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Perfect Poetry Picks for Your Homeschool

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Poetry may be the food of love, but it's not always a tempting snack to kids. Poetry is a beautiful and useful tool for teaching various parts of language, and some of the most beautiful, haunting, and enduring phrases of our time are found between sweet refrains and stunning stanzas. But with such a traditional history, incorporating poems into your homeschool can sometimes fall flat. Never fear! I'm rounding up some unique poetry resources that replace some of the flourishes with fun and promise to make poetry studies a favorite in your homeschool.        Fun Poetry...

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RLL #92: Building Self and Setting Goals with Suki Wessling

RLL #92: Building Self and Setting Goals with Suki Wessling

These quirky gifted or 2e kids of ours are often "square pegs in round holes" everywhere they go, not just in school. Bringing them home helps them to thrive in their own way and often a self-directed, child-led homeschool approach helps them to discover who they truly are and what they want to learn. In this episode, Colleen speaks with Suki Wessling, homeschooling parent, writer, musician and online instructor at Athena’s Advanced Academy about helping our kids learn to set goals and flourish as authentic individuals in lives of their own design. Links and Resources from Today's Show:...

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Dear Mom With Quirky Kids: You Cannot Do it All

Please hear me. You cannot do it all.  Little ones are such a blessing. They keep us laughing, guessing, and covered in sticky kisses. But it’s easy to lose focus of what’s important when you’re home with them all day long… and you have older kids homeschooling that need your attention, too. Again and again, when I talk to other moms of multiple children, the conversation turns to “doing it all.” Getting the kids lessons in, getting to outside commitments on time, playing with toddlers, engaging preschoolers, cooking meals, keeping the house clean, meeting book deadlines, giving time...

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Homeschooling Twice Exceptional Kids

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Homeschooling twice exceptional kids is often the very best thing you can do for them... and you.  If you’ve never heard the term, twice exceptional is the label given to kids that are identified as gifted and also have a learning difficulty of some sort. Some may have learning disabilities, anxiety issues, Tourette Syndrome, ADD with or without hyperactivity, sensory processing disorders, while others may suffer from anxiety disorders or depression. The combinations are varied, as are the “symptoms” that lead to a diagnosis… or misdiagnosis.  Twice exceptional {or 2E} kids...

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Legendary Gifts for Mythology Lovers

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Do your kiddos get as obsessive about mythologies and rich backstories as mine do? I'm sure that's why they're also such big fans of stories like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter! Nothing beats the combination of history, astronomy, and mythology, however, like the ancient myths. Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic... there are mythologies from all around the world that can't help but hold our attention with their intrigue and characters. If you've got a mythology lover in your life, you'll definitely want to peruse this post and find something special just for them. Direct from the...

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RLL #91: [Audioblog] How to Help Your Kids Thrive When They Are Stuck Inside

RLL #91: How to Help Your Kids Thrive When They're Stuck Inside

Whether it is the weather or illness or unusual circumstances that keeps us close to home, there will be times when our kiddos will be stuck in the house. And while we don't think it's best for parents to be the source of "24 hour a day entertainment," every family can use some help finding activities from time to time, especially those that help our kids to thrive! Listen today as Colleen shares an audioblog — an article by Jennifer Vail that first appeared on the site — stock full of ideas to help your kids thrive when they are stuck inside.   Links and Resources from Today's Show:...

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Not Knowing Everything Makes Me a Better Homeschool Parent

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You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, I’m sure. Usually it means that 20% of the people in an organization do 80% of the work, but it means something different to a homeschool mom. To homeschool parents it may represent the 80% of people who declare they could never homeschool compared to the 20% of people they meet who are genuinely interested. In most homeschool circles, the 80/20 rule could stand for the amount of time the kids are socializing (80%) versus the amount of time spent in workbooks at home in solitude (way less than 20%).  In my house, the 80/20 rule works for the...

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Out of This World Astronomy Finds

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One of the most beautiful features of our new home has been seeing the night sky away from city lights and pollution. What my kids once always knew as dark has since become brilliantly illuminated with stars, constellations, meteor showers, and sometimes even planets! And since homeschooling offers us the flexibility to learn whenever we want, it's perfectly acceptable to head outside after bedtime and spend time star gazing. An astronomy unit is always great fun, whether you're looking for a way to incorporate science with a reluctant kiddo or have a space nut who just can't get enough....

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RLL #90: Cultivating Creative Writers with Celeste Davidson

RLL #90: Cultivating Creative Writers with Celeste Davidson

  Many of our brilliant and out-of-the-box quirky kids have vivid imaginations, and are true storytellers with the desire to create fantastic tales of their own. We can help these take shape by encouraging our kids to create their stories and by giving them the tools to be successful. In this episode, Colleen speaks with Celeste Davidson, author and professional writer-educator of Bardsy, a unique virtual community where supportive members gather to enjoy, create and share stories while also gaining access to interactive courses and tools to build their writing skills. Links and...

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Everything You Need To Homeschool A Child With ADHD

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When we began our homeschooling journey more than a decade ago, I suspected my son had ADHD. I was worried and in my concern, I often asked other homeschooling moms about their kiddos and their homeschool days. The more I asked, the more conflicted I felt. He's just being a boy! Don't worry so much! He'll grow out of it. It seems like everyone is labeled ADHD these days.     Looking back, I can see they were trying to encourage me. I know they were well-intentioned. But the truth is, I often felt like homeschoolers were the least likely to even accept ADHD as a diagnosis, much...

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