For Academic Reasons - Getting Started
Homeschooling really is easy. I cannot
count the number of times people have said that they wouldn't
have the patience to homeschool their kids or that they would
fail because it was too difficult. The most difficult task is
mustering the confidence in yourself to actually take the plunge,
especially with a gifted student. I often told people that I admired
the folks who homeschooled more than one student at a time. A
homeschool can be quite the flurry of activity that is for sure,
but my frame of reference was a homeschool where a highly gifted
Homeschooling gives your student the opportunity
to explore strengths and accomplish many feats, at their pace
and on their own terms. It is to your advantage to understand
the logistics of homeschooling:
Homeschooling is legal in all
50 of the United States.
One of the main things you think about when you consider
homeschooling is the legal ramifications. Homeschooling is legal
in all 50 states. Each state has a different set of rules and
the best resource is your local homeschool support group or an
online statewide group. These resources will help you determine
what you need to do to let the school district know that you will
be exercising your right to homeschool your children.
Since states vary in their specific
requirements, they will also vary in how they view gifted and
talented students. Pay particular attention to laws that are specific
to "Special Needs" students, since some states see gifted
students as "Special Needs" students.
[ Our legal issues
Homeschooling requires an enormous time commitment by at least
one parent. It involves preparation time, usually your summer,
it requires daily time to get things rolling, it requires travel
time if you take your homeschool on the road. If you are a planner,
plan on investing a lot of time. Remember, homeschooling is not
a life long decision; it ends at high school level.
Homeschooling offers academic flexibility. This is important
with a gifted student as the academic challenges that come with
this kind of student can vary daily. Many gifted students excel
in one or all areas of study and some may have learning inabilities.
All of these issues must be considered when planning a homeschool
course of study.
library and resources pages ]
[How do I homeschool a gifted
The issue of socialization always manages to come up
when someone is considering homeschooling. How many preteens or
teens for that matter do you know in the school system that can
construct whole sentences and have meaningful conversations beyond
pop-culture? Anymore, there are not any social considerations
for homeschooled students unless you live in a cave on top of
a mountain in an isolated area. Even in this case, if you have
Internet, isolation is difficult.
Social consideration was an issue
put out there by the Public school system years ago when many
felt (some still do) normal "socialization" meant having
your kid be around same age peers learning the same thing all
day, learning to value all the same material things everyone else
does. Gifted students are often bored with too many same age peers
so homeschooling feeds their natural thirst for the unusual and
for a broad range of social interactions.
& METHODS OF HOMESCHOOLING
several styles or methodologies homeschooling families embrace.
These are just a few: School-at-Home, Unschooling, Eclectic, Montessori,
Waldorf, Charlotte Mason. We use a mix of eclectic, school-at-home
[ More on styles & methods ,
here's how we did it ]