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How Do You Know Your Child is Gifted?

How Do You Know Your Child is Gifted?
How Do You Know Your Child is Gifted? In general, gifted children learn more, learn faster, and learn at an earlier age. They remember more, understand abstract concepts, and understand them earlier, have passionate interests, and can do multiple things at once and do them well. Expert definitions vary widely. One expert says that gifted children have an I.Q. of 130 or more (I’ve tried to locate I.Q. tests and it’s not easy, so this probably...
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Keep Gifted Kids Challenged

Keep Gifted Kids Challenged
To keep young gifted children challenged, you can go faster through core subjects, but it can be easier to go wider, and experience many different subjects.  This can help you to feed their desire to learn more, but without the negatives that come with material that is above their maturity level. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Keep Gifted Kids...
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Gifted Education and a Free Foreign Language Resource

Gifted Education and a Free Foreign Language Resource
I received a sweet note from a client, and she gave a wonderful review of a free homeschool resource for foreign language.  I thought it might encourage others, so I'm passing it along. Hi Lee,Thank you so much for focusing on high school, homeschool students! Your web site has been very valuable to me.  I am homeschooling a son who is profoundly gifted.  We are "refugees homeschoolers" - We always believed our son would be schooled...
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Guest — Dawn
A word of caution. From what I could see, you are contacting live users on Mocha. Just make sure you are checking things out tho... Read More
Saturday, 04 September 2010 14:09
Guest — J W
WOW! I've been looking for something to do because everything we've tried so far just hasn't met our needs. Thanks!
Monday, 30 August 2010 20:42
Guest — Nicole
Thank you Lee! My 13 year old son took Spanish in 6th grade from a teacher he loved! She gave us a textbook and workbooks for him ... Read More
Monday, 30 August 2010 07:09
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Are We Failing Our Geniuses?

Are We Failing Our Geniuses?
An article in Time magazine asks "Are We Failing Our Geniuses?"  Often in school systems, children aren't permitted to learn at their level in each subject.  The are put into age-specific classes, and only provided educational material based on their age.  The article says, "Many school systems are wary of grade skipping even though research shows that it usually works well both academically and socially for gifted students--and that holding them back can lead to isolation...
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Guest — Annie Kate
You are so correct in this. Homeschooling allows children of all abilities to work at their own level. Even in homeschool, thoug... Read More
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 03:11
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
I see what you mean, Annie. There is only an excerpt now. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:14
Guest — April Edwards
Thank you Lee for emailing this to me (I'm a gold club subscriber). This is the EXACT reason we are homeschooling our profoundly ... Read More
Thursday, 30 August 2012 08:21
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University Programs for Gifted Kids

University Programs for Gifted Kids
It's very difficult to balance the academic needs of gifted children.  How do you know when they should take classes outside the home? Lee,I have enjoyed your newsletters for over a year but have never contacted you.  Now I'm needing a second opinion.  My 15yo dd is academically advanced, but she does not want to graduate early.  She has been offered a spot in an outstanding joint enrollment at a large public university.  It sounds like...
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Can We Finish High School in Less Than 4 Years?

Can We Finish High School in Less Than 4 Years?
>>>>Is it also possible to finish high school earlier than 4 years?  Is this a good idea?<<<<It's very hard to say if it's a "good" idea, because it varies so much family to family, child to child, college to college, and even year to year as maturity changes things!  But yes, you can graduate early, or you can start high school early and then do it in four years.  Or both.I can tell you what worked...
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Guest — Audrey
OK. When you say he had a year of homeschooling college with CLEP, do you mean he spent one year preparing for "X number" of CLEP ... Read More
Friday, 03 July 2009 17:45
Guest — Lee
Hi Audrey, I don't remember how many high school credits he had, but he had 1 year of homeschooling college with CLEP exams (I th... Read More
Thursday, 02 July 2009 20:33
Guest — Audrey
How many credits did he have, if I may ask? Did he then finish college in 2 years?
Thursday, 02 July 2009 17:25
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Continue Homeschool?

Continue Homeschool?
My daughter will be in the 9th grade next year and whether or not to continue homeschooling her has been on my mind. She doesn't feel challenged enough at home and she has had behavioral issues that have been challenging to me. Thank you for your site. I have not thoroughly read your emails but I need to start.Thank you for your help.~SharonSince you are just beginning the high school years, you may want to consider...
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As far as the behavior issues go, it would be better to deal with them in the context of a loving home with a counselor you trust.... Read More
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:05
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Bright but Bored?

Bright but Bored?
Is your student very bright but bored?Homeschool parents can test the level of the student in each subject.  The standardized tests help (Iowa Basic, CAT test, or any of the others.)  Is the student at grade level?  Above grade level and bored?  Or below level and frustrated?  Using a math placement test can help.  I recommend Saxon for math placement.Once you know what level, then you can make sure their curriculum is at their level all...
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Guest — J W
One word of caution, though - just because a child scores at a college freshman level on a standardized test doesn't mean he or sh... Read More
Friday, 24 October 2008 07:50
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Gifted but Underachieving

Gifted but Underachieving
Dayna asked me for help with her gifted teen daughter who was underachieving in public schools.Hi Dayna,It sounds like you need my new audio CD called "Gifted Education" but it's not quite ready yet! Seriously, though, do I ever understand the difficulty of raising gifted children!I have a great idea that may work with you AND your husband. How about looking into College Plus! Here is a link. If your daughter is motivated by doing "real"...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Stephanie! The audio is almost ready. We have the sample disc, but the packaging wasn't just right, so we have to upd... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2008 06:16
Guest — Stephanie
Thanks for sharing this. I spent quite a bit of time looking through all of your links and Hoagies yesterday (but forgot to commen... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2008 06:03
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Can I Take the PSAT After the SAT?

Can I Take the PSAT After the SAT?
"If my son has already taken the SAT® as a sophomore, can he take the PSAT/NMSQT® to see if he qualifies for the National Merit® Scholarship, and then retake the SAT®, or how does that work?"Dear Holly,Yes!  You can take the PSAT/NMSQT® after the SAT®.  On the National Merit® Scholarship Program website, you can read about all the details.When I read this page, it seemed as though they really understood gifted kids.  You can give them...
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Guest — UH
Hi, My son recently took the SAT and scored 1550. Does he still need to take the PSAT for National Merit Thanks, UH... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2020 16:09
Robin
Hi UH! Unfortunately, YES. Lee says that though your son scored well on the SAT, students who want to be considered for the Natio... Read More
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Guest — Mary
Hello Mrs. Lee I just want to verify this since it's been a couple years since anyone has posted. My daughter is signed up to tak... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2014 15:03
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Washington Homeschool Week!

Washington Homeschool Week!
The Washington State Governor has declared June 8-14 to be "Washington Homeschool Week." Regardless of which state you live in, why don't you celebrate by going to a convention near you! I will be speaking at the Washington Homeschool Organization this weekend on "How to Make a Transcript" and "Gifted Education." Please stop by if you are at the convention and say "hi!"I would love to hear from you!
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Homeschooling the Profoundly Gifted

Homeschooling the Profoundly Gifted
Janel in North Dakota met me at a homeschool convention, and we shared our worries about homeschooling profoundly gifted children. If you are dealing with a gifted child, you may want to see my web pages that are devoted to just those concerns. I wish I would have had someone to talk to when I was in Janel's position! It really IS difficult to know what to do with a profoundly gifted child. I do have...
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