Homeschooling, Life Lessons and New Choices

Why did we start homeschooling our gifted son?

Gabby Savage

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Photo by Natalya Zaritskaya on Unsplash

This year has been like hitting the reset button for me: a chance to start anew and create a life where suffering is not an option. I refuse to complain that my world is not as I want it to be. In every possible way, this year is all about change.

Given all the health problems of a flu epidemic that we have experienced in Málaga over Christmas, we made a drastic change with my husband and my son. We started homeschooling.

It was a decision that filled us with fear.

Fear, especially of what others would say. As it turned out, the vast majority supported us, and in fact, there were some friends who said, “If anyone can homeschool, it’s you. I don’t know anyone who is as open-minded as you to do this.” There were also those who said, “Your child is not yours, he belongs to the State!” in a threatening tone.

The fact is that here in Spain, this issue is not legalized: it’s not legal, but it’s not illegal either. One law claims that parents are required to provide education to their children. Although it doesn’t specify kids must enrol in school.

On the other hand, we have the Education Law, which states that education is mandatory between the ages of 6 and 16. Additionally, it doesn’t state the requirement for children to be attending school.

But aside from the law and what one or the other says, what held us back the most with homeschooling was that my son wouldn’t interact with other children. So I sat down to talk to him and that conversation changed everything.

For some years now, we have known that he is a gifted child. Last year, at the request of his schoolteacher, the school psychologist evaluated him with over ten sessions of assessment exercises of these abilities.

These types of evaluations are not done until age 6 here in Spain, but the teacher insisted because his boredom in class was increasing. The conclusion of the evaluation is that he is gifted in 5 out of 8 skills, with an exceptional ability in math.

Surprisingly, he performed the worst in memory and other skills that are not typically weak for him. The psychologist’s conclusion…

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Gabby Savage

Passionate about poetry, health research, language learning and things in life. Fiction writer.