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The Powerful Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

 
Homeschooling a gifted/2E child is often far more about helping our children develop confidence as learners than it is teaching any one subject. In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, we talk about the relationship between confidence and learning, as well as some of the ways we can intentionally help our children in this area. 

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

If you are parenting a differently wired child, you probably don’t need me to say this, but for the sake of being on the same page, let me be clear – gifted children often struggle with confidence and self-esteem to a greater degree than their neurotypical counterparts.

Because this is such a prevalent concern for those of us navigating how to best parent and homeschool gifted/2E children, I want to share practical ideas to help you as you help your child develop confidence. 

How Do I Help My Child Who Lacks Confidence?

An easy way to think about helping our children develop this important social and emotional skill, for me, is to break it down into what I call “The 3 C’s.”

The 3 C’s are:

  1. Connection
  2. Competence
  3. Choice

Let’s break these down a bit and talk about how these three little words can make all the difference in helping our children. 

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

It All Begins With Connection

Research has shown that one of the most important indicators of learner success is the relationship they have with their teacher (how much more effective is this when we are teaching our own children!). 

Add in the relationships our kiddos develop with each other and other mentors in their lives, and it make sense that part of how they develop confidence is through a sense of belonging and connection with others.

Our relationships with our children matter far more than any one academic task or subject. They form the foundation of how our children see themselves and how confident they are in their own abilities.

Developing Competence

Over time, our children need to chance to feel their own sense of success and even failure. 

With super bright kids, it is not uncommon for them to actually feel more uncomfortable and anxious around success than failure, due to their tendency towards perfectionism. I share more about the research behind this in the episode, but the summary is, it’s not enough to just tell our kids they did a good job. They have to work through their own complexities in a safe, intentional way in order to develop confidence. 

One of the best ways to do this is through focusing on their strengths and allowing them to try and fail in areas that are most comfortable and interesting for them first . (You can learn more about Strength Based Learning HERE.)

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

Our Children’s Choices

Another area that helps our children develop confidence is through giving them the opportunity to choose for themselves.

I believe this to be essential in our homeschools (you already know how strongly I feel about child-directed, interest-based learning).  I think it is also true in everyday life circumstances.

The more our children are free to make choices and experiences the consequences of those choices (good or bad), over time, the more confident and independent they become. 

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

The Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools

Join me and Shawna for a more in-depth discussion about helping our children develop confidence, and how to best approach this social emotional need in our families and our homeschools. 

 

Links and Resources from Today’s Show:

Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence in Ourselves and Our Kids--from Toddlers to TeenagersRaising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent FamilyConfident Parents, Remarkable KidsThe Everything Parent's Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety: Professional Advice to Help Your Child Feel Confident, Resilient, and SecureThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing MindDifferent By Design Learning: Strength Based Learning Plan WorkbookTo Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strength-Based Strategies for Helping Twice-Exceptional Students With LD, ADHDThere's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge)Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem

 
 
 

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RLL #103: Entrepreneurial Mindset with Brian Weisfeld


Here at Raising Lifelong Learners, we are very much concerned with promoting the social and emotional needs of gifted and twice exceptional children. Research shows that resiliency, adaptability, accepting rejection, and “bouncing back” from failure are some of the critical skills necessary for having a successful life. They are also vital skills for being a successful entrepreneur!

Today, Colleen speaks with Brian Weisfeld, girls’ entrepreneurship advocate and author of The Start Up Squad, about how encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset can be a key component to helping all kids, boys included, to develop these important life skills, follow their passions, and reach their full potential even beyond kids starting their own businesses.

RLL #103: Entrepreneurial Mindset with Brian Weisfeld

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RFP for Curriculum Consulting in Pennsylvania; Maryland District Seeking Spec-Ed Services

School management software, curriculum consulting, special education services. A charter school in Texas is looking for a school management platform; a major Maryland district has put out an RFP for wraparound services to support special needs students; and the city of Philadelphia is looking for a curriculum consultant focused on environmental science.

Recent Solicitations

Active/upcoming solicitations for goods/services

Arrow Academy Charter School, Texas

Purchasing Alerts

Focus: School management software
Students: 1,000
Deadline: Dec. 10, 2020
The plan: 
This charter school, which operates on four campuses in Bryan, Texas, is looking for a software system that includes a student information system, a business information system, and a human resources management system. The district is also interested in other functions, including website content management, and a parent communication platform. Questions should be submitted to Bradley Green at Bradley.green@arrowacademy.org. 

