Colleen Kessler

Colleen Kessler

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Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children.

The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play. Homeschooling is an adventure she hadn’t planned on, but she has embraced the opportunity to learn alongside her kids every day, and is inspiring other moms and dads to do the same.

Her recent book titles include Super Smart Science: 180 Days of Warm-Ups and Challenging Activities (Prufrock Press) and Real-Life Science Mysteries (Prufrock Press). Watch for Gifted Kids at Home: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Your Quirky Children and Help Them Thrive (RLL Media) and The Coolest, Dirtiest, Creepy-Crawliest Backyard Nature Science Activities for Kids (Page Street Press/Macmillan) coming soon!

You can find more about her, upcoming projects, and where she’ll be speaking in the coming months at and connect with her on social media @ColleenKessler.

Foundations in Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Hat, bat, cat…. If your child cannot rhyme or play with the sounds within words, learning the sound-symbol code of phonics for reading and spelling will be especially difficult. We will focus on the oft-overlooked development of phonological and phonemic awareness, which has been directly linked with success in later reading. These skills are typically developed around 3–6 years old, but if this early foundation has not been laid, then it is important to go back and fill in the gaps for the older struggling reader or speller as well.

Planning Homeschool With Learning Challenges

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Your child struggles with some part of learning, or has given up. How do you help them begin again? How do you establish wise goals? How will you tell when you’ve reached them? Learn how to work around areas of weakness, strengthen them, and adapt curriculum. Get tips on how to keep going and to help your child keep going.