Fire Up Your Kids to Take Risks | Think Outside Boxes

Fire Up Your Kids to Take Risks | Think Outside Boxes

Some of the best gifts we can give our kids are the freedom to take risks, try hard things, get hurt, and attempt seemingly impossible tasks. Really.   According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,* anxiety disorders affect over 25% of children...
Strengthen Kids’ Brains and Bodies | Think Outside Boxes

Strengthen Kids’ Brains and Bodies | Think Outside Boxes

More than 70% of the Earth is made up of water, yet only a small percentage of that water is drinkable. This  simple fact fascinated my kids the other day, and led to some big juicy conversations around our table at our morning time. We were diving into our latest...
Gift Ideas for Young Geology Lovers and Rockhounds

Gift Ideas for Young Geology Lovers and Rockhounds

First, we dove into one incredible Homeschool Geology Study Unit… Then we discovered some Geology Books that we could simply not live without… Now, I’m excited to bring you one more way to get kids fired up about geology — these are the best...
RLL 32 Anne Guarnera:  Raising Globally-Minded Kids

RLL 32 Anne Guarnera: Raising Globally-Minded Kids

  Raising globally minded kids in today’s world is important as the world grows closer and more connected. Today Colleen talks with Anne Guarnera about bringing language and cultural learning into the home and homeschool effortlessly, and what it’s like...
Stargazing with Kids and Think Outside Boxes

Stargazing with Kids and Think Outside Boxes

“It’s the perfect night to look at the stars, Mom.” My five year old has wanted to travel to space since he was a teeny tot. He loves reading books about space, watching documentaries about celestial bodies and space phenomenon, and going outside to...
RLL 25: Fall Plans for Eclectic Homeschooling

RLL 25: Fall Plans for Eclectic Homeschooling

  It’s back to school time, and all over the internet — in your Instagram feeds, on your favorite bloggers’ sites, and on Facebook — you’re faced with a peek into what everyone’s doing to get ready for back to school. And, while I...
Using Drawing to Promote Learning in Your Home

Using Drawing to Promote Learning in Your Home

“Mom! Can I read you the book I wrote?” My daughter came running towards me, waving a once-blank book in the air, a huge smile on her face. This kiddo struggles to read, but has been a writer for years. She’s forever sketching out the things she...
What You Won’t Find at a Homeschool Convention

What You Won’t Find at a Homeschool Convention

It’s no secret that I love Great Homeschool Conventions. I’ve had the privilege of attending and partnering with them for years now and I am always impressed with how GHC cares about homeschool families, how they respond to needs and bring in speakers to...
An Online Math Solution for Families With Diverse Needs

An Online Math Solution for Families With Diverse Needs

Cue the tears. And much gnashing of teeth. It’s math time for the ten year old and this never, ever goes well for us here. Surprising, really, as we don’t typically have trouble with math in this house. Well, I should be completely honest and tell you that...