Podcasts

Want to raise your kids to love learning? To become lifelong learners — children who know that they can find the answers to anything they’re curious about? This is the podcast about all of that and more! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and listen to how others help inspire kids to view their world with play and passion and fascination…

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 is an autism...

RLL 18: How to Lure the Kids Away From Screens | A Listener Question

RLL 18: How to Lure the Kids Away From Screens | A Listener Question

Cristy asks how lure her kiddo away from the screens -- her sweet daughter just wants to play video games. This is a challenging question that comes up in homeschool circles often. Colleen tackles it from a few different perspectives. What about you? Do you limit...

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

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

Cristy asks how lure her kiddo away from the screens -- her sweet daughter just wants to play video games. This is a challenging question that comes up in homeschool circles often. Colleen tackles it from a few different perspectives. What about you? Do you limit...

RLL 16: Homeschooling Gifted Kids on a Budget | A Listener Question

RLL 16: Homeschooling Gifted Kids on a Budget | A Listener Question

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....

RLL 15 Dayna Abraham: Calming Chaos and Raising Superkids

RLL 15 Dayna Abraham: Calming Chaos and Raising Superkids

  Maleeha is concerned. Following a student-led, self-directed model of homeschooling can definitely add up, cost-wise, and when you're homeschooling insatiable gifted learners, it can be even more costly. These kids seem to eat programs and materials for...

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

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

  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...

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

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

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 homeschool...

RLL 10 Sarah MacKenzie: Building Connections Through Books

RLL 10 Sarah MacKenzie: Building Connections Through Books

  Conversations with friends who get you, understand (and still love) your quirky kids, and are honest and real are so important in life -- especially when you're homeschooling. Chatting with Kara Anderson is always a chance to be loved for who you are. She's...

RLL 09 Pam Barnhill: Better Together

RLL 09 Pam Barnhill: Better Together

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 homeschool...

RLL 08 Melissa: Following Their Joy

RLL 08 Melissa: Following Their Joy

  Strengthening your family, simplifying your homeschool, and savoring the subjects that matter most is a piece of cake when you take a moment to soak in the wisdom of today's guest, my friend Pam Barnhill. She has a knack for putting things into perspective and...

RLL 07 Alicia Hutchinson: Homeschooling and Learning Well

RLL 07 Alicia Hutchinson: Homeschooling and Learning Well

  Raising creative, loving, and inquisitive kids is a goal of mine, and so many other parents out there -- homeschooling, afterschooling, traditionally schooling, and everything in between. Today I'm talking to Melissa, a friend from the interwebs, about herself,...

RLL 05 Aurie Good: Roadtripping and Following the Child

RLL 05 Aurie Good: Roadtripping and Following the Child

Cristy asks how lure her kiddo away from the screens -- her sweet daughter just wants to play video games. This is a challenging question that comes up in homeschool circles often. Colleen tackles it from a few different perspectives. What about you? Do you limit...

RLL 04 Amy Milcic: Keeping Things Fun While On-the-Go

RLL 04 Amy Milcic: Keeping Things Fun While On-the-Go

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....

RLL 03 Gina Munsey: Keeping Up With a Profoundly Gifted Kiddo

RLL 03 Gina Munsey: Keeping Up With a Profoundly Gifted Kiddo

Science -- particularly the study of astronomy -- can be a great way to integrate your kiddos' subjects so that they're incorporating many different areas like literature, writing, and the content areas in one fell swoop... A deep dive into an area for an extended...

RLL 01 Colleen Kessler: What Does it Mean to be a Lifelong Learner?

RLL 01 Colleen Kessler: What Does it Mean to be a Lifelong Learner?

  Angie worries that she's not doing enought to challenge her gifted kids because of something a well-meaning pedatrician said to her at a well-visit. Her family enjoys a relaxed and interest-driven, self-directed type of homeschool environment, but she's...

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Got a question for Colleen that you hope she answers on an episode of the podcast, a post, or a live video? Maybe you’ve got a story about how you encourage a love of learning in your kids. Or maybe your kiddos want to share what THEY love to learn about and the cool things they’re doing right now. Now is your chance to share!