California Field Trips

Places to Explore the Kingdoms of Living Things

Here are a few resources we have come across that we wanted to share with homeschool families! Eighteen months ago we published our Earth Party curriculum, which teaches students in grades 1-6 about the kingdoms of living things: Monera (bacteria), Protists (algae), Fungi (mushrooms), Plants, and Animals. We taught our own students this as we […]

California History

Contextualizing Learning through California History

A Window into the California Out of the Box California History Curriculum Are you overwhelmed about how you will teach your young student(s) California state studies? Do you not know where to start? Are you from another state, or country, with no knowledge of the history of the Golden State? Are you looking for a […]

Contextualized Learning

What Dreams May Come

Homeschool Beginnings Okay, this post is going to be a personal one…I hope that is all right! My family’s experience with homeschooling is more akin to a figure 8, or an infinity sign than a linear journey. What do I mean? My family, including myself, my husband, and my three children are some of the […]

Book Reviews

Instructor Spotlight: Lynn Haselton

Early American History and Geography Class I have known Lynn since I began homeschooling in 2013. I remember meeting her in our homeschool day program in Pasadena; her daughters and my daughter became fast friends! In addition to sharing friends in common, we have continued our journey together as mothers of teenage girls, AND women […]

Contextualized Learning

Plantae and Animalia News: Ferns behaving like a bee colony, feline distant relative of sabertooth cat, and a mysterious whale

Here are some fun recent plant and animal stories I came across! Australian Staghorn Fern I recently read an interesting article about staghorn ferns in the New York Times. These ferns grow on the trunks of trees and channel rain water into the core of the plant. Researches have found that the variety of types […]

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California History

California History: Homeschool Curriculum and Online Classes

Are you looking for a California history curriculum for your 4th grader? Explore California Out of the Box! The curriculum is geared for a full year of study. Using a literature approach, families will read five historical fiction books, plus selected short stories and the Audubon Field Guide to California to explore history, geology, social […]

California History

Instructor Spotlight: Tracy Yeoh

California Out of the Box Classes I have known Tracy since I began homeschooling in 2013. I remember being a part of a homeschool day program in Pasadena with our kids, and attending an orientation meeting with her then year-old son Jeremy in her lap. (Jeremy was a third grade student in my online California […]

Contextualized Learning

Next year, make the jump!

Do you remember the first time you jumped off a diving board? Were you scared? Terrified? When you developed the courage to face the (deep) deep end, and you plunged in, how did it feel? I remember feeling that terror, doing it, and repeating it for hours after that first jump. I conquered it! There […]

California History

California Out of the Box: “The Highlight of My Kid’s Year”

Though online classes are available from a number of providers, we feel what we offer in our California history class – California Out of the Box – is truly unique. What makes our classes different? Not only do we use the literature approach which is unique to homeschool, but we go deeper through discussions AND […]

Contextualized Learning

Investigate the Kingdoms of Life: 3 Awesome Resources

This summer, we are in the midst our summer Earth Party class, using the Earth Party curriculum. It has been so enjoyable to explore life on the planet from single-celled life through the animal kingdom. What resources do you have that allow you to explore life? Here are a few of our favorites! All About […]