Post Blog Hop Post

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of Post often found on Sprite’s Site is the Post Blog Hop Post.
I usually try to visit the other posts included in blog hops to which I contribute and leave or try to leave a comment.

This month Sprite, Retweet and I have joined the GHF September Blog Hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring with our post at

We returned from the blog hop with a goodie bag full of ideas and links to resources. Retweet had collected several new shoelaces. We found that Tweetelle had commandeered Sprite’s brown shoe and made a home for her caterpillar pet in it.
“You said it was a ‘Do what is most sensible’ brown brogue and you were not using it!” Tweetelle chirped.
Here are the posts we visited and the comments we left or tried to leave.

Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring
Parenting gifted and 2e kids on a tight budget does not have to be limiting. Check out these blog posts to see how other parents created interesting, fun, and educational experiences on a shoestring budget

Budget Friendly Homeschooling for the Gifted Family ~ Through a Stronger Lens (Nicole Linn)
I am often asked about what curriculum I use, how we structure our days, how I keep track of what we do.  The answer is…<<gasp>>…we don’t. How do I facilitate any learning around here without curriculum? Let me share some of our favorite low-cost resources with you.

Our comment: What a great collection of economical resources! Thank you!

Economic Unschooling ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)
Unschooling doesn’t have to break the bank. More isn’t necessarily better and almost everything you need is within reach if you take a few simple steps. Libraries may be the single most important resource in your unschooling on a budget lifestyle. In addition to the plethora of books at your disposal, which you may order online from the comfort of your own home, the library offers free WiFi and computer access. Once you gain online access, the free exhange of content is available in all areas of interest. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) are a great starting point for those seeking higher level learning within a framework and gratis.Your local library may also have book clubs, special learning opportunities such as classes and online courses as well as a clean, temperate environment in which to relax and soak in information.

Our comment: I love this “all moments in life are filled with learning opportunities” Thanks for a great post, Amy.

Frugal Apartment 2e Homeschooling ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)
There are many ways we have changed our lifestyle in order to be able to homeschool our children. Adjusting to the reality of a one-income family involved rethinking many of our assumptions about what we needed and what we could do without. It’s an ongoing process as our needs have changed over time. Some of our decisions have been lifestyle based, and some have been more focused on how we create an environment that is conductive to learning.

Our comment: What a great post Kathleen – so many great resources and wise, environmentally responsible, healthy and economical ways of living!

Homeschooling a Large Family on a Small Budget ~ Up Parenting Creek (guest blogger: Eleen Kamas)
One question people often ask when they learn we homeschool is, “How can you afford it? That must be really expensive! Especially when you have so many children!” It does help that my husband is an electrical engineer with a good salary. It doesn’t help that we live in California’s Silicon Valley, which is notoriously expensive, and that we have six children. But that doesn’t mean that educating our children at home has to be incredibly expensive.

Our comment: Thank you for an inspiring post, Eleen. I agree -hand me downs, discounts and bargains and swapping textbooks and resources and  libraries all help make homeschooling effective and affordable.

Homeschooling Gifted Kids on a Shoestring ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)
Parenting a gifted child presents unique challenges – especially when it comes to meeting their asynchronous academic needs. When a kiddo is many ages at once, he needs curriculum at varying levels. That can get expensive…

Our comment: Thank you for wise advice re prioritizing expenses and using the library and field trips and for useful links for some great materils to give on gift giving occasions which provide learning as well as fun

Keeping Up Without Going Broke ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)
Parenting gifted kids is complicated. Homeschooling them is complicated too, only now you get to add in the fact that they can, and often will, go through several years of material in one sitting. Mad Natter has very little desire to go deeper into subjects, and some things there’s only so far you can go into them – trust me, the girl who had to write a four page report for World History on *NORTH VIETNAM* in the ’90s.

Our comment: Thank you for this post, Care. You are doing for your readers what a lovely lady did for me when we were at the stage of contemplating homeschooling. She sat me down in her kitchen and showed me all the different types of curriculum she was using and described the pros and cons of each. And it was so helpful when I came to choosing the materials I would use.

The ONLY Thing You Need for Homeschooling {and it’s FREE!}~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)
So many folks tell me that they know they should go to the library more than they do. They worry about their children staying quiet in the library. They are concerned about lost books and library fines. They feel that Amazon is easier. I truly believe that the only thing you NEED for homeschooling is a library card.

