About

Our Mission

We provide homeschool curriculum, classes, and creative opportunities for vivid, transformative family-based learning.    Tackling niche, but engaging avenues of study, we ask the question, “Why not?”

Our Philosophy

About the carrier shell…

Christine Echeverri, MA

Founder, publisher, author, educator, artist

In my classes, I pull from multiple disciplines, incorporating in-class hands-on activities.

Christine Echeverri, a native Angeleno, grew up steeped in experience that gave her a deep appreciation for cultural diversity. As a child, her education covered a wide spectrum of options, from private school to public visual arts magnets. She later went on to receive a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and a M.A. in Economics from Cal State L.A.

She credits her mother and grandmother for exposing her as a child to the richness of California’s cultures and environment through private art lessons, museum trips, and countless other explorations. Her grandmother imparted to her a sense of wonder and enchantment about the world, and provided a living example of putting one’s passion into action as, driven solely by curiosity, she tirelessly explored the culture, architecture, history and geology of southern California.

Christine is the mother of three children, whom she homeschooled for a number of years. The experience of integrating educational topics to guide learning in a way that was organic and holistic set her on a course to developing her own curriculum for the study of California history, California Out of the Box.

In 2020, she published Earth Party!  An Early Introduction to the Linnaean System of Classification of Living Things Unit Study for grades 1-6.  Available at the Carrier Shell Curriculum Bookstore and Amazon, the curriculum features a teacher’s guide and a student book. 

In 2019-20, while signed on as a coach with Los Angeles-based Home School Coaches, she taught her first in-person California history class — California Out of the Box — at FUNdamentals homeschool co-op in Arcadia.  Since the onset of the pandemic, she has developed several hands-on online classes for homeschoolers such as California Out of the Box and Earth Party Science.  Her newest class, World History Out of Your Window, is near and dear, recalling all that she has learned and experienced on trips abroad to Asia, Europe, and North Africa, her undergraduate years at UCLA studying World Arts and Cultures, and a high school architecture workshop with architect Frank Gehry.  Her classes are posted in a number of sections found on this website.

Get to know Christine!

Christine’s Classes


Independent Online Instructors


Spring 2023

Camille Echeverri

Join me for character-based art and design classes.

I have considered myself an artist for the vast majority of my life.  I started out drawing fairies and horses as a child, and went on to take courses both at the Art Center in Pasadena and the California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley.  When I am not drawing, I take all the trapeze and lyra classes I can; I love the circus arts!

I believe a high level of visual artistic mastery is possible through practice and knowledge of simple construction techniques – and I love seeing others as excited as I am about creating!  My goal is to help others to use their artistic voices to make something truly unique.