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

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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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The Best Ideas For Challenging Your Gifted Learner

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Homeschooling gifted learners can be a challenge! Sometimes they’ll surprise you with how quickly they move through grade level lessons. Other times, gifted learners might simply refuse to complete assignments they have become bored with.      Navigating the homeschooling journey with a gifted learner means you need to think creatively and keep their lessons challenging to get their best work. Challenging your gifted kids isn’t always easy, but I’ve got some ideas to get you started. Keep reading to discover how I add elements of challenge to our homeschool days and test...

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A Guide To Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

Overexcitabilities and gifted children go hand in hand. This is a guide to everything you need to know about overexcitabilities and how they affect our gifted children.      Polish psychologist/psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski developed the theory of overexcitabilities. Gifted children are highly likely to be more intense than their typical peers. This increased awareness, sensitivity, and intensity can present challenges that make them difficult children to parent. The Five Overexcitabilities  Dabrowski identified five different areas of overexcitabilities when he...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Homeschooling Gifted Kids

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If you are homeschooling a gifted or twice exceptional child, it probably looks a lot different than you expected. Today, Colleen is sharing 5 Things You Need To Know About Homeschooling Gifted Kids. This a a real life, honest look at what it is really like!      5 Things You Need To Know About Homeschooling Gifted Kids Looking back over my twelve years (and still counting!) of homeschooling gifted and twice exceptional children, there are the top five things I think you really need to know.  I explain in much more detail each of these five points in the podcast...

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101 Reasons You Need Audio Books in Your Homeschool

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"Alexa, play Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone from my Audible library." My eight year old daughter grabs her portable easel, some felt tip pens, and her sketchbook and settles into a pile of pillows on the family room floor to listen to our current audio book. The other kids grab logic games, sewing, or another type of fidget toy and spread out to listen as well. Audio books, and an Audible subscription, have enriched our homeschool and can be amazing for yours, too. Not sure?     Don't worry, I've made a list to convince you... 101 Reasons You Need Audio Books in Your...

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Homeschooling Your Gifted Child With Interest-Led Learning

With Interest-Led Learning

One of the advantages of homeschooling your gifted child is the ability to incorporate their interests and passions into your learning. But how does it work in real life? This is a snapshot of what homeschooling your gifted child with interest-led learning is all about.      What Is Interest-Led Homeschooling? Interest-led learning is exactly what it sounds like. It's allowing your child's interests to lead the learning in your homeschool. It involves being a student of your child and using what you know to be true about them as your primary guide in helping them learn....

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