Covid Blog

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 […]

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Day 2: While We Still Can

Breaking that self-imposed quarantine After reading on CNN there could be potential national lockdowns, I broke quarantine. Yes I did! This next week is my 10th graders Spring Break. I planned to take her for a Mother & Daughter Tea. After looking at the headlines, I decided today is the day! I called our usual […]

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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 […]

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 […]

For Parents

Reflections of an “Art Mom” Dabbling with Becoming a “Sports Mama”

Growing up, I would often hear my mom, an art teacher at a private school, lament — “I don’t know how people can do sports with their kids. It takes up every weekend. Your weekend is not your own.” So, during my childhood, I took copious amounts of art classes. I attended an arts junior […]