Apr 11 2012

New option for gifted homeschoolers

Hunting down what works for A in homeschooling is practically a fulltime job. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve conceded that the more I’m out of his way the more he learns and hooray for that. So it’s videos and internet and books and notebooking and thisthatandtheother thing, cobbling together what works for him. Or rather, what works for him now. ‘Cause nothing works for long and nothing ever stays the same.

I’m hopeful that by the time he gets to be older middle school/high school aged that he will be more comfortable taking an actual class, either at a coop or online. Not many, but a class here and there where he’d get to learn new things taught by someone Not Mom. Yesterday Gifted Homeschoolers Forum announced the new GHF Online, their new online education program. I am so excited about this. Online classes, for gifted kids, that is 2e friendly and willing to make reasonable accommodations for the student. Seriously? Heaven. There will be two classes offered this fall, both language-arts based, and I just caught the cost and damn that is awesome. I’d spend that on curriculum and then have to do the teaching too. 😉 By the time A is old enough (and frankly, ready enough) to take some classes, there will be more options available. Can’t wait.

Now. Full disclosure. I love GHF. I’ve been on the email list for a long time, long before we made the leap into homeschooling. I think Corin and her crew are doing wonderful things over there, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Oh! Wait! I kinda do know what’s next! GHF also has a publishing arm, and has already put out two books. If you toddle on over to the GHF Press site and scroll down, you’ll see a little “coming soon” box for this summer. That “coming soon” box is why my hands tingle, my brain hurts, and words mock me as I sleep. I am the “coming soon!” My book will be out in July, provided I don’t lose my mind in the next few weeks and go running into the forest preserve naked with a macrame plant hanger and two toothpicks.

Great things are happening over at GHF. I highly recommend you go take a look and maybe get involved.


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  1. Myrinda

    well I’m glad to hear something is working! Sounds alot like my “A”. People ask how “that homeschooling thing” works, how is it being the teacher? I’m not, not really…I’m the facilitator. I find opportunities or turn everyday life into lessons. Lunch out for sushi turns into a Social Studies lesson…and museum or library time? ridiculous! Butter got an iPad from her uncle for Christmas and we are LOVING that! I wonder if that’s an option for you?
    AND I can’t wait to read your book!!!

    1. Jen

      Facilitator is the perfect word. Oh, and the iPad is on its way; we turned in some stale airline miles yesterday to get one. 🙂

  2. Kim B.

    The good news is that running into the forest preserve in the company of macrame items, toothpicks, and no clothes would make interesting reading and a potential follow-up to your bestselling debut. 🙂

    I’ve always been in favor of eccentric behavior, so I say Go For It!

    1. Jen

      Well, it would certainly be something on which to write while in the psych ward. 😉

  3. Valerie Hartman

    Looking forward to checking out your longer work. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Jen

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading it too! 😉

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