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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 #22: Finding a Homeschool Co-op and Creating Killer Classes | 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 Mihayla 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 Mihayla 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...

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

RLL #15: Calming Chaos and Raising Superkids with Dayna Abraham

5/29/2018
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Whether you homeschool your quirky kiddo, send him or her to school, or change it up depending on the year and the situation, you're doing exactly what you need to do for your child when he or she needs it most. In today's episode, Colleen talks to Dayna Abraham all about the chaos of raising differently-wired kids, and helping them channel those challenges for good and begin to see themselves as "superkids." Afterwards, you get to reconnect with Colleen's son, Trevor, and see what he's...

Duration:02:14:31

RLL #14: What if I Fall Behind | A Listener Question

5/22/2018
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Connie worries that her kids will fall behind if they follow an unconventional homeschooling schedule. Her family finds themselves out of the house several days a week, and they're all exhausted by the time they get home. Is it possible to make a three-day homeschool work? I share my thoughts in today’s episode, but would love to hear yours, too. Scroll down to the comments section and tell us what YOU think about unusual schedules! We’re all better together.

Duration:01:40:05

RLL #13: Homeschooling, Finding Joy, and ADHD with Misty Bailey

5/15/2018
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Parenting and homeschooling differently-wired kids can be a challenge, and it's even harder when faced with choices about medication, therapies, and following one's parenting gut. In this episode, Misty and Colleen talk about homeschooling, finding the great moments, and about the tough choice to medicate or not. You'll hear two very different experiences with meds and, hopefully, will be reassured that it's a personal decision, and what's right for one isn't always right for another....

Duration:02:17:53

RLL #12: What About Relaxed & Interest-Led Homeschooling for Gifted Kids? | A Listener Question

5/8/2018
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Angie worries that she's not doing enought to challenge her gifted kids because of something a well-meaning pedatrician said to her at a well-visit. Her family enjoys a relaxed and interest-driven, self-directed type of homeschool environment, but she's concerned that it's not enough for the kids and that her doctor is right -- that they'll struggle with underachievement and problem behaviors as they grow. I share my thoughts in today's episode, but would love to hear yours, too. Head...

Duration:01:20:26

RLL #11: Doing Things for YOU... Even if it Means a Cleaning Challenge with Kara Anderson

5/1/2018
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Conversations with friends who get you, understand (and still love) your quirky kids, and are honest and real are so important in life -- especially when you're homeschooling. Chatting with Kara Anderson is always a chance to be loved for who you are. She's real, down-to-Earth, frank, funny, and such a joy. In this conversation we talk quirky kids, taking time for oneself, being our kids' person, and spring cleaning. Grab a cup of tea and settle in... you're going to love this episode.

Duration:02:50:31

RLL #10: Building Connections Through Books with Sarah MacKenzie

3/27/2018
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Want to make the most out of your parenting -- in just ten minutes a day? Listen in to find out the super (not so) secret way Sarah MacKenzie connects with her kids, builds meaningful relationships with all six(!) of them, and cultivates a passionate love of learning through books. The power of a great book cannot be underestimated and this deceptively simple action may be just what your family needs to turn things around and form those lasting bonds and shared memories you hope bring your...

Duration:02:50:58

RLL #09: Better Together with Pam Barnhill

3/13/2018
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Strengthening your family, simplifying your homeschool, and savoring the subjects that matter most is a piece of cake when you take a moment to soak in the wisdom of today's guest, my friend Pam Barnhill. She has a knack for putting things into perspective and easing the tension homeschool mamas feel when faced with the overwhelm that doing all the things often brings. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and pop n your earbuds -- you're in for a treat.

Duration:02:26:53

RLL #08: Following Their Joy with Melissa

2/27/2018
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Raising creative, loving, and inquisitive kids is a goal of mine, and so many other parents out there -- homeschooling, afterschooling, traditionally schooling, and everything in between. Today I'm talking to Melissa, a friend from the interwebs, about herself, her beautifully-wired family, and following the joy in life. I hope you'll join us and be inspired too...

Duration:02:34:40

RLL #07: Homeschooling and Learning Well with Alicia Hutchinson

2/13/2018
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Simple ideas + Easy routines = Homeschooling with confidence... That's the philosophy behind the beautiful community that is Learning Well with Alicia Hutchinson. In this episode, Alicia and I talk about the beauty of an ever-evolving homeschool life and that all homeschools should look different from one another. The beauty of homeschooling is in the uniqueness. Join us and be inspired...

Duration:02:07:42

RLL #06: Cultivating Creativity Through New Stories with an Old Soul with S.D. Smith

1/30/2018
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Author of the fantastically popular series The Green Ember, S. D. Smith is here today to talk about honesty in storytelling, how igniting your own learning helps keep your tank filled as you homeschool and ecourage creativity and learning in your kiddos, and what it means to creatively engage thousands of readers around the world through his new stories with an old soul. You're going to be so inspired by this episode! Listen all the way through and visit the show notes for a chance to win...

Duration:03:13:14

RLL #05: Roadtripping and Following the Child with Aurie Good

1/18/2018
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Homeschooling foster and adoptive mama, Aurie Good, is here today to talk with us about all the ways she follows her kiddos' lead and balances the structure of a program like Classical Conversations with a more free-flowing, child-led approach to learning. We'll also talk about how she's taking homeschool on the road for an epic three and a half week roadtrip with five young kids! You're not going to want to miss this one!

Duration:01:53:58