Make a Paper Plate Maze STEM Challenge

Make a Paper Plate Maze STEM Challenge

STEM activities are a lot of fun and educational, but the best kind of STEM activities are open-ended, allowing children to think for themselves. In this paper plate maze STEM challenge, kids are challenged to make a marble maze using household materials. They must...
RLL 21 Kaylene George: Embracing Autism

RLL 21 Kaylene George: Embracing Autism

  “Autism is NOT the Big Bad Wolf… Your child is going to have joy. Your child is going to have a life…” This inspiring episode challenges all of us to rethink autism and how we interact with autistic friends and family members. Kaylene George...
Attending a Homeschool Convention for Your Differently-Wired Kiddo

Attending a Homeschool Convention for Your Differently-Wired Kiddo

Ah, homeschool convention season. The chance to peruse the newest curricula, hear your favorite speakers, spend time with like-minded parents, and buy too many books. A weekend at a Great Homeschool Convention always promises to excite and inspire homeschool families...
Mislabeled Behavior And Undiagnosed Giftedness

Mislabeled Behavior And Undiagnosed Giftedness

“But… what’s wrong with him?” I was sitting across from the counselor we’d been seeing every week for six months, desperation leaking from my eyes and filling the small room with a heaviness we both felt. On the walls were graduate...
RLL LIVE | Gifted Teens and Tweens

RLL LIVE | Gifted Teens and Tweens

Join Colleen for a casual conversation about raising and homeschooling gifted teens and tweens. We’ll talk twice-exceptional kids, puberty, and challenging behaviors. Don’t forget that you can leave additional questions in the comments! We might tackle...
Guess that Scent Science Experiment

Guess that Scent Science Experiment

Preschoolers and kindergarten kids love learning about their physical senses. One sense that they never get tired of using is their sense of smell. This fun scent science experiment allows kids to use their nose to find out just how well they can identify common...
Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety

I’m willing to bet that every person reading this has experienced anxiety, depression, or stress at one point or another in their life. And I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t a pleasant experience. For as many as one in eight children, though, anxiety is a daily...
RLL LIVE | Q & A – Parenting Differently-Wired Kiddos

RLL LIVE | Q & A – Parenting Differently-Wired Kiddos

Sometimes we just need a shoulder to cry on, or someone to let us know we’re not alone in the craziness. Other times we crave someone to bounce ideas off of — in this video, Colleen takes questions live and answers, pointing parents to resources that help...
RLL 17 Shawna Wingert: Building on Your Child’s Strengths

RLL 17 Shawna Wingert: Building on Your Child’s Strengths

Homeschooling special needs children can be really tough. When your child has several special needs and is very asynchronous, too, things get even more challenging. One of our absolute favorite moms of special needs kids is Shawna Wingert from Not the Former Things....
Games to Help Your Kids Learn Mindfulness at Home

Games to Help Your Kids Learn Mindfulness at Home

Teaching kids about mindfulness is an important skill for them to master. It will help them navigate the world and everything it can throw their way. Including mindfulness tasks and activities throughout the week is an essential step. One way to do this is by using...
5 Things to Do on Your Next Nature Walk

5 Things to Do on Your Next Nature Walk

“Hey! I found a dead butterfly!” the sweet little one from my primary co-op class shouted excitedly and everyone ran over to see what he found. “And I found BONES!” another cried from the opposite direction in the meadow we were exploring...
RLL LIVE | Improving Executive Functions

RLL LIVE | Improving Executive Functions

Gifted kids can be such confusing creatures, right? They’ll talk with you like they’re little adults, but then, suddenly, they’re forgetting to shut the door behind them when they use the bathroom and are completely confused as to why you’re...
Fishing for Ice Science Experiment

Fishing for Ice Science Experiment

This fun science experiment is simple to set up, and seems just like magic! Kids will love wowing their family and friends with the fishing for ice science experiment.  How to Set Up the Fishing for Ice Science Experiment Other than making sure you have ice frozen...
RLL 15 Dayna Abraham: Calming Chaos and Raising Superkids

RLL 15 Dayna Abraham: Calming Chaos and Raising Superkids

  Whether you homeschool your quirky kiddo, send him or her to school, or change it up depending on the year and the situation, you’re doing exactly what you need to do for your child when he or she needs it most. In today’s episode, Colleen talks to Dayna...
When Anxiety Looks Like Anger

When Anxiety Looks Like Anger

“I don’t know!” He was clenching his fists, shaking with rage. His brows were furrowed, his face was red, his whole body sent off one message – he was angry. Yet again. However, he could not tell me WHY.   My son had been struggling with...
RLL LIVE | Motivating Gifted Underachievers

RLL LIVE | Motivating Gifted Underachievers

Gifted kids are always high achievers, right? Sigh… I wish. Those bright and quirky kiddos can be some of the most challenging to motivate, so what do we as parents and educators do to help them get working up to their potential? On this video we chat about ways...
Perfect Fluffy Slime | Polymer Science Activity

Perfect Fluffy Slime | Polymer Science Activity

This fun science experiment is simple to set up, and seems just like magic! Kids will love how glue and shaving cream can be transformed into slime using the magic of polymer science. Read on to learn how to make your own version of perfect fluffy slime! How to Set Up...
RLL 14: What if I Fall Behind | A Listener Question

RLL 14: What if I Fall Behind | A Listener Question

Connie worries that her kids will fall behind if they follow an unconventional homeschooling schedule. Her family finds themselves out of the house several days a week, and they’re all exhausted by the time they get home. Is it possible to make a three-day...
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...
RLL 13 Misty Bailey: Homeschooling, Finding Joy, and ADHD

RLL 13 Misty Bailey: Homeschooling, Finding Joy, and ADHD

  Parenting and homeschooling differently-wired kids can be a challenge, and it’s even harder when faced with choices about medication, therapies, and following one’s parenting gut. In this episode, Misty and Colleen talk about homeschooling, finding the...