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 Field Trips

California History Field Trips

5 Places to Visit to Get a Great Bearing in California History While attending conferences, many have asked if I have a list of California field trips. This article is the beginning of that list – for a few regions at least. Areas above San Francisco, Central Valley, deserts, and San Diego area, I’ll get […]

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Spring & Summer 2019 News

California Out of the Box: Now Available at Excellence in Education (EIE) in Monrovia This one’s for you, So Cal homeschool families. Our book is on the shelf at homeschool store and resource center Excellence in Education. If you have not been to this awesome store, please go and check it out. Owners Martin and […]

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Learn About California History & Geology, Via Literature

Being a native Californian, one thing I know about life in California — once every 10-years or so, the earth will move. I accept this as normal. For folks new to California, this fact often comes as a shock! As I was writing California Out of the Box, it’s my feeling I need to educate […]

California History

Will Our Kids Care About The Things We Care About, Someday?

Do They Notice? I am trying to remember the number of nights my mom, who was an art teacher, sat down, or even stayed home during the week when I was in junior high. I attended a magnet school that was about an hour away from my house, 32nd St./USC Visual/Performing Arts Magnet in downtown […]

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3 Pasadena Area Homeschool Programs and 1 Extracurricular Resource

I have lived in Pasadena for 20+ years and raised kids for 14 of those years. I thought it might be helpful for new homeschool families to run through some of the homeschool programs that I have toured (and been a part of). Highlands Latin Cottage School Pasadena Highlands Latin School Pasadena focuses on providing […]

Rats, Bulls, and Flying Machines: A High-Flying Renaissance Curriculum

4 Things I Love About This Book It’s Easy to Use During our homeschool time, we read a little more than 1 of the 16 total chapters each week; due to the fact we were on a tight timeline, we needed to finish our study in 12 weeks. With many chapters only 3-4 pages in […]

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 […]