California History

Mobile-Making: An Art Form with New Possibilities for Education

One of the moments I have loved in teaching California history this year is seeing my students make their end-of-the-year mobiles. I could see a unique record of what they learned in their creations. Because of how much I believe in mobile-making, I thought it would behoove me to write an article on the history […]

California Camping

Places to see California Natural History

Our study of California has covered the eight major habitats of the Golden State. What exactly is a habitat? A habitat is physical space where particular plants or animals live; these plants and animals have a relationship with each other and are dependent on each other to survive. Habitats are often influenced by the level […]

California Field Trips

An Unusual California History Field Trip: Jurupa Cultural Center in Riverside

A True Interdisciplinary Resource If you are traveling to the Los Angeles area, don’t miss this out of the ordinary place. Interdisciplinary learning is rich: When earth science can be learned at the same time native animals and plants can be viewed, a new, rich picture emerges. You’ll know you are close when you see […]

Book Reviews

The Power of Story

One of the parts of our day that I really appreciate is — our read aloud. I have come to love this even more with the “Covid-19 World” we find ourselves in. Each morning: I get up, wake my kids up, eat breakfast, and find our story. This makes life doable for me. This is […]

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

Even More Freedom – Another Path to Homeschooling

Did you know… In California,* in addition to joining a public charter Independent Study Program (ISP), another way to homeschool involves becoming a private school or joining a Private Satellite Program (PSP). With these two options, it’s important to note your family will not receive any public school curriculum or class dollars. Becoming your own […]

Covid Blog

Day 12: Mercy

Our world For a moment, I will step out of my role as a secular homeschool curriculum writer to compose a post that is personal. Today, as I went out for my jog, the phrase that kept coming to me was: Lord, have mercy. We need your mercy. Each one of us. In the short-run, […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]