“You’re gonna WHAT?!?”
I am going to homeschool next year. I am suddenly, unexpectedly homeschooling.
If you had told me this two years ago, I would have burst out laughing. I am an educator, a former public school employee, and a public school advocate. I believe in public schools.So… what happened? The short answer is that we were given an outlier.
T is four and a half. She is, without a doubt, the kindest little soul that I’ve ever met– and she lives in my house! How lucky are we? The amazing thing about T is… she was born that way. She has, from the beginning, put others before herself. Even at two! Who willingly shares at two?? When I brought Seuss home from the hospital, T adopted him as her own. He would cry out and she’d beat me to his side, often presenting something she just somehow knew that he needed (like his monkey lovey). She cares deeply for others. She is an amazing little human and I’m proud to know her. Schizz and I often find ourselves wishing we could be as kind as T, as sensitive, and as generous as T. She can be so quiet but she uses those big blue eyes to absorb it all. I often tell friends that she may not say much but, once we are alone together, she will explode with information: what people were wearing, how people were feeling, subtle social interactions, etc. She could be an FBI witness or a psychic… nothing escapes her. She’s also funny and smart and beautiful.
And then there is Seuss. What can I say about this guy? He arrived on the scene and our family was instantly complete. Schizz and I frequently refer to him as the “Ambassador of Joy” and it’s really true. The kid spreads happiness. People LOVE him. He exudes joy, he is funny, he is charismatic. Everywhere I go, strangers ask, “Can I keep him?” No, no you cannot…he is ours. He is by nature laid-back and flexible- he doesn’t care where he is, he’s just happy to be along for the ride. He has the same big brown eyes with to-die-for lashes as his older brother. And he’s smart. You can usually find him grinning, with deeply dimpled cheeks, engaged in some complicated imaginative play…totally immersed in his own little world. I often wish I could sneak inside his mind for a minute or two because I’m certain it would be an absolute blast. He’s the only one of our three who has consistently had an imaginary friend (his “daughtette” = his daughter). Daughtette is always doing something interesting! And so is Seuss! At any given moment, our little Seuss can morph into a bear, battle a dragon, dance like a princess, ride a ‘tumble slide’ of his own invention, or change into Batman. No wonder people want to keep him!
Once we discovered that Leo was gifted, we naturally wondered about T and Seuss. They are all so different from one another, but studies show that it’s quite likely that they fall within a certain range of each other. So we are assuming that T and Seuss are somewhere on the spectrum. They both present as intelligent and, in addition, T certainly has the emotional OE and Seuss the imaginational OE.
This summer I’m going to start dabbling in homeschooling for Leo, T, and Seuss, but T & Seuss will go to the play-based preschool that we adore in September. Everyone has been asking if I plan to homeschool T and Seuss after preschool. Folks, I just can’t go there yet. One step at a time!
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Wondering if your child is gifted/2e?
We who believe that children want to learn about the world, are good at it, and can be trusted to do it with very little adult coercion or interference, are probably no more than one percent of the population, if that. And we are not likely to become the majority in my lifetime. This doesn’t trouble me much anymore, as long as this minority keeps on growing. My work is to help it grow.
~John Holt~ Teach Your Own