California History

Questions about our curricula or classes? Check out these ways to get answers!

Isn’t this the strangest year, year ever? Pre-pandemic, we dearly enjoyed homeschool conferences. Connecting with families and answering questions was a highlight of our summer. With many in-person conferences canceled, we are seeking other ways to get information to families who might be interested in our California history curriculum, or our newest Earth Party! science […]

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 […]

For Parents

Looking for an Engaging and Essential Topic for Homeschool Study?

A semester-long study of the kingdoms of living things is just the thing! And just what are the kingdoms of living things? They are the major groupings of life forms: bacteria, fungi (mushrooms), protozoa (pond water protists, molds), plants, and animals. All of life can be generally placed in one of these five groups. We […]

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 […]

California History

Check This Out! Literature Approach Classes for Fall 2021

What a year 2020-21 has been! With the pandemic, challenges faced in technology and educating our kids, and finding true human community. In spite of it all, we are still very excited about next year and the offerings we are adding for homeschool families. Welcoming New Instructors and Courses California Out of the Box Online […]

California Camping

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 […]

Earth Party!
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 Field Trips

Awesome California Field Trips

Webinar Coming Up! This fall, we launched Carrier Shell Community, a place for homeschool parents to get inspiration and support. As a part of this, we are offering a FREE California Field Trips webinar on Wednesday, January 20 at 4PM. This webinar will cover the Sacramento and Gold Rush area, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, and other […]

California History

California Out of the Box Projects: Encouraging a Closer Look

Leaf Observation Collections In my California Out of the Box online classes, another fun project we completed was putting together leaf collections. How does this relate to California? It applies in every way; important to the California Out of the Box Curriculum is the notion that history is related to the natural features of the […]