Our comment: Great post with lots of helpful links. I do not think we would have managed to homeschool without our library!

Small Price… Huge Value!  ~ Madeline’s Musings (Madeline Goodwin with guest Corin Goodwin)
We traveled all over the country learning about astronomy, the physical and natural sciences, history (including live reenactments!), and civics. We met people from all over the world. We visited bigger cities… but then left before they overwhelmed us. We made friends and visited back and forth with them and with our scattered family members. No curriculum, no school supplies, and our public library at home allowed us to take out piles of books and audiobooks to bring with us for weeks at a time!

Our comment: Thank you Madeline and Corin. I really enjoyed reading about your memories of your wonderful excursion adventures!

Top 7 Tips to Parenting and Homeschooling an Asynchronous, Self-Directed Child on a Shoestring ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)
These are SEVEN tips our family has found invaluable to our homeschool lives. Except for internet at home which we pay for, the rest of these things on our list can be available for FREE.

Our comment:  Great list of free or cheap options for homeschooling families!

Top 15 Free STEM Resources ~ Eclectic Homeschooling  (Amy B.)
“It is easy for science, math, engineering, and technology to be money hogs. There are so many excellent kits and maker materials out there, but the cost of those items add up. Over the years we have discovered some excellent STEM resources that will cost you nothing.

Our comment: What great resources! There are several which are new to me which I look forward to investigating.
This is a commentary post about the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum September Blog hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring.

To read all the in the blog hop posts please go to


This is also a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see


On a Shoestring


I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of Post often found on Sprite’s Site is the Blog Hop Post.
I enjoy participating in a few of the regular blog hops especially Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hops. See all my posts for these hops at

When I visited Sprite’s Site this morning I found the Twitter Bird, Retweet sitting on the signpost announcing the GHF September Blog Hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring with a shoelace in her beak.

“Hey! That’s the lace I lost from my sensible brown brogue shoe!” said Sprite.

“Well, you are not using it at the moment!” replied Retweet “And I have so many uses for it for nest interior design and material for my NEST Ed.”

It seems that Retweet and I have slightly different ideas of what NEST Ed/Homeschooling on a shoestring means.
For Retweet it was a fairly literal interpretation whereas for me it meant being able to provide opportunities for great education on a very limited budget.
But  we did agree about learning situations and resources that could be found for little or no cost.



Retweet: I discovered how useful shoestrings can be when Tweet brought home one by accident instead of a worm.
Tweetil squwarked “Yuk! Puh! Puh! Puh!” and spat it out but Tweetelle grabbed it and declared she could make a macrame hanger for her seed heart from it.

Jo: Some of our best learning was free or at very little cost and was completely serendipitous. For example when we found a possum which had been hit by a car and took it to the local vet the possum had to be euthanized; but the baby in her pouch was given to the “Possum Lady,’ a wildlife carer, to raise. She visited us and brought some possums and gave the children a wonderful lesson which incorporated Biology, English and Art.


Retweet: The library was the best place to find resources for us


Jo: The library was the best place to find resources for us too
We also bought a lot of materials very cheaply from Op shops, markets, fetes and book  exchanges.


Recycling saves much material being consigned to landfill and provides materials for use in crafts etc.
Resource Rescue in Bayswater and other similar centres provide clean recycled materials very cheaply

Retweet: I recycle all the shoe laces I find by using them as craft materials and also for nest improvement. It is much cheaper than Le Nid Insta D.I.Y. flat pack nest materials for renovating the nest!

Jo: Our daughter Erica repaired and repainted a doll’s cradle which was being discarded and sewed the mini quilt and pillow for it. She also made the Peter Rabbit soft toy from a kit which she was given as a birthday present.



Multitasking means you can learn many subjects and accomplish many tasks simultaneously which is economical in terms of both time and money.

Retweet: See examples of how we managed to combine our learning with the daily tasks which had to be completed in the presentation One NEST Ed Day

Jo: An example of being able to use Zome construction tools in many different ways is found at

This is a post for the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum September Blog hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring.

To read posts from others please go to 


And, speaking of multitasking –

This is also a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see


Viewing the Days

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Image Jo Freitag

I returned from the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hop on the topic A Day in the Life of a Gifted Homeschooler 
to find Sprite and Retweet had finished giving their presentation and were taking final comments and questions.
The presentation had apparently been well received and they seemed happy.

