You may be wondering.. what is the "typical" Wonder learner like? Or, how do I know if Wonder is the right choice for my child?
There is no "typical" around Wonder, but we think that is a good thing. We're hoping the information below gives you a better sense as to the kinds of learners that might find the Wonder model a good fit for them.
All of our learners are homeschooled by a parent or guardian registered with a South Carolina Option 3 Accountability Organization.
Wonder learners are bright and/or deeply talented in one or more subject areas. Many of our learners have qualified for gifted/talented programs at their prior schools, however we do not require testing for giftedness, and believe that giftedness can manifest itself in many different forms, not just academics, but arts, music, sports, community passion, drama, and more.
Wonder students are type of children that proffer complicated, detailed explanations as to the topics of their passion, often with highly-advanced vocabularies. They often ask deep, thought-provoking questions and hypothesize as to all potential answers and solutions - real and abstract. They are divergent thinkers.
Many of our learners have left traditional school settings where they were expected to fit into a box. Some Wonder learners have received a formal diagnosis of dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, sensory processing challenges, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism, or anxiety. Other Wonder learners have no formal diagnosis, but, nevertheless, face challenges due to focus and executive function (planning, organizing, follow through), working memory, slow processing speed, social difficulties, excessive worrying or overthinking, or other related challenges. Despite some of these challenges, many of our Wonder learners also have equally formidable gifts in the areas of IQ, attention to detail, perception, creativity, outside the box thinking, problem solving, wit, charisma, and other unique abilities and deep interests.
More than anything, our learners are bright, quirky, creative, and curious kids that love to learn simply... to learn. They aren't interested in checking boxes, they don't fit inside square pegs, they constantly ask why. Children who wonder are the kinds of kids that dissect backyard bugs, take apart batteries to inspect circuitry, build dramatic legos cities, paint seascapes and mountainsides, and gaze at the stars in galaxies beyond our own. They ask a million questions and want to know the "why" behind everything. They often ask "what if" and "why not". In a word, they... wonder.