Back in 1999 one of the big concerns we had was the question of "socialization"...
"People who aren't homeschooling often ask two questions when they hear my student is homeschooled.
you qualified to homeschool a gifted student?
People who are other homeschoolers will ask about how many children I am homeschooling and will inquire about the topics we are currently studying.
People homeschool for a variety of reasons. My student is learning at home because it is the best environment for the dominant personality and learning style. It is also the best and most flexible environment for "socialization". Recognizing my student's “giftedness” has led me through some very interesting reads and into a variety of pursuits as we homeschool. I have come to a self educated understanding of this gifted student through a variety of efforts."
Looking back on "Our Journey", the early years, while important, were not as important as "the middle years". They were the foundation for the later years in my student's education.
"The middle years are the years when a student discovers the things they are really good at and what they really like to do. These are also the years when they discover what they cannot do well, which is a painful discovery for perfectionistic children. Teaching my student how to deal with his grand accomplishments and “near misses” proved to be the true value of educating my gifted student at home. Some may argue that socially, children need to experience successes and failure in public places like school; I disagree, these people do not understand that this can be devastating to the gifted student and certainly to the highly gifted student."
By the time a homeschooled student reaches the "later years", they have a balanced view of their abilities and inabilities. They have developed their own goals. They welcome differing viewpoints and generally can intelligently, participate in a debate of opposing opinions. They generally do not care about peer pressure and can communicate effectively; group-think is a foreign concept. I found all of this to be true. Home study helped with college level learning. Where a public school peer may struggle with collegiate expectations, the homeschooled student already understands.
In addition to our home studies, we traveled. Travel is one of the best teachers. We didn't randomly travel, it was always part of what we were studying. Travel required my student to have confidence in decisions and creativity in problem solving. The travel experience my student gained has helped him in his professional career...
"On these pages you can read in some detail about how our homeschool was flavored. You can discover what we've studied and when at: Our Course of Study. You'll find that our "kettle" simmers a combination of travel, books, science experiments, writing and photography. We also enjoy peppering our "stew" with commentary from our pet Guinea Pig Daphne. Along the way I have discovered many things that perhaps can help you in your journey. Stay a while and look around. Check out what we are doing for "high school".