It’s ironic that gifted children can be among the most difficult students. They are often bored and blasé. They may switch off in class or become disruptive. Either way, they fail to achieve their brilliant potential. While teachers are coached to work with each child at their own level, some gifted children are too high up the scale to be catered for in the classroom environment. It doesn’t help that some gifted children also suffer from learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Schools are seldom given any advice or resources to stimulate gifted children, and many parents consider home schooling when they realise their child is underperforming at school.
Home schooling is not for everyone. It takes an extremely dedicated parent to do it well.
On the plus side, home schooling provides the opportunity to better address the child's particular learning style.
Many parents choose a halfway measure: still send the child to school, but provide him or her with stimulating worksheets that allow the child to explore topics outside the school curriculum, and also to set aside special homework time to make sure the child is still on track with their school work.
Creating the special worksheets takes a lot of thought. You need to select something that will interest the child and at the same time will not be studied at school next year. You need to gauge your child’s skill level. Finally, you need to present the worksheet in a way most palatable to your child’s learning style.
For some children, this will mean lots of colours and pictures. For others, it may be a project made out of plasticine. It all depends on the child’s sensory modalities.
Find out more about your child’s learning needs here.