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Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families Paperback – April 1, 2002

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Editorial Reviews


"Exceptional!" -- Today's Books, Best Reads, May 27, 2002<br /><br />"Buy this one quickly! I've re-read it twice and still find 'new' nuggets to ponder. What a gem!" -- Beth's Library, October, 2002<br /><br />"From parents to teachers to camp counselors, this is a great guide for any educator." -- Bookpage, August, 2002<br /><br />"The list of resources available is of good quality and will be reused many times in our household." -- Outlook, Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented, July/August, 2002<br /><br />"A must read for any home schooling parents and useful for any teacher of gifted students." --Joni Lawver, Nebraska Association for the Gifted Newsletter, Fall, 2002<br /><br />"...incorporates a wealth of best practice research and advice from home schooling veterans." -- Gifted and Talented International, Fall, 2002<br /><br />"This work will become a major resource for parents and educators of the gifted." -- Gifted Education News-Page, Volume II, Number 6<br /><br />Winner of the 2003 Glyph Award! -- Glyph Awards!<br /><br />"A solid, accessible, 'user friendly' guide packed with advice, information, ideas, and insights on homeschooling especially gifted children" --Midwest Book Review, Spring, 2002

About the Author

Lisa Rivero is a freelance writer who began home schooling her bright son when he was not thriving in school. She has taught intense and creative learners in elementary classrooms and now leads a book discussion group for home schooled children.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Great Potential Pr., Inc. (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910707480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910707480
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lisa Rivero grew up in rural South Dakota and now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she enjoys teaching delightfully intense students at Milwaukee School of Engineering, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, walking, and being with her family--not necessarily in that order and often simultaneously. Her young adult book, Smart Teens' Guide to Living with Intensity, was a 2010 National Indie Excellence Award finalist and named by the Arizona Book Publishing Association as a 2011 Glyph Award Winner for both Best Juvenile/Young Adult--Nonfiction Book and Best Psychology/Self-Help Book.

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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Pgletsmom on August 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is so much more than just a resource guide for home schooling parents of gifted children. It fills that niche so much better than any other book I've found, but it goes so much farther. This book would also be a must read for any home schooling parents and useful for any teacher of gifted students. Each chapter of the book has a section with specific resources, quotes from home school parents and interviews with home schooled students.
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.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. Leathers on July 4, 2002
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A rare gem that will help any homeschooling family's experience sparkle. I wish the author had chosen to simply entitle the book "Creative Homeschooling" because the "For Gifted Children" might put some people off who are not homeschooling gifted children. And this is one book that is truly for any homeschooling family. When reading just insert a "child interested in learning" in most of the "gifted" spaces.
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.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn K. of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page on May 29, 2002
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Lisa Rivero's new book is huge! Not only in size, but in content... no skinny little book this, and full of great resources for ALL parents of gifted children. While some chapters focus on homeschooling, other chapters apply equally well to the schooling parent, or even the teacher of gifted children!
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.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2002
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Creative Homeschooling for Gifted Children: A Resource Guide is one of the best homeschooling books I've ever read. I think it's a book that every homeschooler who either has an identified gifted child or who have children who learn and think "out of the box" could benefit from. It addresses areas not usually covered in homeschooling books such as asynchronous development (uneven development), perfectionism, learning for self-actualization rather than achievement,humor,intuitive learning, and social and emotional needs.
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.
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