Homeschooling For Academic Reasons - Getting Started
"Legal Issues & Concerns" highlights how you determine what the laws are in your state.
"Getting Started" gives ideas about how the important issue you may want to consider before you take the plunge.
"Curriculum" describes how to determine the "method" you'll use in your homeschool.

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 student lived.

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:


LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
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 page. ]

TIME COMMITMENT
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.


ACADEMIC CONSIDERATIONS
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.

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 [How do I homeschool a gifted student?]


SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
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.

STYLES & METHODS OF HOMESCHOOLING

There are 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 and unschooling.

[ More on styles & methods , here's how we did it ]


 

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