You are Not a Teacher

Raising a gifted child is interesting, to say the least.  Teaching a gifted child is even more interesting!  Especially if they’re twice-exceptional.   Here’s the thing: you are not a teacher when you homeschool a gifted child.  You are a guide, a mentor, an alarm clock, a chauffeur – but you are not a teacher.  That’s because gifted kids often learn in different ways than neurotypical kids, and the traditional teaching model may not work.

 

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Emerging Social Anxiety

 

“Mom, my stomach feels weird,” he said.  Cue nurse mode: “are you getting sick?” I asked, already scanning for a good place to pull the car over and wondering where I put that barf bag that I kept just for this reason.

“No.  I’m just scared to go to this outing.”  I wanted to cry.  Why does it seem like my children are fighting my own demons instead of triumphing and conquering the world like kids should?

 

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Should We Grade Skip As Homeschoolers?

 

The research and anecdotal evidence out there is pretty clear when it comes to gifted students in traditional school – acceleration of some sort is needed for gifted students.  Grade skipping – jumping students ahead one grade or more – is one kind of acceleration, and often the easiest for the schools to deal with.

What about homeschooled students?  Do they need to skip a grade?  Should homeschool students graduate early and go to college at a young age?  It depends.

 

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The Crisis You Don’t Hear About

 

If I need a cardiologist, I can have my pick of them around here.  Dermatologists are a dime a dozen.  Oncologists, neurologists, and even urologists are easy to find.  I can make an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon and get in to see him within 2 weeks.

That’s not what I need right now.  That’s not why I’ve spent hours searching my health care’s website and cursing the provider search function.  I gave up in frustration and asked for help in a local parent’s group: we need a developmental pediatrician.

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