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Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they're curious about? This podcast is all about learning, exploring passions, cultivating creativity, and encouraging our kids to be fascinated by the world around them. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join Colleen Kessler to see how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.

Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they're curious about? This podcast is all about learning, exploring passions, cultivating creativity, and encouraging our kids to be fascinated by the world around them. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join Colleen Kessler to see how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.
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Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners -- children who know that they can find the answers to anything they're curious about? This podcast is all about learning, exploring passions, cultivating creativity, and encouraging our kids to be fascinated by the world around them. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join Colleen Kessler to see how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination.

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Episodes

RLL #35: What This Homeschool Mom Doesn't Do

12/4/2018
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People ask often how I do it all. I try to tell them that I simply don't -- that there are balls I drop regularly, but I'm not sure they completely believe me. In today's episode, I tell you all the things I don't do. The home and homeschool balls that get dropped. Above all, friends, remember that you're not alone and that you are doing an amazing job.

Duration:01:48:32

RLL #34: Cultivating Critical Thinkers with Ginny Kochis

11/20/2018
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We really want to encourage critical and creative thinking in our kids -- especially with so many things going on in the world that require us to think clearly and make informed decisions. Ginny Kochis has some great tips for developing these skills without adding something new to our already full homeschool parenting plates. Check it out, and let me know how YOU teach critical thinking in your home and homeschool. You can leave a comment below or send a voice message. I'll share more tips...

Duration:02:25:56

RLL #33: The Holidays and Your Differently-Wired Child

11/13/2018
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The holidays are coming and I know -- if you're like me -- that you're gearing up and trying to figure out how to make it happy, fun, and successful for all your kids, you, and the rest of your extended family. In this chat, I'll share some of my thoughts about navigating the holidays with your differently-wired kiddos, and simple tricks you can do to make it great (or at least bearable) for all.

Duration:00:28:04

RLL #32: Raising Bilingual Kids with Anne Guarnera

10/30/2018
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Raising globally minded kids in today's world is important as the world grows closer and more connected. Today Colleen talks with Anne Guarnera about bringing language and cultural learning into the home and homeschool effortlessly, and what it's like living the adventure of a bilingual family.

Duration:02:23:07

RLL #29: Should I Test My Child for Giftedness? | A Listener Question

10/16/2018
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The testing question... it comes up often in conversation and consults, but as a listener asked again recently, Colleen thought it worth revisiting in a podcast episode. Testing your child for giftedness is a personal choice and everyone has different reasons for why they chose to test... or not to test. What should you do? Well... let's talk about it.

Duration:00:24:03

RLL #30: Being Students of Our Children with Andrew Peterson

10/9/2018
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Amazing things can happen when we trust our children, become students of them and their interests, and encourage them to follow those passions. In this episode, Colleen talks to Andrew Peterson -- Christian music artist, author, speaker, and Founder of The Rabbit Room, a community of like-minded people celebrating a love of the arts together -- all about helping our kids follow their loves and develop their talents, even when they don't fall into the easily-measured subject areas, and how...

Duration:00:57:39

RLL #29: Giving Your Kids the Attention They Each Need | A Listener Question

10/2/2018
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Sometimes it's a challenge to give each of your kiddos the attention they need individually when you're raising more than one. When one or more of those kids has special needs or demands more attention than others, though, it can feel impossible to give each of your children what they need. Colleen talks a little about this today in answer to a listener question.

Duration:01:10:44

RLL #28: Using Books to Make Learning Come to Life with Sarita Holzmann

9/25/2018
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Books can be a great way to get kids excited about learning. GREAT literature can go even further and make learning come alive for the whole family. Today, Colleen talks to Sarita Holzmann, founder of the Sonlight Curriculum all about using books to ignite a love of learning in kids of all ages. This episode is chock-full of wonderful resources. You won't want to miss it!

Duration:00:46:10

RLL 27: Challenging Gifted Kids vs. Pushing Them

9/18/2018
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Parents of gifted kiddos often worry whether they're challenging their kids enough or pushing them too hard. In this episode we examine the difference between pushing and appropriately challenging our kids, while acknowledging that those who aren't raising gifted kids won't understand, and just might accuse us of "hothousing" them -- making them into "super kids" so that they look gifted, dismissing the very nature that makes our quirky and briliant kids who they are despite us.

Duration:00:32:39

RLL #26: Cooking with Kids with Tiffany Dahle

9/11/2018
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There are so many wonderful benefits to getting kids in the kitchen early on, but have you ever thought about cooking as a way to build confidence and combat perfectionism? Really! Today, Colleen talks to Tiffany Dahle, author of The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook, and founder of peanutblossom.com about empowering kids through cooking... among other things. This is not one to miss -- especially if you love cooking with kids!

