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 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 […]

Events

3 Pasadena Area Homeschool Programs and 1 Extracurricular Resource

I have lived in Pasadena for 20+ years and raised kids for 14 of those years. I thought it might be helpful for new homeschool families to run through some of the homeschool programs that I have toured (and been a part of). Highlands Latin Cottage School Pasadena Highlands Latin School Pasadena focuses on providing […]

California History

Why did you write a curriculum?

You have a MA in Economics. Why did you not continue on with your forensic economics job? You like painting and film. Why not become a full-time artist or filmmaker? You have a degree in art history. Why not work in a museum? You love education. Why are you not teaching in a classroom? Yes, […]

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 […]

Contextualized Learning

Organic STEM Learning: DIY Go-Kart Project

I had this one on my mind for a while before starting anything: I thought it would be great to make a go-kart with my kids—fun to build, fun to drive. But I hesitated because I didn’t want to pursue something canned and boring. I wanted us to get our hands dirty: something that could […]

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, […]

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 […]