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Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families Paperback – April 1, 2002
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The book is divided into three sections. Section 1, entitled "At Home With Gifted Children" starts with making the decision to home school and how best to go about making it. Other chapters in this section discuss the Traits of Giftedness (which includes discussions on asynchronous development, creativity and sensitivity), Intellectual Needs, Social/Emotional Needs, Learning Styles (what they are, how to best address individual children's styles) and even a chapter on the Full-Time Parent/Teacher and what to expect. For someone thinking about starting to home school, this section would be a very helpful way to weigh the pros and cons of the decision. For those who have already made the plunge, it can help you rethink the whys and hows of home schooling. Teachers of the gifted students could benefit from the sections on Traits of Giftedness and Learning Styles to better understand the needs of their students.
The second section of the book is entitled "Creating Your Home School Approach." This section deals with just what is creative home schooling, how home school on a budget, taking a break from school, and has a chapter on each of the 4 major home schooling approaches: Unschooling, Studying Individual Subjects, Classical Home Schooling and Unit Studies. Each approach is explained, discussed and resources listed.Read more ›
Over the eleven years that we have been a homeschooling family, I have probably read most (it is hard to keep up these days) of the homeschooling books. This is the only book I have found that addresses creative learning from several different homeschooling approaches. It also follows the format I use to help new homeschooling families - know yourself and know your children. How do you and your children learn best? What are your learning styles and peak energy times? What homeschooling approach seems to best fit your family lifestyle, your children's needs and your idea of education?
As a former children's museum education director, creativity is sadly lacking in children's lives today. Too much emphasis is being placed on "lower level thinking which is concerned with facts or correct answers. Higher level thinking is related to ideas and the analysis of information or ideas (paraphased from the book)."
She has some of the best general homeschooling tips and questions for further thought as well as a comprehensive listing of resource information for creative learners. While not all children are labeled "gifted", all children are creative learners. Most children are drawn to particular areas of interest - some are mathematical while others love to write stories, and this book will help you find resources to encourage and support their various educational endeavors.Read more ›
All parents (and teachers!) of gifted kids should read the chapters on gifted traits, social and emotinoal needs, intellectual needs, learning styles!, and special topics, including the oft overlooked profoundly gifted child, ADHD, sensory integration, and more.
Homeschooling parents will find great new resources, even if you think you know what you need... Internet MOOs, preparing documentation for school / college application, and for those just getting started, the "deschooling" period...
Tons of good homeschooling suggestions, too... from unschooling to classical homeschooling and everything in between.
This is a must-have book for every parent home schooling a gifted child, no matter what age the child, and should probably be on the bookshelf (and off, reading, referring!) of EVERY parent of a gifted child.
Ms. Rivero also also addresses different types of homeschooling such as unschooling, classical homeschooling, and unit studies and shares the advantages and disadvantages of each as they relate to gifted children. I particulary liked the "Big Idea" unit on baseball in the unit study section.
Her resources (websites, books, classes, catalogues and more) are unique and quite impressive. Though I've been homeschooling for 3 years, there were many sources in her book that I've never come across and I am eager to check out some of these.
Lastly, I really enjoyed the personal narratives that were sprinkled throughout the book. These stories give the reader an upclose account of what it's really like to homeschool these wonderful, divergent thinking children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Instead of overwhelming me, this big book inspired and encouraged me. In fact, Rivero's is the first homeschool book that really clicked with me. Read morePublished 22 days ago by A. Johnson
If you're new to home schooling and are looking for ideas for your gifted child(ren), this book has so many great ideas, some "aha" moments, and sound plans for moving... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Beth Kaura
I actually got this book from my library. It's 10 years old, so some resources she lists may not work (think websites) and some books she mentions as out of print then are surely... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
We pulled our child from school mid-year because it was so clearly a poor fit, and much research (into gifted children and twice exceptional children in particular) led me to... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by K. Levin
I checked out the book from my local library for one of my gifted endorsement courses. This book is a must read for not only parents but teachers as well. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Tabitha
After reading through & bookmarking many helpful ideas from the copy in the library, I would still like this as a reference for use at home.Published on November 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I borrowed "Creative Home Schooling..." from our local library in search for information about homeschooling, I have since read a few other books, but this is by far the best one I... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Gia
When considering the need for homeschooling, there are many books to read, some more helpful than others. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Salsyd
Super fast shipping and item was in great condition. Would love to buy from this seller again.Published on April 8, 2010 by cmccaam