College Admissions for Homeschoolers: Three More Inevitable Questions

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“Being homeschooled isn’t enough to make you interesting anymore.” This is what one college admissions officer shared with me during a recent phone interview, an interview I’d requested as part of my research for my first book about college admissions for homeschoolers. It certainly wasn’t a perspective I had expected to … Continue reading

Enough Kids for a Basketball Team: Finding extracurricular activities with multiple children

With six children, many factors come into play when we look for extracurricular activities. The children’s individual interests and aptitudes are of course most important, but cost in time and money are also big factors. Also, the age spread among my children, from teens to toddlers, can make finding activities … Continue reading

Pirates, Politics and Poets: A look at the 16th-19th centuries

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For several years now, I have been preparing this course about pirates and world history, called Pirates, Politics and Poets. One of my children created the spark when he said he wanted to study pirates, but not just their lifestyles. Why did they go to sea? What were the political, social, or … Continue reading

Middle College: An Alternative for High Schoolers

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As many parents of gifted and 2e teenagers experience, the typical public high school often does not fulfill their children’s educational and intellectual needs. Being bored in your favorite class does nothing to support a love of learning. Since most classes in high school run a full school year, students … Continue reading

Lincoln Butters’ Hero’s Journey

Lincoln, 10, participated in the spring semester of GHF Online’s Harry Potter and the Hero’s Journey class taught by Allison Stieger. He really enjoyed stepping through each book to examine how the hero’s journey could be applied, as well as how mythology influenced the stories. His semester-end project was to apply the hero’s journey to his own life. Lincoln chose to share his journey from the “ordinary world” of attending school and “crossing the threshold” to the extraordinary world of homeschooling. He has found many mentors and allies on his journey, including his excellent instructors at GHF Online. Continue reading

Fun with Chemistry! GHFO is now offering Chem I & II

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Children all over the globe are fascinated by the periodic table of elements; but what does it mean? GHF Online is now offering two levels of chemistry for your element loving learner, to be taught by veteran instructor and gifted/2e advocate Jade Rivera. Introduction to Chemistry is your child’s chance … Continue reading

Micro-School Discussion on Facebook

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Where does a parent of a gifted or twice-exceptional child turn when they aren’t receiving the educational services they deserve? Homeschooling won’t work for every family. Full time, private schools often only pick up where public school left off and remain financially out of reach for most families.  It’s time … Continue reading

Calling budding environmental scientists!

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Got a science & nature geek in your house? A child obsessed with volcanoes, fascinated by lemurs, or busy hugging trees? Check out our environmental science classes with instructor Madeline Goodwin! In Intro to Planet Earth, we’ll be diving into the science of our planet’s non-living features: air, water, and rock. Perfect for … Continue reading

Australia to Zimbabwe – A Romping Review

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In her new book, Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries, Ruth Fitts takes readers on a fact-filled adventure around the globe. Working her way through the alphabet, Fitts explores the geography, culture, and language of 24 countries (“W” is for the world, and “X” … Continue reading

Away from the Ledge: Creative Approaches to Writing Instruction for the Gifted Child

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by Ginny Kochis Yesterday and a lifetime ago, I was a high school English teacher. This was before motherhood, before homeschooling, before the wisdom that comes through the baptism by fire of raising twice exceptional children. At the heart of it, this is my conversion story. And it is my … Continue reading

Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges – Review

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College Admissions: How to get into highly selective colleges The hallmark of a well-written advice book is that it leaves you inspired to move forward with a clear plan of action. Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges, a new book by Greg Kaplan, investment banker turned … Continue reading

Homeschool a Foreign Language or Two with FluentU

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by Carissa Leventis-Cox Learned Seven Languages, but Mastered None In my academic life, I have learned Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, German, Italian, and French (in addition to English), but unfortunately I do not keep up with any of my foreign languages. I have forgotten most through disuse or never learned them … Continue reading