On the April Blog Hop

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We have returned with our bag of good reads, helpful strategies and inspiration.
During the month of April we have visited all the blogs participating in the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Bloggers’ Promoting health and wellness in the gifted/2E child blog hop. http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/promoting-health-wellness-gifted-2e-child/

We left comments at each post but some did not appear to have been received.

So here are all the posts we visited and the comments we left (or intended to leave)

Being Smart About Health and Wellness Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life & Learning “I believe that parents should tell their children the truth about health and wellness, warts and all. Let children know that we can no longer pretend that the first world lifestyle is benign. Teach children about society’s health and wellness foibles as well as our own personal foibles. Teach children about moderation, and teach them the dangers of assuming that moderation will work seamlessly or sufficiently to bring us health and wellness.” http://wendasheard.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/being-smart-about-health-and-wellness-2/

Thank you, Wenda! The vastness of the problems surrounding health and wellness and environmental issues can seem overwhelming; but you have shown how teaching our children about it openly and making small changes in habits can lead to improved health.

 

The Care and Feeding of Your Gifted Child ~ Homeschooling Hatters http://homeschoolinghatters.blogspot.ca/2014/04/the-care-and-feeding-of-your-gifted.html

Cara, thank you for sharing what is working for you; while we wait for the appearance of that manual that was supposed to accompany our own individual, asynchronous, eccentric, atypical, outlier child. Establishing routines, spending time in exercise outdoors, setting some quiet time and ensuring that mum takes adequate care of herself are all wise measures!

Keeping Balanced: Promoting Health and Wellness in the Gifted/2E Child  Gluten-Free Mum “As I have talked about before, both my kids have LDs. My son has SPD and ideopathic toe walking (plus another unknown disability we’re going through the wringer to get diagnosed). My daughter has anxiety disorder – she gets stressed and then is unable to feel pain – which causes her to be a sensory seeker – she likes throwing herself onto the floor for the bump. I cried the first time she complained about a minor injury. Because it was a big deal – it meant that she was able to feel it, and therapy was working. So today I’m going to talk about how we incorporate strategies into our day to keep everyone on an even keel. Some of these are for the disabilities, some for the OEs. They all help.” http://yellowreadis.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/promoting-health-and-wellness-in.html

Thank you for sharing some of your strategies for dealing with the sensitivities and OEs – the bean bags, stretches, swinging and spinning, the animal walks and breathing exercises!

Little Ones and Car Seat Fury ~ Through a Stronger Lens http://throughastrongerlens.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/the-case-of-car-seat-fury.html

I am glad she is happy with the new seat! That will make life so much happier all round!

Minimizing Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Outbursts ~ A Voracious Mind Minimising stress, anxiety and potential emotional outbursts by carefully choosing how, where and with whom we spend our time is omnipresent.
http://giftedunschooling.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/minimizing-stress-anxiety-and-emotional.html

Knowing who you are and therefore lessening stress, anxiety and potential emotional outbursts by careful choice of activities is such wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

Physical Fitness for Kids Who Like to Sit   Ecletic Homeschool “Several years ago I realized that we had to do something different if I wanted to give my kids the gift of a healthy lifestyle. I had to make it a priority in our life and in our school day.” http://eclectic-homeschool.com/physical-fitness-with-kids-who-like-to-sit/

What fun ways of including incentives to exercise! I need to read Dr Sears L.E.A.N. kids book!

School Lunches versus Packing a Lunch: How to Keep Both Healthy ~ Mama in the Kitchen
http://mamainthekitchen.com/2012/05/23/school-lunches-versus-packing-a-lunch-how-to-keep-both-healthy/ 
There is a wealth of study topics offered here which would help the children learn to make informed choices about nutrition and health. Thank you for a great post!

Simple ways to nurture wellness in gifted/2e kids (and grown-ups!) ~ RedWhiteandGrew http://redwhiteandgrew.com/2014/04/21/wellness_in_gifted/ 

Yes Absentminded Professor meal distraction could be a problem for us too; particularly if circumstances caused us not to be eating together at the same meal time.

Sometimes western medicine has no answers. Holistic medicine and my 2e kid  ~ Laughing at Chaos
http://www.laughingatchaos.com/ghf-blog-hop-holistic-medicine-and-my-2e-kid/

Jen, I am just SO delighted to hear this good news!

Steps for dealing with anxiety, feelings/emotions, and your 2e child ~ A 2e Fox Revived Steps for dealing with feelings/emotions…. such as identifying feelings (sad, mad, bad, glad), validating those feelings, and sharing the feelings http://a2efoxrevived.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/steps-for-dealing-with-anxiety.html

Thank you for a great post with lots of helpful suggestions and reference links! You are so right the key is getting them to recognize their feelings and when they’re getting anxious.

Tips for Taking Your Kids to the Dentist ~ Scleratus Classical Academy Strategies for first time visitors and sensitive kids, co-authored by an experienced dental assistant and father
http://sceleratusclassicalacademy.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/tips-for-taking-your-kid-to-dentist.html

Thank you and Principal Daddy very much for such helpful tips! I wish we could rewind and try those early dentist visits again using some of these suggestions!

