GHF has offered online classes for gifted homeschoolers since 2014, making us one of the first online course providers. We’re excited to continue innovating. We offer classes for professionals, parents, and gifted learners. Additionally, we look forward to offering classes at times that meet the needs of our global homeschooling community and gifted learners seeking afterschool academic adventures.
This course runs for 8 weeks and provides an overview of working with gifted learners in online course environments. We begin by focusing on the intellectual needs of gifted learners so that we can create fun and engaging learning adventures. From there, we will discuss classroom management in virtual environments, highlighting how asynchronous development manifests in online courses. In our 8 weeks together, course participants will actively create an online course oriented for gifted learners while discovering how to support the unique social and emotional needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students.
Understanding Gifted Homeschoolers
This is a repeatable workshop-style class for you to gather with other parents homeschooling their gifted learners and a member of the GHF team. We meet for 1 hour at a time to give you a forum to ask your questions about supporting your gifted homeschooler. We focus on helping you understand your gifted homeschooler, create and implement an individualized learning plan, identify meaningful learning opportunities for your child, and more. You don’t have to go it alone!
For Gifted Kids and Teens
Invention by Design
Have you ever wondered how ideas become inventions? Discover how engineers leverage their creativity to build the world around us. We will explore the engineering stories of some of our favorite objects while diving into the fascinating world of patents and intellectual property.
This class is recommended for learners aged 7-12. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. After each class meeting, learners will have the opportunity to complete an invention challenge. Between class meetings, learners will need access to a hot glue gun, scissors, clean recyclables, cardboard, other crafting supplies and occasional adult assistance to craft safely.
It’s time to get outside and create. This summer, we’re rolling up our sleeves to engineer outdoor fun. We will practice using engineering design and applying physics principles to craft working catapults, airplanes, and two learner-determined projects. It’s going to be awesome.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks, tackling one big project each week. Learners will work on their projects in between classes. Because these projects often require supplies found at a hardware store, please provide your learner with $10-25 budget for each project.
Dream It, Build It
Calling all makers and inventors! We are creating a supportive engineering community so you can tackle a cool project. Our goal is to learn and apply engineering design principles so that every learner can build something amazing by the end of our four weeks together.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks so that learners can define their projects and make progress in between sessions. All classes incorporate design reviews to support project completion. As these projects often require purchasing supplies, please provide your learner with a $40-100 budget for their project.
Exploring the Louvre
A museum isn’t only about the works of art hanging on the walls. The Louvre holds a rich history including fact, fiction and conspiracy theories aplenty. We will explore the Louvre inside and out, looking deeply at the artistic and cultural history of well-known pieces on display.
This class is recommended for learners aged 7-12. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks, roaming the Louvre’s halls and galleries through online field trips. Learners will be asked to research one piece of art not discussed in class. They will present its history and explain its importance while using key vocabulary from the relevant artistic movements.
Create a Neighborhood
Walk along with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as we work as a class to figure out all the components of building a world and a neighborhood to live inside of it! Each student will create their own space and fill it with characters before crafting their own holiday party.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. After each class meeting, learners will be encouraged to work on developing their characters and their world further. Each student is encouraged to think outside of the box and create original material to describe characters, neighborhoods, and celebration.
A Few of My Favorite Books
Calling all book lovers! Join us for a readers’ club focusing on our favorite books. Each week, learners will celebrate their favorite books while practicing how to talk about books objectively and keep the conversations going. Come prepared to meet new favorites!
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. Learners are encouraged to bring a favorite book or two with them to every class. We ask questions like “What makes this book compelling?” and “How would you describe this book in three sentences?” while building a joyful learning community of book lovers.
Pompeii: The Day a City Died
Pompeii was a thriving port city of the Ancient Roman Empire on August 23, 79 C.E… until the next day. Mt. Vesuvius erupted, stopping the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae in their tracks and preserving them for generations of archaeologists and anthropologists.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. Using primary sources, learners will discover what life was like for the average Roman citizen living at the turn of the first millennium C.E.. Students will ask questions and support arguments as they compare the lives of Ancient Pompeiians with their own.
Food: Ethics, Health, Justice
Food brings people together: everybody eats. Food connects across generations, locations, and societies. But every culture and community prepares, serves, and values food differently. In this course, learners will explore how discussing food helps us understand people.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. This course explores food as a human experience, tradition, healthy/unhealthy, and a way that societies promote or undermine justice in using college style discussion. In this class, learners will engage critically with big ideas in culture and society.
Do you love escape rooms? Have you heard of the MIT Mystery Hunt? Are you intrigued by a bunch of puzzles that work together towards a single meta-solution? Join us for Puzzle Masters, a class all about teamwork as we work together to create a small puzzle hunt.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 week, working through the puzzles in an issue of P&A Magazine. Students must be prepared to work on puzzles outside of the live class time, collaboratively through Google docs and forum discussions. Come sharpen your puzzle solving skills in ways far beyond the typical!
The Psychology of Learning
Do you know how you learn best? Perhaps it is by reading information or writing. Maybe it is by hearing or doing the actual task. We each have our own learning preferences and styles and in this class, we will learn why. We’re taking a deep dive into the brain – literally and figuratively.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. Together, we explore memory and the executive functions before dissecting a brain to get a closer look at everything. Students will be asked to draw on their experiences in order to reflect on their learning styles and ways that they can leverage their brains when learning.
Have you ever disagreed with someone about a topic? Debate is the art of presenting an argument in an effective and structured way that helps everyone learn together. There are controversies and conflicts all around us that require critical thinking and the ability to resolve conflicts.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. In our time together, learners will research controversial issues, frame their topic, create arguments, and present their case. Students will practice skills like research, writing cases, referencing evidence, and presenting points clearly and concisely.
