California History

California Out of the Box: Curriculum FAQs

How would you describe California Out of the Box? California Out of the Box is a lively new California history curriculum designed for homeschool families and progressive/charter schools.  Interdisiplinary in nature, students are encouraged to tackle the study of related areas that arise out of reading five historical fiction books.  The curriculum includes a teacher’s […]

For Parents

Life Work About Offering…(Not Perfection!)

As I have pursued my calling and my passions in the last few years in the arts and writing, I have experienced ever increasing fears–What if I am not good enough?  What if my painting or my writing is lame?  Or stupid? Permit me to diverge from my usual writing themes of how to homeschool, […]

Homeschool

I’m having a difficult time choosing homeschool curriculum. Where can I find reviews?

Rainbow Resources One of the great resources a fellow homeschool mom turned me onto was Rainbow Resources.  Every year they publish a print catalogue that is 3 inches thick and filled with thousands of curriculum resources covering the spectrum of philosophies from Christian to secular.  One of the great benefits is their careful curriculum reviews; […]

Homeschool

I’m thinking about homeschooling. What are some options?

This is a question I get often.  There are many ways to tackle this type of education.  If you are reading this article, you must be intrigued or open to homeschool at some level.  Here’s what I have learned along the way.  There are three main paths of homeschool pursuit in California.  Here they are! […]

Progressive Resources

A Visual Method of Culminating Curricula That is Organic

As my kids and I covered many areas of study, I found myself wondering how we could remember the awesome material we learned.  As we discussed the Renaissance, Linnaean classification system of living things, birds, and more, I wanted to come up with a visual way of recording our journey.  What I developed was 3-D […]

For Parents

I’m struggling with homeschooling. Should I stick with it?

I have talked with many moms over the years that feel like they have hit a wall with homeschooling at one point or the other.  Teaching your own child 5 days a week can try the patience of the best of us.  We often expect more out of our own children than we do of […]

Homeschool

You homeschool. Aren’t you missing socialization?

One of the biggest questions that I get about homeschooling is “What about socialization?”  I’d like to use my 11- year old son’s journey meandering through different schools as a basis for exploring this issue. When my daughter was in the third grade at a full-time charter school close to our home, my son Adam […]

Homeschool

Just what exactly makes a good curriculum, good?

People have asked me “What curriculum should I use for X.”  I will step out of my role as a curriculum writer to take on the hat of a homeschooling parent.   Here are a few principles that make for good curriculum resources. One of the first principles is that the curriculum is complete, as determined […]

California History

What California Event is Most Important?

How did you answer the quiz? If you have lived in California, you have a sense of how rich the history is.  Starting with the beginnings of the native people living off the land, and then more (and more) migrants coming.  These new pioneers had to deal with the terrain–trying to stay alive through snow-packed […]

Events

Pasadena Art Night

Join us for this fun community event.  We will have copies of our new California history curriculum for sale at the Authors Fair in the Main Hall.