Duration:00:53:02

RLL #25: Fall Plans for Eclectic Homeschooling

9/4/2018
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It's back to school time, and all over the internet -- in your Instagram feeds, on your favorite bloggers' sites, and on Facebook -- you're faced with a peek into what everyone's doing to get ready for back to school. And, while I always hesitate to share what we've got going on because it changes so rapidly, I'm asked again and again... so I'm sharing a glimpse into our current plans with you today. I hope you'll find some inspiration and maybe some new resources, but remember that the...

Duration:02:16:10

RLL #24: Asynchrony, Intensity, and Motivation | A Listener Question

7/31/2018
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Today, Tiffany asks about asynchronous development in gifted kiddos, how to help manage intensity, and tips for motivating gifted kids. It's a jam-packed half hour and there are loads of resources to sift through in the show notes. You're going to need time to digest this one, so grab a cold drink or cup of coffee and settle in for this Q&A.

Duration:01:40:22

RLL #23: Trusting Your Kids with Homeschool Graduate Mahayla West

7/24/2018
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It's so easy for homeschool moms to doubt. We're in the thick of things, right? Doing it all... worrying about it all... and not able to see what will happen on the other side. There are no guarantees in parenting, nor are there in homeschooling. BUT, there are so many amazing kiddos who have gone through years of homeschooling, and not only come out on that other side, but are thriving there. Today we talk to Mahayla West, homeschool graduate, and fantastic young adult, who reminds us to...

Duration:02:42:58

RLL #22: Finding a Co-op and Creating Killer Classes | A Listener Question

7/17/2018
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As homeschooling parents of outliers, we sometimes feel isolated, and co-ops can fill a need for both our children and ourselves. In this episode, Colleen tackles a question about creating an amazing co-op class from listener, Wendy, but also dives into the different types of co-ops and reasons for joining one. If you've ever thought about finding a group for your kids to belong to, and then creating classes that can meet a variety of abilities within that co-op, this is the episode for you!

Duration:01:43:29

RLL #21: Embracing Autism with Kaylene George

7/10/2018
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"Autism is NOT the Big Bad Wolf... Your child is going to have joy. Your child is going to have a life..." This inspiring episode challenges all of us to rethink autism and how we interact with autistic friends and family members. Kaylene George is an autism self-advocate, and an amazing mama to a slew of neuro-diverse kiddos. You don't want to miss this episode...

Duration:02:45:02

RLL #20: Helping Your Kiddo with Executive Function Skills Struggles | A Listener Question

7/3/2018
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Gifted and creative kiddos can often struggle with their executive function skills, and we parents are left scratching our heads, and trying to figure out how to get them to be functioning adults who can manage their own lives. In this episode we'll talk about what executive function skills are, how they're important, and what happens when kids struggle with these skills. Then, we'll chat about what you can do to help your kiddos out. Grab a cold drink and join the conversation.

Duration:01:38:22

RLL #19: Using Astronomy to Foster an Integrative Approach to Learning with Luke Gilkerson

6/26/2018
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Science -- particularly the study of astronomy -- can be a great way to integrate your kiddos' subjects so that they're incorporating many different areas like literature, writing, and the content areas in one fell swoop. A deep dive into an area for an extended period of time. Today, Colleen talks with Luke Gilkerson about how his program does just that... uses his passion for astronomy to bring kids along on a journey that incorporates many subject areas altogether for deep and rich...

Duration:03:05:13

RLL #18: How to Lure the Kids Away From Screens | A Listener Question

6/19/2018
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Cristy asks how lure her kiddo away from the screens -- her sweet daughter just wants to play video games. This is a challenging question that comes up in homeschool circles often. Colleen tackles it from a few different perspectives. What about you? Do you limit screen use in your home? Why or why not?

Duration:01:50:40

RLL #17: Building on Your Child's Strengths with Shawna Wingert

6/12/2018
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Homeschooling special needs children can be really tough. When your child has several special needs and is very asynchronous, too, things get even more challenging. One of our absolute favorite moms of special needs kids is Shawna Wingert from Not the Former Things. She blogs honestly and empowers other moms of special needs kiddos to tackle each new day with renewed strength and the knowledge that they're not alone. She's walking right alongside of them. Join Colleen and Shawna today...

Duration:02:44:48

RLL #16: Homeschooling Gifted Kids on a Budget | A Listener Question

6/5/2018
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Maleeha is concerned. Following a student-led, self-directed model of homeschooling can definitely add up, cost-wise, and when you're homeschooling insatiable gifted learners, it can be even more costly. These kids seem to eat programs and materials for breakfast. So, how can a parent get kids iinvolved in their own learning, and fostering their curiosity, all without breaking the budget? Colleen offers some suggestions today.

Duration:01:46:35