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California On My Mind: Summer and Fall 2021 News and Happenings

Ever played the game where you hear three statements and you need to identify the untruth (or lie)? Try your hand at these! Two Truths and a Lie I pitched my tent under an owl in the desert. After May, we are done with classes for the year. We are selling selections from Stories from […]

California History

What — California History Minecraft Projects?

Highlights from Fall and Spring Semester California Out of the Box Online Class Yes, Minecraft – Did you know Minecraft Creative is an amazing computer-aided design program? As my students worked on their written California missions project, they were invited to share in class about a few things they learned. Some of my students chose […]

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Book Reviews

How to have fun in 2021? Add Earth Party Science Unit Study to Your Line-Up!

Q & A with Christine Echeverri, author of Earth Party! Why did you write this curriculum? The real reason — so many life forms are disappearing before our very own eyes! Many young students are aware of this predicament. Instead of leveling on guilt and sadness about this, we step back provide a broad introduction […]

Contextualized Learning

Places I Still Dream About

My top 5 international gems This article focuses on the 5 most memorable international places I’ve traveled. Since 2002, I have had the opportunity to go on 4 month-long international trips to Asia (Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, Turkey), Europe (Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Brussels, Greece, Netherlands), and Africa (Morocco). Though I have […]

California History

Check Out These Early California Resources

As I have been teaching early California history in my California Out of the Box online classes, I have come across some amazing resources I want to share with families. Whether you are in my classes or using the curriculum (available on Amazon and our Bookstore), these resources will open up a study of the […]

California Places

Light in a Dark World: Sources of Inspiration

People that have influenced me and given me hope “As I listened to the daily newscasts about students, parents’ and teachers’ frustrations with ‘pandemic..learning’ my first reaction was, ‘Worksheets?‘ for those with no or little or limited access to distance learning tools…What about questions that help students to create their own questions with inquisitive thinking, […]

California History

Projects in Online Learning: California Coast and Island Habitat Home Design

What a year it has been! With Covid, so much of how we educate our kids has changed. One of my highlights has been working with my California Out of the Box online students. Even though we meet on Zoom each week and are not able to see each other physically, projects such as these […]

Contextualized Learning

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg – An Inspiration for All Young Minds

Earth Party! Biology Curriculum – “I am honoured to be asked for my input on this curriculum. These lessons provide invaluable educational tools for young girls and boys interested in learning about science and hopefully continuing to pursue science as they progress onto high school and beyond. I am impressed with the depth of the […]

Contextualized Learning

Why should young students learn about the kingdoms of life?

(And, what are the “kingdoms of life?”) The five kingdoms of living things involve all of forms of life such as bacteria (single-celled organisms without a true nucleus), fungi (mushroom and yeast), protists (algae, paramecium), plants, and animals (both vertebrates and invertebrates). Let’s Not Bore Our Kids Do you find yourself spending a lot of […]

Book Reviews

Plants & Fungi: A Connection Between Sun and Soil

Collaboration One aspect that struck me as I wrote Earth Party! was how collaborative living things truly are. Flowering plants depend on wind, insects, and animals to propagate. If left to their own devices, they would not produce fertilized seeds. Plants need animals; herbivores (plant eaters) such as birds, deer, rabbits, and rodents need plants. […]