Contextualized Learning

Why should young students learn about the kingdoms of life?

(And, what are the “kingdoms of life?”) The five kingdoms of living things involve all of forms of life such as bacteria (single-celled organisms without a true nucleus), fungi (mushroom and yeast), protists (algae, paramecium), plants, and animals (both vertebrates and invertebrates). Let’s Not Bore Our Kids Do you find yourself spending a lot of […]

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 […]

Contextualized Learning

Can you identify the sources of inspiration for these characters?

One of the things we love about genuine learning is it can be found in real life. We recently published Earth Party! An Early Introduction to the System of classification of Living Things Curriculum. Do you remember learning about monera, fungi, protists, and the plant and animal kingdom in high school? All that information is […]

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 […]

Earth Party!
Contextualized Learning

Earth Party! Curriculum FAQs

How would you describe Earth Party: An Early Introduction to the Linnaean System of Classification of Living Things Unit Study? Earth Party! is a vibrant new biology curriculum designed for homeschool families. In this curriculum, students will explore single-celled life such as bacteria and protozoa through the plant and animal kingdom. It features a Teacher’s […]

California History

Looking for a California history homeschool curriculum?

Photo: Governor’s Mansion, Sacramento, CA Are you new to homeschooling? Is your student in grades 3-6? Are you seeking to minimize your child’s Zoom classes? Do you want fun and authentic experiences learning about California history with your child? Would you like a California history guidebook for a year-long study? (If your family has moved […]

Earth Party!
Contextualized Learning

Why Study the System of Classification of Living Things?

Do you read articles about climate change…and feel powerless? Are you looking for a rigorous STEM-oriented education for your student(s)? Are you disappointed about the level of science that is taught in public school for grades K-5? Here is what we at Carrier Shell Curriculum have come up with – Earth Party! An Early Exploration […]

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

Buy California Out of the Box Spiral Bound

Ahhh…the virtues of spiral bound! As a home educator, it’s helpful to have the page stay flat. Some of my favorite homeschool curricula are Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and Teaching Textbooks (student workbooks) — these are both spiral bound. Teaching is hard enough; it’s nice to not fight your book as well! Families […]