California History

Carrier Shell Curriculum at Great Homeschool Convention Ontario

I am so excited about Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, June 13-15, 2019. Stop by booth #329, Carrier Shell Curriculum, for a California-oriented craft activity, an awesome Raffle (where you too can enter to win your very own carrier shell and craft pack), ask questions about our next unit study curriculum due out in fall […]

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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 […]

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Build Your Bundle May Sale

I am excited to announce a digital download of California Out of the Box is being offered on a Cathy Duffy Approved Homeschool Bundle May 15-22. Log in and get great deals on e-copies of trusted homeschool resources.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]