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A guidebook for homeschooling gifted children, from the Davidson Institute

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

It seems I’m hearing from more and more parents who are taking their gifted kids’ education into their own hands, leaving the schoolhouse behind and teaching their children at home.

For those parents, I wanted to share a new guide to teaching at home: “Considering Homeschooling: A Guidebook for Investigating an Alternative Path to Education.” This guide was recently published by the Davidson Institute, an organization based in Nevada that serves profoundly gifted children and their families.

The guidebook offers information on costs, curriculum, applying to colleges, and networking with other families.

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Categories: Parenting

Conference at Georgia Tech gives high-school girls a look at engineering majors

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering program invites science-minded high-school girls to its annual Engineering Career Conference, to be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Georgia Tech campus.

Girls who attend will hear from Tech faculty and students about the 11 engineering majors offered at Georgia Tech, to help them decide if there’s one they’re interested in studying in college. The girls also can meet with an admissions counselor to learn about getting into Tech.

There is no registration deadline posted, but spaces are first-come, first-served.

Categories: Beyond K-12

UGA-Duke TIP now registering 5th and 6th grade students for fall program

September 12, 2012 1 comment

Registration opened this week for the UGA-Duke TIP Academic Adventures program to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

This one-day program, held on the UGA campus, gives talented kids in 5th and 6th grades a chance to study topics of interest with other talented peers. Courses to be offered at the fall session include mini medical school, aircraft design, weather, psychology, and creating graphic texts.

The registration deadline is Oct. 26, but — forgive me for sounding like a broken record — the most popular sessions will fill quickly, so register early if you want your child to get his or her top choice.

To participate, your child must have participated in the Duke TIP 4th/5th Grade Talent Search. Not registered with Duke TIP? Learn more about how to get started so you can take advantage of opportunities like this one.

Categories: Enrichment

SENG parent discussion group forming in Dunwoody

September 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Local experts on the emotional needs of gifted children are forming a discussion group that will meet on six Sunday afternoons in September and October in Dunwoody.

Discussion leaders are Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope, both trained facilitators through the SENG (Serving the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) program.

The cost to join the group is $120 per household. One or two adults who provide care to a gifted child or children can attend from each household. Discussions will be based on topics addressed in “A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children,” by James Webb, Ph.D; Ed Amend, Psy.D.; Arlene DeVries, M.S.E.; and Janet Gore, M.Ed. Examples of discussion topics are communication, perfectionism, managing intensity, teaching self-management, and relationships with family and friends.

For more information or to register, please contact Muriel at murknope-at-gmail-dot-com (address deconstructed here to protect her from spam). Registration and payment are due by Sept. 15, 2012.

Categories: Parenting