Let’s face it: some kids are more of a challenge to homeschool than others. Those who have never had one think that homeschooling a gifted child would be the easiest way to homeschool—but they’ve obviously never tried it! If you’ve done it, you might recognize some of these signs and symptoms.
You might be homeschooling a gifted child if….
· You understand perfectly why children who are gifted fall under the “children with disabilities” act.
· You’ve ever seriously considered putting your child back in public school in the hopes that someone there will actually be able to answer their questions.
· You select coursework that you expect to take them a week to finish…and they complete it in an hour.
· You have ever put your child in front of the television because it’s too much effort to keep coming up with more work, and at least you know that educational video has a runtime of an hour.
· You often wonder if your child is smarter than you are.
· You’ve ever read something your child has written and wondered if there was any sense in making them study the subject further, since they already know things about it that you didn’t learn until college.
· Your child often intimidates you.
· Your child is fully capable of working above grade level…but often doesn’t, simply because it takes too much effort.
· Your child knows how to play the system, their teachers…and you.
· Your child has ever informed you that they hate busywork and won’t do it…when “busywork” refers to a normal assignment.
· Your child frequently becomes so engrossed in a project that they spend twice as much time as you had anticipated on it…or more.
· Your child has very eclectic interests that occasionally terrify other adults when they talk about them in passing.
· Your child is frequently too articulate.
· You worry more about whether or not you’re challenging them enough than about whether or not they’re getting enough done in a day.
· You worry that your child will surpass your ability to teach them before you reach your homeschooling goals.
· You homeschool because public school is too “boring” for your child.
· You homeschool because public schools had no idea what to do with your child.
· You laugh at the idea of spending “all day” on homeschooling.
· You occasionally think “unschooling” would be a viable option…if your child were willing to work on subjects outside of their specific interests.
· You battle with your child over whether or not they’re going to do a certain amount of work in a day…because they’re already done with grade-level curriculum.
· Your child is done with grade-level curriculum, and it’s not Christmas yet.
· You have no idea what you’re going to do after Christmas, just that you have to make a decision…and you might have to make it soon.
· Your child knows more than you do about many of their subjects…including the ones that you’re currently teaching them.