California Camping

History, Enjoyment, and Lush Canyon Hikes: 3 Days in Mendocino

I have to admit, for this Californian, a drive to Mendocino is daunting. I live in Los Angeles. This year was my moment; my family and I made the trek…and we were not disappointed! We camped at 4-nights at Van Damme State Park, which was an awesome campground. Other campgrounds in the area are Russian […]

California History

California History Homeschool Class in Arcadia

FUNdamentals, Wednesdays 2-3:30 Grades 3-6 If you family has not gotten to California history yet in homeschool, this one’s for you! FUNdamentals offers Wednesday classes for homeschool students, grades K-12. See this post with more info about the program. Christine Echeverri will be teaching the class based on her recently published California Out of the […]

California History

California History Curriculum Snapshot: The Missions

Literature-Based One aspect you will find with California Out of the Box is at each step, learning is anchored in story. As I have gone to homeschool events and conferences, many have asked how I tackle the California missions period. The missions unit in California Out of the Box begins in the late 1700s with […]

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 […]

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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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

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, […]

California Field Trips

Looking to visit a California Gold Rush town? Columbia State Historic Park’s Your Ticket!

Here’s another post related to travel.  Where is my mind these days?  Obviously in other places! This post is for families looking for a great Gold Rush boomtown to learn more about California history.  My pick:  Columbia State Historic Park.  The first time I went there, I was in the 3rd grade or so.  (My […]

California History

What California Event is Most Important?

How did you answer the quiz? If you have lived in California, you have a sense of how rich the history is.  Starting with the beginnings of the native people living off the land, and then more (and more) migrants coming.  These new pioneers had to deal with the terrain–trying to stay alive through snow-packed […]

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Events

Introducing California Out of the Box Curriculum!

Join us at the California Homeschool Network Family Expo, Sept. Friday, 7- and Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.  Carrier Shell Curriculum is excited to be a vendor at this fabulous conference with our new book, California Out of the Box!  Click on the link below for more info. GREAT WOLF LODGE 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, […]