Sallie’s Miscellany features reader questions, links, ideas, and products to help homeschoolers and parents. I publish it as I receive questions and have enough other worthwhile links and products to share.
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I can’t remember how I found this tool, but it looks fascinating: Through Your Child’s Eyes
“It’s one thing to read about learning and attention issues. It’s another thing to see them through your child’s eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it is when your hand won’t write what your brain is telling it to. Or how hard it is to complete a simple task when you have trouble focusing. Use these unique simulations and videos to better understand your child’s world.”
Kathy from Missouri writes:
I am a homeschool mama who opens Beowulf in my birkies, and fans the flames of books!! Would love to glean a morsel of curriculum choices for the gifted homeschooler, and information RE: homeschooling middle and high school years!
Thank you for writing! I’m sharing your question here partly because I know my readers will also have some great suggestions for you. The thought of middle school and high school overwhelmed me until I started reading a bit more about them. I encourage you to check out the post I wrote on Understanding Homeschool High School Requirements. It’s a review of a helpful book that simplified a lot in my thinking!
Curriculum choices for the gifted homeschooler… That’s a huge topic! It will depend on how your child is gifted and what strengths and weaknesses you need to address as well as your overriding educational philosophy (classical, Charlotte Mason, eclectic, unschooler, relaxed homeschooler, etc.). If you go to my Home Education page and scroll down a bit, you’ll see the posts I wrote each year about our curriculum choices. I’m not going to lie – I have struggled a lot in this area. I think it is trial and error, especially when you are first starting. I would encourage your to involve your child as much as possible with the curriculum selections. And don’t be surprised or dismayed when some things don’t work for your family. It happens to everyone!
Readers – Can you add anything from your experiences in the comments to help Kathy?
Reader Q&A 2
K. from New England writes:
I have long enjoyed your FB page and blog thanks in part to my friend (name redacted).
Your post about what it means to be gifted and knowing anything different resonated with me as I was taken out of my normal classroom to be part of a ½ day weekly “gifted program” in our town. Seriously, this boggled my mind then and now.
I always saw myself as working hard but never was a straight A student; I am driven to a point and then I seem to just crash. I ended up on a science route (I wanted to take wood shop in highschool but they said, “no, you are college bound”).
My middle son is definitely one that made me sit and read about right brained children; I think my daughter has her own gifts too- time will tell what my 6 year old becomes. He is less particular than his brother and sister. But given that my husband was our class valedictorian- anything goes in this house.
I also feel like I’m not gifted; my habits are quirky, probably need changing. I’ve been told I have anxiety, OCD, depression. Maybe I am or not- but I’d be interested in any book recommendations you can make as I pursue this.
Thank you so much! You have been a huge blessing to me.
I’m thankful you found encouragement in that post. I think it’s so easy for gifted people to not realize how differently they see the world whether it is adults or kids.
Anxiety, depression, and OCD are all relatively common in the gifted/2e population. When most people hear gifted, they think smart and high-achievers. They don’t realize all the emotional and psychological issues that often accompany the gifted/2e label.
I have honestly not read any books that address these topics in adults since most of my focus has been on children. I did find a few books on Amazon that might be helpful so I’ll link them here. I am hopeful that some of my readers will jump in in the comments and provide you with some ideas.
Readers: Can you help K. find helpful resources or recommend books that helped you?
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: 30 Essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENGWhy Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the CreativeSearching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope
From My Wish List
Do you keep a wish list at Amazon? I had to start one so I could keep track of various things as I find them. Here’s a book I added to mine. Even though Caroline is getting a bit older, we all still love the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood.
From the Archives
One of my personal favorite posts that I re-read every six months or so to remind myself of these truths. LOL!
From My Shop
If you are starting to plan for next year, be sure to check out my editable homeschool planners!