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Gifted Children At Home *NOP Paperback – March 1, 2007
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Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Bright Ideas Press; 2nd edition (March 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11 inches
Did Buford Jr. talk at 9-months old? Is little Sally teaching herself to read at 4-years-old? Is your child a perfectionist? Has he created a new foreign language? Does she have an early interest in morals and life? Congratulations! Your child is likely gifted in some area. If you have a gifted child in your homeschool, this 152-page softcover might be able to replace your aspirin bottle. Veteran teacher-moms Janice Baker, Kathleen Julicher, and Maggie Hogan teamed up for Gifted Children at Home: A Practical Guide for Homeschooling Families in order to answer the myriad of questions parents of gifted children often ask. This practical "how-to" book charts some ups-and-downs you may experience along the way as you raise your special child or children.Read more ›
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I read the preview of this book online at Bright Ideas Press website. It resonated with the talk I've written to give at a small conference this year. I wanted a book I could recommend to Christian parents homeschooling children who are gifted intellectually. At first, I hoped this book would be the right one, but as I read through the book--it became clear that I wouldn't recommend it. The authors try to be unbiased in this book and simply try and give information. I think they do a good job of that on the whole.
There is some good advice about how to choose curriculum, activities, etc. But, there's lots of holes. For example, they give a listing of subjects that should be taught, but writing isn't even listed for second grade. The arts aren't included, yet geography is. Composition isn't recommended until age 9 or 10. I don't think that's wise. The list is too general to be helpful. Health is required in the state we live in for grades K-8 and so is art. It is true that many gifted kids are able to pick up on things when they're older even if they miss them growing up, but wouldn't it be better to have a well rounded curriculum that scaffolds a student's learning and helps them think more deeply (along the lines of Bloom's Taxonomy).
Instead of this book, I'd recommend Homeschooling Your Gifted Child: Language Arts for the Middle School Years, ISBN# 1576854302 This book has a much better discussion of testing your child--and whether or not it is wise to do so. The other topics are also better covered even though this is specifically a book for middle school and homeschooling.
I'm going to keep looking for a book on teaching gifted children written for Christians who are homeschooling that I feel comfortable recommending...