One of the first things that you read about when you start to learn about what it means to be neurologically different, is that it can feel like being an alien, the veritable ‘Stranger in a Strange Land‘.
In our family, it was both a shock and a relief to realise that when we were looking for answers to why our children were developing outside of the box that we were also finding the answers for ourselves as well.
Continue reading “2e in the Family – Loving the Alien in Us”
Adapting our homeschooling environment to support our kids needs has been a work in progress that has taken years of trial and error. I personally love the idea of self-directed learning and unschooling, but I have had to adapt it to fit the needs of my children.
As much as I would love to be able to say ‘you can do whatever you want’ and let it happen (with me strewing and facilitating, but having the kids in charge), it hasn’t happened. Instead, we have taken a lot of slow, small steps in that direction, and have had to treat it as more of an end goal than a blueprint.
Over time, (and with an understanding of their neurological differences) I have come to understand why my children need support and why those supports need to be different for each child.
Continue reading “Creating an Unschooling Environment for my 2e Kids””
Sometimes I can take it all in my stride.
Sometimes I forget, even for a moment, all that giftedness entails – and that’s when I run into the ‘oh, yeah, I forgot about that’ wall. Continue reading “The Breadth of Gifted Still Knocks Me Flat”
“I have to be perfect”
It sounds like a great thing, doesn’t it? A drive to get better at a task until you are the best you can be – a perfect swim, a perfect score, a perfect canvas, or a perfect story.
Um, no. For our family, it sucks.
Continue reading “Perfectionism and Anxiety are No Fun”
It’s a thorny subject and one I haven’t found the answer to yet. If I ever do.
When people (almost always strangers) ask me about my son – do I use the word ‘gifted’? Or should I use ‘asynchronous’? Some of the more fraught conversations I have had have been with parents of homeschooling or special needs kids. Which was a surprise for me.
Continue reading “Developing a Tough Skin”
“What do you expect with two overexcited, overtired gifted kids?” said my DH at the end of a long evening as we sheltered from the noise of our two as they raced up and down the hallway playing a complicated game with a pram, some cards with numbers on them, and two baby dolls.
Continue reading “Giftedness: Why does it Matter?”
What are the tools and tricks I use regularly to help with educating my kids?
It’s a mix, really, but there are a few things that have helped make the journey a little easier.
C learns best when he is the one creating his own learning journey. And it is a privilege to watch how his mind works through problems. But it does occasionally leave me with a conundrum. How do I spontaneously have all the resources on hand that he needs, when he needs it?
Continue reading “Educational Tricks for Keeping Up With a Natural Learner”
This topic is close to my heart, because it is something we deal with in this house everyday. As I have talked about before, both my kids have LDs. My son has SPD and ideopathic toe walking (plus another unknown disability we’re going through the wringer to get diagnosed). My daughter has anxiety disorder – she gets stressed and then is unable to feel pain – which causes her to be a sensory seeker – she likes throwing herself onto the floor for the bump. I cried the first time she complained about a minor injury. Because it was a big deal – it meant that she was able to feel it, and therapy was working.
So today I’m going to talk about how we incorporate strategies into our day to keep everyone on an even keel. Some of these are for the disabilities, some for the OEs. They all help.
Continue reading “Keeping Balanced: Promoting Health and Wellness in the Gifted/2E Child”
I wasn’t sure what to write for the blog-hop on ‘homeschooling gifted/2e kids into their teens’. I mean, C is almost 7, J is 2.5. They’re not exactly galloping towards teenager-hood at this time. But then I asked for some advice, and had a good think, and realised – I do have something to say. Because I have thought about some of the problems we’re sure to encounter. Continue reading “Musings on Tertiary Options”
Homeschooling can be brutal. This has nothing to do with teaching, or learning, exploring or creating. This has to do with sleep. Or rather – where did all that lovely shut-eye go?
Continue reading “Staying Motivated Throughout the Homeschool Year: How to Survive”