The Scoop on Gifted, Homeschooling, and Education: Our Book Reviews

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Every year, the number of books meant to answer your gifted, homeschooling, and education questions seems to increase exponentially. Given the diversity of challenges faced when raising and educating gifted children, how are parents to know which books have the information they need?

And where are parents supposed to find the time to figure out all of this? GHF Bloggers to the rescue! Our bloggers have put together reviews of the books they’ve found most useful, the ones that they go to when they need advice, insight, or just a laugh. Cut down your workload, and let GHF Bloggers do the heavy lifting!


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Book Review of “Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World” by Deborah Reber  ~ Free Learning (Julie Uzelac Schneider)

This is the book I wish I had read when I was getting started on this journey of parenting a 2e child. With diagnosis comes a lot of books “about your child” but not so much “for parents.” Whether you’re new to the world of Differently Wired Kids or an old hand, this book is for you. New folks will have a brief primer on common diagnoses and welcoming support for their role moving forward. Old hands will find encouragement, insights, and the support of a kindred spirit. Both will be empowered by the small ways you can Tilt to make everything better…amazing even. Read Differently Wired with a pencil, a highlighter, and some sticky flags. 

{Book Review} The Gifted Kids Workbookbook reviews hop~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)

I’m just going to cut to the chase. Heather Boorman’s new book, The Gifted Kids Workbook, is absolutely brilliant, it’s exactly what I needed a decade ago, and if you’re parenting or teaching a gifted kid (roughly between the ages of 7 and 13), you need to finish reading this blog post and GET IT.

book reviews hopChanging the Target: Dealing with Perfectionism~ The Fringy Bit (Heather Boorman)

THE number one question I am asked by parents and teachers is “How do I help my child with his/her perfectionism?” If this is something you want to know to, read on for some tips and a great resource.

book reviews hopDifferent Paths to Follow~ My Twice Baked Potato (Kelly Hirt)

Because my homeschooled son is entering eighth grade, his higher learning options have been on my mind lately.

Homeschooling has been great for my family, but I have wondered if it might limit his educational choices in the future. With this in mind, I set out to read and educate myself.

book review hopFeeling Seen: A review of The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk ~ Gifted Matters (Mika Gustavson)

One of the most important human experiences is feeling “seen” – knowing that there are people who see you and validate you. Bessel van der Kolk explores this and other aspects of trauma in his 2014 book The Body Keeps the Score.

book reviews hopLearn Better: A Book Review~ Teach Your Own (Lori Dunlap)

Change is in the air for my family this year. Our eight years of homeschooling are winding down, and I am eager to add any last-minute tools I can to my boys’ “tool boxes” before sending them off into the world. So, I am reading the book “Learn Better” in hopes that I will pick up some ideas my boys can apply in the next stages of their education. Within the first few pages I found myself wishing I had discovered this information years ago…

book reviews hopMaking Sense of Your Gifted Child’s Diagnosis: A Review of “Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults”~ Help My Child Thrive (Teresa Currivan)

So often we wonder what is really going on with our gifted children. What is just gifted quirkiness and what needs to be addressed? Teresa Currivan reviews the classic “Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis in Gifted Children and Adults” by James Webb, et al and finds it to be a helpful resource for parents and clinicians alike – one to be kept on the shelf to return to again and again.

book reviews hopReview – Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children~ Yellow Readis (Kathleen Humble)

Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children, by Kelly Hirt, is a book for parents and teachers who want to find ways to communicate and teach kids who think differently.

In an easy to read format, it has concrete strategies to help by respecting all communication styles and putting the parent and teacher firmly in the learning seat.

By stressing the importance for adults to adapt and learn how neurodiverse kids think and communicate, I believe it will help create real and authentic learning, tailored to the needs of their children and students.

book reviews hopWriting Your Own Script: Struggling and Succeeding in Socializing ~ 2E Learning (Madeline Goodwin)

Gifted brains develop differently from typical brains; and so gifted children develop differently from neurotypical children. Additionally, the more significant the deviation from the norm, the greater the gap between any two neurodivergent children. Writing Your Own Script explains why and how these differences matter, including overexcitabilities, asynchronous development, and obscure interests. Even more importantly for parents, Goodwin and Gustavson provide a guide for supporting gifted children in their social development.


Resources for Understanding Giftedness

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Giftedness is not just test scores or academic achievement. It’s not all difficulties, either. Jokes about duct tape and soundproof closets aside, it can be helpful to understand what your child is feeling, how they are developing, and what they were thinking when they asked that unusual question or performed that dangerous experiment alone out in the shed (and how do you explain the damage to your neighbors?). After all, not all children are gifted and  all gifted children do not learn alike. These kids are asynchronous, intense, and endlessly fascinating to live with. Sometimes their giftedness may be easy to communicate to others in the community, but sometimes it’s hidden by twice exceptional (2e) issues or by the expanded complexity of race and culture (Gifted Cubed). Having a gifted or 2e teenager can add a whole new layer of complication to parenting. Additional resources here give some perspective to those of us raising such children and reassure us that we are not alone.


Don’t miss these topical books from GHF Press:

when homeschooling is a dragMaking the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child

by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT

A concise guidebook for parents considering their educational choices, Making the Choice discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families. In Making the Choice, Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Mika Gustavson, MFT, demystify and de-mythify some of the perceived barriers to homeschooling and other alternatives. For those families wondering if alternative education is an option they should consider, Making the Choice offers ideas, guidance, and encouragement to fully evaluate the option.


If This is a Gift Can I Send it Back - New Book by Jen Merrill

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice-Exceptional

by Jen Merrill

When is life like a prize fight, a garden, and a quiz show, all hurtling down the road on an office chair, wrapped in song? When you’re living in the land of the gifted and twice exceptional. Jen Merrill, author of the Laughing at Chaos blog, brings laughter, tears, and honesty to her latest book by GHF Press, If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional. Join Jen on her journey through discovery, understanding, and acceptance, as she copes with the challenges that only the gifted and twice exceptional can create. So, pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and start reading. You’ll swear Jen’s written about you!


GHF also offers resources for understanding your gifted/2e child’s social needs and finding community for yourself and for your child. Check out our online classes, where kids make friends and gain mentors. Dear GHF also answers questions about


FREE Downloadable Brochures:
The Healthcare Providers’ Guide to Gifted Children
The Educators’ Guide to Gifted Children
Twice Exceptional—Smart Kids with Learning Differences
Gifted Cubed — The Expanded Complexity of Race & Culture

What is a Blog Hop?

A Blog Hop is a way to discover and follow blogs, as well as share your own. Every month or two, we pose a topic, our blogging members discuss it, and we link to their posts. GHF blog hops include bloggers from around the world, all of them committed to articulating the unique concerns, needs, and perspectives of gifted/2e families, especially (but not exclusively) those who choose non-traditional education for their kids.

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