Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Homeschooling a Gifted Child - Top Four Advantages

I was recently helping a friend of mine select her homeschooling curriculum for the upcoming school year. It motivated me to post what I think are the top four benefits to homeschooling.

  1. Freedom to choose your own curriculum.
  2. Ability to accelerate.
  3. Time to simmer. . .
  4. Togetherness with your child.
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1. Freedom to choose your own curriculum.

I have so much fun helping my friends choose curriculum for their children! They are so many options, and there usually seems to be one tailor-made to each family. There are hands-on math for those kinesthetic boys, musically-inclined reading programs for those spatial kiddoes and so much more! One of the greatest advantages to homeschooling is you get to choose your own curriculum. You are not bound to a curriculum that your neighborhood school has chosen for their own reasons (budget, standardization, etc.).  There are many online schools to choose from- so much so that it can be daunting to select the right one for your child.

2. Ability to accelerate.

For those gifted children, this is so important! You can move ahead when your child understsands a concept. You can move at the rate your child needs, not at the rate of the group or according to your district or school blue prints. What a treasure!

3. Time to simmer.

The best spicy food is the kind that simmers on the stove. Sometimes I think good learning is like that, too. When you take the time to really simmer, the flavor is enhanced. Homeschooling allows you to spend more time on topics you like, again because you are not bound by a prescribed time table.

4. Togetherness with your child.

Did you know I spend more waking hours with many people's children than they do? I get to see their tiny triumphs, learning leaps, and developing personalities. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you don't miss out on that. You are fortunate to watch your child grow, change and become right before your eyes!


Those are just a few of the benefits that I see to homeschooling. How about those of you out there that homeschool? What other benefits do you see?  I know there are many homeschool advantages for those who educate themselves and investigate their options.  Let's share those with each other.

3 comments:

  1. Your post is accurate. I've been homeschooling for several years now. I don't think it is for everyone, but it has amazing advantages in the right situations. In our case, it has allowed our boys to accelerate their academics as we taylor their curriculums, while still allowing them to be the silly little boys that they so rightly deserve to be. And, as a parent, I love the fact that I don't have to miss a minute of it.

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  2. I am considering homeschooling my children. I am very qualified, as I have a M.Ed, however, I am a little nervous about actually taking this step. I fear that homeschooling will not provide the social skills for my children that a "typical" school classroom does....

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  3. Those five advantages to homeschooling are very good. I was seeking forward to know about this entry and get some tips which I never read before. Thanks for this sharing.

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