Do you ever feel as though you are completely and utterly alone in the world? That you are teaching a child that no one else has ever taught before, and who confuses you as often as she fascinates you? The good news is, you’re not alone! The bad news is, working with a gifted child has its own unique set of issues and concerns.
You might be virtual schooling a gifted child if….
· You dread the beginning of a new school year, because it means that you’re going to have to explain your child…again.
· You know full well that your child should not be as far through the curriculum as they are, but it’s too much effort to hold them back.
· You perfectly understand the difference between “time actually spent on something” and “curriculum hours”…and you count “curriculum hours” for your child routinely.
· You have had a serious discussion with your child’s teacher about what you will do if they are too far ahead at the end of the year.
· You anticipate seeing next year’s curriculum sometime between January and February.
· You never skip optional lessons. The word “optional” has been erased from your household.
· Your student frequently finishes all of their classwork for the day before lunch.
· You find yourself scrambling to find activities to fill the homeschooling day so your child won’t be “bored.”
· When people ask what you do all day, you can occasionally stop laughing before they walk away again.
· You perfectly understand the statement that a gifted child falls under the “children with disabilities” act.
· You worry that your child will complete curriculum too far beyond his grade level too early.
· You perfectly understand that maturity and intelligence are two vastly different things.
· You have frequently been frustrated by your child’s ability to grasp something academically without being able to put it into action emotionally.
· You know full well that gifted children can have areas—entire subjects, units within a subject, or even just a lesson or two—that are much harder for them to grasp. At least once, you have deliberately spent an entire day on one of these areas.
· No one has ever accused your child of making too little progress.
· You often catch your child doing something other than what they should be during class time…but the work they have completed doesn’t reflect it.
· You frequently shorten lessons to prevent your child from becoming bored before they’re done.
· You wonder why people say that virtual schooling is “easier” than homeschooling.
· Your child’s teacher has never heard of anything like them before.
· You frequently ask questions of your child’s teacher that they have to contact someone else in order to answer.
· Your child frequently completes work faster than you can grade it.
· You dream of the day when your child will go to college, and just hope that her professors are ready for her!