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How to Tailor Homeschooling to Your Kid's Strengths and Interests With Colleen Kessler
Episode 1016th July 2024 • Homeschool Better Together with Pam Barnhill • Pam Barnhill
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Welcome to the Homeschool Better Together Podcast, where we explore building a joyful homeschool experience for your family. In today's episode, we are thrilled to have Colleen Kessler, an education consultant with a master's degree in gifted education, homeschool mom, podcast host, and author. We'll be discussing Colleen's latest book, "The Homeschool Advantage," which highlights how to leverage children's strengths and passions in the homeschooling environment.

Colleen shares invaluable insights on adopting a strength-based approach to education, emphasizing the importance of knowing your children's interests and goals to craft a personalized and engaging learning experience. She also advises against investing too much money on new activities initially, allowing kids to naturally develop their interests.

We’ll touch on practical strategies like using unit studies to incorporate various subjects and discuss the beauty of flexibility in homeschooling—adapting to children's changing interests and needs as they grow. Colleen offers heartfelt encouragement that any parent who loves their child can successfully homeschool, providing practical tips and wisdom gleaned from her experiences.

Join us as we explore how to create a well-rounded and tailored educational experience for your children, step out of overwhelm, and step into wonder on this episode of Homeschool Better Together Podcast.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Discover the benefits of a strength-based approach to education by focusing on kids' strengths and passions to enhance their homeschooling experience.
  • Understand the importance of knowing your child’s interests and integrating those interests into their education to create a more engaging and personalized learning environment.
  • Learn practical advice on introducing new activities without spending a lot initially, allowing children to develop their interests organically and showing initiative.
  • Hear about Colleen Kessler's experiences in tailoring education to her children's strengths and passions, including using alternative methods like online simulations for subjects they are less enthusiastic about.
  • Explore the unit study approach to homeschooling, incorporating various subjects around a child's interest to create a well-rounded and flexible curriculum.
  • Gain insights on managing homeschooling for multiple children by combining interests and subjects, particularly when they are younger and more controllable.
  • Delve into the balance of offering children autonomy in their education while ensuring they acquire essential knowledge to become contributing members of society.

For full show notes and a transcript of today’s episode, head to pambarnhill.com/hsbt10

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