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Product Details

  • Series: Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling
  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: GHF Press (July 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615496644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615496641
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Corin Barsily Goodwin founded GHF in 2004 to address a growing need for support and advocacy. Prior to that, she served as the Gifted/Special Needs Advisor for the HomeSchool Association of California and co-chaired their Legislative Committee. She has been presenting workshops on giftedness, learning differences, and homeschool related issues for many years. Her articles have been seen in NAGC (US) Parenting for High Potential, 2e Newsletter, California Association for the Gifted’s Gifted Ed Communicator, the NAGC UK Magazine, California HomeSchooler, SENG Update, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, and many other publications. Ms. Goodwin also serves on the SENG Editorial Board and the Advisory Board of the Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund. She lives in the woods of Southern Oregon where she homeschools her 2e children with the help of two cats and a turtle who live with her, and a dog who just thinks she does. Mika Gustavson, MA, MFT is a counselor who specializes in helping the gifted to thrive. A homeschooling mom herself, she specializes in providing support to families considering paths-less-taken in learning, nurturing, and parenting. She leads groups and classes for parents of gifted, quirky, intense, anxious, and twice-exceptional children, as well as providing trainings and presentations for educators and other professionals on issues touching on giftedness, homeschooling, and parenting. Ms. Gustavson serves on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum’s Professional Outreach Committee, and is a community board member for Camp Summit for the Gifted. She works and lives in Silicon Valley, with her husband, son, and an ever-changing menagerie.

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Highly recommended reading for any parent considering homeschooling for their gifted children!
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Making the choice, gives you power in the process.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Fertig on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
The concept and acceptance of homeschooling has changed over the years. Making the Choice is a quick and easy read that brings these changes to the forefront and provides advice on deciding whether to homeschool and how to make homeschooling a successful experience.

The book discusses the definition of giftedness, what it means to be "twice exceptional," and the importance of an accurate assessment by a professional who has experience working with gifted children. The authors recognize that homeschooling is not for everyone, but they also understand that schools have difficulty meeting the needs of all students. Even if your school or district has a gifted program, it may not be a good match for your child. The authors respect the individual's choice to decide upon the educational option that works best for one's family.

Those who appreciate options will be delighted with Making the Choice because this book offers many. The authors do not explain one "right" way to homeschool; instead, they present many strategies and resources from which to choose. Some of these suggestions have become possible only in recent years with advancements in technology and greater public acceptance of homeschooling.

Today, many educational professionals recognize the need for alternatives and more and more homeschooling support services have become available. Often families combine online classes, independent study, and some classes at brick and mortar schools with parent-guided learning. Some families use purchased curriculum, while others use a more eclectic approach. Tutors and mentors may also be included.

The book allays specific concerns that parents may have. Advice is included about inevitable family adjustments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joy Lawson Davis on July 27, 2011
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`Making the Choice' is a `frank and straight-to-the-point' guidebook for parents emphasizing their critical responsibility for ensuring a quality education for their gifted children. The authors give readers the courage to make the choice to homeschool by dispelling widely held assumptions about the disadvantages thereof and pointing out the social and intellectual advantages of teaching gifted children at home, from the early years through high school. `Making the Choice' arms parents with important information to create a schooling environment where their children's minds can be stretched; where they can exposed to a wide variety of challenging learning experiences; where they can be accelerated at an individual pace, and
where they can be comfortable with being gifted -all within an honest and non-defensive setting. Highly recommended reading for any parent considering homeschooling for their gifted children!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2011
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Excellent description of what can happen when a child is experiencing poor educational fit within the school system. If you're on the fence about homeschooling, this book gives you some important things to consider when making your choice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wes Beach on August 3, 2011
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With empathy and wisdom, Goodwin and Gustavson discuss a variety of
considerations and offer guidance and support in finding and designing
appropriate education for gifted kids. They understand that each child is
unique, and that this fact requires a focus on what a young person needs
in order to learn and thrive rather than on what a school might dictate.
Had this book been available when my son needed something very different
from what his school was serving up, I would have been more confident to
begin, and begin sooner, clearing a radically different path for him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SBB on September 9, 2011
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As a mother of a pre-kindergartener, who reads at 3rd grade level, does 1st-2nd grade math, discusses subjects like an older elementary child but shows an emotional state of a typical 4 year old, Making the Choice by Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Gustavson offers me encouragement and support in parenting a gifted child, the knowledge and comfort that I am indeed not alone on my journey, the resources to follow through with my choices to homeschool and the advice of someone who has been there before. I recommend Making the Choice to any mother, father or guardian of a gifted child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous Reviewer on August 4, 2011
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Making the Choice is a tremendously helpful resource for families facing very challenging educational situations. What do you do when school "doesn't fit" your asynchronous child? The authors help readers identify signals that school is the wrong fit. They encourage parents to trust their instincts, but also to learn more about the research about gifted and twice exceptional (gifted with learning differences) kids and educational responses that are proven to work, all to empower parents and their children to make decisions that will lead to the childrens' educational needs being met more appropriately. They weigh the merits of various approaches, and encourage families to include children in the decision-making process to help ensure their opinions are taken into account as part of the process.

The authors achieve this without overwhelming the reader; this is a slender, helpful book. They offer specific web resources, as well as advice to guide families in making educational decisions. They do so in an even-handed way, encouraging readers to seek their own answers and to find solutions that will best meet their children's needs.

Having walked this road myself, I wish I'd had this guide then. I highly commend it.
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