Identifying the Gifted and Talented Student
OK. So what about IQ? Is that important when identifying my gifted student? How about being gifted with learning disabilities (twice exeptional)? What about academic testing? What is gifted assessment?
Learning Styles & The Gifted Student
The Gifted Student...
Truly gifted children have
specific educational needs that are not generally addressed, or adequately
addressed, in mainstream schools. Although there are many listings of
the characteristics of gifted students, most authorities tend to agree
that truly gifted students often exhibit these characteristics.
has shown me that knowing the dominant learning style and personality
type of your gifted student is one of the most important elements to your
homeschooling “method”. The next important element is knowing
your own dominant learning style and personality type. They may not match
your student’s and that can come into play when you are the mentor
for your gifted homeschooler.
[Read our pages about learning styles ]
(Networks and Associations)
Theorists in the field of gifted education have argued that the ideal curriculum for gifted students should be presented in a way which includes:
The Public School System
The public schools in the United States can barely address the needs of the general population let alone the gifted student; if you elect to use the public schools, you will need to become an advocate for your gifted child. There are a few schools in the United States dedicated solely to educating the "gifted student", but they are hard to find and expensive. In reality, you will find that you are on your own to address the needs of your gifted student in the school system in the United States. We pulled our student out of the school system and therefore choose not to address that topic at this website, but there are 2 books that we have encountered that may help you if your student stays in the Public School system:
Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers by Carol Ann Strip
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child by Sally Yahnke Walker, Susan K. Perry
So, your child is gifted and you find yourself like a deer in the headlights of an oncoming truck. You consult with experts, you read about giftedness, you meet with teachers, you look at each other and say "Now what?"
Find other parents to talk to. Do research on your particular situation. (There is plenty of information about giftedness available these days.) Make decisions about your lifestyle and school choices. Realize that the road ahead will be an adventure. Remember that humor is important!
We hope the information you find here will help you homeschool your gifted student. We are always willing to accept suggestions and questions. We may have encountered your situation, or know someone who has. We are not experts on the subject of giftedness, but we can get you started down a practical path towards information to help with your questions.
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Experts in the subject of giftedness have written many articles on how to identify a gifted student. There is plenty of information written on what it means to be gifted and talented student. There are a lot of papers written about why the gifted and talented student should be homeschooled. These are all generalized and what you'll find is that just like each child is different, each gift that you find in your student will not quite exactly "fit" what the "experts" have to say. It will be more like "sort-of" like this and a "little-bit" like that, so you'll quickly become the expert on your student(s).
OK - this is all great, but what about getting down to the actual process of guiding the gifted and talented student through elementary and high school lessons at home? Materials barely exist for the parent who is going to homeschool the gifted and talented student, so get ready to turn on your imagination. If you are considering homeschooling a gifted student check out my books and "how to homeschool your gifted student".