Montgomery County School District, Md.

Focus: Wraparound services/special needs students
Students: 161,000
Deadline:
 Dec. 16, 2020
The plan:  This major suburban school district is looking for wraparound educational services for students with special needs if a public or private school cannot be found to serve them. The support provided to students through the program can be academic, social or behavioral. Depending on the student’s needs, these services can include direct educational services, tutoring, counseling, medical care, transportation, transitional services, and other services. Questions should be directed to angela_s_mcintosh-davis@mcpsmd.org.

City of Philadelp3h2ia

Focus: Curriculum consulting
Students: 
Deadline: Dec. 23, 2020
The plan: The city of Philadelphia is looking for a consultant to align standards and embed environmental science standards in middle school curriculum for grades 6-8. The consultant is asked to facilitate curriculum design, development, and implementation for an introduction to environmental science unit for 9th grade and guide the strategic plan for expanding and implementing watershed curriculum in the elementary grades. The consultant must be proficient in curriculum planning, design, decision-making, writing and editing. Questions can be directed to Karen Young, at karen.young@phila.gov.

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RLL #91: [Audioblog] How to Help Your Kids Thrive When They Are Stuck Inside

Whether it is the weather or illness or unusual circumstances that keeps us close to home, there will be times when our kiddos will be stuck in the house. And while we don’t think it’s best for parents to be the source of “24 hour a day entertainment,” every family can use some help finding […]

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Morning Checklist Printable

Morning Checklist Printables

 

One of my big fears about homeschooling this year is that we will all be unmotivated and still in our pajamas at noon.  While that might work for some families, we simply don’t function well without some structure (as the last five months can attest to).  I am not a morning person, so getting up and going in the mornings is a challenge for me.  Thankfully, my kids are more “morning people” than I am so the hardest part this year might be getting myself motivated!  Nevertheless, I created these morning checklist printables for each child.  They will be set out every evening and must be manually checked off  before we start school at 8:30 or they will not be allowed to have any screen time once their school work is complete.

 

I can’t tell you how many checklists similar to this one I have printed over the years.  I am not naive enough to pretend this will be the answer to all our morning issues.  BUT I do think this will help everyone know what is expected of them prior to starting the school day and the manual crossing off will hopefully add a little more incentive to actually completing each task!

 

 

There are three different style options.  Just print the one you like best!  I put them each inside a dry erase pocket purchased at the Dollar Spot at Target.

 

Download your own Morning Checklist Printable here.

 

Now please excuse me while I go make MYSELF a morning list printable.  I think I might need it more than anyone!  😂

 

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Our Homeschooling Curriculum Choices for 2020-2021

 

I shared in Instagram stories recently about our decision to homeschool this year.  This is our first year to ever homeschool!  My children have attended our local public school since kindergarten and we have always felt confident in this decision.  This year, however, we made the decision to homeschool in light of the pandemic and all of the uncertainty it brings.  When I shared on Instagram about our decision, I received many messages asking for curriculum resources.  Because of this, I have compiled all of the curriculum I will be using at this point in time.  Depending on how this all works for each of my children, we may adjust as necessary during the school year.

 

We have three children in the following grades:  1st, 5th, and 7th.  Needless to say, I am much more confident in teaching my first grader than I am my 5th or 7th graders (although she tends to be the most strong-willed).  🤪  But I am confident that strong curriculum choices will help me with both of my boys.

 

The first thing I did when thinking about curriculum was print off the state standards for each subject in the grade level of each of my kids (yes, that is A LOT of paper).  I am glad to have these printed off so that I can reference them throughout the year and try to align our curriculum decisions with the state standards (especially if my kids choose to return to public school next year).

 

I spent an extensive amount of time researching curriculum.  I really wanted an all-in-one curriculum (My Father’s World, Sonlight, Gather Round) to make life simpler for me, but because of the ages of my kids this just didn’t work for us.  I also want some subjects to be taught simultaneously with all children.  At this point, we will be attempting to do Science and History together with all three children, scaffolded up and down for the academic ability of each child.  My older kids will go more in-depth, obviously, but we will all be learning the same topic at the same time.

