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Subject: Books on gifted children
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 10:07 PM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2008
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Does anyone have recommendations on books about teaching and parenting extremely bright kids. I have a son who I strongly suspect is very bright (too bright) and I want to read up on the subject before I talk to his new teacher and the principal. He will be starting 4th grade - the earliest grade his school is willing to test or deal with gifted or very bright kids. He spent last year reading comic books and taking things apart. He read Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes at home and then did book reports on Magic Tree house books for his teacher. He did fabulous work when he paid attention long enough to realize an assignment was due. His state test scores are very high. I am homeschooling his younger sister but am not sure I am ready to teach him as well. Help! Thanks Jane
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 10:27 PM ET
Member Since: 6/6/2007
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I'm sorry I don't have any book recommendations for you but here's a good website where you might find one -  www.hoagiesgifted.org   My son (age 11) was in the gifted program in our  public school district but wasn't really challenged there and for several other reasons we decided to homeschool.  I do believe you can homeschool your son!  My son is such a sponge, voracious reader and extremely inquisitive kid that he can basically learn anything just by reading about it.  Right now he is reading a book about personal finance - he wanted to learn about stocks, bond, mutual funds, etc. and he really understands it all.

We do relaxed learning and I make sure we do the basics of math and writing but sort of take his lead on other subjects.  The only thing about "gifted" kids is that usually doesn't mean they are gifted in all areas.  My son's weakness is writing and grammar -he just doesn't care about the grammar rules so right now I am just making sure he writes and enjoys it.  He recently wrote a story based on the TV show "24" and it was his idea (wonderful!) and he would go and work on it without any prompting (even more wonderful).  I'm just happy he wants to write something -he used to dread it and then he would get a mental block and be incapable of doing it.  Once I quit being so hung up on the grammar, spelling, etc. he got that writing can be enjoyable and he realized he is creative.  He has time to work on the mechanics later.

Good luck with your son

Jane

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 10:29 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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I highly recommend the Hoagies site, too!  I have a profoundly gifted son who I've always HS'ed.  It was our PS's idea when he was four, then again when he was 7 and tested.  They highly supported our decision because they couldn't give him any help.  We've since moved and I didn't even bother contacting the local SD.  We know we're in this for the long haul.  I have a multiply-disabled daughter, too, and she's always been in PS.

I would recommend Liva Rivero's book:

www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780910707480-Creative+Home+Schooling+A+Resource+Guide+for+Smart+Families

Older editions (perhaps at your library) had "gifted" in the title, but it was reworked into "smart".

I'd never planned on HS'ing, but it's been the best thing EVER for my son.  He's 10 and doing two high school, and one college course this year.  He could not do that in a B&M setting.

JC

Subject: Here are some suggestions...
Date Posted: 9/3/2008 7:50 AM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2007
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You may want to try some of the books at www.giftededpress.com or http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/home/hmain.asp?h=1 . There are also message lists like TAGMAX or the accelerated learner message board at www.welltrainedmind.com

Some of my book favorites....

  • Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius by Thomas Armstrong
  • Creative Homeschooling by Lisa Rivero
  • The Educated Child by William Bennet
  • The Well Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer
  • A Case of Brilliance by Rebecca Lange Hein
  • Raising Gifted Kids by Barbara Klein
  • Gifted Children: Myths and Realities by Ellen Winner
  • Educating Your Gifted Child by Vicki Caruana