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RLL #103: Entrepreneurial Mindset with Brian Weisfeld

RLL #103: Entrepreneurship Mindset with Brian Weisfeld

Here at Raising Lifelong Learners, we are very much concerned with promoting the social and emotional needs of gifted and twice exceptional children. Research shows that resiliency, adaptability, accepting rejection, and "bouncing back" from failure are some of the critical skills necessary for having a successful life. They are also vital skills for being a successful entrepreneur! Today, Colleen speaks with Brian Weisfeld, girls' entrepreneurship advocate and author of The Start Up Squad, about how encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset can be a key component to helping all kids, boys...

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100 Quirks of Famous Gifted People (That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Own Quirky Kid)

100 quirks of famous gifted people

If my son had a theme song, it would sound like nervous laughter. People often aren't sure what to make of him. Is he being sarcastic? Is he being rude? Does he even know what he's saying? Are those... dead bugs he's displaying? Hasn't he worn that hoodie every day this week? What's with the stuffed monkey -- isn't he supposed to be some kind of genius? Yes. To all of it. My profoundly gifted son is full of quirks, preferences, and aversions. Some of them are funny. Many of them are frustrating. But all of them make up who he is and serve as reminders that he's just... different.  ...

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RLL #102: A Conversation about Connection with Shawna Wingert

RLL #102: A Conversation about Connection with Shawna Wingert

Today, we begin featuring a new type of podcast episode at Raising Lifelong Learners with Colleen Kessler, what we're calling "A Conversation About."  Colleen will be meeting with Shawna Wingert of Different By Design Learning at least monthly to discuss topics, common struggles and questions that come up often with our quirky and "outside-the-box" kiddos and families.  This week's conversation centers around connection: how important it is to foster connection with your kids, encourage the relationships between siblings, and build a culture of connection as a family and as part...

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Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids

Overexcitabilities

The mornings we need to be out of the house at a certain time look something like this – a child is complaining about the seams in his socks, while another is having an animated sing along with her stuffed animals, completely oblivious to the fact that she has her shirt on backwards and her shoes on the wrong feet. Another is anxious, and trying to make sure everyone has what they need to get out the door so she doesn’t have to walk into her class late and upset her co-op teacher. Can you relate?     Our family is full of what Polish psychologist/psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski...

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RLL #101: Project-Based Learning with Cindy West

RLL #101: Project-Based Learning with Cindy West

Over the years, I have seen many parents of often quirky, definitely "out of the box" thinkers struggle to get their kiddos invested in their own learning.  One way to engage our gifted and twice exceptional kiddos at their own level is through project-based learning.  Project-based learning helps students to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to genuinely engaging and complex topics. It can give our gifted or 2e kids opportunities to pursue those "deep dives" into subject matter they love and afford them more...

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Interest-Led Homeschooling and Your Gifted Child

interest-led homeschooling and your gifted child

I love sharing stories of other parents parenting and homeschooling gifted kids. This is Heather's... Billy is gifted. He is 5 and knows how to add, subtract and is really learning how to read and write well (when he feels like it). He loves technology (he could work the iPhone at age 2) and likes video games. He is very self-motivated and loves to be busy working on something; if he is laying on the couch, he is sick. He likes to ask and answer trivia questions. He loves figuring out new things.     I've never officially had him tested for giftedness; and I probably never will....

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Books for Animal Lovers

books for animal lovers

Whether we're strewing or following an interest-led unit study, I love having stacks of books around on topics my kiddos are excited about. We've gone through some pretty interesting obsessions, spent years following rabbit trails, and immersed ourselves in a pretty varied number of topics. One of the most enduring interests, however, has been animals. Whether it was oohing and ahhing as toddlers or memorizing interesting facts to spout off at the dentist's office, animals have always been an easy interest to embrace. There seems to be no limit to species, habitats, diets, and more...

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RLL #100: A Celebration of 100 Episodes!

RLL #100: An Anniversary Episode!

It hardly seems possible we could be at our 100th Episode so quickly but here we are! These last few years have been a blast and we've had so much fun learning about our gifted / 2e / quirky, out-of-the-box kiddos while recording these episodes. We thought it would be fun to take a look back and listen to a few snippets from our favorite conversations, talks with parents, bloggers, authors, experts, and even some of the topics big and small we face in the day-to-day. Won't you listen with us? You might find you want to go back and listen again to a favorite episode (or listen to one you...

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10 Things I Love About Homeschooling: A Gifted Kid’s Perspective

10 Things I love about homeschooling

Since I began homeschooling so many years ago, I've uncovered some unexpected surprises  and benefits to this lifestyle. Some of the most beneficial unexpected perks may be similar to yours, too… staying up late and sleeping in, rolling with the ins and outs of being a family, not punching an outside time clock, family relationship building, etc. I’ve written about those things before, and I’m sure you’ve read them on many blogs. I decided that it was time to hear what the kids think about homeschooling.     So I asked Trevor. After all, he’s the original reason we’re...

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The Anxious Parent of the Anxious Child

anxious disorder

I like to say that I hold several Google University degrees. I am an incessant, constant, chronic researcher. I cannot seem to ever learn enough or have my curiosity quenched. What's that beautiful flower growing on the side of the highway? What ever happened to that child actor from that one movie I saw in the early 90's? How common is my birthday? And did anyone ever discover what was on page 47 in National Treasure 2? But for as many interesting tidbits and factoids I'm able to find that feed conversation, my vast and varied browser history also feeds a very real struggle -...

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