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 […]

California History

Day 8: Adaptation

How is your family adapting to life? What are some new habits and daily routines? New Skills Here’s one our family has just employed. My software engineer husband is now cutting hair! Instead of spending the $30 to cut my oldest son’s hair, he is retooling and paving new ground — and fast becoming a […]

Contextualized Learning

Something So Small

As I have been creating my upcoming Earth Party! biology curriculum (written for elementary-aged homeschool students), I have been in the space of considering single-celled microbial life. It is quite amazing that single-celled oraganisms exist and proliferate, with unique features such as cilia (hairs) or flagella (thread-like tails) to help propel them around. I am […]

California History

Carrier Shell Curriculum Spring and Summer Line-Up

Homeschool Mom’s Retreat, Monrovia, CA March 27-28, Courtyard Mariott This year Christine will join Carrie De Francisco from Coffee with Carrie Consulting for a “Passports to Learning” workshop at 10:30 AM at this fun weekend for Christian homeschool moms. Don’t miss this special event. On Friday, options for homeschooling high school will be presented. Even […]

Earth Party!
Contextualized Learning

Why is Studying the System of Classification of Living Things Important?

Do you go on nature hikes with your kids? Does your family go on field trips to zoos and aquariums? Do you want your kids to come to understand how amazing life on Earth is? Our NEW Science Homeschool Curriculum Earth Party! Unit Study for Elementary-Aged Students If you answered yes to these questions, Earth […]

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 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

California History Curriculum Snapshot: The Missions

Literature-Based One aspect you will find with California Out of the Box is at each step, learning is anchored in story. As I have gone to homeschool events and conferences, many have asked how I tackle the California missions period. The missions unit in California Out of the Box begins in the late 1700s with […]

Book Reviews

How I Expanded Our US History Curriculum

When my kids and I studied US history, I went with a literature-based approach, probably not a surprise. At the time, my daughter was in 6th grade and my son was in 3rd grade. For the main basis of our study, I used Beautiful Feet Books Early American History: A Literature Approach for Intermediate Grades. […]

California History

Will Our Kids Care About The Things We Care About, Someday?

Do They Notice? I am trying to remember the number of nights my mom, who was an art teacher, sat down, or even stayed home during the week when I was in junior high. I attended a magnet school that was about an hour away from my house, 32nd St./USC Visual/Performing Arts Magnet in downtown […]