California History

Coffee with Carrie: Igniting the Homeschool Incendio*!

When my eldest was in the fourth grade, and we initially began homeschooling, we met a family at one of our weekly activities who told us about a wonderful homeschool co-op in Arcadia. At the time we were plugged in to a few groups in Pasadena, so I did not get the chance to visit. […]

California Field Trips

Watts Towers: “Nuestro Pueblo” in Los Angeles

“You gotta do somethin’ they never got ’em in the world.” Simon Rodia, Wikipedia Are you familiar with the outsider art of architect Antonio Gaudi in Spain? If you like his work, there is an excellent monument located in the United States, right in Los Angeles, that taps into the wonderful spirit of outsider art. […]

Earth Party!
Contextualized Learning

Why Study the System of Classification of Living Things?

Do you read articles about climate change…and feel powerless? Are you looking for a rigorous STEM-oriented education for your student(s)? Are you disappointed about the level of science that is taught in public school for grades K-5? Here is what we at Carrier Shell Curriculum have come up with – Earth Party! An Early Exploration […]

California History

Mobile-Making: An Art Form with New Possibilities for Education

One of the moments I have loved in teaching California history this year is seeing my students make their end-of-the-year mobiles. I could see a unique record of what they learned in their creations. Because of how much I believe in mobile-making, I thought it would behoove me to write an article on the history […]

California Camping

Places to see California Natural History

Our study of California has covered the eight major habitats of the Golden State. What exactly is a habitat? A habitat is physical space where particular plants or animals live; these plants and animals have a relationship with each other and are dependent on each other to survive. Habitats are often influenced by the level […]

California Field Trips

An Unusual California History Field Trip: Jurupa Cultural Center in Riverside

A True Interdisciplinary Resource If you are traveling to the Los Angeles area, don’t miss this out of the ordinary place. Interdisciplinary learning is rich: When earth science can be learned at the same time native animals and plants can be viewed, a new, rich picture emerges. You’ll know you are close when you see […]

Book Reviews

The Power of Story

One of the parts of our day that I really appreciate is — our read aloud. I have come to love this even more with the “Covid-19 World” we find ourselves in. Each morning: I get up, wake my kids up, eat breakfast, and find our story. This makes life doable for me. This is […]

California Camping

NEW: Explore California and Early California Online Classes!

We are delighted to announce we will add three new 8-week online classes this Spring; they will be hosted on Outschool and Advanced Life Education. Both of these platforms accept charter school Purchase Orders. Our classes will start the week of April 6. (Coming up!) Also, if your student has been attending a public or […]

Covid Blog

Even More Freedom – Another Path to Homeschooling

Did you know… In California,* in addition to joining a public charter Independent Study Program (ISP), another way to homeschool involves becoming a private school or joining a Private Satellite Program (PSP). With these two options, it’s important to note your family will not receive any public school curriculum or class dollars. Becoming your own […]

Covid Blog

Day 12: Mercy

Our world For a moment, I will step out of my role as a secular homeschool curriculum writer to compose a post that is personal. Today, as I went out for my jog, the phrase that kept coming to me was: Lord, have mercy. We need your mercy. Each one of us. In the short-run, […]