Is Homeschooling Ruining Your Neurodiverse Child?

The laptop was fired up, art tutorial queued, four canvases and easels stood in their places on the table, and soft music played on the bluetooth speaker in the kitchen. I set out some snacks -- everything was always more fun with pretzels, veggie sticks, and hummus. It was perfect. We'd been watching a bunch of documentaries and had read several books about Ancient Egypt, and the kids were loving this unit study. It was the first time in awhile all three of the big ones were on the same page when it came to a topic of study. The big guy even joined in a bit as ancient history had been a...

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Our Gifted Homeschool Curriculum For Multiple Grade Levels: 2021-2022

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Finding gifted homeschool curriculum can be a challenge for homeschooling parents. Having a chance to take a peek inside someone else's homeschool is one of the best ways to get inspired and learn what works. With this in mind, I am sharing everything we are planning for the upcoming school year in our homeschool.       After graduating one child, I find myself with just three children remaining in our homeschool this year. These three have never been in a traditional school setting. The only thing they know is homeschooling and I am excited to see how this year goes...

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10 Ways to Get Through a “Gifted” Day In Your Homeschool

10 Ways to Get Through a “Gifted” Day In Your Homeschool

Every parent has good days and bad. Every mom has days she wonders if she {or the kids} will make it through the day. And every parent of gifted kids knows that there are just some days when “gifted” doesn’t really seem like it’s that much of a gift. Everything you say is challenged, in a way that has turned your request around so that even you’re wondering how you could possibly expect your child to comply to your ridiculousness. Schoolwork isn’t done because, well, the Lego palace that’s being built in your attic had no toilet, and when that horrific oversight was noted, nothing could...

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Can I Help My Child Become More Optimistic?

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When your child is struggling with a negative mindset, it can affect all aspects of learning and family life. That's why a question that often comes up is "Can I help my child become more optimistic?" The answer is most certainly, "Yes." This episode of the Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast is all about how you can make a difference and help your child develop skills to become more optimistic.       Obviously, none of us want our child to feel negative and pessimistic about their circumstances. Beyond the desire to help them feel better, there are also tangible...

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The Challenge Of Being Gifted in Schools Today

Why it Stinks to be Gifted in Schools Today

I’ll never forget the day that the educator in me was devastated by the very institution that I had so strongly supported for so long. It was the day I realized that the system had failed my family. My child. "I don’t ever want to go back to school, again. My teacher hates me, Mom. Really hates me. I just don’t want to learn anymore. I’m too dumb.” My sweet first grader burst into tears and ran to his room.     And I stood there, shocked and speechless. He wasn't dumb at all. He was brilliant. He was creative. He was articulate and inquisitive. My son had been described by...

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Homeschooling Middle School Using Your Own Interest-Based Curriculum

Creating your own interest-led middle school curriculum is not only possible, it's preferable for many gifted and twice exceptional children.

As gifted and twice exceptional children move into the middle school years, using an interest-based curriculum can help smooth the transition. We created our own interest-based curriculum for homeschooling middle school in my family, and it has been an integral part of my teens' success. In this episode of the Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, learn how homeschooling middle school using your own interest-based curriculum really works.         The value of interest-based learning becomes even more powerful as our children grow older. I saw this first hand with my...

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Homeschooling An Artistic vs. Academically Gifted Child

It is easy for us to understand what a gifted child is like when they are academically advanced. But what about the child who struggles academically, but is artistically gifted? How do we help them learn while at the same time, nurture their gifts? I am often asked by parents of gifted and twice exceptional kids what to do when their child is clearly gifted, but not in any real academic context. When they ask, it is not uncommon for there to be a hesitation associated with having to admit that the typical subjects we study in school are not coming easily to their gifted child.  ...

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Homeschooling A Gifted Child Who Struggles With Reading

Homeschooling A Gifted Child Who Struggles With Reading

"My child is really struggling to learn to read. How is this possible when we know she is gifted?" This is a question that comes up from so many parents who are homeschooling a gifted child who struggles with reading. In this episode, we talk specifically about giftedness and dyslexia with Marianne Sunderland from Homeschooling With Dyslexia.       It's the nature of homeschooling a child with twice-exceptionalities. They are so capable and so smart in one area, and struggle mightily in another.  Academic Asynchrony Is Typical For Gifted Children Academic...

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Strew to Learn | Five Days of Inspiration and Support For Strewing In Your Homeschool

What is strewing and how can it help you homeschool? We strew to learn in our day to day and it has made all the difference. This is all about how strewing works and everything you need to get started.   I love to sleep in, snuggled deep into my covers, all cozy warm while the world gets started without me. It’s a little piece of Heaven. Two of my children are just like me in that regard, and for that, they’ll always be my favorites. Shhhhh… don’t tell the other two. ::wink:: The other two are the type of morning people night owls like me love to hate. They wake up talking. Ready to...

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AlexaSchooling | Using the Amazon Echo for Homeschooling

Alexaschooling - Using the Amazon Echo for Homeschooling

"Alexa, how do you spell instrument? i-n-s-t-r- Alexa! Spell instrument. u-m-e-n-t," my eight year old lays sprawled out on the floor surrounded by colored pencils, Calico Critters and their teeny-tiny musical instruments, and a blank book in which she's writing a story about those to critters and the concert they're putting on tonight. Our Amazon Echo Dot is by her side. "Alexa, how do you spell auditorium?" I smile and leave the room, knowing that we'll all be treated to a read-aloud soon. And a read-aloud from this particular kiddo is extra special. My third child -- the 8yo -- is a...

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