What This Homeschool Graduate Wants You To Know

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  In this very special episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, Colleen is joined by her son and recent homeschool graduate, Trevor Kessler. It is a candid look back at more than a decade of learning together, including how Trevor really feels about being homeschooled. If you are a homeschool parent, this is an episode you do not want to miss!       A Homeschool Graduate Looks Back On More Than A Decade Of Learning At Home What becomes clear in speaking to this homeschool graduate, is just how much homeschooling has allowed him to pursue his own interests and...

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When Your Homeschool Day Doesn’t Go As Planned

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When your homeschool day isn't going the way you want it to, what do you do? I'm going to be honest and tell you that what I do is often the exact opposite of what I know I SHOULD do. Take last Thursday for example...     I was tired and had been up much of the night with my sniffy, allergic, and sneezing youngest son. There were a lot of work things I needed to catch up on, and my younger two just weren't cooperating with anything. Especially school! I should have put away my work for a bit, cuddled up with those two and a good book on the couch and reset the day - maybe even...

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Finding Homeschool Community (for our children and ourselves)

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 One of the challenges of homeschooling is finding a community that works for your child's needs and interests. In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learner Podcast, Shawna and I talk about the reality of finding a homeschool community for our children and for ourselves.      It's been a year of change for my family.  One of the most notable differences between our homeschool now and our homeschool just 18 month ago is the lack of any real community. There are a variety of reasons for the loss, but the truth is, I find myself starting all over again in finding...

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Homeschooling High School Isn’t Something To Fear

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It seems that everywhere I go - conventions, local co-ops, online forums - homeschooling moms are worried that they're not going to be able to handle homeschooling high school "when it really counts." But what does that even mean? Who decides what counts? We do. I promise. Really and truly.     Your Homeschool Belongs To You Sure, all states have varying levels of requirements, but your homeschool is really yours. You and your child can decide for yourselves what it is going to look like. Here's the thing - your homeschool doesn't need to look like anyone else's. It doesn't need...

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A Different Kind Of Family Togetherness: Ideas and Encouragement For Connecting With Our Kids

A Different Kind Of Family Togetherness: Ideas and Encouragement For Connecting With Our Kids

   Do you want more for your family? Do you have bigger dreams and a desire for deeper relationships with your kids? Join Colleen in this encouraging and practical conversation with Celeste Orr, from Togetherness Redefined. They discuss creating meaningful connections with our children and sustaining a deeply satisfying family life.      Ideas and Encouragement For Connecting With Our Kids In my family, we are together more than we are apart. While I cherish the time, I often find myself feeling like I've missed opportunities for deeper connection in favor of the...

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When Your Child’s Giftedness Is Disguised

Giftedness Disguised - Misunderstood Mislabeled Misdiagnosed

School was going to be amazing for my son. I just knew it. He was a thinker. A tinkerer. A doer. He loved learning and had an insatiable thirst to know everything about everything. Always asking questions. Always starting a project. Always wowing those he met with his big thoughts. And then school -- and the talks -- started.   Talks with teachers about how to get that active thinker to sit still and just focus, for goodness sake. Talks about assessments. Labels. Diagnoses. Medication. And I was lost and despairing. It didn't matter that I had spent the better part of a decade...

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The Best Advice I Can Give You: Become A Student Of Your Child

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 One of the best pieces of advice I give a parent is to become a student of their child. To really pay attention and discover what your child is interested in, passionate about, or wants to explore further so you can use that information to design the best homeschool ever. In today's episode, we revisit a conversation with Andrew Peterson all about how to practically become students of our children. You will also find all of our best resources for becoming a student of your child below.      How do I figure out my asynchronous child? Where do I start with interest led...

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Why Unit Studies are Ideal for Interest-led Learning

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Curiosity sparks learning. It lights a fire that drives us to dig deeper and learn as much as we can. Unit studies allow us to take full advantage of that curiosity and use it to fuel all kinds of learning.      Why are unit studies ideal for making the most out of your child’s interests? Because unit studies incorporate multiple subjects with a central theme. For our purposes, the theme is whatever we’re curious about or interested in at the time.  Do your kids love Harry Potter, Bear Grylls, or video games? Then get ready to discover how unit studies can help you...

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The Gift Of Accepting Our Quirky Kids As They Are (not how we want them to be)

 Parenting gifted and twice exceptional children can bring an entire host of fears and guilt, especially when our children are struggling or not typically developing. In this episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast, I am thrilled to welcome Denaye Barahona, Ph.D. We discuss our shared experience as moms, coupled with our expertise in supporting neurodiverse children. We consider the importance and gift of authentically accepting our kids as they truly are.     I think we would all say that we want to embrace the child we have been given and lean into all that makes...

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A Unique Place For Gifted And Twice Exceptional Kids To Thrive

I have been overwhelmed, and so grateful, for the support and feedback from families who have joined The Learner's Lab. It's been absolutely wonderful.  Today, I am please to share this encouraging post from a fellow mom of quirky kids and member of The Learner's Lab. Cynthia and her family are an absolute joy, and I appreciate so much her taking the time to share her experience in our community.     For our family, a big reason we homeschool is the wide ranging educational needs of my kids.  With sensory challenges, giftedness, anxiety and learning disabilities, the...

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