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Is Unschooling Right for Your Gifted Child?

A lively discussion was engaged in during this week’s chat. I’m hopeful that new light was shed on unschooling and the  philosophy behind it. Participants included people from 16 states and 7 countries proving that this was a topic with global appeal. Although we chatted about unschooling in general, we also discussed why unschooling and homeschooling are so attractive to parents of gifted children. Mika Gustavson of Gifted Matters described unschooling as “Child-led learning; life-relevant learning; relevant-to-the-child learning.” A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Two announcements were made during gtchat this past week. First, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented will be powering our chat for the upcoming year. Many thanks to the folks at Texas Gifted, the Board of Directors and to J.J. Colburn, Executive Director for all they do and for their contribution to continuing the conversation within the global gifted community. Second, on June 7th at 7PM ET, #gtchat is pleased to welcome our first teen guest, Ms. Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, CEO of @OrigamiSalami1. We will spotlight Calista in an upcoming blog post!

Once again, #gtchat became a trending topic on Twitter. Our thanks to all the great contributors who attend chat each week and provide such a strong presence on Twitter. We couldn’t do it without you!

Links:

The Natural Child Project: What is Unschooling?

Four Reasons to Quit School and Become a Teenage Homeschooler

Thrive Right Now

The ‘Unschooling’ Movement: Good Parenting or UNparenting?

‘Unschooling’ Gaining Popularity, Allows Children Alternative Learning Tools

Extreme Homeschooling: No Tests, No Books, No Classes, No Curriculums

A New Chapter in Education: Unschooling

Unschooling 101

Unschooled: How One Kid Is Grateful He Stayed Home

“Shackles” of Structure Cast Off in Child-directed “Unschooling”

Unschooling or Homeschooling?

Socialization: A Great Reason Not to Go to School

The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling

Meet a Mother That’s ‘Unschooling’ Her Kids (video)

The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I from a Large Survey

Gifted and Talented Ireland

Cybraryman’s Passion-based Learning Page

I Hate School

Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page

Socratic Method

Cybraryman’s Socratic Seminar

Cybraryman’s Self-Directed Learning Page

Gifted Homeschooler Forum’s Unschooling Blog Hop

A Positive Vision of a Transformed Education

Cybraryman’s Questioning Techniques Page

Book Lists for Gifted Learners

In this chat, we discussed the issues surrounding the task of finding appropriate reading material for gifted children. Questions prompted participants to consider bibliotherapy and how reading selections can promote intellectual development and higher order thinking skills. A full transcript can be found here.

Links:

Using Bibliotherapy with Gifted Children

Royal Fireworks Press

Great Potential Press

Free Spirit Publishing

Reading Lists for Your Gifted Child from @HoagiesGifted

Resources for Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy with Gifted Students

Read All About It: Using Bibliotherapy with Gifted Children from Round Rock ISD

Seney’s Literature for Gifted Young Adults Thanks to @HoagiesGifted

Scholastic Books’ Book Wizard

A Unique Reading List for Gifted Students in Grades 6 – 12 via @HoagiesGifted

Stephanie Tolan’s Lists of Books and Plays via @HoagiesGifted

Minding the Gap: Engaging Gifted Readers

Book List for Pre-Teen Gifted Readers

Challenging Gifted Readers

Horrible Histories

Cybraryman’s Socratic Seminar

Psychology or Philosophy for Kids from Debbie Smith

Reading Lists from Jo Freitag’s Gifted Resources

Journals for Kids

Info 101: Book List for Pre-Teen Gifted Readers

Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers (book ~ Amazon)

Book Lists from Armadillosoft

The Gifted Reader’s Bill of Rights (pdf)

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