Gifted Children and the Future

I am a planner. I am also a researcher. I read the good, bad and ugly when it comes to gifted children. 

I have read about what happens when you keep them on idle. They have their own path and tempo. Some tend to hit a ‘point’ where they become discouraged and bored. Usually in high school. Along with that can come a bunch of problems. 

I experienced this and just thought it was me. My oldest experienced this as well. We both wanted to be much father along then we were and had to ‘spin wheels’ to finish high school and move on. 

So when it came to Madison, I told her when we homeschool you can play as much as you want and go at grade level speed or you can go as far as you want.

This also equates to possibly taking AP courses and college courses early. 

So when she chose the fast tract which I respect, I researched more. The goal is not to send her to actual college classes early. There’s no way she would socially be able to handle that. 

She wants to acquire more than one degree. And so the goal is to prepare her to be able to take college courses online. To allow her to work towards and obtain a degree while at home. And then when she’s ready to attend college she can do so to obtain another degree. This is what she wants to do and if that changes, we’ll adapt accordingly. 

But college is expensive, so I’m checking out AP test out options. That doesn’t mean she’ll enter into the world any sooner then she should. It means she may achieve what she wants to sooner and without having to do her generals twice. Cheaper and less frustration for her is a win/win in my mind. And if she changes her mind, that’s fine too. But I won’t close any doors for her. I’ll keep them all open and let her choose and pursue whatever interests her. I’ve read too many articles on what can happen if I don’t and I’m not willing to take that chance. 


Homeschooling a Gifted Child Is Scary

Homeschooling a gifted child is a scary thing. That is just me being honest. If she were my only child and I had not experienced the education my oldest had at a private school, I wouldn’t know any different. If I didn’t know how important some skills were and the education needed to receive high test scores and scholarships I wouldn’t know any different.

If I didn’t see the impact it made on applying for colleges, it wouldn’t be a big deal and I would be much more laid back.

But I do know and I can’t undo that. I know when elementary gets harder as well as middle and high school and what it takes when that happens. 

I also know that the happiness of my child is important and that I have to find balance. 

My child only wants to learn what she is interested in. We go down a lot of rabbit holes. Too many to count. 

And rabbit holes are the right way to go. My issue is figuring out how to incorporate everything she needs to learn while doing that. To present it in a fun and interesting way that appeals to her.

That is the hard part. It is incredibly hard to keep up with her. I have to morph myself to become an outside the box thinker that is ahead of her. I have to be creative for the subjects that are not as intriguig to her. And the pressure of that is overwhelming sometimes. But, it is a puzzle. One that I need to figure out. 

I am currently working on a new strategy. One that hopefully will work and that I will really be able to dig into when Madison is at camps. I am going to work backwards. I am going to see what she needs to know from the highest level and then work down. After that, I am going to find creative ways for her to learn it all in a way that she loves. Because if she doesn’t learn it, I will feel as though I have shut the doors for her. 

And I know first hand how important those open doors are. I am the one solely responsible for making sure they are open. 

Sometimes seeing the big picture is a curse, but in this instance my gut tells me  it isn’t. I just need to become more creative. 

Someone once told me that if a child ‘checks out’ or is ‘bored’ it is not the child who is at fault. It is the person that is teaching them is not engaging them. 

I have never forgotten that, because it is true.