- 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 (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"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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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. Most home schooling is nothing like "school at home" and this section gives a picture into how different approaches can work with different children and different families. This section would be useful for any home school parent, and anyone looking to learn more about home schooling in general. No two home schools are a like! Teachers could benefit by studying the different approaches to learning and incorporating them into their classroom, especially when individualizing curriculum for gifted students.
Section 3, "Your Creative Home School Toolbox," starts with a chapter on documentation and testing. Since each state has different requirements, a multitude of different ideas for documenting learning are presented. The following chapter discusses special topics such as profoundly gifted children and learning differences. The last chapter is a list of recommended resources and a list of publishers, manufacturers and suppliers. Parents, teachers and students a like will find a wealth of resources on just about every subject under the sun.
The book concludes with a section of general resources by subject, followed by a resource index by ability level and subject. These sections are invaluable for those dealing with an asynchronous child, whether they are home school parents or classroom teachers. All in all, I would highly recommend this book!
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. Use this book to help you keep the love of learning spark alive in your children. And hey, this is the only homeschooling book I have ever read that even includes a chapter on using humor to learn. Now this is my kind of book!
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.