Retweet was keen to hear about the different styles of homeschooling I had seen on the other blogs I had visited.
So I told her about the posts I had read and the comments I left or tried to leave at each place.

A Daily Guide to Radically Unschooling Outliers ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)
No two days are alike when radically unschooling a divergent thinking prodigy who questions everything, voraciously creates and absorbs knowledge the way most people breathe. His passions are intense and in constant flux but there are a few omnipresent features.

My comment
Thank you Amy!
I really related to this comment particularly ”  Liam sets his own goals, devises his own projects, self-imposes a time frame and then dutifully works until completion with little interruption. His focus is unparalleled.  He eats while he works and he paces and fidgets while he thinks. There is no time to take a meal break and yet his brain needs sustenance every 1.5 – 2 hours. A big part of our day centers around feeding Liam’s physical and intellectual appetite. It is exhausting.
Gifted kids are high maintenance.”

A Day in the Life ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)
One of the first things I learned as I grew up was that there are as many different ways to do things as there are people doing them. People stop and wonder “homeschooling? how does that work?” and each person the question is posed to will have a different answer. Even within the same nuclear family. Crazy, right? Well, Gifted Homeschoolers’ Forum has come to the rescue on that one! This month, get a look into how many different families homeschool, and how they answer the question of “What’s a day in the life of a gifted homeschooler like?”

My comment
Thank you for a fun pictorial story of your day

A Day in the Life, My Little Poppies Style ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)
I’ll write a post about this at some point, but homeschooling during construction can be challenging. We have attempted to alleviate the stress and chaos of construction by simplifying our days. The last few weeks of our homeschool have been filled with the things we love: books, nature, play, and art. Our children are young- there will be time for all of that other stuff later, when the dust has settled (and I mean that last bit both figuratively and literally).

My comment
I loved your description of your homeschool day, Cait! Thank you for sharing.

A Day in the Life of a Gifted Child in the Regular Classroom ~ Crushing Tall Poppies (Celi Trepanier)
Many gifted children in the regular classroom, starved for a befitting education, begin to fail, experience emotional repercussions and lose all hope in school and in learning.
My comment
Brilliant post, Celi!

A Day in the Life of an 8 Year Old Asynchronous Homeschooler ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)
I used to think our homeschool schedule would be clearly determined: 8:00 Start school 12:00 School is DONE!
But in our experience, I have discovered that learning happens ALL THE TIME. I cannot imagine restricting education to specific times of the day. And like all homeschool families, we have both good AND bad days. Homeschooling days do not always flow perfectly. They are definitely not always how I planned. And I often need to remind myself that the struggles, the challenges, and the frustrations (big or small) must be welcomed as part of the homeschool day because they will always be there. What is important is that we have created a deliberate homeschool lifestyle together that prioritizes and encourages learning in a nurturing and enjoyable environment.

My comment
Your day sounds so varied and so much fun. Thank you for sharing it.

A Day in the Life of My Gifted Homeschoolers ~ Mommy Bares All (Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag)
Surprises. Stories. Songs. Struggles. These are four words that usually characterize a day in the life of my gifted homeschoolers. But if I put them together (which is actually what really happens each day), I would choose to describe our typical day as a fireworks display because it’s a combination of many explosive things that happen during the day.

My comment
Thank you, Teresa! I loved hearing about your beautiful family surprises and songs, stories and struggles.

A Friday at Sceleratus Classical Academy ~ Scleratus Classical Academy (Mrs. Warde)
I had plans for this day; plans for this blog post. I was going to do what a fellow blogger did and take a picture on the hour, every hour of one day to give a snap shot of the day. But nothing this day went according to plan….which is actually pretty representative of every single day here.

My comment
There is obviously a lot of learning of many different types going on with your family even when you feel as if nothing much is happening. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

A Typical Day in Our Homeschool: 7th Grade, 5th Grade, and 1st Grade ~ Eclectic Homeschooling (Amy Bowen)
Our homeschool uses an eclectic mix and places a high priority on individualized learning. I tend to prefer to use materials and methods that keep me highly involved with my children’s learning. I do value independent learning and because I’m homeschooling three, this necessitates that independent learning take place. But I place greater importance on the discussions and interactions that we have together. That said, here was our day…

My comment
Wow! What wonderful variety you are including. Thank you for all the links you have included. I love the way you are managing to juggle the learning of all three children and your own work.

