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…..
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.