Parents of gifted kids often struggle with how to make school work for their kids. This is doubly so for parents of twice-exceptional kids or kids who are highly or profoundly gifted. Support groups for parents of challenging gifted children are full of stories of changing schools to improve things for students after advocacy efforts have … Continue reading School for the Gifted: Looking for Extra Challenge
Here we are, well into another school year. Carpooling, taxiing to too many activities, up until the late hours working on homework. My children are in Middle School and High School and their workload is extreme--not by my choice, necessarily, but by their own. They've both had colds already, both had multiple tests and projects. … Continue reading Pencils, and books, and stress….Oh My!
September's theme here at An Intense Life is Surviving School 101. My kids went back to school yesterday, so we've only had to survive one day so far. I am pleased to report that it went well. Part of what made it go well is the foundation that I started laying 4 months ago. As a recap, … Continue reading Getting Off to A Good Start
Hi all! I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend in the US. For me, I spent it knee-deep in edits for a new non-fiction book for girls that I am more than a little excited for. But more on that in future posts. Today I wanted to introduce the month, our theme and a little September … Continue reading Happy September…with a little giveaway
Welcome to our first Book Review of the new year. For this post, educational writer Barbara Jolie brings four books about friendship for younger readers. Take it away Barbara: Back to school is an exciting time for everyone; new classes, new teachers, new clothes and new responsibilities. Sometimes our friendships are even new. Learning how … Continue reading 4 Books About Friendships for Young Kids
For the past few years, our preparations for the school year begin by having a discussion with our kids about whether they want to go to school at all. Our default is to discuss full-time homeschooling, since we could get learning done in less time, and not be constrained by the school calendar. We both … Continue reading Back to School?
It’s really happening. Today my daughter and I went to her new school to pick up her class schedule, books, P.E. clothes and a ginormous binder, already filled with 2 spiral notebooks and many dividers, and 2 dry-erase markers. Advanced Language Arts, Social Studies, Pre-Algebra, Science, P.E., Cadet Band, and an elective to be determined … Continue reading Middle School is Real!
Back to school… those words fill me with anxiety. I remember going school clothes shopping, having tiny panic attacks in the dressing room, as I realized the inevitable end of summer was getting closer. You see school was not so great for me. I spent my first grade year with a trash can next to … Continue reading Back to School
Back to School time can be a highly traumatic time for some families. This is particularly true with families of gifted and 2E children. So many worries about expectations, services, friendships, and more. The list goes on and on. But, with a little preparation, the transition to school can go a lot smoother. Here are … Continue reading Going Back To School With Ease…
My youngest is going into 6th grade, which is the first year of middle school in our area. The first Official day of school begins August 21. Because my daughter is an incoming 6th grader, she has to show up for a sort of orientation on August 20. In addition, August 16 is the first … Continue reading In Denial