Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Quirky Kids

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I looked at the calendar before writing this post – it’s 57 days until Christmas.  I won’t lie – just counting the days off raised my stress levels a little.  So, in an attempt to help YOU keep your stress levels low, I’m writing up this post to help give you some ideas.  Assuming that you celebrate the holidays and do the whole gift giving thing.

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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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