Contextualized Learning

Wisdom From a Seasoned Homeschool Mom

“Ditch what ‘school work’ does not seem to add value in exchange for real edification out in the world. Learn from people who are passionate and want to share that with your kids! By giving your children such tremendous exposure, they will have a greater ability to understand what they are passionate about in addition […]

California Places

Urban Wildlife in the City of Angels

Lions, in Los Angeles? Last week I had the great fortune to come speak about urban wildlife in my youngest son’s 3rd grade class at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. The school is located in a unique place within Los Angeles, close to the LA River. Ever since I heard about the challenges […]

For Parents

If I could do it over again: 5 things to consider before sending a homeschooled child into full-time school

Some questions for homeschool parents to ponder: What are your academic expectations (read: grades)? Take advantage of the school’s parent portal to help your student navigate the workload. Ask your student about their connection to friends. Remind them to tell you if they are having a hard time or are not feeling good about school. […]

Events

Upcoming Homeschool Mom’s Conference – Monrovia, CA

I want to put in a plug for an awesome conference — “Building Hearts & Homes(Schools).” Organized by Carrie De Francisco from Classical Christian Conservatory (C3), this event is for Christian homeschool families (and those interested in homeschool!) in the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area. It will take place on March 29-30, […]

Contextualized Learning

Giving up my idea of a “normal education,”

and creating resources for an inspiring one. Ten years ago we were looking at educational options for our kindergartener and noticing the elementary school choices were like a trip to Baskin Robbin’s 31 Flavors. There were lots of combinations and permutations in that ice cream freezer. One factor my husband and I thought was super […]

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 to visit 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, […]