Wednesday, March 02, 2011
A Whole New World
If you have gifted kids, especially highly or exceptionally gifted kids, you probably at some point have considered whether you would be better off homeschooling them. Instead of dealing with endless meetings with teachers, principals, gifted education coordinators, counsellors etc etc in a desperate attempt to get appropriate curriculum for your children.
If you factor in your child's mental health issues, like depression, anxiety and stress, you may wonder on a daily basis if there is a better way. Aren't gifted children supposed to be, you know, a "gift"? Some days it doesn't feel like it!
I always imagined homeschooling would be something we could do "if things got really bad". It was a last resort option. Schools are where we send our kids to be educated, right? They are supposed to cater for "individual learning needs". They provide your child with "socialisation". Well, what if they don't? What if your child is so far from the "norm", that realistically, it is impossible to provide what they need educationally and socially? When your 10 year old child has the cognitive function of an 18 year old, how on earth is the school supposed to cater for that?
And so, when crunch time came last year, we had gradually come around to the idea that maybe homeschooling could solve a lot of our issues. Being the scientific researcher I am, the house became full of books on homeschooling (to add to the generous supply of gifted resources) and the computer became full of homeschooling bookmarks.
It still felt very "scary" making that decision, but deep down it felt right. This year we would undertake the path less taken. We would be those hippy, alternative types. We would be homeschoolers!
If you are homeschooling, how did you come to that decision? Was it after a bad school experience? What it that nagging feeling that there is a better way? Have you always been "brave" and known you were going to homeschool?
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