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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling Special Situations

Gifted Homeschooling
by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

Why try TAG homeschooling?   Because it works!"

Is your child gifted?   Take a look at gifted characteristics in children

A Place to Start: Is My Child Gifted?  Discusses goals and options for
testing/assessment, from the Davidson Institute

Ruf Estimates of Levels of Giftedness by Deborah L. Ruf, PhD -- an
excerpt from the book, "Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind",
summarizes five levels, based on IQ scores and test percentiles, also
gives examples of types of behavior/activities seen in the different levels
of children at different ages

The Dos and Don'ts of Instruction: What It Means To Teach Gifted
Learners Well  by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D

Do I Stay or Do I Go?  by Meredith Warshaw

Advice for Newbie Gifted Homeschoolers from The Princess Mom at
the "Help! My Kids Are Smarter than Me!" blog

PGG - Profoundly Gifted Guilt -- an article by Jim Delisle on coping with
kids who might be smarter than you

Helping Your Highly Gifted Child by Stephanie S. Tolan

Parenting Gifted Preschoolers by D. Farmer

Myths and Truths about Gifted Children  

Is your child a gifted Visual-Spatial Learner?

Can homeschooled students take college courses?
Early Graduation is not the only option

Vulnerabilities of highly gifted children by Wendy C. Roedell -- A
wonderfully insightful article discusses the difficulties faced by children
who are highly gifted (commonly defined as having an IQ of 145 and
above).  A combination of homeschooling, part-time college, and mentor
assistance are often the only educational solutions for these children.

Two outstanding educational opportunities for
highly gifted students:
Stanford University EPGY Online High School
Davidson Academy of Nevada

The Diner's Resources for Gifted Enrichment
Some Diner resources from the gifted children's menu -- great for
homeschooling, afterschooling, summer fun, or rainy day enjoyment :-)

Gifted Enrichment or Acceleration thru Distance Learning

Free Online Enrichment --  tutorials, activities, and games

Vocabulary and Etymology


Film and Fiction Dealing with Giftedness

Also, you can fuel your child's passions by looking for resources
within each subject area of
Homeschooling by Subject

Great Articles About Giftedness

Giftedness: Nature or Nurture? -- by Stephanie Tolan, a baby is like a
seed we're given to plant and grow... but these seeds don't come with
any planting directions, and they aren't your typical garden-variety plants.

The Animal School Fable -- originally printed in "The Instructor", 1968,
a story of individual strengths and weaknesses

Is It A Cheetah?
by Stephanie Tolan, author of the 2003 Newbery Honor book,  "Surviving
the Applewhites", uses a metaphor to describe problems associated with
achievement-oriented identification of giftedness

"Small Poppies: Highly Gifted Children in the Early Years"
by Dr. Miraca Gross, Professor of Gifted Education, University of New
South Wales, Australia, author and researcher, Dr. Gross describes
characteristics of young, highly intelligent children and details the
negative repercussions of their precocity in the typical Australian and
American classroom setting

What We Have Learned About Gifted Children 1979 - 2002 by Linda
Silverman, Director of the Gifted Development Center in Denver, CO

Homeschooling my Gifted Children by Corin Barsily Goodwin

Why Do We Need Gifted Education? by Linda Silverman

Parts Is Parts:Intelligence Revisited by David Albert -- proposes that
there are “elements" or behaviors of intelligence, rather than Gardner's
various subject areas of intelligence

Giftedness: The View from Within by Martha J. Morelock -- discusses
and gives examples of how gifted children may function at higher cogitive
and emotional levels than their age peers, and at different levels (higher
and lower than age) in different areas

Twice Exceptional Resources

"Kids can be gifted and have Learning Disabilities?"   It's true!

"What is Twice Exceptional? -- An Online Resource Guide to 2E"

The Challenge of the Highly Gifted/Special Needs Child  by
Meredith Warsaw, Special Needs Educational Advisor and creator of the
Uniquely Gifted website, describes how for some gifted children,
everything is either too easy or too hard -- nothing is "just right"

Can "Good Readers" Have Dyslexia?  Yes!  Be alert to problems with
reading out loud, spelling of new words, and handwriting issues... they
may be signs of "stealth dyslexia"

Gifted Resources and Support

Books, Websites, and Online Support groups  for Parents  
Homeschooling Gifted Children

Related Issues

The Academy of Achievement -- "brings students face-to-face with the
extraordinary leaders, thinkers and pioneers who have shaped our
world", includes interviews with high achievers in all types of areas

"Play Partner" or "Sure Shelter": What Gifted Children Look for in
Friendship by Miraca U.M. Gross, The University of New South Wales
"Play Partner" or "Sure Shelter"? Why Gifted Children Prefer
Older Friends...  by Miraca Gross -- discusses the differences between
chronological age and emotional age (maturity) of same-age peers

Need Help with Social Skills? -- lots of resources here for all types
of kids who are having a hard time fitting in, finding friends,
understanding social cues, or interpreting body language

Dealing with Perfectionism -- articles and resources

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to
Overcoming Anxiety -- a book by Dawn Huebner

If You're So Smart, Why Do You Need Counseling? Dr. Deborah Ruf

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children
Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience by Martin
Seligman, describes how to help children with the life skills that can
"transform helplessness into mastery and bolster self-esteem"

we all know a few procrastinators... what planet are they from? ;-)

A Response to the "All Children are Gifted" Comment  by Carol

All Children Are Gifted: Editor's Reflections by Michael C.
Thompson, Editor of Our Gifted Children magazine and creator of
Language Arts curriculum for gifted kids

Trying to choose the best curriculum for your gifted child?
Browse thru the Homeschool Diner's Guide to Homeschooling
Approaches and Curriculum  or take the Click-O-Matic Quiz
to help you narrow down your choices!
"It is difficult to have the intelligence of an adult
and the emotions of a child in a childish body."
-- Leta Hollingworth (1942)

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are
far more than our abilities." -- J. K. Rowling
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