Don’t assume the school will recognize your child’s abilities - they teach to age and grade level, not specific abilities

You need to know how your child compares to others, both intellectually and academically, before you choose a school:

  • Is my child unusually smart or advanced, and how can I tell? Read more…
  • How do I ignite and encourage my child's gifts and talents? Read more…
  • Do I know the appropriate educational and school options for my child? Read more…
  • What are his/her emotional and social needs? How do I address them? Read more…
  • What resources are available for helping with these issues? Read more…

The Ruf Estimates™ Kids IQ Test (Online Assessment) will provide answers to these questions and actions you can take to secure the best schools and learning environments for your child.

Tips for Homeschooling Abroad by Cassie Phillips, Guest Contributor 2016

Tips for Homeschooling Abroad

If you tend to travel often or have even decided to move abroad, homeschooling can be a great option for your family. It removes the burden from your children of frequently becoming “the new kid” in school and can allow you to have time to bond with your children while they get an education. It can also sometimes decrease the risk of your children becoming the targets of bullying, as you will be able to control the environment more than if they were attending public school. The downside of homeschooling is that there are often legal requirements that can make it a bit more difficult for you to get started right away. In some regions you may even be required to have a teaching certificate of some sort.

There are also a few other things to think about before and while you’re homeschooling your kids. Don’t let those dissuade you from doing so! Homeschooling can be a rewarding venture for both you and your children as long as you do your research before you begin putting your plan into motion. Here are some tips for homeschooling abroad that should be of great assistance to you on your journey:

How to Partial Home School: Quick Overview by Deborah Ruf, PhD ©2009

What is Partial Home Schooling?

Partial home schooling—which we can also describe as “emanating from the home schooling” or “the parent’s role as educational manager”—involves keeping the child in the regular school for part of the day and in some alternative educational situation the other part of the school day. While home schooling is currently legal in every state, the law does not generally anticipate partial home schooling, although it, too, is legal most states. In Minnesota, for example, is a law called “120B.20, Parental Curriculum Review,” which basically permits parents to provide what the school has not. The school’s permission is not required. Public tax support is still available to the school when a child is partial home schooled. Private schools do not generally reduce their fees if the child still attends part of the day, and the school’s permission is needed. The reason I recommend partial home schooling is to enable the family to provide learning experiences at the child’s own level and pace, and to keep the school aware that the school has not done so. If a family totally removes their child, the school system cannot experience that the child needed more than was being provided. Even if a parent is not “qualified” to teach, the child who still attends school part time will take regular standardized achievement tests and thereby prove that his achievement has been enhanced rather than damaged by the partial home schooling.

What Is An Intelligent Woman?

I wrote this article in 2008 and it was originally published in The Eleusis, the Alumna magazine for Chi Omega Sorority.

What is an intelligent woman? The answer depends on whom you ask and at what time in her life. I had many assumptions about my future when I was a Chi Omega at Ohio Wesleyan: become an elementary school teacher, marry, have children, and be a school principal while raising my family. My plans started well, but unexpected circumstances made my path less direct. Life is a journey and sometimes you change your mind about what you really want to do as you experience more of it. For intelligent women, as for anyone really, life is more satisfying when we get to follow our passions and use our abilities to their best. Whatever our intellectual profile, we are at our smartest when we do what we were designed to do.

Amanda Ripley's "The Smartest Kids in the World and how they got that way" - what do I think of it?

I recently read Amanda Ripley's "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way" and was glad someone did this work. Yes, I knew that advocates for gifted children or advocates for teachers' unions would get their hackles up over many of the points that Ripley made. They might say that clearly she doesn't "understand" the needs of gifted children, blah-blah-blah. Clearly she doesn't understand how "unfair" it would be to keep "normal" people (i.e., those who weren't the best students themselves) out of teaching with her observation that schools must have the smartest and best trained teachers from the population if their students are to do well, become smart (i.e., live and learn up to their potential).

Is Your Grandchild Maybe Gifted? How Can You Tell?

Many grandparents start to wonder if their grandchildren are unusually smart and if there's any way they can support the parents' nurture and handling of the blossoming child. It's likely that if both parents are pretty darned smart, their children will be, too. There is a strong genetic influence, after all! But, sitting down and doing school work before you start school, doesn't necessarily point to a future genius. But, figuring out what kinds of schooling and talent support a young child needs can go a long way toward facilitating the child's growth into all he or she can be. And grandparents can play a significant role in enabling that to happen.

Be proactive for your child

By 1st grade, the typical same-aged mixed-ability public school classroom already has 12 grade equivalencies of achievement in it!

Where does YOUR child fit that picture?

How might "waiting to learn" affect your child's achievement, motivation, behavior, and self-concept?

Find out today!

Gifted Children Online Assessment Tool Now Available

Parents gain the confidence to be strong advocates for their child's educational and emotional needs.

TalentIgniter announces the availability of their new online assessment tool, the Ruf Estimates™ Kids IQ Test. For the first time, parents who want to make sure they’re choosing the best, most appropriate school environment for their children can, in the privacy of their own home, affordably discover this information while their children are still eager for the school experience.

“At TalentIgniter, our primary goal is educating parents of young children so they can make the best educational choices for their children from the very start. Parents gain the confidence to be strong advocates for their child’s educational and emotional needs,” says founder, Deborah Ruf, Ph.D. “Ascertaining the right educational fit ultimately ignites a child’s genius and creativity.”

What is the Ruf Estimates™ Kids IQ Test?

  1. It is an online survey, filled out by parents, based on early behavioral milestones and interests.
  2. It provides an estimate of the child’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses, a specific estimate of the child’s IQ range and what this means, and detailed feedback and additional resources for this particular child.
  3. Feedback results are divided into 13 different estimated IQ and academic ability ranges that progress from [this child is] Average for his or her age group through bright, moderately gifted and the highest Levels that are described by Ruf’s 5 Levels of Gifted article.
  4. It is appropriate for any child six years and older whose parents have kept good records or have good memories for their child’s early milestones. In the case of children who are clearly exceptionally intellectually advanced, parents can complete the survey for a child as young as age three.

For further information on the details of the assessment tool and the research behind the Ruf Estimates™ please visit our FAQs page.

Customer Testimonial

We strongly believe that Dr. Ruf has given parents the key to the proverbial gifted door with Ruf Estimates™ of Levels of Gifted Assessment. This assessment is the perfect launching point for all parents who suspect that their child might be gifted. Not only does it clearly define an intellectual range compared to age peers, it provides the essential information for what to actually do with a child in that range. The tailored information, guidance and recommendations given are fundamental to making informed parenting and educational decisions for the gifted child.

-Kristin & Ryan Parker

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