Homeschooling in the House of Chaos ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)
What does homeschooling look like in the House of Chaos? Oh honey, pull up a chair, pour some wine, and prepare to feel better about yourself. I shall pick a random weekday, let’s say…Tuesday (or rather, a general compilation of a whole bunch of Tuesdays).

My comment
I always love your posts, Jen!

One NEST Ed Day ~ Sprite’s Site (Jo Freitag)
Sprite had interviewed the Twitter Bird, Retweet, about what a typical day of NEST Ed (Nest Education System of Training) for her gifted tweetlets would involve.
She had even put together a PowerPoint Presentation about it.

My comment
That was our starting and ending point for this blog hop.

Welcome to My World ~ Random Everyday Blessings (Tabitha Ferreira)
Welcome back to Everyday Random Blessings where life is crazy, school doesn’t look at all like school and we try our best to embrace our very own muchness.

My comment
What excellent adventures you all have! Thank you for sharing your day with us.

This has been a commentary post on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum March blog hop


One NEST Ed Day

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I had been giving some thought to what I would write for the GHF March Blog Hop on the topic of A Day in the Life of a Gifted Homeschooler.

I had decided that I would share that when our family first embarked on home education we were quite formal, almost to the extent of having a schoolroom in the home. We had timetables and schedules and a formal curriculum plan. If today was Monday and it was 10 am then we would be doing maths. In the early days it would have been possible to describe a typical day fairly easily.

But as we progressed I realised that we had the freedom to be flexible. There were no bells ringing to say that we must move on to another subject if the children were completely engrossed in the current one. And we could enjoy being more spontaneous and building on events that occurred, such as finding an injured possum or visiting the plant nursery.
Every day was a new adventure and it would have been hard to describe a typical day.

I found that Sprite had been true to her word and had interviewed the Twitter Bird, Retweet,   about what a typical day of NEST Ed (Nest Education System of Training)  for her gifted tweetlets would involve.
She had even put together a PowerPoint Presentation about it.

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“The day begins at first light” Retweet told us “when we wake up with the first rays of the sun we have a dawn singing session.
Then it is time for Preening 101 so that the chicks will look tidy for the day.”

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“Next we have flying lessons. At the beginning it was mostly theory because their wings were not developed enough to allow practical application

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But I found out that the tweetlets were actually quite advanced because most other families had not even commenced lessons about the theory of flight and were still singing nesty rhymes.
We hit the Asynchrony Speed Bump
But we were soon ready to move on to Advanced Flight Studies.

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And while we waited for their wings to develop we enriched the tweetlets’ education with art and music and nature studies.

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Sometimes we choose a theme and base all our activities on that particular theme like when we studied Luck .
For language studies we talked about the definitions of luck, chance, probability, fate, fortune, blessing, abundance, karma and for mathematics we studied probability.
We discussed the good luck versus bad luck versus natural consequences of behaviour and the attitudes towards faith and blessing, fate and karma in different religions and the pot of golden bird seed at the end of the rainbow.

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If you would like to hear what a day in the life of the families of other gifted homeschoolers is like come with me on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum March blog hop starting at…/day-life-gifted-homeschoo…/


On the GHF November Blog Hop


We have been on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum November Blog hop  about Finding your community and celebrating GHF 10 year anniversary; and have returned with our goodie bags full of great posts, helpful links and assurance that we are part of a great community!

Here are the posts I visited and the comments I left or tried to leave.

Both Normal and Extraordinary ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)
Isn’t that what we all want? To be both normal and extraordinary?
My comment
“There is an expectation for everyone to be extraordinary, but if you truly are, you’re marginalized for not being normal.” – Well said – that describes it exactly!
It is so important to find a community where it normal to be extraordinary.

Building Communities ~ The Learning Lab (Maggie McMahon)
Community is less of a tribe and more of a series of coinciding groups – often overlapping and frequently filling different needs.
My comment
I agree with you that “community is less of a tribe and more of a series of coinciding groups” and I loved your analogy for finding those people “its like an adventure ride combined with a Where’s Waldo picture book”

Community ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)
Finding other parents that understand our journey is particularly invaluable when no mainstream parenting book comes close to covering the variations in the journey. I must admit, I’m a bit of a reader and researcher (you might have noticed), so when I’m faced with a new situation, my instinct is to find the ‘right’ book. It should tell you a lot when I say I threw away all my parenting books. I threw away books.
My comment
Great post! I love the examples you give to demonstrate the numbers represented by the percentages of the population.

