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Great Gifts for LEGO Lovers

lego gifts

My kids love LEGO. My husband loves LEGO. Nearly anyone who walks into my home and spots a pile of LEGOs will walk over, without hesitation, and start building with them. LEGOs are universal - open-ended, creativity-building, STEM-encouraging, foot-gnashing fun for people of all ages. There is almost no limit to what can be made with LEGO! Because of their broad and consistent appeal, LEGO gifts are always a good bet for just about anyone on your list. Whether you've got a novice builder or a seasoned brickhead, wrapping up some buildable bricks is a surefire way to please. Not all LEGO...

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RLL #97: (Facebook Live) Empowering Kids Through Homeschool Buy-In

RLL #97: (Facebook Live) Empowering Kids Through Homeschool Buy-In

In this episode (which originally aired as a Facebook Live), Colleen discusses how getting your kiddos on "your team" when it comes to homeschooling is the single best thing you can do to help your homeschool journey go smoothly. She outlines with practical steps and suggestions how we as parents can engage our kiddos as "active participants" and see success in their learning. Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: The Learner's Lab (the Raising Lifelong Learners membership community created just for your quirky family!) Original Facebook Live: Empowering Kids Through Homeschool...

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Engaging Your Anxious Child in Social Justice

social justice

You know by now how fiercely gifted children feel about justice. "He got 9 chocolate chips in his cookie and I only got eight!" "She didn't have to go to her room when she did that!" "Why do I have to clean this up when I didn't play with it?" "It's not fair!" With chronically inflexible children, as gifted kids often are, justice is a hill they're all too willing to go to battle on. While giftedness is not always a gift and the intensity is often a heavy burden to bear, gifted kids come with a passion that cannot be denied and that simply refuses to be silenced when they...

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Great Gifts for Animal Lovers

gifts for animal lovers

My house has been a miniature zoo for as long as I can remember. You've probably seen our turtles swimming calmly in the background of some of my Facebook live videos. We became chicken keepers this year. At any given moment you can catch my youngest daughter snuggling a gerbil, our rabbit, or a lizard she's found outside. Our dog, Bellatrix, makes frequent appearances on my social media, and that same animal-loving daughter of mine is angling to add a horse to our menagerie in the future. We love animals around here, and I know we're not alone! Animals are a great equalizer, typically...

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RLL #96: Finding Learning Opportunities with Dennis DeNoia

RLL 96 Finding Learning Opportunities with Dennis DeNoia

Our quirky kids become happier and more willing learners when they are allowed to pursue their own interests beyond any academic requirements. Today, Colleen speaks with extraordinary math instructor and friend, Dennis DeNoia of Mr. D Math, about seeing learning opportunities in many different places and how giving his kids the freedom to pursue their interests has helped them be better learners. Links and Resources from Today's Show: Sponsor: Audible (RLL listeners get a free 30-day trial + 1 EBook for FREE!) Mr. D Math website Free Mr. D Math Video Resources Mr. D Math on Facebook Mr. D...

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Learning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Kiddos

Learning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Kiddos

It's Monday morning and the week is already going sideways. The oldest has told me that he absolutely cannot do the work that we've chosen (together) for him, and the next oldest is avoiding her math like the plague. The twice-exceptional struggling reader is melting down because, well, books, and the four year old is taking advantage of everyone's distraction and wreaking complete and utter havoc.     I have gifted kids -- so why aren't they just working? Don't gifted kids love to do their work? Well... not always. Learning strategies for gifted kids are sometimes different...

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Parenting and Teaching a Twice Exceptional Child

Whether your twice exceptional child homeschools or goes to a public or private school outside the house, parenting and teaching him or her is a challenge. Your kiddo is tough to understand, and the usual methods of parenting just don’t seem to apply. It’s okay – you’ve got this.   You are the absolute best parent for your twice exceptional child, and you CAN parent, teach, and advocate for him or her better than anyone else ever could. You just need a few new tools to add to your parenting arsenal.   Tools for Parenting and Teaching a Twice Exceptional Child A study of twice...

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A Million Things You Haven’t Found | Gifts for Hamilton Fans

gifts for hamilton fans

If you're a fan of musicals, history, or know someone with a Disney+ subscription, you've probably found yourself a little swept up in Hamilton-mania. It's nothing to be ashamed of - we've been singing King George's hilarious lines and triumphantly fist-bumping along with the Schuyler sisters for years, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Thanks to it's arrival on Disney's streaming service, Hamilton has enjoyed a recent surge and added to the already massive fan base, leaving just about everyone with a Lafayette-loving revolutionary on their shopping list. Fortunately, I'm not...

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RLL #95: [Audioblog] When the World Overwhelms Your Anxious Child | How You Can Help

The truth is, anxious kids can get overwhelmed a lot.  While current events seem especially dire, there will always be things happening that are hard for our anxious children to understand or even remain calm about.  It's our responsibility to give them the tools to manage anxiety and we can lend them support in the face of really big challenges like illness, national upheavel, or natural disasters.  In today's episode, Colleen shares an audioblog  — an article by Jen Vail that first appeared on the site - with ideas on how to help your child when the world is...

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The Imperfect Homeschool

Do you do what I do? Lament about your imperfect homeschool, while comparing yourself to others you know? Their homeschool looks perfect.     (Want to listen to this post instead of reading it?)    Their kids are getting work done before leaving for co-op, while you’re running around crazily loading up backpacks, throwing cheese cubes and pretzels into plastic baggies and calling it lunch, while barking at the kids to get in the car so you can arrived frazzled just minutes before you’re supposed to teach your first class… Their kids are completing adorable projects and...

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