As the 2012-2013 school year began, Quest Academy hosted IAGC's Parent Academy. The childcare provided allowed 46 parents to spend an afternoon together exchanging ideas on critial issues regarding the education of gifted and talented students. To view some of the presentation, click on the links below.
Thank you to everyone who attended on September 29. Click on links below for some of the presentations.
- Navigating in a Social World: Strategies for Motivating gifted Children
- Smooth Seas or Stormy Waters
- Some People
- Underachieving Gifted Students: "Non-Productive?" or "Selective Comsumers?"
What in the World Can We Do?
Contact the IAGC office to arrange to have the GES or one of its Companion Modules presented to your group in your school or district.
Chicago Gifted Community Center
ERIC Clearinghouse / Disabilities & Gifted Education
The Gifted Child Society
Gifted Learning Link
Gifted & Talented Networking and Resource Guide for Illinois - See where gifted programming is in Illinois.
Parenting Your Gifted Child, IAGC's Pinterest Board
See more links on the Parent Affiliates webpage.
Home schooling can be a wonderful alternative education for gifted children whose unique academic, social and emotional needs are not being met through traditional schooling. This is especially true for the highly+ gifted population. Home schooling can provide an education individualized to children’s needs, strengths, challenges, passions, learning styles and asynchronies. Among its many advantages, home schooling allows children to develop at their own pace, in every area. Children can be authors of their own educations and creators of their own lives, as they forge their own unique educational paths, freed from the constrictions of the ‘one size fits all’ traditional model of schooling.
Home schooling is the fastest growing educational model in America today, and families with gifted children constitute one of the fastest growing populations in home schooling. Limitless resources exist today for home schooling families to provide an education that can far exceed what their children are currently receiving in traditional schools. The entire world is a home schooler’s classroom.
Lisa Rivero: The Home Schooling Option: How to Decide When It’s Right For Your Family. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. ISBN: 0230600689
Lisa Rivero: Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families. Great Potential Press, 2002. ISBN: 0910707480
Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer: The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. Norton & Company, 1999. ISB: 0393047520
John Holt and Pat Farenga: Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling. De Capo Press, 2003. ISBN: 0738206946
Resources Compiled by Leslie Contos of Illinois TAG
Home Schooling Gifted Children
A-Z Home Schooling
Home Schooling in Illinois
TAGMAX: national list for families home schooling gifted
Home Education Magazine
IllinoisTAG online support for homeschooling gifted in Illinois
Traditional coursework is the spine but enrichment and individual interest is the meat.
Plug in your zip code to find family volunteer opportunities in your area: http://www.volunteermatch.org/
Field trip ideas: http://www.illinoishouse.org/fldtrip.htm
Bridge building contest for budding engineers and architects: http://bridgecontest.phys.iit.edu/
Fermilab, resources for the physics minded: http://ed.fnal.gov/
Illinois science fair: http://www.niles-hs.k12.il.us/jacnau/IJAS/regional.html
Illinois history fair: http://www.state.il.us/hpa/locate.htm
Library search http://www.worldcat.org/
Children’s Film Festival http://cicff2008.org/
Just a small sample of what’s available:
NASA - http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbygradelevel/index.html
Fitness - http://www.presidentschallenge.org/
History - http://www.mrdonn.org/
Language Arts - http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/SCORE/welcome.html
Math - http://archives.math.utk.edu/k12.html
Government - http://www.youthleadership.net/
Free online books and lectures - http://www.oculture.com/
An option for self-directed learners, who are interested in learning subjects in a traditional format: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/distance-education
You should start keeping records when your child starts high school level classes. This site has lots of free templates: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/olderkids/Transcripts.htm
Homeschooled students may enroll part-time in their local public school if there is space and notification is given by May 1. Law can be read at this site: http://www.lake.k12.il.us/roe_home_sch/docs/Dualenrollforweb.doc
Some 4 year and community colleges have dual enrollment programs for high school students. Your best starting point is looking at the admissions guidelines on the college website. Look for the terms “dual” or “concurrent” enrollment. Here is one school’s policy: http://www.highland.cc.il.us/admissions/homeschoolsteps.asp