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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

2019: Let This be the Year We Let Our Kids be Their Own Quirky Selves

One of the aspects that motivates my educational outlook and choices is—are my sons and daughter more enchanted with the world with our current schooling choice—or are they more disillusioned?  Are they being put down at school?  Are they being told their drawings, or their books, or their clothes are stupid?  Is anything being called […]

California History

Looking for a California Gold Rush Town? Columbia State Historic Park’s Your Ticket!

Here’s another post related to travel.  Where is my mind these days?  Obviously in other places! This post is for families looking for a great Gold Rush boomtown to learn more about California history.  My pick:  Columbia State Historic Park.  The first time I went there, I was in the 3rd grade or so.  (My […]

California Places

Must See Los Angeles Architecture for Kids

Again, I digress from some of my recent homeschool info topics to explore a niche very particular to Los Angeles.  Because…I truly love architecture.  Some of my favorite memories from my childhood were touring historic homes in Los Angeles.  I can still remember the wonderful smells of those old homes. As we homeschooled, I knew […]

California Places

San Simeon State Park — An Ideal Base for Exploring the California Coast

This fall, my family and I went camping to San Simeon State Park for the 3-day Veteran’s Day weekend.  About a 4-hour drive north of Los Angeles, it was a great location for exploring the coastal areas south of Monterey–Big Sur to Morro Bay. Hearst San Simeon State Park, about 5 miles south of Hearst […]

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 […]