Events

Lummis Days Urban Wildlife Activity Booth

June 2, 2019, 1-5 PM Join author and artist Christine Echeverri at this FREE fun community fair in Northeast Los Angeles at Sycamore Park in Highland Park. At Christine’s booth, participants can make a craft creating space for urban wildlife as they learn about living close to wildlife in Los Angeles. There will be other […]

Events

Build Your Bundle May Sale

I am excited to announce a digital download of California Out of the Box is being offered on a Cathy Duffy Approved Homeschool Bundle May 15-22. Log in and get great deals on e-copies of trusted homeschool resources.

California History

April Announcements

California Out of the Box History Class @FUNdamentals in Arcadia, CA Join Christine for this weekly FUN class in 2019-2020 for students in grades 3-6. Christine is excited to join the FUNdamentals team. The class will meet Wednesdays from 2-3:30 at the Hills Church in Arcadia. Click here for the course description. Families interested in […]

Book Reviews

How I Expanded Our US History Curriculum

When my kids and I studied US history, I went with a literature-based approach, probably not a surprise. At the time, my daughter was in 6th grade and my son was in 3rd grade. For the main basis of our study, I used Beautiful Feet Books Early American History: A Literature Approach for Intermediate Grades. […]

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 […]

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 […]