Book Reviews

Day 11: How We Start Our School Day

The Power of Story This semester, my boys and I are learning about US history. In my effort to cut down busywork, we are focusing on doing things that matter in the simplest possible way–history as told through story. Currently we are reading Johnny Tremain together. It’s been a huge relief to simply sit down, […]

California History

Day 8: Adaptation

How is your family adapting to life? What are some new habits and daily routines? New Skills Here’s one our family has just employed. My software engineer husband is now cutting hair! Instead of spending the $30 to cut my oldest son’s hair, he is retooling and paving new ground — and fast becoming a […]

Covid Blog

Day 1: Even Cutting Up Fruit is Different

This series chronicles life under self-imposed Covid-19 quarantine. Last Thursday, my 10-year old son and I were in Smart and Final, stocking up. A quick glance at certain sections such as the depleted meat section, as well as the growing register line, suggested to me I should get busy in the store and buy things […]

Covid Blog

Covid-19: We Are All Homeschoolers Now

5 things to help parents, and our children at home PREFACE: Children LOVE structure. You might not have guessed it from how they might fight you. But they do. The comfort of an adult having a plan means a world to them. Routine Every morning teachers begin the day in a certain way: attendance, morning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Events

2 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). FUNdamentals Arcadia FUNdamentals is an active, close-knit Wednesday program for homeschoolers that […]

For Parents

If I could do it over again: 5 things to consider before sending a homeschooled child into full-time school

Some questions for homeschool parents to ponder: What are your academic expectations (read: grades)? Take advantage of the school’s parent portal to help your student navigate the workload. Ask your student about their connection to friends. Remind them to tell you if they are having a hard time or are not feeling good about school. […]

Events

Upcoming Homeschool Mom’s Conference – Monrovia, CA

I want to put in a plug for an awesome conference — “Building Hearts & Homes(Schools).” Organized by Carrie De Francisco from Classical Christian Conservatory (C3), this event is for Christian homeschool families (and those interested in homeschool!) in the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area. It will take place on March 29-30, […]