I am not sure whether this comment was received.

Finding Community ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)
Sitting on the verge of pneumonia, it’s pretty easy to see where community would be really handy. But, you see, I get sick – really sick – probably once every two or three years. The last time was spring of 2012, and before that.. I don’t even remember. So having a physically present community isn’t an issue terribly often. It’d be nice, yes, but being able to connect, even if it’s just digitally, with other people who are there, have been there, or just get it, is so incredibly necessary. Let me give you an example.
My comment
I love this “having a large community of wonderful people living in my computer, helping me keep what remains of my sanity is, undoubtedly, a blessing.” Great post.

Finding Community: Building a Support System Online and In-Person ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)
Community is important for every parent needing to bounce ideas off of others that have been where they are, but parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children often feel isolated and alone, despite their conversations with local friends and families. Online groups, blogs, and forums can help in complementary and different ways, making them as valuable as in-person groups. Have you found YOUR community?
My comment
Great post – it is so important to find others who really do understand.

Finding Your Community: Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of GHF ~ Sprite’s Site (Jo Freitag)
Gifted, 2E twice exceptional, and homeschooling families are all minority groups. It can be hard to find a community of like minds for people in any of those three groups and even harder if you are simultaneously in two or more of the groups. And if you also belong to an ethnic, racial, social or religious minority the search is even more difficult.

GHF: A Community for Asynchronous Learners ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)

While one local homeschool support group leader laughed in my face at the preposterous thought that my 4 year old could read Magic Tree House Books on his own and had completed Kindergarten Maths, the GHF community embraced me and helped me understand that I was not alone.
My comment
Yes, extreme asynchrony is real! Thank goodness for GHF and their community who understand, inform, support and encourage!

The Gifted Community ~ Crushing Tall Poppies (Celi Trepanier)
Our gifted community is overflowing with people who have been there, done that, and they lend their support and knowledge freely and compassionately.
My comment
Such a beautifully expressed post, Celi!
All those links you give are great starting points for finding your gifted community. I am so glad you are part of my community and so thankful to GHF for their 10 years of service!

{Giveaway} A Little Community During the Holidays ~ (Jade Ann Rivera)
The holidays can be a lonely time for gifted and twice-exceptional families during the holidays. Thank goodness for the compassion and humor these families can find online at the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum!
My comment
Thank you for all you do for the gifted community, Jade!

Grad School: Finally Fitting In ~ Madeline’s Musing (Madeline Goodwin)
When I told my then-best-friend in Southern Oregon that I was going to take college classes at 13, her immediate response was “Why don’t you stay at your own level?” I replied, “I am staying at my own level.” That is a good example of the attitude I was met with at every turn for the next five years.
My comment
Thank you for a wonderful post Madeline!

Have you found your community? ~ Patchwork Poppies (Nicole Diatto)
When I finally found my community, my “tribe”, I felt liberated. It was like hitting the lottery. My heart fluttered with joy! Here were these people who walked a very similar path as me. Their children were much like mine, and it was as if a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.
My comment
Thank you for your helpful resources and discussion about how to find/create your community!

Kaleidoscope Eyes and the Quantum 2e Revolutions ~ A 2e Fox Revived (Carolyn Fox)
There have been quantum 2e revolutions in terms of educational, technological, and social networking opportunities and it’s been nothing short of astounding.
My comment
Thank you so much for taking on the journey of the development of online connections and education opportunities and your own family story!

Let’s Talk about Giftedness and Community ~ (Pamela Price)
One parent that Price reached out to about the topic said: “I would love to find a community for my gifted child. We live in a small, rural town. The reality is, there aren’t many- if any- kids like mine in town. I would love for him to feel a sense of community, to know others like him, to be able to express himself freely and without reservation.
My comment
What a great discussion and generator of community connections you have  made with this post, Pamela! Thank you for all you do for gifted, 2E and homeschoolers and so many, many others!

Over Thinking Things and Community ~ Christy’s Houseful of Chaos (Christy Knockleby)
Over thinking can make it hard to interact with other people. Over thinking can mean worrying that what you will say because you can see the many ways that it could be misinterpreted. It can also mean saying something thinking it is clear as can be only to discover no one listening can understand it because they haven’t thought about the three steps it took for you to get to that clear-as-day thought.
My comment
“I’m indecisive because I see eight sides to everything.”
“Over thinking things can be paralyzing. Over thinking things can be guilt inducing.”
Oh yes, I really do relate to these sentiments.Great post!

