I used to be afraid of using the g-word.
The word gifted conjures images of neatly wrapped packages. It implies that you have been given something, something that gives you a leg-up over others.
But the thing is, gifted children are not better than their peers, they are just different. And just like other populations that differ significantly from the norm, gifted children need support in order to thrive.
When you are the parent of a gifted child, that g-word can often feel like a burden. The label comes with heaps of misunderstanding and expectations.
When folks think of gifted kids, they tend to think of the high achievers, the straight-A students who show up to class on time and prepared, earning extra credit points and various accolades along the way.
They fail to consider asynchronous development.
Or the fact that gifted learners can be twice-exceptional, both gifted and learning disabled.
They have never heard of overexcitabilities.
Giftedness and achievement are two separate entities. You can have one without the other.
Giftedness is not anything like that neatly wrapped box that the label box implies. In fact, gifted children do best when they are allowed to think, and learn, and achieve outside of the proverbial box.
Gifted Achievement: Breaking Free of that Proverbial Box
And homeschooling found us once more, just this fall when our daughter asked to homeschool.
My youngest would be heading off to kindergarten in September, but I didn’t bother registering him.
Making space for OTHER achievement
In public school, children are expected to learn certain things at certain times. If your gifted kindergartener interested in multiplication and division, he must wait. If she loves chemistry, she must wait. If he wants to learn a language, he must wait. Every. Single. Year.
I am not a fan of making kids wait to learn something.
With homeschooling, I can tailor a curriculum to meet each of my children’s unique, asynchronous needs. It doesn’t matter if a child is reading at a high school level, writing at a 3rd-grade level, and doing math at a 4th-grade level.
- My oldest son’s artistic abilities and creativity
- My daughter’s sensitivity and kindness
- My youngest’s imagination and charisma
The public school attempted to squeeze my gifted kids into that ol’ proverbial box.
There is no box here.
I know homeschooling isn’t for everyone. I certainly never thought it was for me, but it has been an unexpected blessing.
This post has been part of the Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page February 2016 Blog Hop: Other Achievement. Please click the image below to keep on hoppin’!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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