California History

Reflections on a Covid World (Part 2 & 3)

As the summer stretches on, instead of the state of California opening up more, I see it hitting pause or reverting closer to the “Safer at Home” mandate. One of the things that helps me get through it all — the thought of online-only classes in fall, more economic downturn and fallout, parents that were […]

California History

Reflections on a Covid World (Part 1)

Today I had a strange experience. My boys and I biked to the post office in Pasadena to mail some books out. As we pulled up we noticed a trash can that was burning. A moment later I noticed an ambulance driving down the street, headed somewhere else. The fire had melted the trash bag […]

California Field Trips

The Ocean Deep

What were your moments, growing up where you experienced deep learning? Was it a speech you gave? Was it an away trip or camp you attended? Was it a super-fun class project? Was it a book you read that plunged you into a situation very different from your own? How many moments like these did […]

California History

Coffee with Carrie: Igniting the Homeschool Incendio*!

When my eldest was in the fourth grade, and we initially began homeschooling, we met a family at one of our weekly activities who told us about a wonderful homeschool co-op in Arcadia. At the time we were plugged in to a few groups in Pasadena, so I did not get the chance to visit. […]

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

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. […]

For Parents

If I Homeschool in California, is it Necessary to Track with Public School?

In California, the answer to this question may be yes or no, depending on how you decide to do homeschool. Option #1: Not Tracking with Public School You do not need to track with specific grade-level requirements for public school if you go with a PSP (private satellite program) — or — if you fill […]

For Parents

Should I Homeschool?

I am considering it, but am unsure. The idea of homeschooling feels like hanging from my ankles! Doubts. One reason you may be considering homeschooling is what you observe in either public or private school options. Maybe school is not quite working as you hoped. Maybe your son or daughter is not doing well in […]

Events

Earth Party! It’s Coming!

Earth Party! An Early Introduction to Carolus Linnaeus and the System of Classification of Living Things Unit Study (Grades 1-4) Why have we written this curriculum? Sometimes during childhood we are introduced to new concepts at surprising times. One such memory in my childhood was going on a ride, “Adventure Thru Inner Space” at Disneyland […]

Homeschool

I’m thinking about homeschooling. What are some options?

This is a question I get often.  There are many ways to tackle this type of education.  If you are reading this article, you must be intrigued or open to homeschool at some level.  Here’s what I have learned along the way.  There are three main paths of homeschool pursuit in California.  Here they are! […]