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...
Great Books to Read With Your Kids in November

Great Books to Read With Your Kids in November

November is an exciting time of year. We have bountiful harvests, Thanksgiving, and many more fun days to celebrate. To take advantage of the excitement, I created a list of great books to read with your kids in November. Did you know that there’s a day just to...
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...
Getting Kids Outside with Think Outside Boxes

Getting Kids Outside with Think Outside Boxes

There’s nothing I love more than spending the day on a hiking trail with the people I love most — my family. For years and years, from the time my oldest (now almost 16!) was a teeny tot, we participated in a local parks system’s “hiking...
100 Things to Never Say to the Parent of a Gifted Kid

100 Things to Never Say to the Parent of a Gifted Kid

Look, we get it. Gifted kids are statistically fairly rare. It’s not every day you meet a child who has memorized the periodic table or who can hold their own in a political discussion on the playground. A child with a high IQ can be a bit jarring to encounter,...
The Best Homeschool Geology Study Ever

The Best Homeschool Geology Study Ever

I have a confession to make. Shhhh… don’t tell my kids, but I really don’t like geology. Really. I know it’s kind of hard to believe as I share science activities all the time, but I much prefer any kind of life science. In fact, geology was...
RLL 30 Andrew Peterson: Being Students of Our Children

RLL 30 Andrew Peterson: Being Students of Our Children

  Amazing things can happen when we trust our children, become students of them and their interests, and encourage them to follow those passions. In this episode, Colleen talks to Andrew Peterson — Christian music artist, author, speaker, and Founder of The...