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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593637454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593637453
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regardless of the motivation to homeschool, it would be a very difficult task. Just the time spent in the house monitoring and then teaching your child would usurp a great part of the day. That commitment would be overwhelming. However, if YOU have a reason—and there are many reasons—to teach your child at home, this has to be the book to read. It has all the answers: it tells you where, why, how, and when. It would save you months and months of research and provide details that might not have been considered. And that's because Cindy West, the author, homeschooled her children for 14 years. She is also an educator with a master's degree in education and teaches workshops to home schooling parents. Public schools are not a fit for everyone, and this book, Homeschooling, provides the most thorough alternatives . . . Somewhere, someone wants to take on this huge responsibility. And for those who have the courage and the stamina, this book has done the major work for you. Bravo to Cindy West! --Elaine S. Wiener, Retire Associate Editor, Gifted Education Communicator

My experience has shown me that homeschooling gifted children is not an easy road and there is no "one size fits all" curriculum that has been created for us to use. It takes patience and intuition to even attempt to meet the needs of a gifted student. It is not impossible to educate gifted children at home in the 21st Century, especially with great resources and information available to parents. Cindy West has done a good job of pulling a lot of useful information together for parents who find themselves with a gifted or advanced student in their home. This book will give you a direction to aim for and a map to get there. --Harmony Art Mom, November 15, 2011

About the Author

Cindy West is a veteran homeschooler of three bright and active children ranging in age from 4–14. She holds a master's degree in education from Georgetown College and spent several years teaching elementary students in the public school system before coming home to teach her own children.

More About the Author

Cindy West, a veteran homeschooling mom of three bright and active children, lives on a cattle farm in Central Kentucky. She is passionate about creatively teaching to meet each child's needs and instill a lifelong love for learning. Her writings and speaking sessions encourage this passion in others.

Customer Reviews

Overall this book is very well-written.
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By creating a nurturing learning environment at home, Cindy West has shown that it is very possible to succeed while Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners.
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I would highly recommend Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners to all homeschool parents.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Why Not on February 15, 2012
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I purchased the book with high hopes! Books targeted at gifted homeschoolers are certainly needed, but this one is not it. Having homeschooled now for over 4 years and having done an extensive amount of reading on the topic, I find the information in this book rather generic and not much is new. Nothing applies to gifted homeschoolers in particular, making the title misleading. It's unfortunate, but I cannot recommend the book and will continue to search for one that is truly aimed at homeschooling gifted kids.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Clearlykaars on March 17, 2012
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I purchased this book in hopes of getting some good advice/information about this very particular subject. This book has none of that. The author does not even have the correct definition of what "gifted" really means!!! IQ level of 115 is not gifted, sorry. She also dose not know for sure if her own kids are truly gifted because neither they nor herself have ever been tested by the standards like WISC. As such she can not possibly understand what it really takes to home-school or raise these very intelligent, emotional, wonderful kids. The things that Homeschoolers of Gifted Kids really need help with like how to help over excitability and help with the balancing act of trying to teach these very sensitive "perfectionist" kids are not even touched. This book should have a name change to " Homeschooling Helper" and leave out the gifted part because the author truly has no real clue about giftedness. Her list of Resources has none of the true "Experts" in the gifted field listed but lists facebook and youtube as possible websites to help. You know how anyone can write a book and ACT like they know what they are talking about? Well, this is one of those books!! Save your money, my copy is being sent back today!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marathon Mom on March 23, 2014
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This is the first time I bought a book and rather than just being disappointed, wished I could return it. It is a big rip off especially at the price! I would have not even thought it was a good deal for a dollar.

The information is broad and nothing new. A lot is common sense or public knowledge. Everything is easily accessible for free. There are no specific techniques or anything suggesting advanced knowledge.

There's a large section warning off community college. Part is overblown (having attended one myself; it was nowhere near so bad.) and a lot of it hinges on worries if exposing your kids to the world. If my teenager can't handle most of that, I did not raise them right. But, it is then clear the world is code for lack of religion, including a closing suggestion of a Christian college instead. As a secular humanist raising a gifted child, this is not even a little bit of a concern, and since the book have more detail here in anything else that actually had ANYTHING to do with raising a gifted child, I feel defrauded.

A book on homeschooling gifted children is very needed. This, despite the title, is not it,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Corbin on July 28, 2014
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This book has a wealth of information for me as a new homeschooling mom with a gifted 4th grader. It is a good beginning how-to for those who think they might have a child who is gifted in an area. There are also a ton of great resources such as curriculum recommendations for different learning styles. I love the practical advice such as the "100 things to do when you're bored" chart and setting a timer when your kids begin to dawdle on a subject. I also love the idea of project based learning and letting them dive into a subject of interest. Great book for any homeschooling parent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa E. Hutchins on November 9, 2011
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As a Homeschooler for the past nine years I was pleased that there was a new book for me to read, but once I began the journey into Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners I was amazed at all the wonderful information that I was provided.

Sometimes at nine years into an activity you think you have it all down and know what you are doing, and well maybe you do, but I have gained a new enthusiasm for my homeschool and am ready to delve into areas that have become known to me through this wonderful new resource.

I highly recommend it to all individuals and families that are currently homeschooling or are considering homeschooling the children in their lives. It is a wealth of practical tips, ideas, links and suggestions on planning, curriculum choices, teaching methods, organization and implementation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmie Lanley VINE VOICE on August 25, 2014
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This book is perfect for the parent who has a gifted child and is considering whether homeschooling is a good option. Cindy West takes a parent through the pros and cons of homeschooling a gifted learner and outlines a plan of action for choosing curriculum, individualizing instruction, organizing your day, and handling socialization.

Based on both her professional expertise as an educator and on her personal experience as a homeschool mom of gifted children, Cindy's advice is consistently practical and easy to implement. The book is not filled with confusing educational jargon but real-life examples and down-to-earth how tos. I heartily recommend this title to any parent of a gifted child who is wondering what the best educational options are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna S on February 18, 2014
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This book has a wealth of information and resources for any homeschooler. I would recommend it to anyone looking for creative ideas, inspiration, and resources for many topics. I appreciate that I was able to get throughout it quickly. And the resource guide...awesome. My son and I will both benefit from this read!
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