G&T Homeschooling

On Giftedness and Homeschooling……..

In many parts of the world, Homeschooling is fast becoming quite a ‘normal’ alternative to traditional mainstream schooling, especially for those with children that do not quite seem to engage or benefit from traditional ‘large group, age tracking’ type  environments.  It is certainly becoming quite popular in both the United States, and also Australia. Ireland now has quite a strong homeschooling presence that appears to be growing steadily.   There are many many reasons which folk my elect to go this route, core personal beliefs, religious, academic need, disability, or just plain disatisfaccion with  present educational systems.

Amongst those who choose this route for reasons of dissatisfaction are those who homeschool because they feel that as  highly able parents they may be better able to provide stimulating and relevant education to their children than a system that is underfunded, and possibly overworked. This  population  can count a very healthy number of families with exceptionally able, or gifted students.

While some students remain as homeschoolers until they leave home for University, others may move in and out of the system, dependent on their situations at any given time. Folk who have not been exposed to healthy homeschooling, may raise questions in regards to concerns about social opportunities for the students. This is generally not a concern no adays with healthy groups, as most homeschoolers belong to wide networks of other homeschooling families and would have regular meetups and activities specifically designed to overcome said concern.

It is also over recent years becoming evident that many of these children are very well prepared academically when they reach college entrance age.  Done responsibly and healthily.. this is an excellent alternative choice to educating exceptionally able (gifted) and any other students who may clearly benefit from a more hands on approach. It’s benefits, at least in Ireland, have been acknowledged in a letter by Mr. David Newton from the Educational Welfare Board.

Families who do take this route, however, should be aware that it is not always easy, and attitudes of those not familiar with this type of choice may be uncomfortable at times.. to illustrate what is meant by this, I will share here with my readers a few video clips produced by an experienced homeschooling gifted mom..

Common Homeschool Problems…..

1. Why are you homeschooling aren’t you worried about socialisation???

2. Random People ‘Quizzing’ homeschooled kids….

3. High school (Secondary School) Concerns….

4. Why is homeschooling bad, if your mainstream school is not good???

5.  Why are your kids out of school????

Credit for these clips go to their author Ms. Suzanne Thomas MA. (if she gets enough nice comments, maybe we’ll be lucky and get her to produce a few more for us… ;-D), who is also the author of several homeschooling blogs, Mother and Home educator of 4 young students, several gifted.

  1. October 10, 2010 at 9:43p

    Hey, we already have a deal — Ms. Thomas is also making them to fit our quarterly newsletter for supporting members. Become a supporting member of GHF and get them (and the other cool stuff in the newsletter) sent straight to your inbox! 😉

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist the opportunity. Good post, Leslie!)

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:43p

      Hey Corin… no problem at all you will notice I did include a link to your site as the USA g&t homeschool source.. you are the best, so real happy to include any additional info in a conversational informal sort of a way (which is what I want this site to be.. comfortabel for folks… ).. I think it is great Ms Thomas is making them for your newsletter too.. she’s the best!!! (but then, I may be biast…;-D)…. Thanks for the comment and kind words.. I know it is rather simple, but honest anyways.. ;-D..

      • October 10, 2010 at 9:43p

        Again folks GHF is acronym for ‘Gifted Homeschool Forum: http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/

        Womaned (not maned) by Corin… terrific info on all aspects of homeschooling.. ;-D, and also for the Newsletter..

  2. October 10, 2010 at 9:43p

    🙂 I ONLY shared the non GHF newsletter ones 🙂 Those are your’s exclusively. lol

    Thanks for the mention Les. Your links, blog, and support are meaning everything. Did I tell you Marcus just read Journey to the Center of the Earth? He’s working out a sequel so that they can actually go to the Center of the Earth, he’s a stickler for truth in advertising 😛

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:43p

      Hey, no worries, I’m not worried, I would not say mine exclusively either, as I have shared all five of them .. yes?? .;-D.. but no worries, they may get picked up again anyways… it’s what happens on the net.. I think it is fantastic that your doing some exclusive clips for the GHF newsletter.. so glad that is happening for you and Corin, cause I think it will be good for you folks and a good thing for the community.. I am pretty sure however, if I twist my nieces arm a little though, she/you just might produce one or two .. non- contracted clips for yer poor ole’ auntie occasionally, one’s that don’t clash or double what you are doing elsewhere?.. just for fun, you understand..;-D.. and I think it is great news with Marcus.. that is a wonderful wonderful storey… The Hobbit will be next maybe.. . you can ask him if I can come to the center of the earth as well… ;-D…

  3. October 10, 2010 at 9:43p


    I’m looking forward to the Hobbit 🙂

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