Raising Lifelong Learners
By Colleen Kessler
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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.
||CleanRLL #37: Finishing Strong with Connie Albers||Ever worry that you're not going to be able to do this homeschool thing all the way through high school? Me too. Colleen is talking today with Connie Albers -- homeschool mom of five adult children. All of those kiddos have homeschooled, gone through...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #35: What This Homeschool Mom Doesn't Do||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...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #34: Cultivating Critical Thinkers with Ginny Kochis||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...||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #33: The Holidays and Your Differently-Wired Child||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...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #32: Raising Bilingual Kids with Anne Guarnera||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..||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #29: Should I Test My Child for Giftedness? | A Listener Question||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..||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #30: Being Students of Our Children with Andrew Peterson||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...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #29: Giving Your Kids the Attention They Each Need | A Listener Question||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...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #28: Using Books to Make Learning Come to Life with Sarita Holzmann||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...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL 27: Challenging Gifted Kids vs. Pushing Them||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...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #26: Cooking with Kids with Tiffany Dahle||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'...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #25: Fall Plans for Eclectic Homeschooling||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...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #24: Asynchrony, Intensity, and Motivation | A Listener Question||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...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #23: Trusting Your Kids with Homeschool Graduate Mahayla West||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,..||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #22: Finding a Co-op and Creating Killer Classes | A Listener Question||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...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #21: Embracing Autism with Kaylene George||"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..||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #20: Helping Your Kiddo with Executive Function Skills Struggles | A Listener Question||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...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #19: Using Astronomy to Foster an Integrative Approach to Learning with Luke Gilkerson||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...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #18: How to Lure the Kids Away From Screens | A Listener Question||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?...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #17: Building on Your Child's Strengths with Shawna Wingert||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..||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #16: Homeschooling Gifted Kids on a Budget | A Listener Question||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...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #15: Calming Chaos and Raising Superkids with Dayna Abraham||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...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #14: What if I Fall Behind | A Listener Question||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...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #13: Homeschooling, Finding Joy, and ADHD with Misty Bailey||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...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #12: What About Relaxed & Interest-Led Homeschooling for Gifted Kids? | A Listener Question||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...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #11: Doing Things for YOU... Even if it Means a Cleaning Challenge with Kara Anderson||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...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #10: Building Connections Through Books with Sarah MacKenzie||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...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #09: Better Together with Pam Barnhill||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...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #08: Following Their Joy with Melissa||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,...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #07: Homeschooling and Learning Well with Alicia Hutchinson||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...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #06: Cultivating Creativity Through New Stories with an Old Soul with S.D. Smith||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...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #05: Roadtripping and Following the Child with Aurie Good||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...||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #04: Keeping Things Fun While On-the-Go with Amy Milcic||Keeping up with homeschooling, parenting, and all that goeas into keeping a family going is tough enough when you're home all the time. For Amy Milcic and her crew, they're (more often than not) out and on the go at tournaments and other travel sports..||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #03: Keeping Up With a Profoundly Gifted Kiddo with Gina Munsey||Do you ever feel like you're barely keeping up with your child's learning? Like you could keep throwing materials, supplies, and activities at him or her all day long, and it would never be enough? That's what it feels like to be raising an insatiable..||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #02: Diving Down Rabbit Holes and Following Kids Interests with Caitlin Curley||Diving down rabbit holes with your kiddos can lead to some pretty amazing learning and fun adventures. In this epsiode, Cait Curley shares some of the ways she embraces learning adventures with her kids, and how she cultivates their curiosity while...||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRLL #01: What Does it Mean to be a Lifelong Learner?||What does it even mean to be a lifelong learner? How do we, as parents, cultivate a love of learning and curiosity in our kids? In this -- the inaugural episode of the Raising Lifelong Learners podcast -- we'll chat about exactly that, and you'll hear..||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Best podcast ever!!!
This is one of my favorite podcasts! Colleen has giving me so much insight and an understanding of my son that I had but I didn’t utilize! It feels good to know that another Mom understands and has figured out ways to help. I always feel confident and happy after I listen to this podcast! This is a great resource for all Moms especially Homeschooling Mommas! Thank you Colleen!
Thank to Colleen!
Listening to her podcast always renews my confidence in my decision to begin homeschooling my gifted daughter with the hopes that she will always enjoy learning and will reach for the stars!
Colleen is a legitimate authority on Gifted Learners and Homeschooling both. I’ve attended workshops and support groups for parenting gifted learners and observed the gap of knowledge around homeschooling these kids. I’ve been in homeschool group settings where there was no focus on gifted learning. Raising Lifelong Learners is a happy marriage of both worlds with true expert advice and compassion for those who raise these quirky kids. Grateful for the show!
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