Contextualized Learning

Why I Love Teaching Earth Party Science

I have taught this online class several times now, and every time, I realize anew how important the material is. I don’t think it’s just because I wrote the Earth Party curriculum a few years ago. My love of this material goes back to when I taught this to my own kids in our first […]

Book Reviews

Are You Looking for a Comprehensive, Literature Approach US History Class?

Do you have a student in 4th-6th grade? Are you looking for an online US history class? Are you looking for a teacher to provide all pacing and guidance for your student? Do you use the literature approach in your homeschool? If you answered yes to these questions, explore our Early American History and Geography […]

Contextualized Learning

Why World History Through Architecture?

This subject matter is quite personal to me; I hope after reading this post, you will consider architecture paired alongside world history a valuable and interesting course of study as well. My late mother, being the eclectic person she was, tootled my sister and I all over the US and the world to see beautiful […]

Contextualized Learning

Study World History, Draw Animal Characters, and Explore Living Things

Study, draw, explore! Check out our Upcoming Online Classes! Though all our classes are virtual, we have worked tirelessly to create classes for students in grades 4-6 that engage with these three verbs! How do we do this? We offer interdisciplinary classes. In each one of our new classes, students will learn about related age-appropriate […]

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

Contextualized Learning Through Studying 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 […]

california history curriculum
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 […]