The Quest for His Community ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)
I’ve found my community, but what about his?
My comment
Helping PG children to find their tribe is not easy but I like the advice your friend gave about having different groups for various interests and activities and maybe, just maybe, there will be someone in one of those groups who will become a close friend and be able to relate at a deeper level.

We Are So Unrelatable ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)
When you are a radical unschooling, freethinking atheist, unconditional parent to an agnostic atheist tech prodigy and an emotionally intense violence aficionado, weapon wielding brony, then your world becomes pretty small and seemingly unrelatable.
My comment
Thank you for an interesting and challenging post.

Why Professor X Needed a School for the Gifted ~ Key Destiny Academy (Doresa Jen)

Going back to my “mutant roots” let’s talk about why Professor X, of the X-Men, needed a school for the gifted – and why us mere humans need such a community as well.
My comment
I really love your video blog posts Doresa and this one was really great! You made it so clear just how important it is for the gifted to find their tribe.

You Are Not Alone ~ Bob Yamtich
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.
My comment
Well said, Bob! It is SO important to know you are not alone!

This post is a commentary on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum November Blog Hop: Finding your community
Please join us on the hop to celebrate GHF 10 year anniversary and read and comment on the posts.
To find all the posts in the hop please follow the links at


Finding Your Community: Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of GHF


Gifted, 2E twice exceptional, and homeschooling families are all minority groups.

It can be hard to find a community of like minds for people in any of those three groups and even harder if you are simultaneously in two or more of the groups. And if you also belong to an ethnic, racial, social or religious minority the search is even more difficult.

So thanks go to Gifted Homeschoolers Forum who have been providing just a such a meeting place and source of information and support for these groups for the last ten years!

Thank you for the information about Homeschooling 

Thank you for the information about Giftedness

Thank you for the information about 2E Twice Exceptional students

Thank you for the publications

Thank you for the brochures

Thank you for the online classes…/ghf-online-spring-2015-se…/

Thank you for the Blog Hops

And most of all thank you for the COMMUNITY


From the community of characters here at Sprite’s Site, who recently posed for ink portraits during the month of INKtober, and myself –  many heartfelt thanks!

This is a post for the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum November Blog Hop: Finding your community
Please join us on the hop to celebrate GHF 10 year anniversary and read and comment on the posts.
To find all the posts in the hop please follow the links at


On the Blog Hop – Giftedness: Why Does It Matter?


I have just returned from the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum September Blog Hop  laden with helpful and encouraging words on the topics of giftedness and homeschooling.

“We have had lots of lovely visitors while you were away” Sprite said “ I showed them the Doll house and offered them a cup of tea. Some of them left messages for you in the Comments section.”

Retweet, Columbus Cheetah and the Dabrowski Dogs were eager to inspect the contents of my sample bag of information and encouragement I had collected

Here are the posts I visited and the comments I left or tried to leave

All Children Matter. And Gifted Children Should Matter, Too ~ Crushing Tall Poppies (Celi Trepanier)
“Let’s say your precocious 4 year old learned to ride a two-wheeled bike earlier than most, and he entered a triathlon for kids, but the organizers insisted he had to ride a tricycle for the race. Why? That would be because most 4 year olds have not learned to ride a two-wheeled bike yet, and since most of the 4 year olds in the race are riding trikes, your 4 year old will need to ride a trike for the race just because he is 4 years old and that is the type of bike most 4 year olds ride.”

My comment:
An excellent post, Celi!
Yes, gifted and 2E students matter and deserve to have their needs met!

Appreciate Eccentricities & Embrace Quirks ~ A Voracious Mind (Amy Harrington)
“Parent the child you have, not the one you imagined you would have. I am not sure anyone’s child is quite what they envisioned when they thought about having children but as the saying in preschool goes, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

My comment:
I agree – many attributes such as asynchronous development, intensities and sensitivities that appear weird and quirky in the general population are quite common in the gifted. The gifted do need modifications in parenting and educating and to be valued for who they are!

Discovering Your Child is Gifted – Does it matter? ~ Sallie Borrink Learning
“Identifying Caroline’s giftedness (and, in the process, revisiting my own) matters because it shows me I am not alone on this journey. Discovering other parents who wrestle with the same issues and questions is important both for Caroline and for me as her mother and teacher.”

