Giftedness

Resources for parenting and learning with intellectually gifted children

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: This site should be your first stop and it also deserves many repeat visits. The marvelous Carolyn K. has built and maintained this comprehensive site for many years. See the entire Hoagies' Web site, especially the section, Homeschooling Gifted Children, along with the excellent Facebook page for many posts of interest.

“Is it a Cheetah?” is a favorite cherished essay by Stephanie Tolan, essential reading for parents of gifted children and the reason Hoagies’ Gifted (above) has a cheetah logo.

Books

Online Communities

  • See the national Gifted Homeschoolers Forum site, which offers many resources for both giftedness and homeschooling. There is a Yahoo group mailing list and Facebook page among the online community offerings.
  • TAGMAX is a national mailing list for families who are homeschooling their gifted children (click Mailing Lists and then Subscribe).

Academic Talent Organizations

  • The Davidson Young Scholars program “provides free services designed to nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and academic development of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18.” There is a local community of families whose children participate in this program.
  • The CTY Talent Search program at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth gives students an opportunity to qualify for gifted programs by taking above-level tests at young ages.

Social and Emotional Support

  • SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, “is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.” There are local “SENG Model Parent Groups” that can offer families helpful in-person support. There is an annual national conference as well as articles and books on the unique experiences of gifted children.

Some Special Gifted Communities