How to Homeschool Gifted Children in Middle School

How to Homeschool Gifted Children in Middle School

If you are a working parent homeschooling a gifted child in grades 5-8, you have your work cut out for you. But it can be done! Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Find resources online or in your community.

There are many homeschooling communities out there, and chances are there is one near you. Online resources abound, too, from websites and forums to Facebook groups and beyond.  If you need specific guidance, reach out to us!

2. Set up a homeschool room or space.

This can be as simple as setting up a corner of your living room with a desk and chair, or as elaborate as converting a whole room into a homeschool classroom. It’s important that your child has a dedicated place to learn and do schoolwork.

3. Create a homeschool curriculum.

This doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, many homeschooling parents start with just a few core subjects and add on as they go. There are many homeschool curricula out there to choose from, or you can create your own.

4. Find mentors or other homeschooling families.

It can be helpful to connect with other homeschooling families who can offer advice, support, and friendship. Local homeschool groups are a great place to start looking for mentors or friends.

5. Make homeschooling fun!

One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can tailor the curriculum to your child’s interests and strengths. So make sure to include plenty of activities and lessons that your child will enjoy.

One important idea to consider is getting a homeschool coach. Experienced Coaches can help you develop a homeschool plan.  They can also offer transitional support, like helping your scholar transition from elementary to middle school expectations.

If homeschooling feels like too much work, a homeschool coach can be a great resource.

Plus, a homeschool coach can help you navigate through the behavioral psychology and academic pathways.  This is a resource often missing in the community.

If you’re looking for a homeschool coach, try contacting your local homeschool group or connect with us.

Homeschooling a gifted child can be a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun! With the right resources and support, you can help your child thrive academically and socially. So don’t hesitate to give homeschooling a try.  Your gifted child’s response may surprise you.

Acceleration Through Homeschool: The Challenges and Rewards of Gifted Learners

Acceleration Through Homeschool: The Challenges and Rewards of Gifted Learners

 

What are some of the biggest challenges for homeschoolers?

Homeschooling parents may have to deal with challenges unique to gifted children.   Finding quality curriculum materials for their children, managing schedules and maintaining discipline are just a few of those challenges. Homeschooling parents may also need to spend money to buy books, pay tuition fees, maintain supplies, hire tutors and find childcare.

Does homeschool help accelerated learners?

Homeschooling is great for students who need extra help with gifted or talented learning. This is not just limited to those who score above average, but also those whose cognition excels at special talents.  Homeschoolers have the opportunity to learn differently than students in traditional schools.  Some parents take the time to teach according to their scholar’s learning style, which is an adaptive approach.

When a student goes to a traditional school, there is a prescriptive approach.  For example, traditional school scholars are given a schedule of classes and are expected to follow a specific method endorsed by their professor.  The ‘prescription’ leaves little room for exploring alternative ways to connect.

In contrast, homeschooling parents coach their children to discover new possibilities for themselves and blend academics more frequently.  The adaptive learning style can take many paths and allow for a deeper connection to the skill being mastered. The student learns what works best for them, rather than trying to fit in with everyone else. In many cases, gifted students drastically shorten the time needed to learn a new skill because of adaptive learning methods.

What are some of the biggest rewards that homeschoolers enjoy?

Homeschooling can be extremely rewarding.  Parent-led learning often promotes the freedom to learn how they want, when they want, and from what materials they choose. Students also develop skills that will help them throughout life. These include problem-solving, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and patience.

Other rewards include the opportunity to;

  • Learn about and practice moral values
  • Gain socialization skills
  • Build a strong support system
  • Save money! 10 -20 cents per private school dollar invested provides comparable outcomes
  • Control the pace of their child’s education
  • Spend extra time on challenging subjects
  • Tailor the curriculum to their needs
  • Deeply engage in enrichment activities like art, music, and sports
  • Enjoy community involvement and develop positive citizenship
  • Take advantage of unrestricted travel dates and field trips

Should gifted children be allowed to accelerate to higher grades, or should they remain in the same age-banded grade as their peers?

Gifted children have special abilities and challenges. When given extra support, they often excel. Patterns show that students who start high school classes ahead of their peers do better academically.  Rapid advancement scholars are also able to handle research-based classes more effectively.  When a child shows intellectual aptitude or acceleration in a specific talent, it is best to continue their pace with progressive challenges.  Holding them back due to their age can actually result in learning loss due to burnout or loss of interest.  This is both a challenge and a reward that depends on the rate of acceleration, the resources available to the gifted child, and the parent’s ability to support them.

How does acceleration play a role in talent identification?

Acceleration plays a major role in talent identification and development due to a few key factors. Academic Acceleration can be defined as a rapid development of a skill or the ability to move ahead of most peers in a subject or skill.  When applied to the gifted homeschooler, it provides a unique opportunity to participate in talent identification programs.

Acceleration is a key determinant of long-term success.  It is directly related to both self-efficacy and efficient production. In other words, the gifted child understands that their contributions help their community, they are likely to make improvements without guidance.   However, acceleration without executive functioning or independent thought development may also be an indication of forced competitiveness. Thus, balance a gifted scholar’s acceleration with meaningful activities when trying to support academic potential.

Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschool

Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschool

Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschool

 

What are the reasons parents homeschool?

Parents homeschool for various reasons, but the primary reason is a concern for their children’s education. They may also choose to homeschool their child for religious reasons or because they want to teach them about a specific topic. Many people believe that schools do not prepare students for life in today’s modern society. Homeschooling allows families to customize learning for each child.  This provides options ranging from standard subjects to specialized instruction.

How does homeschooling help with student success over traditional school choices?

As the parents are the main teachers of their children, they are able to shape the learning environment to meet their individual needs and desires. This helps students develop academic skills and life skills, such as organizational, problem solving, creativity, and communication. The learning process becomes fun since there is no pressure on a child to learn certain subjects. Some parents like that they are able to spend more time with their children and teach them in ways that are more meaningful. Homeschoolers also tend to receive better grades than their public school counterparts.

What are the expenses in homeschool?

Homeschooling families typically spend about $20 – $500 per month.  This depends on how much they need to buy supplies, what type of education method they use, how long they have homeschooled, the inclusion of enrichment programs, enrollment in extracurricular activities, and more. Homeschooling families may need to purchase educational materials, such as books, art supplies, science equipment, computers, and membership fees. These costs can vary based on the needs and preferences of each family.

Why do parents ‘unschool’ before choosing a homeschool curriculum?

Many parents choose ‘unschooling’ before they start homeschooling because they want to see how things go first. Others want to simply get out of the routine of public school first and find what works best for them. Many ‘unschoolers’ use traditional learning materials like books, workbooks, textbooks, etc. They just learn from these materials, rather than doing workbook exercises, or listening to lesson plans. Also, some parents believe that a structured environment would make their children lose interest in learning.

Why do homeschool students have an advantage over traditional school students?

Homeschooling is a form of education in which parents oversee the majority of academic programs. These families typically use the Internet, books, magazines, DVDs, enrichment programs, service-learning, and leadership development groups to supplement the learning experience. Home Learning may take place during any stage of growth, even if the child is enrolled in a traditional school.

In general, homeschoolers tend to be more independent learners and more innovative. They also enjoy greater freedom to pursue personal interests and they are able to devote more time to study subjects of interest to them. The advantages of homeschooling are numerous and include better academic results; increased socialization; reduced stress; greater independence; and more self-confidence.