As the school year progresses, interest in homeschooling rises among parents of gifted children. I receive calls from frantic parents. They don't want to go to school. They're refusing to do their school work. They're bored. They're not learning anything. They're capable of so much more. Their teacher won't differentiate. The spark in our children's eyes begin to fade as they sit in a classroom day after day learning material they already know. It's painful to watch. Often, this is the moment at which a parent decides to give homeschooling a whirl.
It can't be that hard. It can't be worse. They're already ahead. If I don't have an education plan for now, that is okay. We'll start homeschooling in the fall. Let's give them a mental health vacation. There's only a few months left to school anyways. They wouldn't be learning anything there either.
Unfortunately, it really can get worse. Thankfully, there are plenty of families that home school successfully. Here are 5 DO's and DON'Ts to help you start a successful homeschooling journey.