All children are “gifted,” right? Each one has special talents that make him or her stand out from the crowd. Maybe it’s an amazing ability to understand what people really need, or a stunning artistic ability. Maybe she’s the best actor you’ve ever seen, or he’s capable of writing poetry that will bring an adult to tears. Every child has talents—but some children have talents that are uniquely difficult.
Gifted children aren’t like other children. They don’t learn like other children; they don’t think like other children; and they don’t produce work like other children. When they’re “on,” they perform like no one else. They hand in spectacular papers with adult-quality observations and beautiful grammar, spelling, and handwriting. They create projects with aspects that you aren’t sure you could have designed if you had tried. Their schoolwork is impeccable.
When they’re “off,” they half-do assignments, turn in the bare minimum just to get by, and pretend that they don’t have any idea what you’re talking about when you ask them if they’re sure they’ve given you their best work. They know exactly what the minimum “acceptable” is (whether they’re shooting for A-quality or just pass-quality), and exactly how to give it to you without having to put forth any more effort than they actually want to.
Gifted children know how to push your buttons in a way that other children never will. They’re fully capable of doing whatever you have assigned to them, and doing it well and quickly. They are immensely talented, very smart, and more than able to produce acceptable results in a minimum period of time when they need to. They should be the easiest sorts of children to homeschool.
Following, a few things you need to know about homeschooling a gifted child….