Tips from a Coach for Keeping Gifted Children Active ~ Great Peace Academy “An Interview with the Coach of The HomeSchool Gym, a unique program designed specifically for homeschool students. He shares his principles for including, interacting and managing expectations for his students, specifically gifted and special needs children.”
http://www.greatpeaceacademy.com/2014/04/tips-from-coach-for-keeping-gifted.html

Coach Chris sounds like an excellent inspiring teacher! I love his emphasis on helping each individual student to achieve the best possible results and enjoy the activities.

Your Shame is Their Shame ~ Building WingSpan http://buildingwingspan.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/your-shame-is-their-shame.html

Thank you so much for a great post! I love your words “You have to show them how to appreciate the unmeasurables.” and “But you can give them a road map for loving themselves anyway and embracing those parts of themselves that are so very different to others.”

Sprite’s Site missed the blog hop, but she has been visiting the posts! Here’s what she has to say about it: April Blog Hop
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/april-blog-hop/

And we are home again. We have left messages where we could and will post about our experiences on the hop soon.

Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition
http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) in the People’s Choice section click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the Survey monkey poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4.

Please visit this month’s Blog Hop contributors and leave a comment. Be part of the conversation!
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/promoting-health-wellness-gifted-2e-child/

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Take a Selfie for Earth Day

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The Twitter Birds have brought another parcel for Sprite this week. It contained the materials needed for Sprite to participate in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the NASA #GlobalSelfie event.

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Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) in the People’s Choice section click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the Survey monkey poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4.

That’s what it’s all about

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Sprite was very pleased with herself. “I have done my Easter holiday homework already!” she said. “Now I can enjoy the holidays.”

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“That’s very creative…” I said.

“I know” said Sprite. “Imaginational Dabrowski helped me.”

“You might need to write a bit more to explain it” I said.

“Isn’t it obvious?” asked Sprite. “In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 42 is the answer to everything and in the Hokey Pokey song it says ‘You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn around and that’s what it’s all about’. See, I even put the references in the footnotes.”

“I’m SO sorry!” said Intellectual Dabrowski. “I tried to help her! I really did!” “She was supposed to write an Easter essay titled ‘That’s what it’s all about’. I told her about what all the great thinkers, the philosophers and poets and scientists had said about the meaning of life and supplied all the references. And she said “Oh blah, blah, blah” and asked Imaginational to help her!”

Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/
If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) in the People’s Choice section click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the Survey monkey poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4.

April is Autism Awareness Month

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The Twitter Birds have brought a special delivery parcel to Sprite’s Site to help Sprite celebrate Autism Awareness Month and share information about autism. http://www.autismawareness.com.au/events/current_events_and_campaigns

As well as a new soft toy bear friend for Sprite the box contained lots of blue balloons and information about ‘What are you doing?’, a short film created by Autism Awareness Australia. It was written by Michael Whelan and narrated by Tom Gleisner, and aims to teach school-aged children about acceptance and understanding of their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ‘What are you doing?’, along with accompanying teaching materials, has been distributed to every school in Australia, totalling over 10,000 copies nationwide. For more details see http://www.autismawareness.com.au/what_are_you_doing_a_film_about_autism2

There was also news of a specially adapted performance of the musical The Lion King which will be suitable for people on the autism spectrum and their families to see the award-winning production in a friendly and supportive environment. Trained staff will be on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up, should anyone need to leave their seats.

Slight adjustments to the production include removal of strobe lighting, reduction of any jarring sounds and lights focused into the audience, house lights being dimmed and flexibility to bring your own snacks.

For details see http://www.disney.com.au/lionkingautismfriendly/

We even shone blue lights on the arch in the garden to support Light it up Blue.
See http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/lightitupblue2014/

Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition
http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) in the People’s Choice section click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the Survey monkey poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4.

Best Australian Blogs 2014 Post 2

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Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

The shiny Vote for Me Now button has arrived and been installed in the sidebar of the blog.

The Origami Secretary Bird is literally beside himself, having arranged for a copy of himself to be assembled, in order to cope with the extra organization required to keep the blog running smoothly as well as participate in the competition. He is grateful for Imaginational Dabrowski’s suggestion that the theme for this year should be ‘Along for the Ride’

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4. Be sure to select all the blogs you wish to vote for as you will only be given one chance.

After the March hop

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Sprite, Retweet and I have returned from The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum March Blog Hop: Homeschooling (and parenting) Gifted/2E kids into their teens and beyond and we are happily looking through the goodie bags full of resources, ideas and encouragement we collected at each blog.
Retweet is feeling much more positive about continuing NEST Ed with her tweetlets when they become teenagers now!

These are the blogs we visited and the comments we left

Adolesence: A Whole New World ~ Life with Intensity On growth and maturing. Adolescence isn’t so bad in our house. At least so far.

This is a great post Mona – so true that many are “doing the teens” much earlier. It is so great that you are enjoying watching your son grow into adulthood.

