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Homeschooling Exceptionally Gifted Children?

Amy - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Is anyone else homeschooling an exceptionally gifted child? This is our first year at home. Carter is seven, and he went to public school for the past two years. To make a very long story very short, he went through a lot of frustration and boredome when he was in traditional school. We tried a grade skip last year with a moderate amount of success, but we eventually decided staying at home this year was the best choice for Carter.



Homeschooling is going great so far, but it would be wonderful to have some others who are in the same boat. Anyone??



Amy

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Missy - posted on 01/18/2009

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Right now, my four year old is at a Montessori School and MOST days it's working out really well. The first preschool we tried was AWFUL. Jonah came home crying every day, really angry, kicking and flailing his arms, throwing tantrums like I had never seen him throw. He said the teachers kept interrupting him and the kids messed up his projects and he was obviously bored. They were studying counting to six (at the time, he could count to fifty, now he's at 100 and upward with an understanding of much larger numbers - he adds and subtracts as well) and they were also studying one letter per week. He already knew all of his letters and their sounds and at home we were working on reading simple words. I wasn't sure what to do at the time because I didn't know if there were other options for us financially, but my husband's parents contribute a little to his education and he's at Montessori now. He has come home frustrated with several social situations, but seems to be more on target with learning since it's mostly self instruction. He gets upset when the teacher explains something he already knows and when other children don't follow social rules he has been taught (kindness, sharing, saying please and thank you, etc.), so I'm not sure if he will stay there, but it's at least another academic option. He goes 1/2 day and at home we do a lot of science stuff (that's what he's really into right now: dinosaurs, using a magnifying glass, animal behavior, simple chemistry stuff - like using acids and bases, etc) and I try to take him places like the Natural History museum to supplement what he's lacking at school. I don't know, the more I think about it, the more appealing homeschooling is to me, but Montessori is working out fine for this year.

Amy - posted on 12/12/2008

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I'm lucky that I live in an area where there are LOTS of kids being homeschooled for academic reasons. Therefore, we have lots of opportunites for Carter to socialize and have "classes" during the week with other children similar to him. It was funny to be sitting in the hall outside one of his homeschool art classes a few weeks back and hear 7-9 year olds discussing the final presidential debate!



I must admit that it can be very, very draining on me at times. It's hard to stay fresh, interesting, fun, etc. everyday with him. I'm constantly trying to find new ways to make learning an enjoyable experience for him, but it's just not easy. I also have a two year old at home, so it's a struggle to balance the attention between them both.



Heather, you say that your school district accelerated two grades for your daughter? What part of the country are you in? We had a very willing principle, but it was still a huge ordeal just to get a single grade acceleration last year.

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There have got to be more options! As much as my daughter needs the homeschooling, I don't have the mental energy with another high special needs (developmentally disabled/epilepsy) and an active toddler taboot. She loves the social aspect of school, even though she is bored to distraction and learning nothing while there.

Keebler - posted on 11/23/2008

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Hi, We homeschool our son as well. Traditional school(or as we call it, Brick and Mortar) was a miserable failure for Griffin. He spent more time with the principal than in the classroom and even told her that his goal was to be expelled. That was in kindergarten. He read the word in his school agenda(at barely 5) and made it his number one goal. The ways to get expelled were also printed in the same book... He used it as an instruction manual. No idea when he started reading, but it was boviously before kindregarten.



Homeschooling is working much better for Griffin, I have a lot more leaway to "motivate" him than the school did, but I am miserable. But I will continue to do whatever I have to to make sure that his needs are met.

Kat - posted on 11/20/2008

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I am exactly the same boat. My 7 year old was in private school for two years, although they tried to challenge him, he sat in the back of the room rocking his chair and causing disruption. Homeschooling has been wonderful this year. I happen to know lots of homeschooling parents, but none with exceptional gifted. My homeschooling association has been helpful with curriculum suggestions, but its good to see someone in the same situation as I am

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