California Field Trips

Watts Towers: “Nuestro Pueblo” in Los Angeles

“You gotta do somethin’ they never got ’em in the world.” Simon Rodia, Wikipedia Are you familiar with the outsider art of architect Antonio Gaudi in Spain? If you like his work, there is an excellent monument located in the United States, right in Los Angeles, that taps into the wonderful spirit of outsider art. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Carrier Shell Curriculum Spring and Summer Line-Up

Homeschool Mom’s Retreat, Monrovia, CA March 27-28, Courtyard Mariott This year Christine will join Carrie De Francisco from Coffee with Carrie Consulting for a “Passports to Learning” workshop at 10:30 AM at this fun weekend for Christian homeschool moms. Don’t miss this special event. On Friday, options for homeschooling high school will be presented. Even […]

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Purchase Literature Books for California Out of the Box History Curriculum

We are pleased to announce, through our website, we are now offering books used in California Out of the Box California history curriculum. Due to requests from our customers, we are working with publishers to carry the books online. Our goal is to offer a complete literature pack; watch for this at upcoming conventions! We […]

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 […]

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History, Enjoyment, and Lush Canyon Hikes: 3 Days in Mendocino

I have to admit, for this Californian, a drive to Mendocino is daunting. I live in Los Angeles. This year was my moment; my family and I made the trek…and we were not disappointed! We camped at 4-nights at Van Damme State Park, which was an awesome campground. Other campgrounds in the area are Russian […]