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Help! My Gifted Child Is Worried All The Time

Help! My Gifted Child Is Worried All The Time

One of my most salient memories of elementary school is, unfortunately, a dark one.  In the summer before fifth grade, I learned from TV news that a girl who attended my school had been killed, along with the rest of her family, by her mentally ill father. It was sad and horrifying, although I did not know the girl very well and had never met her family. After the initial shock wore off, I was left with a lingering, nagging worry that persisted for almost a year. Until then, it had never occurred to me that a parent could do something like that. I began to worry that maybe my dad...

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Great Geography Games to Czech Out

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Geography, quite frankly, is where it's at. *pause for laughter*  In all seriousness, geography is a cornerstone of learning about the world around us, but isn't always something fun to study. Simply memorizing where places are and an interesting geological feature about each place just really isn't that engaging. Gameschooling is a long-time family favorite it our homeschool, and it's a perfect fit for studying geography! Check out some of these great geography games that help make learning a little more fun, and the world a little smaller.        US Geography...

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RLL #93: 7 Tips and Strategies for Boosting Emotional Resilience in Your Kids

RLL #93 7 Tips and Strategies for Boosting Emotional Resilience in Your Kids

Resilience is the learned ability to "bounce back" from stress, adversity, failure, challenges, or sometimes even trauma. Our kids need to develop resilience as they grow, because it is an important skill they will draw on as adults.  Listen today as Colleen offers 7 practical tips and strategies for boosting emotional resilience in your kids, and learn how to help your kids see that they can adapt to overcome the challenges they will face in their life. Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: College For All (Use the code CODE250 for RLL listeners, making the cost $250 per...

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Getting Back to Homeschool After a Mental Health Crisis

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We love differently-wired kids around here. We're used to quirks and differences, square pegs and outliers. We understand that our little babies can deal with some very big things and we do everything we can to empathize and advocate for them. Sometimes we make big decisions and battle through little progress, but we never, ever stop trying to help our kids, despite the journey often requiring us to take paths we never imagined with maps we don't understand.  Sometimes during the privilege and pain of raising such spectacularly different children, we encounter traumatic, unforeseen,...

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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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