We have gone back and forth about homeschooling our boys, both for cultural/social paradigm reasons, as well as just plain boredom and frustration with the everyday cookie-cutter approach that public school offers. Here is an amazing article that describes our 8-year-old Boy Wonder so well. They really hit the nail on the head with this thought:
“I talked to her later and she said, ‘I thought all gifted kids were motivated, independent learners and they did everything right.’ I told her, ‘They’re kids just like any other kids. They can get in to trouble. But they’re just more creative about it.’” Gifted Kids and School: The Best Approach to Educating Einstein.
We have spent endless hours pouring into our little Boy Wonder’s education and fighting for the services he needs. Because of his Aspergers, he does not test well, which means he typically does not test in a gifted range. Spend five minutes talking to him, and you’ll know this is about as far from the truth as you can get. He is doing well “fitting in” socially at school now, but he is bored silly. It makes you want to look at him and say, “Yes, kiddo. Hop in the car. We’re going to Philly to visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell like you’ve been begging us to do. Let’s do some geography and history on the way!” He would think he’d died and gone to heaven.
Ultimately, it always comes down to time and money resources for us. With the arts academy and our homestead, there never seem to be enough hours in the day as it is, let alone shifting life to homeschool every day. But my heart aches for both our smart little fellas, and I wish there was a better way to learn.
Do you have a similar experience with your gifted kid or special needs child? We’d really love to hear your homeschooling vs. public schooling thoughts and what your feedback is about navigating education today.
- Multisensory Homeschooling for Children with Special Needs: Day 5 – Books and Programs (jenniferajanes.com)
- Farewell to Aspies: Some reluctant to let go of diagnosis (today.com)
- Gifted Students Have ‘Special Needs,’ Too (educationnext.org)
- Gifted kids ‘dumbing themselves down’ (theage.com.au)
- Calculating the Return on Investment of Gifted Education (rogueleaderr.tumblr.com)