If you need a village, build one! In this interview, Darby McClendon Kennedy will talk about the highs and lows of homeschooling her 2 profoundly gifted dyslexic children. She has homeschooled her children for 10 years and her journey from a public school teacher to a parent forced her to step far outside the mainstream and find the grace to say “I didn’t understand what you needed and I’m sorry.” She has since then focused on the mental well being and allowed her children to pursue their passions. When she could not find other parents in similar situations, she started an inclusive secular homeschool co-op, which has then helped many other families.
Darby Kennedy began as a public school teacher and like many parents of gifted kids, found that the public school system was a poor fit for their needs. She has homeschooled her 16 and 13 year old kids for 10 years. Through that time she learned a lot about herself, but more importantly she learned to trust her children to know what they need to thrive. After deciding to homeschool, her family was unable to find a local community that supported 2e children. So, she built her own village. She is one of the founding board members of Space, Time, and Community, Inc., a secular inclusive homeschool support group. She also teaches history, government, geography, and current events to high school students in that group.
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