Homeschooling Your Gifted Child

Gifted children, like other children with special needs, often find homeschooling to be the best way to learn and grow.  However, giftedness can pose challenges. Luckily, parents of gifted children were among the earliest proponents of homeschooling, and there are lots of well-developed resources. Here is a selection of the best.

Resources

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum is the single best place on the web for learning about homeschooling gifted children. It includes a massive library of articles about defining giftedness, learning styles and needs, testing, teens and college, living with gifted children, and twice-exceptional (2E) issues, along with book reviews and a directory of local support lists and social media support groups. There is also a Yahoo group affiliated with GHF.

Hogie’s Gifted Information Page

The Hoagies Gifted Education website, which was the web’s first major gifted support website, has a large section devoted to homeschooling.

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) has an extensive collection of articles focused on the social and emotional lives of gifted children, an often-neglected but important subject.

Homeschooling Taglets

A moderate-volume support list, this national/international list has a tight focus on homeschooling resources and support.

TAGMAX

TAGMAX was one of the first Internet support lists for gifted homeschoolers. It is still active and can be a valuable resource for new homeschoolers of gifted children. However, the volume of mail associated with the list can be daunting.

Eide Neurolearning Blog

 Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide’s blog, devoted to brain-based learning research, frequently discusses research on twice-exceptional children (both gifted and learning disabled). The Eides have a particular interest in gifted dyslexics and have written extremely useful books on dyslexia and on diagnosing and remediating learning difficulties.

DC Metro Gifted Homeschooling

This secular, inclusive group is for parents home schooling gifted kids in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

NoVaTAG

A networking group for gifted homeschoolers, mainly in the Reston/Herndon/Loudoun County area.

Book Recommendations

Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children: a Resource Guide by Lisa Rivero

Gifted Education Comes Home: A case for self-directed learning by Lisa Rivero

Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind by Deborah L. Ruf

And the Skylark Sings With Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-based Education by David Albert

Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, And Other Disorders by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, and Jean Goerss

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