Seven Simple Tips for Homeschooling Your Gifted Kids

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Yes, you CAN homeschool gifted kids! In fact, you can do it quite well since homeschooling affords you the wonderful opportunity to meet unique needs perfectly. While each family's situation certainly requires homeschooling to be tailored to specific needs, there are some very common trials that parents face in teaching gifted students that I'd like to tackle today.         How To Homeschool Gifted Kids The questions I hear most often from parents of gifted children are: What do I do when my child devours every curriculum I provide? How will I homeschool well when...

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The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Gifted Children

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Gifted Children

Since I began searching for alternate paths of learning for my twice-exceptional son many years ago, and changed my thinking enough to gather the courage to pull him out of school to pursue homeschooling, I’ve watched the population of homeschoolers with gifted children grow. And grow. And, in the process, I’ve come to believe wholeheartedly that homeschooling is the best possible educational path available for gifted learners. In school systems where funding for gifted programs are either nonexistent, or being cut dramatically, there just aren’t enough resources to meet the needs of our...

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RLL #79: [Audioblog] Mislabeled Behavior And Undiagnosed Giftedness

The frustration is real; your intense kiddo might be having outbursts you can't explain, or doesn't relate to others his own age or has a sensitivity to stimuli that is overwhelming, or any combination of the three or more!  None of the professionals can seem to agree and you and your child are left confused and still hurting, without any answers.  Giftedness doesn’t always look like what you’d think.  Your child's behavior can be trying to tell you something their words can’t, and we, as parents, have to be as loud as they are when it comes to getting them what they...

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Exponentially Great Math Books (That Aren’t Textbooks!)

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The world is always being divided into two camps - ketchup or mustard, Mac or PC, cat person or dog lover, and those who love math versus those who shudder at the mere mention of mathematics. Whether you've got a kiddo who can't get enough equations or a child who might appreciate more stealthy approaches, these math books are sure to be a great addition (see what I did there?) to any lifelong learner's collection!      Math Picture Books Whether you've got a little who loves math or a younger sibling looking to participate during lessons that may be a little too advanced,...

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RLL #78: College For All with Trent Thompson

RLL #78: College For All with Trent Thompson

  Have a gifted student who is not being challenged enough? Maybe they are especially gifted in certain areas and able to work ahead? Can you imagine what he or she could do at age 18 after having already finished their bachelor's degree while in high school?  Today, Colleen speaks with Trent Thompson to share how the College For All program can easily help our gifted teens to study college coursework and earn credit (by exam) towards bachelor's degrees well before their high school graduation.     Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: Bardsy (free writing...

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When the World Overwhelms Your Anxious Child | How You Can Help

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Sure, I'm writing this in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and unprecedented protests and riots. The news daily reminds us all of death and sickness and fear and storms. The world as we know it has been set ablaze, slammed to a halt, and deeply, passionately divided. These are no doubt historic times we are witnessing, but let's be honest - any day we could see these things. The news is rarely encouraging, storms rage year-round, famine, poverty, global warming... Frankly, the more time you spend taking in news, the easier it becomes to fall into a pretty rough emotional state. And if...

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RLL #77: Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children

RLL 77 Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children

  The label "gifted" conjures up images of beautifully wrapped presents with neatly tied bows, images that are a stark contrast to the reality of giftedness: asynchrony.  There can be huge differences between a gifted child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. A gifted child can have the intelligence of an adult with the social-emotional development of a child! Today, Colleen shares an audioblog — an article that first appeared on the site — written by Cait Curley of My Little Poppies, who explores the many facets of asynchrony, and gives practical advice...

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Building Our Own Curriculum – Why it’s Easier Than Buying Boxed

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Asking a homeschooler about what curriculum they use is basically the equivalent to asking a stranger about this weather we're having. You don't really know what else to say, and you don't want to leave awkward silence between the two of you, so you offer up the only word you know about homeschooling: curriculum. Usually, it's when someone finds out we homeschool and they're trying very hard not to have a reactive face. They want to stay even-keeled, don't want to be judgmental, but deep down inside they want to know why. The perfect way to ease into a line of questioning, the one word...

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RLL #76: Creating the Adventurous Family with Rachel Rainbolt

RLL #76 Creating the Sage and Adventurous Family with Rachel Rainbolt

   Gentle parenting, natural homeschooling and simple living can seem like lofty goals for many of us, but are they really?  Colleen explores these ideas and more with Rachel Rainbolt of Sage Family, who has created a lasting culture of connection and respect in her family by living a lifestyle of playful, personal growth with trust, freedom and support.   Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: Bardsy (free writing template printables in addition to the free Reader level for RLL listeners at www.bardsy.com/rll) Rachel Rainbolt on Instagram Sage Family (Rachel...

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100 Ways to Tell Your Kids You Love Them

100 Ways To Tell Your Kids You Love Them

We had a tough day last week. The house was a wreck. Dishes piled up in the sink. Rice from the rice bin was scattered everywhere. And the kids’ room… oh my. The floor was covered – pillows, blankets, used pull-ups, stuffed animals, trash, LEGO – you name it, and it was somewhere on that floor.   I sent the girls in to clean, and told them that they needed to get it done, and then we could play. They worked well for awhile, but then it deteriorated. By the time the day was over, the house was mostly clean, but we were all frustrated and angry with each other. There may have been...

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