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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Homeschool

I’m having a difficult time choosing homeschool curriculum. Where can I find reviews?

Rainbow Resources One of the great resources a fellow homeschool mom turned me onto was Rainbow Resources.  Every year they publish a print catalogue that is 3 inches thick and filled with thousands of curriculum resources covering the spectrum of philosophies from Christian to secular.  One of the great benefits is their careful curriculum reviews; […]

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California History

California Out of the Box: Curriculum FAQs

How would you describe California Out of the Box? California Out of the Box is a lively new California history curriculum designed for homeschool families and progressive/charter schools.  Interdisiplinary in nature, students are encouraged to tackle the study of related areas that arise out of reading five historical fiction books.  The curriculum includes a teacher’s […]

Progressive Resources

A Visual Method of Culminating Curricula That is Organic

As my kids and I covered many areas of study, I found myself wondering how we could remember the awesome material we learned.  As we discussed the Renaissance, Linnaean classification system of living things, birds, and more, I wanted to come up with a visual way of recording our journey.  What I developed was 3-D […]

Progressive Resources

David Rumsey Map Collection: Free, Unique, and Great for Visual Learners

One of the most exciting discoveries while writing California Out of the Box was when I found the David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford.  This site provides a searchable, downloadable, and even printable platform where visitors can browse copious amounts of amazing maps.  The image above featuring The Unique Map of California is the back […]

California History

I love cats! (from the Gold Rush)

As I have been putting the finishing touches on my curriculum – California Out of the Box – one of the wonderful resources that I stumbled across are selections from Mark Twain’s epic journey out west written between 1870-71, chronicled in his book Roughing It.  This book recounts his stagecoach journey from St. Joseph, Missouri […]