(I’ll tell you a secret. Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners is $6 cheaper at Amazon. Get it there!)
The standard characteristics of gifted children were outlined in a 1971 report to Congress. Cindy lists these same qualities (along with others) in her book. Here they are.
Gifted children demonstrate achievement and/or potential ability in these areas:
- general intellectual ability
- specific academic aptitude
- creative or productive thinking
- leadership ability
- visual or performing arts
- psychomotor ability
Do you see any of those traits in your children? If so, they may be advanced learners. Of course, homeschooling is a great option for gifted children because we moms can tailor their instruction and let them rocket forward in their areas of giftedness.
After reading Cindy’s book, though, I realize that this manual is actually beneficial for any homeschool mom because her advice about homeschooling applies to any situation.
Cindy is intensely practical, and although she discusses educational philosophies, most of the book delves into specifically how to teach children. I love how she sprinkled specific examples from her own children throughout the book. She includes book lists, activity ideas, and lots of hints.
Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners covers all the academic areas, telling how to prod a student who does not excel in that area as well as how to challenge a student who does.
Cindy’s book answers these questions:
- What about children who tend to dawdle?
- What about socialization?
- Should I buy a curriculum or design my own?
- How can I keep my gifted child from becoming prideful about his or her talents?
- What are ways to organize homeschool record keeping?
- What do I need to do in preparation for college?
Cindy sent me three copies of her book. So I have two to giveaway (because I have to keep one for myself). If you would like a copy of Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners, just leave a comment here on this post. I’ll choose the two winners on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
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Tell me how you think your child may be gifted. For example, I think that my Sprite is gifted in creative thinking. You can look at the list of characteristics of a gifted child or the officially recognized traits of giftedness to stimulate your thinking.
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