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 […]

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 […]

Covid Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Book Reviews

Borrow Online Books for Free in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Open Library Here is a super resource we want to share with you: Open Library. It’s an online resource, brought to you from Internet Archive, that has copies of many current, popular books. You must sign-up for a free account. Once that’s completed, start checking out up to 5 books for 2 weeks timeframe each! […]