The World of Benjamin Franklin
Discover some of Benjamin Franklin’s gifts to America in its infancy by investigating his writings. We will see into his own mind and his world at large by studying how he formulates and defends his beliefs with his pen. Learn from the master. Become a better writer and a better person.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. After each class meeting, learners will have the opportunity to practice their skills through assigned reading and a writing challenge. Between class meetings, learners will need access to a word processor. All reading materials will be provided by the teacher.
Writing Bravery in The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien plays the role of a loquacious narrator throughout The Hobbit; as such, he is in continual dialog with the reader telling of Biblo’s epic adventure. Together, we will read chapters of The Hobbit, focusing on the topic of Bilbo’s bravery through the eyes of Tolkein, the narrator.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks, reading select chapters closely. After each class, learners will have the opportunity to complete their assigned reading and a writing challenge. Between class meetings, learners will need access to a word processor and The Hobbit so they can read more of the story
Animals in Wonderland
Uncover adventures by learning to read a text closely. You may know the story of Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever noticed all of her animal companions along the way? In this course, we’re exploring how Lewis Carroll used animals to create a fantasy world that delights readers.
This class is recommended for learners aged 7-12. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. Students should plan to read the entire book, though we will only discuss certain chapters and excerpts in class. We will sharpen our skills in information synthesis, comparison, contrast, and forming arguments. Students need the book and the Disney movie.
Latin in Harry Potter
You’re at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! As Percy Weasley meets you at the common room door , he says “caput draconis” to the Fat Lady. The picture swings open, and you’re left wondering: What magic did Percy conjure? Actually, Percy just spoke Latin, a classical language.
This class is for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. We will explore how Rowling made Latin the language of magic. She incorporated vocabulary, grammar, mythology, and history in every chapter of her famous novels. Together we will step inside the world of Rowling’s imagination to see how she created the wizarding world.
Creative Writing Labs
Where does inspiration come from in writing? What is memoir and how can students tell stories from their lives in an interesting way? When does poetry transcend rhyme? In these writing labs students will explore the techniques used in writing short stories, poetry, and memoir.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We will meet eight times over two weeks. Students will create and refine works of literature, with the potential for their works to be published in the first edition of the online GHF Teen Literary Journal, which will be designed by students in the GHF Teen Literary Journal class.
GHF Teen Literary Journal
Join us as we create an online GHF publication that will feature works of literature by gifted teens from across the global community. In this project-based class, students will design the GHF Teen Literary Journal, a recurring online publication featuring writing of gifted teens.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We meet four times a week for two weeks. Students will define the scope of the literary journal, write policies for the journal, and create a handbook to guide future groups of students. In addition, students will learn how to use “Submittable” to accept or decline submitted works and how to edit.
Games for Thinking While Playing
Tic Tac Toe ends in a draw, every time when played well – unless you change the goal, the rules, or the playing surface. Chess, too, has variants, like Monster Chess or playing on a cylinder, for example. This class is recommended for learners ages 11-15 who enjoy all kinds of games.
We’ll look at many games, from two players to 7 players, from simple games to complex games, turn-taking games vs. games in which everybody moves at once, and games in which only one player can win vs. games in which everybody wins or everybody loses. The only thing they have in common is that they require reasoning skills to play well.
Have you ever wondered how change happens in our country? Why can progress seem so elusive? In this class, we will explore how laws are made on the federal level. We will talk about lobbying, media pressure, party affiliations and how often a bill becomes a law.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18 and meets twice a week for 4 weeks. After class students will look at the law from different angles such as the lobbyist, driving force of the law, media coverage, etc. The goal is to learn to understand other people’s point of view, advocating for themselves and others, and how the federal government works.
Project Planning in Minecraft
Discover how to solve problems using Minecraft. Learners will build, excavate, and care for the environment. Together we will work on collaborative problems where students will practice clear communication, estimation, resource management, and team coordination.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. Students will need an active Minecraft account to do hands-on course projects and will be expected to do at least 1 hour of Minecraft between classes, recording their experiences in a journal. This class assumes familiarity with Minecraft.
Magic, Science, and Religion
This course will discuss the role of magic, science, and religion in different cultures across the globe using an anthropological perspective. The course combines geography, history, and cultural anthropology to illuminate a variety of cultural practices related to knowledge.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. This course is designed for students who have an open mind and willingness to learn about different cultural practices while exploring big questions like “What is truth?,” “What is knowledge?,” and “How do humans explain the world?” Come to explore.
Worldbuilding for Teens
Speculative literature spans diverse genres such as science fiction, fantasy, utopias, dystopias, and unlikely histories. All stories need a comprehensive world to be told. In this class for teen learners, we will explore principles of worldbuilding looking across diverse stories.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18 and meets twice a week for 4 weeks. Students will have a chance to work on their own worlds while also sharing a collaborative project Our goal in this introductory course is not to craft complete worlds, but to establish the basis for our worlds – a platform from which you can develop the rest of it.
Worldbuilding for Young Learners
Do you ever wonder how authors create a mythical world when writing stories you love? In this class for young learners, we will investigate how writers use science, culture, society, and conflict to bring their stories to life. If you love fantasy or science fiction, this is the class for you!
This introductory class is recommended for learners aged 7-12. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks. We will read and analyze short stories and snippets of novels. Students will practice applying big concepts and ideas to create a foundation for their own world while working on a collaborative project with other students and the instructor.
Worldbuilding Lab is intended for students who have completed the Worldbuilding course or who have a world whose development is already moving along. There are two Labs so that learners can support their peers as we advance our stories’ environments.
Students will be expected to read the offerings of others in the class and to provide feedback, if requested. They will also be expected to share their own worlds for the consideration of their classmates. This is a workshop for creators.
We would love to have you join us this summer.
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