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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 […]

Book Reviews

Day 11: How We Start Our School Day

The Power of Story This semester, my boys and I are learning about US history. In my effort to cut down busywork, we are focusing on doing things that matter in the simplest possible way–history as told through story. Currently we are reading Johnny Tremain together. It’s been a huge relief to simply sit down, […]

Covid Blog

Day 10: California Schools–Interested in Continuing Next Fall with an Established Independent Study Program?

No one knows exactly how long school closures might last. The following are links to public Independent Study Programs (ISPs) based in California that have been servicing homeschool families for some time. The advantage of going with one of these—they have mastered how to help your family cover the bases, while allowing for maximum freedom. […]

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 […]

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Day 6: Date With My Kids — Thai Food and Timmy Failure

The world has changed. After verifying that my husband did in fact get his paycheck, I wanted to do something that would allow us to escape this difficult reality (for a little while). We made the drive to our local Thai food joint — Chao Doi in Northwest Pasadena. We each ordered something that would […]

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Day 4 & 5: Finally, I Feel Like I Can Stop Going to the Grocery Store!

What a crazy last 5 days!!! Some highlights: Yesterday, I felt I had to get out there for a run. Yet, it was not easy to do. I have a list of all the technology I need to come up with: Zoom, Google Classroom, etc. To break away from these tasks was hard. Once I […]

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Day 3: How Do I DO This? Resources For Those New to Homeschooling

Step 1: Keep Breathing (and remember to keep doing this) For personal experience I can tell you, no one’s first year of teaching is awesome. Just ask your student’s teacher (next time you are allowed to see them). It is okay to feel completely lost, overwhelmed, and inadequate. It’s okay if your student looks at […]

Covid Blog

Day 1: Even Cutting Up Fruit is Different

This series chronicles life under self-imposed Covid-19 quarantine. Last Thursday, my 10-year old son and I were in Smart and Final, stocking up. A quick glance at certain sections such as the depleted meat section, as well as the growing register line, suggested to me I should get busy in the store and buy things […]

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Covid-19: We Are All Homeschoolers Now

5 things to help parents, and our children at home PREFACE: Children LOVE structure. You might not have guessed it from how they might fight you. But they do. The comfort of an adult having a plan means a world to them. Routine Every morning teachers begin the day in a certain way: attendance, morning […]