My comment:
Parenting gifted children can be a hard and lonely path. Finding others with similar stories is a real blessing! No wonder “I’m so glad I found you” brings a big smile to your face!

Freedom ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)
“Giftedness gave us the courage to set him free.”
Knowing that my son was gifted made me brave. It gave me courage to make choices that felt extreme and yet entirely appropriate. These choices set my son free.

My comment:
Freedom to learn at their own pace at their own level and to their desired breadth and depth is the great beauty of homeschooling and having giftedness confirmed can strengthen the confidence that it is a suitable choice

Giftedness:Why does it matter? ~ Gluten-Free Mama (Kathleen Humble)
“For us, the gifted label matters, because it has helped us understand our children. To accept them and not try to judge and criticize them for expressing a part of themselves. We can’t wish it away, we can’t discipline it away. It’s their wiring. And in time, they may learn how to be more socially acceptable in their expression of extreme OEs. Or not. But because we know in our house that giftedness is more than just academics – that it affects everything about how they think, feel and see the world, we try to create an environment where they feel safe. Where they can be their true selves.”

My comment:
Yes! Giftedness matters because affects every facet of life.
A great post!

Giftedness: Why Does It Matter? ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)
“Giftedness matters. It matters so very much. I wrote not long ago about what childhood was like for me – not the little details about my mother sitting with us to eat oatmeal on winter mornings, or my father’s business trips to what was then termed “the Orient,” but the Big Things. It turns out, one of those big things should have been an early assessment for giftedness. I have so much better an understanding now that I know that I’m just wired differently to other people. I didn’t have that when I was young, and I spent *cough-too-many-cough* years thinking I was broken.”

My comment:
Well said! I agree – Identifying gifted children is so crucial. Supporting them is doubly so.

 Giftedness: Why Does It Matter? ~ Sprite’s Site (Jo Frietag)
“Giftedness matters because, to quote the Columbus Group definition, the gifted need modifications in parenting, teaching and counselling in order to develop optimally” said the Psych-Owl-Ogist.

My comment:
Just checking in to see how you all are. I still have more posts to visit on the GHF September blog hop then I will be back to tell you about it and answer my comments mail

Giftedness: Why It Matters ~ Jade Ann Rivera
“If knowing thyself is the beginning of all wisdom, then knowing thy child is the beginning of all calm. This is why giftedness matters.”

My comment:
Thank you for a great post on an important topic, Jade!

Identification.  ~ Our Life At Home (Stacey Adams)
“In this light, it becomes very clear that identifying gifted children is not hanging a prize around their neck or stuffing them in a box marked with society’s expectations for success; it’s the crucial first step to meeting their very real, special needs.”

My comment:
Great post! All students need an excellent education but gifted students need a special education – an  education that is appropriate for them in terms of level, pace, scope and depth.

If anything matters, giftedness matters. ~ Parenting Gifted Kids (Sarah Robbins)
“You know that expression, “If anything matters then everything matters?” That’s how I feel about this topic.”

My comment:
Yes I agree ” Regardless of what you call it, giftedness matters”
Giftedness matters because it is the word we are using to denote a group that does actually exist and needs modifications in education and parenting in order to thrive!

Knowing Your Gifted Child ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)
“Knowing your child — really knowing him — makes you a better parent, a better teacher, a better mentor. Ability, learning styles, temperament, etc. — it all matters.”

My comment:
Thank you for an excellent post! When people ask me if they should have their child tested I usually ask them about the reasons for the testing and whether it will serve a purpose in getting the provisions the child needs

The Most Unnecessary Blog ~ Your Rainforest Mind (Paula Prober)
“Why would anyone write a blog for smart people? Gifted adults, no less. Isn’t that about the most unnecessary blog you can imagine?”

My comment:
Yes, giftedness matters and matters just as much for adults. This blog is a much needed gathering place. Thank you, Paula!

Right Fit Shoes: Why Giftedness Matters ~ The Learning Lab (Maggie McMahon)
“You can’t really meet a kid’s needs if you don’t know what those needs are. Labels aren’t the be-all and end-all, but they give you a better starting point for your journey.”

My comment:
I was not able to leave a comment here but Sprite and I know about this and agree with Maggie McMahon’s post very strongly! Have a read of the posts under the De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes tag on Sprite’s Site.

Recognizing Imaginational Overexcitabilities in Our Homeschool ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)
“So, it sounds like your son has imaginational OE.”
“What’s OE?”
A very awkward moment for me since I’ve been working at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum for a few years. I really ought to know the acronym for overexcitabilities, but I never thought my son had any.

