National Association for Gifted Children
National Association for Gifted Children has a mission to “support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups”. It has a big resource section for parents answering many questions on common characteristics of giftedness, tests, motivation, etc.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development administers specific programs for identified gifted students. Aa application to Davidson program requires specific intelligence or achievement tests, and we chose not to apply at this point. What I like about Davidson Institute is its database of articles and a thorough explanation of gifted policies per state.
Hoagies' Gifted is a site that is run by Carolyn, a parent of gifted children. Since this is not a site run by a big organization with web development resources, it’s not as slick as others, but it has a lot of great information. My favorite part is Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hops where many bloggers, including myself, get to contribute their points of views on the topic of the month. Also, Hoagies' Facebook page has a great community and shares terrific resources on gifted topics every day.
Many gifted children and adults struggle to control their emotions and overexcitabilities. SENG (supporting emotional needs of gifted) has a mission to 'empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually,physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually". There is a lot of information in the resource section with the focus on emotional needs.
There are several communities of parents of gifted children online. I tried several, but some of them are too focused on gifted testing and gifted achievement. I recently discovered Raising Poppies run by fellow bloggers, and I really enjoy participating in discussions there. It’s a friendly and inclusive community that doesn’t require any “giftedness proof” to join.
I have to give a disclaimer here that I didn’t know much about Gifted Homeschoolers before writing this post, because I am not homeschooling. Some of my friends who do homeschool said that GHF is a great place to meet new friends and exchange ideas. Several people from GHF were kind enough to comment and explain that despite its name Gifted Homeschoolers supports all gifted learners regardless of educational choices, so now I am very interested to get to know this organization better.
ByrdseedByrdseed is written by a teacher of gifted students, and it has many intriguing resources for gifted kids and their parents. I check it quite often!
Crushing Tall Poppies
Celi is a passionate gifted advocate who is very clear about two things – raising gifted kids is not all roses and sunshine and that our society mostly ignores the needs of gifted. I enjoy her advocacy blog even though I sometimes leave it depressed and somewhat anxious for trusting my child’s education to supposedly impossibly broken public school system. It's a good place for homeschoolers, since this blog certainly validates this educational choice.
My Little Poppies
My Little Poppies presents an interesting perspective on unexpected homeschooling because of lack of fit in school. Even though we don’t homeschool, I can certainly sympathize with the feeling that this is the only avenue available. In fact, in the middle of disastrous second grade, we were contemplating pulling our daughter out of public school as well, but, thankfully, third grade was much better for us.
Raising Lifelong Learners
Don’t you just love the name of this blog? I enjoy reading Colleen’s blog Raising Lifelong Learners and her adventures in homeschooling 2E gifted kids of different ages. I cannot really connect to each post, since I am not homeschooling, but I enjoy her STEM resources and informational posts about gifted kids.
More Resources for Gifted ChildrenFrom my blog:
- Gifted Advocacy for Beginners
- Back to School for Gifted Learners
- Beyond Common Core: Math for Advanced Learners