Tuesday, May 30, 2017


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2014, Schaumburg - Sailing the Seas of Gifted Education. Thank you to everyone who planned, presented, and attended on November 1. Below are links to  presentations:


2012, Palatine -  To view  presentations, click on the links below.

Read synopsis of the event here


Bright Kids
BYTES Power Smarts - Free resource for elementary age children and families
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Hoagies Gifted
The Center for Talent Development

CTD blog

Chicago Gifted Community Center

District 158 Gifted and Talented Haiku Page

ERIC Clearinghouse / Disabilities & Gifted Education
The Gifted Child Society
Genius Denied
Gifted Learning Link

Gifted Parenting Support blogspot

Illinois Family Engagement Framework

Monthly Parenting Gifted Children Party blog

Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students, Education Week

Parenting Gifted Children (Jim Delisle) video 1:03:17

Parenting Your Gifted Child, IAGC's Pinterest Board

Q & A Collections: Parent Engagement In Schools [You might have to login to Education Week (free) to read it.]

Resources for Parents (NAGC website)

Tips for Motivating Gifted Kids 

What to do if your child isn't challenged enough at school

See more links on the Parent Affiliates webpage.

Webinar video: Parenting a Gifted Child: Common Dilemmas and Practical Solutions

 Home Schooling Gifted Students

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.

Many home schooling support networks exist locally and nationally, providing an endless array of academic and social opportunities for home schooled children.  Home Schooling Gifted Students is one such local support group, focused on the needs of families home schooling gifted children. Parent support meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the last Tuesday of each month (except December and summer) at 2306 Orrington Avenue in Evanston. For more information, contact Cindi Link, cindi@marketinganalytics.com. All are welcome to attend!


Resources for More Information

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
John Holt
HomeSchooling Guide for Parents
IllinoisTAG online support for homeschooling gifted in Illinois

Traditional coursework is the spine but enrichment and individual interest is the meat.

Community Resources

Plug in your zip code to find family volunteer opportunities in your area: http://www.volunteermatch.org/

Bridge building contest for budding engineers and architects: http://bridgecontest.phys.iit.edu/

Fermilab, resources for the physics minded: http://ed.fnal.gov/

Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience [H.O.U.S.E.]
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/

Free online resources

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/

Accredited Distance classes

An option for self-directed learners, who are interested in learning subjects in a traditional format: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/distance-education

Transcripts & Diplomas

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

Part-time Public School

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

Dual Enrollment

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

More links

"Bright Kids, Poor Grades, and What You Can Do About it" by Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D.

CruSHing TaLL PoPPies blog

Field Trips:

Geocaching: the sport for gifted kids of all ages

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Gifted Parenting Support blog

Illinois Math and Science Academy
Is My Child Gifted? - (pdf)
National Association for Gifted Children

Webinars on Wednesdays

Parenting for High Potential Blog

Recognize gifted characteristics to help you raise your gifted child

SENG: Ten Articles to Help You Be a Courageous Parent


TAG: Families/of Gifted &Talented
Resource for Parenting Gifted Children 

When an Intellectual Overexcitability is Too Much


A Guide for Parents - See Publications

Questions and Answers- See Publications