My comment:
Thank you for a great post!
Imagination played a vital role in our homeschooling -it enabled us to think completely outside the box, to problem solve, to envisage Utopian conditions and to use humour to get through difficult patches.
I still love to hang out with Imaginational Dabrowski!

The Strong Willed Child, Limit Testing, and Why Giftedness Matters ~ A 2e Fox Revived (Carolyn Fox)
“When most people hear the word gifted, they often think in terms of academic achievement and high scores on standardized tests or the externally motivated, high achiever, perfectionist.  They don’t usually think in terms of the strong willed child or the limit testing that gifted or 2e kids can do.”

My comment:
We hope to raise children who will be life long autonomous learners and independent thinkers but these children are certainly not easy to parent or to teach!

Superheroes and Created Villains ~ Key Destiny Academy (Doresa Jennings)
“Identified gifted children can sometimes look like Superman with their intellectual abilities. Seeing their abilities can make having a Superman seem very desirable. However, in an effort to create a superhero, we can turn a child’s educational experience in that of a created villain.”

My comment:
Thank you so much, Doresa! I love your videos!

Why Gifted Identification Matters ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)
” It’s not a label unless you print it up on your handy-dandy Dymo and slap it on your kid. It’s a way to better understand how your child observes and interprets and responds to the world.”

My comment:
Thank you, Jen! I love ” it’s not a label unless you print it up on your handy-dandy Dymo and slap it on your kid. It’s a way to better understand how your child observes and interprets and responds to the world. Giftedness is not a badge of honor, nor is it a mark of shame.” That sums it up so well!

Why Giftedness Matters to Me and My Family ~ Building Wingspan (Susanne Thomas)
“Terms can help, if you don’t make them a cage.”

My comment:
I love Lesley Sword’s term ‘normal for gifted’ because so many things that are rare, weird, strange etc for the general population are ‘normal for gifted’ and knowing that means that many things which could be gnawsome (great word) worries are par for the course for gifted and should not cause as much stress.

Why Identifying High Intelligence Might Change Everything ~ Chasing Hollyfeld (Kathy Mayer)
“Understanding why we, as a family and individuals, act the way we do has been invaluable in navigating the world around us, and accepting ourselves for who we are, and who we are not. Facilitating learning for intense individuals is different, and we have approached it in a way that allows them to utilize their intellect, emotions, energy, senses and imagination as they see fit.”

My comment:
Thank you for sharing I think most people do the best they can with the information and resources available at the time; so the more information we have the more likely we are to be able to make good decisions

Why the Word “Gifted” Still Matters ~ Red White and Grew (Pamela Price)
“We need the word [gifted] until we no longer need it. We need the word until we, as a culture, can truly see the distinct and varied permutations of human intellectual difference without feeling fear, threat or envy for those whom the word “gifted” now fits.”

My comment:
Yes! The term gifted matters because giftedness exists and the gifted need to be acknowledged and given the modifications in parenting and education that they need to thrive.
Thank you for a great post!

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April Blog Hop


Ironically I did not have time to write a post for the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum April blog hop ‘Promoting health and wellness in the gifted/2E child’ because I was busy taking Sprite to appointments with psychologists, education consultants, paediatricians, specialists and to shoe shopping expeditions. Blog posts about these will be written soon, I hope.

But, of course, Retweet wants us to go on the Hop and take her along with us!
Retweet is hoping that someone will be giving advice about nutrition as she is trying to meet a variety of challenges when feeding her tweetlets.
Whatever she does; Great Aunt Hashtag is bound to disapprove. 

The main challenge with feeding Tweetil is providing enough to satisfy his huge appetite without him becoming obese. He is a true Twitter bird omnivore and his favourite food is wormecelli which is quite fattening.
Feeding Tweetelle is more difficult. She has always been a picky eater. Some days she would only eat food of one colour.
Then after Tweetelle found out where her food came from she resolved to keep the caterpillar as a pet and become a seeditarian.

The overexcitable Dabrowski Dogs also want to go on the Hop as they feel sure that Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities will be mentioned in some of the posts!

So we will be going on the Hop and leaving comments and would like to encourage all our readers to come along with us by following the links to all the posts at


After the March hop


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?

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

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Who’s afraid of the terrible teens?


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
and the irresponsible behaviour of her baby sitter

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.

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)

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