Our Story: About My Little Poppies
Welcome to My Little Poppies. I’m so glad you’re here.
My name is Cait. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our three children (9, 8, and 6-years-old). On this site, I refer to these three amazing little people as my little poppies.*
I am a school psychologist with a passion for helping underdogs. I loved working in inner-city Boston, both in a regular and special education capacity. I had planned to stay home with my little poppies until they were enrolled in school full-time and then return to urban education.
Sometimes, life likes to throw us a curve ball. That’s exactly what happened in the spring of 2014, during our oldest son’s kindergarten year. It’s a rather long story, but an assessment in May of that year proved our long-held suspicions that we only whispered about at home. Testing indicated that our son is a profoundly gifted and twice-exceptional child. Unfortunately, gifted education is not mandated in the state of New Hampshire, nor is funding available. Our son’s unique needs are far too asynchronous to be met in a K-3 building and after much research and guidance, we found ourselves suddenly and unexpectedly homeschooling.
I never imagined myself here.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would be homeschooling and blogging about it, I would have burst out laughing. As a school psychologist and a product of public schools, homeschooling was never on my radar. However, through my research, I learned that many, if not most, profoundly gifted children are homeschooled for at least part of their education. It is an unexpected path for sure, but one that we fully embraced in order to help our child. And, do you know what? I’m loving this homeschooling thing for so many reasons.
Our oldest son was actually the first blogger in our family- his blog predates mine by many months. Many of my educator friends urged me to follow his lead and blog about our unexpected journey. I’ve always enjoyed writing and so I decided to go for it. I started My Little Poppies the very same week that we decided to homeschool. I am a planner by nature but the decision to blog about our journey was an impulsive one. I did this because I sincerely wish I had stumbled across such a blog when I first started this PG, 2E, full of OE journey.
And that’s just it: more people need to talk about this gifted and 2E stuff. Regardless of how you feel about the gifted label, gifted and twice-exceptional children have unique educational and social-emotional needs. These children are asynchronous by nature and they can be challenging to parent. People often ask me how I “keep up with” our little guy and my answer is this: I need a decent night of sleep, a couple strong cups of coffee, my sense of humor, abundant patience, and a prayer. These kids are underdogs, too. If you are the parent of one of these children, or if you work with this population, I get it. And, not only do I get it, but I’m also going to talk about it. I hope that, by sharing our journey, we will help you with yours.
Since starting My Little Poppies, we have added two more homeschoolers to our fold. Our 7-year-old daughter wrote an amazing homeschool manifesto and she joined us that very day. When it came time to register our youngest for kindergarten, we decided that we didn’t need a third strike.
So that’s the story of how this whole thing started. What else will you find here? Topics include homeschooling, education (regular ed, gifted ed, and special ed), motherhood and family, nature, games, and literacy… and, sometimes, a little Kenny Chesney. Our littlest blogger contributes to the site. You can find his posts in “Leo’s Lounge!” We also share resources that we have found to be helpful and recommend products that we love. Please know that we only recommend products that we love.
If you like what you see here, please follow us elsewhere. We can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. There you will find random snippets of our day, from games, to funny quotes, to inventions, to kid art, in addition to what I read daily on topics of interest to me as a mother, educator, homeschooler, gifted advocate, nature-lover, and health-nut.
*If you are wondering why this site is called My Little Poppies, I encourage you to read about poppies in this article by Miraca Gross.
My Little Poppies can also be found…
If you like what you see here, please check us out elsewhere including:
- The Huffington Post
- The Mighty
- Scary Mommy
- Cait & Kara: The Homeschool Sisters Podcast
- Simple Homeschool
- iHomeschool Network
- Year Round Homeschooling
If you are just starting out on this gifted journey, please check out Raising Poppies, an online community for gifted and 2e children. My friend Colleen and I co-founded this group together and it is filled with kindred spirits.
Finally, if you just love reading books to your children, check out our Family Book Club. We read heaps and heaps of fantastic books over there!
Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS
Cait is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. She writes about the journey at My Little Poppies. Cait is co-host of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. Cait is a contributing writer at Simple Homeschool and GeekMom, and her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. She is the founder of Granite State Gifted, a support group for families of gifted children in the NH and MA area, and co-founder of Raising Poppies, an online Facebook community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and G+.