Animal Kingdom Hints for Parenting Teenagers ~ Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life & Learning Once upon a time I saw a television documentary on lions. Or tigers. Or maybe bears. The species doesn’t matter. What matters is that the animals in question had sharp claws and scary teeth designed for death.

Thank you, Wenda! These are wise words. We should be preparing our teens for becoming responsible, independent adults able to cope with the difficulties they will encounter in the world

Confessions of a Homeschooled Teenager ~ Jade Ann Rivera

It is very valuable hearing from the student and her parents about the best and worst aspects of home education and includes very helpful advice for parents. Thank you for giving us this great interview!

Homeschooling in the Digital Age ~ Quarks and Quirks Is computer use an issue at your house?

What exciting and challenging times we live in! There are so many and varied opportunities for learning and sharing online. Thank you for sharing your home schooling days with us.

I Like Teenagers ~ Building Wing Span

It is great to see you are looking forward to the teenage years with such a great positive attitude and are already laying such a great foundation!

Musings on Tertiary Options ~ Gluten-Free Mum

Lots of good options among those you have listed! Have you seen this page on the HEN website? http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/category/university/

The last few miles of the parenting marathon ~ Laughing at Chaos

I don’t have any home schoolers, teenage or otherwise, left at home any more but I do like the sound of an assistant and unlimited funds and a warm vacation place!

You will survive! They will survive! It will be fine! Breathe in….breathe out….

The Spark That Changed Everything: Homeschooling a Gifted Teen ~ Crushing Tall Poppies The long, slow process of regaining a gifted teenager’s love for learning.

It is so good to see that spark, Celi! Wishing you both all the very best as you continue to keep the spark burning and watch it glow brightly!

The Terrible Truth About Homeschooling Teenagers ~ Defying Gravity It hasn’t been as hard as the young years!

A lovely post, Ingrid – thank you!

Unschooling Tweens… Let the Confusion Begin! ~ A Voracious Mind The unique journey of raising a profoundly gifted tween who has the mind of a brilliant adult trapped in a young child’s body with the emotional regulation of a teenager and the separation anxiety of a preschooler is not for the faint of heart.

Gifted asynchrony personified! Many ages all at once and just when you think you have them worked out – they flip it and change it all. Thanks for a great post, Amy!

Who’s afraid of the terrible teens? ~ Sprite’s Site In which Retweet is scared silly by the thought that her precious tweetlets might turn into strange, objectionable, irresponsible creatures when they become teenagers.

Here we are – back home again. I think Retweet is feeling encouraged by the positive posts and has found some extra resources

Please visit this month’s Blog Hop contributors and leave a comment. Be part of the conversation!

Visitors to Sprite’s Site who have come because of the Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition are also invited to enjoy the blog hop.

To read all the posts from the blogs participating in this blog hop see http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/homeschooling-parenting-gifted2e-kids-teens/

Who’s afraid of the terrible teens?

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Retweet, the Twitter Bird, insisted that Sprite and  I should take her along for the Second Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hop for 2014 which deals with Homeschooling (and parenting) Gifted/2E kids into their TEENS and beyond.

Retweet is scared silly by the thought that her precious tweetlets might turn into strange, objectionable, irresponsible creatures when they become teenagers. She has had a few experiences with teenagers which are fueling her anxieties – the group of teens she witnessed on her washing line
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/finding-the-right-flock/
and the irresponsible behaviour of her baby sitter https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/tra-la-its-may-31-while-the-tweets-are-away/

I pointed out to Retweet that the sort of behaviour and attitudes that cause her so much worry are not only seen in teenagers and reminded her of Trending’s tweetlets who are the same age as her own tweetlets.

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/socialization/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/socialization-2/

And, as attitudes and behaviour tend to reflect those shown at home and those of the friends they are associating with, it is more likely that her NEST Ed schooled tweetlets will associate with friends who have similar values and show more of the attitudes that she would like to see.

I told her that our children were teenagers (or nearly teenagers) when we were home schooling. One thing I did notice was that when they were going through teenage growth spurts all their energy seemed to go into the growing and they did not apply themselves to their work with as much enthusiasm as I would have liked!

Certainly mood swings and concerns relating to body image were more apparent than when they were younger.
And they were becoming increasingly independent and their desire to debate issues increased dramatically!

I think I probably sugar coated it a bit for Retweet.
It is now many years since we were home schooling and I tend to remember the time through a happy, rose coloured haze.
I know it was not all sweetness and light every day; but the memories have had their sharp edges sanded away.

“That’s why I want to go on this blog hop!” said Retweet “I want to know what other people are thinking and doing right here, right now!”

This is a post in the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum March 2014 Blog Hop: Homeschooling (and parenting!) Gifted/2E kids into their TEENS and beyond…

Visitors to Sprite’s Site who have come because of the Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition are invited to join Sprite on the blog hop which begins on 17 March (US time)

To read all the posts from the blogs participating in this blog hop please see
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/homeschooling-parenting-gifted2e-kids-teens/

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