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; […]

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 […]

Progressive Resources

Reflections on Waldorf Education

“Before brain regions are mylenated [and nerves have the outer coating needed to transmit impulses], they do not operate efficiently. For this reason, trying to make children master academic skills for which they do not have the requisite maturation may result in mixed-up patterns of learning. I would contend that much of today’s academic failure […]

Events

Ex Materia

Christine will be showing some of her work – paintings, collage, and photography – in downtown LA on Sat., May 19 from 2-5. This show will explore the concept of art, from matter.  Art from something.

Progressive Resources

A 19th Century Vision: When Art and Science Were Friends

A year and a half ago, my children and I were working through the Sassafras Science Adventures, Volume 3 Botany curriculum. Over the course of that year, we covered the major biomes or ecosystems found on earth. During our study of the tundra/taiga (and algae and lichen), the writers suggested we explore an artist whom […]