Bright & Quirky Child Summit

Help bright kids thrive, even with learning, social and/or emotional challenges

Session 2: A Powerful Model for Enrichment, Homeschooling or Unschooling

Susan Baum, PhD

Homeschooling can be a daunting task, especially after traditional school has failed to spark a 2e child's learning. How do we help our kids reengage with their inborn curiosity and desire to explore? With her vast, deep, and varied expertise and experience, Susan Baum explores these questions relative to our bright and quirky children. Listen as Dr. Susan takes an ABC approach to see if your child is in the right learning environment and how to spark their imagination through real world experiences. This talk is a must if you're considering enrichment, homeschooling or unschooling.

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  1. Vandy on March 16, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I love ? your ideas! Susan Baum I love hearing you speak! Your insight is fabulous and your voice reminds me of my Grandma Ruby. It’s a positive connection ? thanks for sharing!

  2. Diane Virden on March 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    The ABC’s of deciding weather to remove your child from their school… somehow my mother gut was right on. So reassuring to hear this confirmation of my very recent decision. If only the public school could see it the same way.?

  3. Sue on March 15, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I love this so much. My PG DD15 (GAD, borderline ASD) finally has found a school that is similar to Bridges here in our small city in Canada. Last year she was in a traditional Catholic school where she missed 473 classes during grade 9. This year she is thriving, deciding how she achieves the outcomes for her courses in a one to one teaching model. I wish there were schools like Bridges and more educators like Dr. Baum for all children.

    • Debbie on March 15, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Sue, Can I ask what town you are in and the name of the school? I am in Ontario, Canada and looking for a school for my son, grade 7.

    • Laura on March 15, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      I would like to know too! As I am in Ontario as well!

  4. Kate Bailey on March 15, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    So true – Children are natural explorers.
    It’s how to harness their natural curiosity and interests as these lead to what they will do with their lives.

    • Susan on March 15, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Let them lead the way as we fill in the pieces and help them make sense of the world.

      • Susan on March 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

        Not sure what that means. I so agree that these kids have so many possibilities provided we facilitate their learning and invest in helping them develop their talents and interests.

  5. Kara on March 15, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Life is learning!!! Most engagement in learning of our 2E kids is organic and often led by their excitement and curiosity! Having eyes to see all the learning around us is a journey but it is really beautiful! I love this talk – thank you Susan Baum for your encouragement to our families!

    • Susan on March 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Trust yourselves and know that the curiosity of our children can help us find wonderful experiences to enrich their learning.

      • Julie on March 16, 2020 at 1:12 am

        This is great, I’m in total agreement of it all. However, my difficulty is what about the kids from families who can’t home school? (e.g. for finianical reasons, single parent families, no extended family close by to help). It seems to be a very middle class privilege to be able to home school and I’m deeply concerned for the children in families who are continued to be made to feel like they are being squeezed into a hole they will never fit into. Something has to happen in our state schools to reflect the needs of all children, not just prepare them for standardised testing which make so many feel like failures.

  6. Barbara G on March 15, 2020 at 11:38 am

    My own children went to a public(!) school with a similar, open-ended, project-based model. (Ohlone Elementary in Palo Alto, which you had to get into by lottery).

    The school instilled a love of exploration and learning that has lasted their whole lives and helped them become lifelong learners!

  7. Marcia Cole on March 15, 2020 at 9:25 am

    What Susan Baum explains is what used to happen in schools many years ago. I, as a 3rd and 5th grade teacher, used to teach this way. We had student-centered projects, we created our own newspapers and literary magazines, we investigated a cows trachea and lungs. This disappeared as teachers were told that they must all be on the same page, and must meet the outcomes in exactly the same way.
    Question: Do you ever see public schools going back to this? 🙂

    • Susan on March 15, 2020 at 4:58 pm

      I hope so. We do see that schools are engaging in project/problem based learning and are offering their best curriculum outside the classroom in all the extra-curricular activities.

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