Everything: Gifted and Talented

Aug 02 2013

Start with compassion

start with compassion

Us and them. That’s actually the title of a back to school article in Chicago Parent, about “talking to your kids about special needs.” There are so many things wrong with that title I don’t even know where to start. Given that the article was written by a special needs mom, I have to believe …

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Jul 31 2013

Parenting without a net

parenting without a net

I hate being patronized. Treated with a gentle smile and empty eyes and insincere words. It happens in only one area of my life, because as a flutist and teacher and writer and volunteer I am treated with more respect. Parenting. Or rather, a female parent. As a female parent I am patted on the …

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Jul 30 2013

Book review: How to Work and Homeschool

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In the last year or so, I’ve become an unofficial mentor of sorts to parents of gifted kids. I have a couple-three computer or phone conversation a month, talking to parents, passing along resources, commiserating, gently suggesting that maybe homeschooling should be considered. Inevitably I get one of two answers: “Oh, I could never homeschool, …

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Jul 24 2013

Just a little SENG-over

You know how when, if you go out of town, you come back further behind than you thought possible? Like you’re gone four days and suddenly you’re four weeks behind? It’s some kind of screwed up time-space continuum, as though you’re being punished for leaving in the first place. It also seems to happen when …

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Jul 08 2013

{GHF Blog Hop} Homeschooling With My Other Half

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Today’s post is part of the July 2013 Gifted Homeschoolers Forum blog hop. This month’s topic is Homeschooling With/Without a Partner. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This past Saturday Tom and I celebrated seventeen years of happily ever after perfectly imperfect wedded bliss marriage. Seventeen years of good and bad, richer and poorer, up and down. Seventeen years of standing shoulder …

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Jul 03 2013

8 Activities to Enjoy This Summer With Your Gifted Kid

8 summer activities

Have you been enjoying summer? You realize it’s practically over now, yes? Summer over, Jen? Are you insane? Summer just started! Yes friends, I said practically over. Let’s face it. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July here in the States, the Hump Day of the summer. You know it, I know it, it’s the dirty …

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Jun 14 2013

Summer camp, rubrics, and tall poppies

summer camp rubrics and tall poppies

So I’m really struggling with something. The boys are in summer camp with a local school district. They call it summer school, but let’s face it, unless you’re in one of the remedial classes offered, it’s summer camp. Neither boy is taking anything academic, just fun and games and some running around. I send them …

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Mar 18 2013

Between homeschooling and unschooling

I’m participating in today’s Unschooling blog hop. I barely feel qualified; I still see myself as a green, brand-new homeschooler. Never mind that it’s been 15 months, I still have no clue what I’m doing. I’ve been told that that is normal, and I’m holding on to that thought with both hands and a half …

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Mar 05 2013

Book review: Giftedness 101 by Dr. Linda Silverman

Reading books on the topic of giftedness is difficult for me, something I’ve shamefully admitted to before. Once I’ve gotten through the day, homeschooling a twice-exceptional son with all the fun that often entails, the last thing I want to do in my last few moments of semi-consciousness is read about what I just survived …

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Feb 25 2013

Actually, Mr. Godin, we ARE born this way

Born this way

Dear Mr. Godin, Reading your books and posts over the last few years, I’ve come to know you as a thoughtful, concise writer. I introduced your writings to my husband, who immediately saw the importance of your words…words that helped him make the leap from a toxic work environment last year into a dream career. …

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