For Parents

Reflections of an “Art Mom” Dabbling with Becoming a “Sports Mama”

Growing up, I would often hear my mom, an art teacher at a private school, lament — “I don’t know how people can do sports with their kids. It takes up every weekend. Your weekend is not your own.” So, during my childhood, I took copious amounts of art classes. I attended an arts junior […]

Book Reviews

Borrow Online Books for Free in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Open Library Here is a super resource we want to share with you: Open Library. It’s an online resource, brought to you from Internet Archive, that has copies of many current, popular books. You must sign-up for a free account. Once that’s completed, start checking out up to 5 books for 2 weeks timeframe each! […]

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California History

Purchase Literature Books for California Out of the Box History Curriculum

We are pleased to announce, through our website, we are now offering books used in California Out of the Box California history curriculum. Due to requests from our customers, we are working with publishers to carry the books online. Our goal is to offer a complete literature pack; watch for this at upcoming conventions! We […]

Awesome Friday Classes for Homeschoolers in Pasadena

If you are looking for homeschool enrichment classes, try these! The Co-Op meets at St. James United Methodist Church in Pasadena on Washington Blvd. There are still openings in robotics, math, chess, geology, and more! This Friday, September 6, St. James Co-Op will have a back to school event. Click here to sign-up for classes, […]

California History

Buy California Out of the Box Spiral Bound

Ahhh…the virtues of spiral bound! As a home educator, it’s helpful to have the page stay flat. Some of my favorite homeschool curricula are Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and Teaching Textbooks (student workbooks) — these are both spiral bound. Teaching is hard enough; it’s nice to not fight your book as well! Families […]

California Camping

History, Enjoyment, and Lush Canyon Hikes: 3 Days in Mendocino

I have to admit, for this Californian, a drive to Mendocino is daunting. I live in Los Angeles. This year was my moment; my family and I made the trek…and we were not disappointed! We camped at 4-nights at Van Damme State Park, which was an awesome campground. Other campgrounds in the area are Russian […]

For Parents

If I Homeschool in California, is it Necessary to Track with Public School?

In California, the answer to this question may be yes or no, depending on how you decide to do homeschool. Option #1: Not Tracking with Public School You do not need to track with specific grade-level requirements for public school if you go with a PSP (private satellite program) — or — if you fill […]

For Parents

Should I Homeschool?

I am considering it, but am unsure. The idea of homeschooling feels like hanging from my ankles! Doubts. One reason you may be considering homeschooling is what you observe in either public or private school options. Maybe school is not quite working as you hoped. Maybe your son or daughter is not doing well in […]

California Field Trips

A Los Angeles Aquarium Not to Be Missed

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Surrounds One of the joys of parenthood is cycling back to your richest childhood experiences; it’s always rewarding to find the place that you went to growing up—is still as great as you remembered it. Cabrillo Beach is this sort of a rich memory for me. There are 5 things I […]

California History

Carrier Shell Curriculum at Great Homeschool Convention Ontario

I am so excited about Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, June 13-15, 2019. Stop by booth #329, Carrier Shell Curriculum, for a California-oriented craft activity, an awesome Raffle (where you too can enter to win your very own carrier shell and craft pack), ask questions about our next unit study curriculum due out in fall […]