I'm wondering if anyone changed things up for middle school / logic stage for their GT kids. (grades 6ish - 8ish)
Did you ramp up in preparation for high school?
Did you back off the rigor and give them space and time to themselves?
A combo of both? Neither?
Did you give them more control?
Anything you would have done differently?
I'm trying to figure out what our next couple of years are going to look like before high school. We've also had a rough month and I'm always reevaluating where we are and where we are going.
Not BTDT, but in the trenches as we speak.
*This is going to be a super long post and I might delete all of it later, so please don't quote*
I brought Dd back home late 2016 after 3 years in B/M schools when we felt her academic requirements outweighed the social benefits.
Honestly? The first 3-4 months were very rocky as we had to reset and re-establish routines, boundaries, attitudes. So, I sat DD down and we had a long discussion on what interests her and why she wants to learn what she does.
I also needed to understand the landscape of middle school homeschooling and how it looks for an advanced child. After a few weeks of back and forth, I managed to get clarity on my educational goals for her and her educational goals for herself. Given that she is only 11 and her goals might change as she develops, I had a big picture idea of what we need to do in middle and probably high school.
I created a master list if skills, abilities that are crucial for her academic and general future. The *what*(content) is a mix of what she's interested in 'at this point in time' and what she might need for the future.(In my experience)
The *how* (modality) is left upto her. She is using videos, reference books, audio books to learn what she needs to learn.
The *when* is a compromise between me and her. She gets to her daily schedule that conforms to the overarching weekly/monthly goals set by me.
The *why* was established during multiple long conversations, documented, and is referred to occasionally.
Ymmv, but hope this helps.