The Power Of Inquiry Based Learning For Gifted Children

inquiry based learning

Inquiry-based learning is not a new concept in education, but it's rarely something we discuss in homeschooling circles. The reality is that for those of us homeschooling gifted children, inquiry-based learning can be a powerful approach to their education.      What Is Inquiry Based Learning? A mentor of mine once called inquiry-based learning “artful questioning.” Essentially, it is an approach to education that centers on a back and forth flow of knowledge between the learner and the teacher. The teacher asks a question or poses a problem to be solved, and then the...

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Play-Based Learning In Your Homeschool: It’s More Than Just Board Games

play based learning in your homeschool

This series is all about equipping our kids for the future with a sense of wonder, adventure, joy and encouragement. Throughout the course of this series, we are discussing child led learning and interest driven choices that we can make in our homeschool, to help prepare our children for the future. Today we are specifically exploring the power of play-based learning.       What Is Play-Based Learning? When I refer to play-based learning, I mean more than just playing board games with your kids every day.  (Although there is a huge benefit to playing games and...

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Synthesis Review For Gifted Children: Everything You Need To Know

If you are looking for an opportunity to embrace your gifted learner and their unique needs, Synthesis is designed for you.

Looking for ways to engage and challenge your gifted child? It can be difficult to find solutions that are designed to meet the needs of our kids. The good news is, Synthesis is a dynamic program created with acceleration and educational challenge in mind.       When I was a gifted specialist in the public school system, I worked diligently to find ways to keep the children I supported engaged and active in their learning. The reality of the classroom meant that their giftedness was often perceived as a non-issue for otherwise overwhelmed teachers. “Why worry if the learner...

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Engaging Online Dance Classes Your Entire Family Will Love

online dance classes

I love the idea of dance classes for my kids but have had trouble finding options that work for our homeschool lifestyle, budget, and family interests. Is it possible to find engaging, online dance classes the entire family will love?     As my oldest daughter has become more and more interested in musical theatre, her younger siblings are also developing an interest in performing arts. One element of this interest that has been tricky to navigate has been dance classes. We need an option that is appropriate for their various levels and also interests (i.e. ballet for my...

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Future Proofing Our Kids In An Ever Changing World

This new series is all about equipping our kids for the future with a sense of wonder, adventure, joy and encouragement. Today's topic is an introduction, all about "future proofing" our kids in an ever changing world. Throughout the course of this series, we'll discuss child led learning and interest driven choices that we can make in our homeschool, to help prepare our children for the future.       What Do I Mean By "Future Proofing"? What does it mean when I say future-proofing our kids and their education? Future-proofing typically means to design software,...

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Respecting Your Child’s Sensory Needs: When You Have to Say “No”

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It really was a cute invitation. It was brightly-colored, covered in exciting graphics, and littered with exclamation marks. Everything about this party invitation screamed fun. It was going to be at a local trampoline park, one of our favorite places, where they were going to serve pizza, one of our favorite foods, and the birthday boy was even one of our favorite friends. It promised to be a great time full of laughs, shrieks, jumps, cake, celebration, and sensory overload. Which is exactly why we couldn't go. I hid the invitation until I could figure out what I was going to tell...

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Moms With ADHD Homeschooling Children With ADHD

Homeschool Moms with ADHD

This series is all about homeschooling children with ADHD. Today, I'm sharing my own experience as a mom with ADHD homeschooling my own children with ADHD. This is for moms with ADHD homeschooling children with ADHD.     It is not uncommon for parents of children have ADHD to confess to me that they also have it. It can be especially hard for moms who struggle with ADHD when they are homeschooling their kids.  We've talked so far in this series about ADHD in general, chatted about tips for combating the wiggles with your ADHD kids at home, and then also shared the best tips...

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Equipping Parents to Help Children with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

language-based learning disorders

Before I began this journey of advocating for my differently-wired kids, I used to think that "learning disabilities" meant dyslexia. Just dyslexia. It was the only disorder I'd ever heard mentioned in a classroom, and my knowledge of it was severely limited to a broad, stereotyped version of a very complex, neurological condition. The more I spoke with other parents, the more I learned about brain differences, the deeper I went into researching my own children's differences, the more I stumbled upon diagnoses I never knew existed: dysgraphia, dyscalculia, executive function...

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Homeschool Math Doesn’t Have To Be Intimidating!

Homeschool Math Doesn’t Have To Be Intimidating!

“The one subject that scares me most is math.” I hear it all the time from homeschooling parents, worried about how to best help their kids in math. My reply is always the same. “Homeschool math doesn’t have to be intimidating! You just need to find the right program for your child.”     I don’t think math anxiety is unique to the homeschool community.  For various reasons, culturally and educationally, we tend to think of math as a subject for the brainiacs, and the rest of us are left to figure out how to get by. When you make the decision to homeschool your child, it can...

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The 20 Best Dyslexia Resources for Homeschoolers

Great Dyslexia Resources for Homeschoolers

Homeschooling a child with dyslexia can be a challenge, especially when you are struggling to find resources. I believe homeschooling is the best possible educational choice for your dyslexic child. You just need to right education and support. These are 20 of the best dyslexia resources out there for homeschoolers.      I don't ever remember a time I couldn't read. And, truthfully, neither do my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone who knew me as a girl. Of course, it's not like I came out of the womb with a book in hand, but books were never very far from my...

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