what about older kids, teens, and even adults? The importance of play for your entire family is significant and the focus of our discussion today.      The Power Of Play It's likely that you already know how powerful play can be for young children. Play in learning has been a significant part of early childhood education and development for years. But did you know that play has just as many benefits for older children, teens and even adults?     Play As A Part Of Learning This...

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