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Homeschooling the Gifted Child

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Homeschooling the Gifted Child

My brother's oldest is in the gifted program at school. I asked him what that meant in terms of learning; what were they doing that was different than the "regular" students?

He told me that the program covered three special topics extensively each school year. For instance, one special topic currently being taught was on the judicial system, which involved activities such as taking a field trip to a courthouse while trials were in session and talking with a judge. Thus what these gifted programs provided can be also done at home with special topics, so you can further continue your child's education in this fun manner, which is very much like the unit-study method of teaching.

There is an infinite variety of places that an active homeschooler can study with his or her child! Enter your gifted child in science fairs, have geography bees, and go on field trips. Tour a plastics factory; see how bagels are made; go to a potato chip factory; visit an automobile manufacturing plant, the post office, police station and fire station; take a weekend cartooning workshop. Check your local paper for classes and workshops available at the YMCA. The list is endless and exploring it will be fun for both you and your child.



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