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had read about “giftedness” in children, but I didn’t
really understand what that meant. Don’t all children have gifts
and talents? After further reading on the subject of giftedness, I had
the Woodcock-Johnson Achievement test administered. It was an early indicator
of just how gifted my student was. He showed that he had abilities far
above “the norm” in several areas. The test administrator
suggested that my student was “highly gifted” in some areas
and “off the charts” in other areas. The Stanford-Binet test
was recommended at the time, but I deferred that suggestion for another
day as I wasn’t really sure what that would tell me. Naturally,
at that point in my life, I shared the Woodcock-Johnson information with
the school. Surely they would be able to educate a student that was “highly
gifted” in some areas. They presented some ideas that didn’t
feel right to me, but even more interesting was that the school claimed
that they only “taught to” an IQ of 120. To this day I still
don’t understand what that means.
The Gifted & Talented Homeschooled Student
of 2007, we have been homeschooling for almost a decade.
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One important discovery we made in Utah was that we found that homeschoolers can easily add travel to school schedules. As my student matured and we found our way as homeschoolers in the very unique state of Utah, we began to add travel to our homeschool curriculum.
We have since moved away from Utah and back to our home state - Ohio. I have decided to narrow my focus with this website to how I am homeschooling a highly gifted student This theme, makes this website more valuable to others considering the same thing. As I am gaining more and more experience with homeschooling a highly gifted student, I share what I have learned along the way on these pages.
This website is unique because it reflects the eclectic approach we take with our homeschooling. You'll find things here that you may not find at other homeschooling websites, and certainly things you won't find in the established schools. We blend together humor, travel, photography, reading, writing, Math, Science and one rather large Guinea Pig in our homeschool. It works well for us.
more at "Our Journey"
Over the Years.....
As of September 2006, I decided to add an electronic newsletter, The Eclectic Telegraph, to this website.
As much fun as that newsletter was, and even though it was published "on or around the 15th" of each month, it eneded up being more demanding than I imagined. One of the things I quickly realized at the high school level, is that not only are you the mentor, the chauffeur and the parent, you also get to be a guidance counselor. At the year anniversary edition, in October 2007, I decided to scale back the format and use a forum that is easier from a maintenance standpoint.
In Fall of 2010, my student went to the college of his choice and is studying in the field of his choice. We did it!
In May of 2015, my student graduated in his field of Engineering. He was hired while completing his last semester of college.
As of 2017 he is working with that same corporation in his field using that degree. An even bigger "We did it!".