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GLL Family Program courses are designed around activities that children complete with their parents, both at the computer and away from the screen. Master instructors guide parents through activities while modeling how to help develop students’ higher-order thinking skills. Online, real-time discussions allow participants to share their discoveries and collaborate with other family groups from around the globe within a secure and private online environment. Blending convenient “on-demand” activities with occasional “live” sessions has been appealing both to families with students in traditional schools looking for flexible out-of-school enrichment and for homeschooling families seeking to provide a customized core curriculum and opportunities for positive peer interaction.

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Application Process

There are no test scores or further documentation required for participation in the Family Program. The best criterion to ensure success is that the child has an interest in the topic and at least one family member has time to work with the student.

Course Environment

Students will work with parent(s) on engaging course activities, requiring 2-5 hours per week. Courses feature:

  • Regularly scheduled online meetings
  • Discussion boards
  • Core exercises as well as a variety of supplemental/extension projects

Technical Requirements

  • Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
  • Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
  • While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop.

Program Orientation

  • Acceptance notifications are sent via e-mail upon receipt of a completed application.  
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to the learning management system, Schoology, which houses Gifted LearningLinks courses.  
  • Course access begins on the official start date.
  • Syllabi, assignments, timelines, discussion boards, links and more are found on the course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within the learning management system.  
  • Online, real-time discussions allow participants to share their discoveries and collaborate with other family groups from around the world.

Evaluations

Students will receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of the course.

For Schools

For information on how schools can partner with Gifted LearningLinks, visit our Partner Opportunities page.

Courses

Meteorology & Me (2-3)

April 1, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Description

How can we use weather patterns to help explain our world?

The study of weather presents us with a unique opportunity to learn about how scientists use technology, tools, and models to collect and study data. Using weather reports from each family’s specific region and from around the globe, we will explore the patterns and systems in nature and how they help us understand and make predictions about the world around us.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Kitchen Chemistry (k-1)

April 1, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Description

Did you know that chocolate can teach you about science?

Cook up some fun while exploring many chemical processes behind food preparation. Satisfy your hunger for knowledge using the scientific method to make hypotheses, measure data, and form conclusions!

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Math Explorations (2-3)

April 1, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Description

How has math developed over time and across cultures?

In early civilizations, simple mathematical systems were created for practical, everyday reasons. Some of the brightest adult minds were just learning about processes you probably already understand today! Join us as we explore how math has developed in different cultures around the world. We’ll even use common materials from around the house to reproduce the processes that people in these early civilizations used!

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online
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