 

Also, I think it’s important to note that NONE of this curriculum is sponsored.  I have purchased everything with my own money.  Obviously, I do not know how well this will work for our family YET but I am excited to get started!

 

First Grade Curriculum:

Math:  Singapore Math Dimensions

 

Phonemic Awareness/Phonics:  Pathways to Reading

This is a curriculum I used as a first grade teacher.  I was required to attend a week-long training prior to implementing in my classroom.  Unfortunately, the teacher manuals for this program cannot be purchased without attending the training.  If I would not have gone this route, I would be using All About Reading (which I might still use for the second semester).

 

Reading Comprehension:  I am utilizing the book Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller (you can find the 2nd edition here) along with Reading Strategies that Work that includes some fun printables to use.  But we will primarily be focused on reading strong literature together.  Neither of these are intended to be a “curriculum” in and of themselves but since I have experience teaching this subject, I feel confident implementing them.  If you are new to homeschooling or teaching, All About Reading, along with reading quality literature would be your best all-around Language Arts curriculum for first grade.   Make sure that whatever curriculum you choose, it incorporates elements of the Big 5 skills it takes to teach reading:  Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Comprehension, Fluency, and Vocabulary!

 

Handwriting:. Handwriting without Tears (I have an old teacher’s guide that is helpful for teaching the names like “Frog Jump”, “Magic C”, etc.  but it isn’t necessarily required to have the manual).

 

Spelling:  Pathways to Spelling (OR All About Spelling)

 

Science:. The Good and Beautiful (starting with Kingdom Classifications, then moving to other units throughout the year)

 

History:  Kansas State History and then The Good and Beautiful History Year 1.

 

Bible:  Community Bible Study Homeschool lessons on the book of John

 

Music:  Piano Lessons

 

 

 

5th Grade Curriculum

Math:  Singapore Math Dimensions (Grade 5)  Beast Academy*,starting with Level 3

Due to some MAJOR shipping delays (after over a MONTH I still had not received my Singapore Math shipment) and also a bit more research, I decided to switch my 5th grader to Beast Academy* for math instruction.  I purchased the entire curriculum myself but the links above are affiliate links for the program.

Beast Academy is new to me but it came highly recommended by the math teacher who is teaching my 7th grader’s Pre-Algebra class.  You can read more about why we made the switch to Beast Academy here.

Because Beast Academy is more focused on problem solving and conceptual understanding of math concepts than rote memorization of math facts, we are also doing Multiplication Facts that Stick by Kate Snow for a few minutes each day as he still hasn’t memorized them all quite yet.  😳

 

Writing:  Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Level A, Year 1

 

Grammar:  Fix It (from IEW)

 

Literature:  Novel Unit Studies:  I’m going to choose one book to read each quarter and purchase a literature unit from Teachers Pay Teachers for each book.
Update:  So far we have read Walk Two Moons and are getting ready to read Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World.

 

Handwriting:  Handwriting without Tears Cursive Book (kids in our district were supposed to learn cursive in third grade but his third grade teacher didn’t get around to teaching it).  😕

 

Science:. The Good and Beautiful (starting with Kingdom Classifications, then moving to other units throughout the year)

 

History:  Kansas State History and then The Good and Beautiful History Year 1.

 

Bible:  Community Bible Study Homeschool lessons on the book of John

 

Music:  Guitar Lessons

 

 

7th Grade Curriculum

 

Math:  Pre-Algebra (taught online by a private teacher)

 

Writing:  Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Level A, Year 1

 

Grammar:  Fix It (from IEW)

 

Literature:  Novel Unit Studies:  I’m going to choose one book to read each quarter and purchase a literature unit from Teachers Pay Teachers for each book.
Update:  So far we have read Walk Two Moons and are getting ready to read Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World.

 

Science:. The Good and Beautiful (starting with Kingdom Classifications, then moving to other units throughout the year)

 

History:  Kansas State History and then The Good and Beautiful History Year 1.

 

Bible:  Community Bible Study Homeschool lessons on the book of John

 

Music:  Saxophone Lessons

 

 

Here’s to hoping for a wonderful year full of learning and growth for us all!