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Episode #13 – How to Support Your Gifted Learner at Home- Interview with Sharon Frazier Verpooten

I often share strategies for supporting struggling readers, but today is a bit different. Today, I have Sharon Frazier Verpooten with me and she’s going to share 6 ways to support your gifted child at home. I met Sharon when I became an online reading tutor. She has such great energy, and always has awesome ideas. She’s an educator, a mom, and an entrepreneur.

Top Takeaways

  1. Challenge your gifted learner!
  2. Learn how your child thinks and learns. Ask yourself, who is my child as a thinker?
  3. Figure out your child’s reading level and then find books at that level.
  4. Let your child express his or her talents.
  5. Offer your child opportunities to show real-world application of what they’re learning.
  6.  If you are struggling or feeling overwhelmed with supporting your gifted learner at home, tap into outside resources.

Here’s the Highlights

(1:37) Meet my guest, Sharon! Find out about her educational background and her experience with gifted students.

(3:30) GATE?! What’s that mean anyway?

(4:40) Are gifted children being left behind in remote learning?

(5:15) The #1 most important thing to do for your gifted child!

(5:50) Asynchronous?! What does it mean anyway?

(8:00) Learn how to offer your child tiered assignments.

(11:04) How to handle an advanced student while homeschooling (without simply assigning more and more work!)

(12:33) Do you know how to find books that are appropriate for your child’s age (not just his/her reading level)?

(15:02) Reading Assessments. How do you even find out your child’s reading level?

(16:52) It’s called gifted and talented! How can you help your child express his/her talents.

(20:52) Real world application! Get out there and show you’re understanding.

(23:30) What outside resources could you be tapping into to help support your child in their interests?

(27:25) Find out Sharon’s all-time favorite children’s books!

(30:00) My top takeaways from this episode!

Reading Resources and more!

Book Recommendations – For the Kiddos

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Book Recommendations – For the Adults

Additional Tools and Resources

Bloom’s Taxonomy – What is Bloom’s Taxonomy? A Definition for teachers.

Goodreads – A great resource for book recommendations and reviews.

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About the Author Ashley DiMercurio