The first thing to say about me is that if it's not moving too fast, I'll read it. I read everything. I read all the posters in the doctor's office, even the ones about esophageal cancer. I read newspapers, books, flyers, signs, posters, really anything that doesn't move on me. I can't help it. I have to Read All The Things. I devoured this book in one gulp, in one day, in two sittings, with Mad Natter being a baby dragon behind me... and over pizza pops I shouldn't be eating. I started it, and before I knew it, I was done.
The entire book read to me like a letter from a friend. It was straightforward, friendly, and a kick in the pants when necessary. It read as though the authors were good friends of mine who had sent me a long letter after I'd explained my concerns about Mad Natter and the school system to them (is that like a Harry Potter book? Mad Natter and the School System of Woah?). Through the course of the book, various topics are covered as they relate to gifted education:
- Dealing with the notion that "kids go to school, duh," and the fact that maybe there's a better way.
- Gifted versus "gifted" and how gifted and high-achieving are not synonyms, nor are giftedness and learning disabilities mutually exclusive.
- Gifted program options, and how even these things can go awry.
- Thinking outside the educational box - what to expect, and basic coping mechanisms when everything isn't sunshine and unicorns from the get go.
- The facts - and NOT the myths! - of socialization and higher education for homeschoolers.
- Taking the plunge - some tips on where to start, and how to get your feet under you.
Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child is available from GHF Press!