Dr. Kathy Koch

Celebrate Kids

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”) is the Founder of Celebrate Kids, a Christian ministry based in Fort Worth, TX. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in over 25 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. She speaks in Christian schools, churches, pregnancy resource centers, and for various organizations including regular presentations for Care Net, Summit Ministries, the Colson Center, and Teach Them Diligently. Dr. Kathy offers practical, relevant, and spiritual-centered insights and strategies for parents and educators so they have more hope in God, celebrate kids as Jesus did, and guide children to develop biblical character and healthy relationships so they flourish in life.

Kirk Cameron chose Dr. Kathy as an expert in two recent documentaries and she is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk shows and podcasts. To listen to her podcasts, search for “Celebrate Kids with Dr. Kathy” wherever you listen to podcasts. She is the author of seven books published by Moody Publishers: “8 Great Smarts,” “Screens and Teens,” “Resilient Kids,” “Start with the Heart,” “No More Perfect Kids” (with Jill Savage), “Five to Thrive,” and her most recent book, “Parent Differently: Raise Kids with Biblical Character that Changes Culture.”

Dr. Kathy earned three degrees from Purdue University, including a PhD in reading and educational psychology. She served as an associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a school board member, teacher, and coach all before founding her ministry. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

You can learn more and access her podcasts, books, and more at www.CelebrateKids.com.

Workshops from Dr. Kathy Koch (may vary by event location)

8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Using Your Child’s Intelligences

All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Each intelligence will be explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your children and how to teach with them. You’ll also learn how children might be getting into trouble through their greatest strengths and what to do about it. The ways children are smart are also relevant to friendships, obedience, and spiritual growth. All the applications make this fun and important!

Resiliency: Help Children Embrace Life with Confidence

Resiliency is more than bouncing back from disappointments, but just that alone is a significant benefit. Resilient children have better mental health, are creative problem solvers, can break bad habits, and are teachable and willing to use effort. Parents’ attitudes and responses to children’s challenges matter! How do you respond when they struggle? How do you handle their disappointments when things don’t go their way? Learn how to create an environment that makes resiliency more likely. Dr. Kathy’s practical techniques work!

Five to Thrive: Help Your Children Become Whole and Meet Their Core Needs

Children have five legitimate needs that drive their wants, choices, actions, and attitudes. (You have the same five needs.) When God meets their needs, children will be whole, emotionally well, content, and so much more. Learn how to parent so their needs are met in God and other healthy ways. You’ll be refreshed by Dr. Kathy’s practical problem-solving approach to problems your children may be having.

Teach Them, Don’t Tell Them: Study Strategies that Work

Although most homeschooling days are probably about learning, remembering, and completing papers and projects, studying is also important. Have you taught your children HOW to study or do you think they’ll figure it out one day? Studying matters today and for their future. Dr. Kathy will suggest that you teach strategies from 8 study-skills categories and how to do so. After sharing about a few strategies, she will show how note taking can be used and taught in all grades with a scope-and-sequence you can then use with other strategies you want to teach.